Galatians 4:20

“I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I desire to bee present with you now, and to change my voyce, for I stand in doubt of you.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I am perplexed about you.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Truly my desire is to be present with you now, using a changed voice; for I am troubled about you.
- Basic English Bible

and I should wish to be present with you now, and change my voice, for I am perplexed as to you.
- Darby Bible

I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
- Webster's Bible

Would that I were with you and could change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
- Weymouth Bible

but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
- World English Bible

and Y wolde now be at you, and chaunge my vois, for Y am confoundid among you.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I was wishing to be present with you now, and to change my voice, because I am in doubt about you.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:20


4:20 I could wish to be present with you now - Particularly in this exigence. And to change - Variously to attemper. My voice - He writes with much softness; but he would speak with more. The voice may more easily be varied according to the occasion than a letter can. For I stand in doubt of you - So that I am at a loss how to speak at this distance.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:20


Ga 4:20 I desire to be present with you now. When present they had shown warm feeling for him (Ga 4:18). He would now that they were face to face. To change my voice. To speak, not severely, as a letter would sound, but tenderly. I stand in doubt of you. Is perplexed by what he hears, and filled with fears.

Discussion for Galatians 4:20

  • So it doesn 't mean the pastor has an excuse to rip thru the flock yelling screaming and bullying because it is how he interprets "change my voice ", perhaps there is room here for spirit o meekness?

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