Galatians 2:12

“For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For before that certaine came from Iames, he did eate with the Gentiles: but when they were come, hee withdrew, and separated himselfe, fearing them which were of the Circumcisiō.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he {began} to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For before that certain came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing them that were of the circumcision.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For before certain men came from James, he did take food with the Gentiles: but when they came, he went back and made himself separate, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
- Basic English Bible

for before that certain came from James, he ate with [those of] the nations; but when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing those of [the] circumcision;
- Darby Bible

For before that certain came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles: but when they had come, he withdrew, and separated himself, fearing them who were of the circumcision.
- Webster's Bible

For until certain persons came from James he had been accustomed to eat with Gentiles; but as soon as these persons came, he withdrew and separated himself for fear of the Circumcision party.
- Weymouth Bible

For before some people came from James, he ate with the Gentiles. But when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
- World English Bible

For bifor that ther camen summen fro James, he eete with the hethene men; but whanne thei weren comun, he withdrowy, and departide hym, dredinge hem that weren of circumcisioun.
- Wycliffe Bible

for before the coming of certain from James, with the nations he was eating, and when they came, he was withdrawing and separating himself, fearing those of the circumcision,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Galatians 2:12


Ga 2:12 Before that certain came from James. Men sent from Jerusalem by James, who stood now at the head of that church. He used to eat with the Gentiles. See Ac 11:3. Peter had no scruples about eating with Gentile Christians; but many of the Jewish Christians did. Hence he did before the messengers came from James what he refused to do after they came, "separating himself" from the Gentile Christians at Antioch.

Discussion for Galatians 2

  • Tim
    I am starting to study figures of speech that are used in the Bible. It is helping me tremendously to under stand what I am reading. No one ever taught me a thing about figures when involved with churches. But I find that without a basic understanding of figures of speech, the Word of God becomes much more difficult. For example: anaphora in Ephesians 6:12.
  • Steve morrow
    matthew 26:39 and HE went alittle further and fell on HIS face and prayed saying O MY FATHER if it be possible let this cup pass from ME nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt matthew 26:42 HE went away again the second time and prayed saying O MY FATHER if this cup may not pass away from ME except I drink it thy will be done mark 10:38 But JESUS said unto them you know not what you ask can you drink of the cup I drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with 39 and they said unto HIM we can and JESUS said unto them you shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall you be baptized 1 CORINTHIANS 10:21 YOU CANNOT DRINK THE CUP OF THE LORD AND THE CUP OF devils YOU CANNOT BE PARTAKERS OF THE LORDS TABLE AND OF THE TABLE OF devils 1 CORINTHIANS 11:27 WHEREFORE WHOSOEVER SHALL EAT THIS BREAD AND DRINK THIS CUP OF THE LORD UNWORTHILY SHALL BE GUILTY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD
  • Irene123
    To Bro. Daniel FC on Gal. ch. 2 - I answered your question about the flood-time 'laws' 3 wks. ago. I'm not one to debate God's word. There's nothing wrong with that; I just don't do it.
  • Bro. Daniel FC
    To: Irene 123 Part 1 Are you saying that God destroyed the antediluvians in spite of the fact that they had no laws to guide them in righteousness? Is God unfair? Sin is the transgression of the law 1Jn. 3:4, and the wages of sin is death Rom. 6:23.
  • Bro. Daniel FC
    Part 2
    Why would Cain and Abel bring sacrifices, unless God instructed them to? Most likely the first family received other instructions/laws. Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from a certain tree, under the death penalty. They disobeyed and sin entered into the world. That is why Christ had to die, to atone for their and our sins.
  • BSP
    Verse 21 brings out a good point. If righteousness is by the Law alone, then Christ died for nothing.

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