“Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.”
King James Version (KJV)
4:13 I preached to you, notwithstanding infirmity of the flesh - That is, notwithstanding bodily weakness, and under great disadvantage from the despicableness of my outward appearance.
Ga 4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel. The Revised Version is clearer: "Ye know that because of an infirmity of the flesh. . . ". Some fact, not explained to us, but well known to the Galatians, is referred to. It is implied that some physical weakness caused him to preach in Galatia the first time. Perhaps he was passing through and was stopped by an infirmity that prevented him from traveling. At the first. This implies he had preached there more than once. The Acts speak of two visits to Galatia (Ac 16:6 18:23).