Galatians 2:4

“And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And that because of false brethren vnawares brought in, who came in priuily to spie out our libertie, which wee haue in Christ Iesus, that they might bring vs into bondage.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But {it was} because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and that because of the false brethren privily brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And that because of the false brothers let in secretly, who came searching out our free condition which we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might make servants of us;
- Basic English Bible

and [it was] on account of the false brethren brought in surreptitiously, who came in surreptitiously to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage;
- Darby Bible

And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
- Webster's Bible

Yet there was danger of this through the false brethren secretly introduced into the Church, who had stolen in to spy out the freedom which is ours in Christ Jesus, in order to rob us of it.
- Weymouth Bible

This was because of the false brothers secretly brought in, who stole in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage;
- World English Bible

but for false britheren that weren brouyt ynne, whiche hadden entrid to aspie oure fredom, which we han in Jhesu Crist, to bring vs in to seruage.
- Wycliffe Bible

and [that] because of the false brethren brought in unawares, who did come in privily to spy out our liberty that we have in Christ Jesus, that us they might bring under bondage,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 2:4


2:4 Because of false brethren - Who seem to have urged it. Introduced unawares - Into some of those private conferences at Jerusalem. Who had slipped in to spy out our liberty - From the ceremonial law. That they might, if possible, bring us into that bondage again.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 2:4


Ga 2:4 And that because of false brethren. In the case of Timothy Paul had circumcised him, not as a matter of obligation, or out of deference to the views of Jewish Christians, but so that he could reach unconverted Jews better, who would not listen to a Gentile. See Ac 16:3. The apostles might have recommended the circumcision of Titus, Paul here intimates, not as a matter of duty, but of prudence, had it not been made an issue by the false brethren. He could not yield to such a demand without a sacrifice of principle. Unawares brought in. These false brethren were really Jews who had slipped into the church. To spy out our liberty. Really enemies in the guise of friends whose object was to take away the freedom of the gospel, and subject Christians to the bondage of the Jewish law.

Discussion for Galatians 2:4

  • DUE TO OUR INABILITY TO DISCERN THE STRATEGY OF OUR ENEMY THE DEVIL HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND STEAL OUR FREEDOM WHICH LEAD TO OUR BOUNDAGE
  • Just as in the Apostle Pauls day we still have those who come into the local churches as ministers of Satan ( 2 Corinthians 11) to spy out our liberty that we have in Christ Jesus in order to bring us into bondage through various ways. Some of these false ministers of satan will promote racial hatred in the pulpet when God would have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. As well as even promote the occult in the pulpet by making jokes about genies in bottles , etc. As well as promote various heresies onto believers. Such as lead people into fleshly lusts with puppet shows while speaking of lusting on others wives, etc. Then some of them will make the local church into a circus atmosphere with zoo animals to all things in between brought into the church. Then some of them will leave out repentance altogether in salvation , which it takes repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Sincerely ;

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