Galatians 4:17

“They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They zelously affect you, but not well: yea, they would exclude you, that you might affect them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They zealously seek you in no good way; nay, they desire to shut you out, that ye may seek them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Their interest in you is not good; but their desire is that you may be shut out, so that you may go after them.
- Basic English Bible

They are not rightly zealous after you, but desire to shut you out [from us], that ye may be zealous after them.
- Darby Bible

They zealously affect you, but not well; for, they would exclude you, that ye may affect them.
- Webster's Bible

These men pay court to you, but not with honourable motives. They want to exclude you, so that you may pay court to them.
- Weymouth Bible

They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them.
- World English Bible

Thei louen not you wel, but thei wolen exclude you, that ye suen hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

they are zealous for you -- [yet] not well, but they wish to shut us out, that for them ye may be zealous;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:17


4:17 They - The judaizing teachers who are come among you. Zealously affect you - Express an extraordinary regard for you. But not well - Their zeal is not according to knowledge; neither have they a single eye to your spiritual advantage. Yea, they would exclude you - From me and from the blessings of the gospel. That ye might affect - Love and esteem them.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:17


Ga 4:17 They zealously affect you, [but] not well. The false, Judaizing teachers are meant. They showed great zeal for them, but they were not seeking their good. Yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. Exclude you from the great body of Gentile believers and bind you to their clique.

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