Galatians 2:18

“For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if I build againe the things which I destroyed, I make my selfe a transgressour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For if I rebuild what I have {once} destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a transgressor.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if I put up again those things which I gave to destruction, I am seen to be a wrongdoer.
- Basic English Bible

For if the things I have thrown down, these I build again, I constitute myself a transgressor.
- Darby Bible

For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
- Webster's Bible

Why, if I am now rebuilding that structure of sin which I had demolished, I am thereby constituting myself a transgressor;
- Weymouth Bible

For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.
- World English Bible

God forbede. And if Y bylde ayen thingis that Y haue distruyed, Y make my silf a trespassour.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if the things I threw down, these again I build up, a transgressor I set myself forth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 2:18


2:18 By no means. For if I build again - By my sinful practice. The things which I destroyed - By my preaching, I only make myself - Or show myself, not Christ, to be a transgressor; the whole blame lies on me, not him or his gospel. As if he had said, The objection were just, if the gospel promised justification to men continuing in sin. But it does not. Therefore if any who profess the gospel do not live according to it, they are sinners, it is certain, but not justified, and so the gospel is clear.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 2:18


Ga 2:18 If I build again the things which I destroyed. Go back from Christ to Moses, and teach others to do the same. I make myself a transgressor. For thus I teach men to trust in the works of the law which cannot justify.

Discussion for Galatians 2

  • Spenner
    It is such a wonderful experience to be Crucified with Christ.In 2004 on the day Pentecost was celebrated I was rebaptized in the name of Jesus (Romans 6:3-8;Acts 2:38).This was the result of revelation.Sadly many are only baptised in Jesus' titles(Matt 28:19)and not his Name.The Lord Jesus is the head of the church why is his name not used in Baptism?
  • Brother Daniel FC
    To a Disciple. Don’t get me wrong: I love Ap. Paul: I just disagree of how he treats Ap. Peter, who is equally dear to me. His attitude of a learned man, a Pharisee who studied at the feet of Gamaliel, towards a simple fisherman, strikes me as arrogance. I don’t think Jesus would agree with that. And that is not all… so, talk to me Disciple!
  • Brother Daniel FC
    To a Disciple. No, I am not hasty, and it doesn’t take special revelation to see where Ap. Paul comes from; whence his behavior. Read the whole letter to Galatians, and you will understand better. Accusing your fellow worker, who was trained by Jesus for 3.5 years, a faithful man, full of the Holy Spirit, of hypocrisy, and cursing the people who disagree with you; is hardly Christian behavior.
  • A disciple
    Daniel; You are too hasty in your speech and sadly lacking in understanding and respect for things much higher than you! Are you so likewise endowed with a calling and wisdom and knowledge by revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ? And are you likewise travelling through foreign Countries risking your life to preach the Glad Tidings under constant persecution, slander, and betrayals? Why scrutinize?
  • Brother Daniel FC
    In verse 8, Apostle Paul's modesty leaves much to be desired: - ... he that wrought wrought EFFECTUALLY in Peter - versus -the same was MIGHTY in me. - I guess Ap. Paul doesn't know about the Day of Pentecost nor about the thousands that accepted Christ as the result of Ap. Peter's preaching. See Acts Ch. 2. Three thousand people turned to Jesus: Now, that's MIGHTY.
  • Jim Kirkpatrick
    "For faith comes by hearing the word of God"

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