Galatians 5:20

“Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Galatians 5:20

Idolatrie, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Worship of images, use of strange powers, hates, fighting, desire for what another has, angry feelings, attempts to get the better of others, divisions, false teachings,
- Basic English Bible

idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, disputes, schools of opinion,
- Darby Bible

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
- Webster's Bible

enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of passion, intrigues, dissensions, factions, envyings;
- Weymouth Bible

idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
- World English Bible

witchecraftis, enmytees, striuyngis, indignaciouns, wraththis, chidingis, discenciouns, sectis, enuyes,
- Wycliffe Bible

idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strifes, emulations, wraths, rivalries, dissensions, sects,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Galatians 5:20

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 5:20

5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft - That this means witchcraft, strictly speaking, (not poisoning,) appears from its being joined with the worship of devil - gods, and not with murder. This is frequently and solemnly forbidden in the Old Testament. To deny therefore that there is, or ever was, any such thing, is, by plain consequence, to deny the authority both of the Old and New Testament. Divisions - In domestic or civil matters. Heresies are divisions in religious communities.

People's Bible Notes for Galatians 5:20

Ga 5:20 Witchcraft. Sorcery or magic, whether a superstition or deception, was prevalent in all the ancient world. See PNT "Ac 19:19".

Discussion for Galatians 5:20

  • Bett on Galatians 5:20
    Why is "self-control" being left out? It is very important and included in all older revisions of the Bible. Do we no longer need self-control?
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Galatians 5:20
    Hello Bet,

    Self control is not left out and is very important as you know. It is the word "temperance" at the end of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23.

    God Bless.
  • Bill McCarthy on Galatians 5:20
    In classical Greek pharmakeia referred to the use of drugs whether for medicinal or more sinister purposes, e.g., poisoning. In the New Testament, however, it is invariably associated with the occult, both in Galatians [5:20] and in Revelation, where it occurs twice (Rev 9:21; 18:23). English translations usually render pharmakeia as "witchcraft" (KJV, NIV) or "sorcery" (RSV, NEB). These words correctly convey the idea of black magic and demonic control, but they miss the more basic meaning of drug use. In New Testament times pharmakeia in fact denoted the use of drugs with occult properties for a variety of purposes including, especially, abortion.
  • Chris - in Reply on Galatians 5:20
    The Greek, pharmakeia, can also denote the casting of 'spells or incantations', along with as you mentioned, use of drugs as part of witchcraft & sorceries. Brother Mishael might be able to enlighten us if there is any history of such use of drugs/potions, whether in olden or modern days that he has learned. I wonder what they used, or concocted, to bring on their desired outcomes.
  • Doris on Galatians 5:20
    I am looking for 'abuse' in a marriage. Not physical abuse but mental/emotional abuse and if that is an activity that would justify divorce in a Christian marriage.
  • Tina - in Reply on Galatians 5:20
    Doris, God never signs off on any abuse. God is about the abundant life and a husband is supposed to love you like he loves himself. He clearly doesn't love himself. Any abuse is unacceptable! If you are being mistreated, you have the right to divorce your husband, ASAP!...The longer you stay, the longer the relationship will drain you of your self-esteem.
  • Tony - in Reply on Galatians 5:20
    First off is he a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?

    Secondly Read Galatians with a spirit of prayer and ask the Lord for decernment. It's not gonna be as easy as looking at a verse and pulling it out of context. Really seek the Lord through prayer and rely on Him for guidance. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for us. It's that deep relationship with Him that matters most.
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Galatians 5:20
    Hi Doris,

    Psalm 37

    Ephesians 5:15-33

    Malachi 2:13-16

    1 Peter 3:1-2

    Comfort in compassion, 1st God knows! Reading Malachi 2:13-16 He directly addressess it.

    I pray as you go forward in wisdom, protection, Supernatural guidance, truth & strength in JESUS CHRIST.

    Extra Words for comfort & promise/compassion

    Psalm 9:9-10

    Psalm 9:18

    Psalm 18:6

    Psalm 22:24

    Psalm 51:17
  • Cristina - in Reply on Galatians 5:20
    To Doris, if this is the first marriage for both, you are one flesh with your husband for life. No more twain, but one flesh, said Lord Jesus; never again two. a spiritual union that lasts until the death of one. This is why marrying is very very important to the Lord as it represents His marriage union with the Church whom He does not divorce. Have ever heard of the ''betrothal'' (a sort of engagement pior to the marriage itself, a spiritual bounding contract, see Deuteronomoy 22 about a virgin bride) and what it means to marriage?

    How many times in life we are not doing what Jesus said...? He is patient with us to repent even until we die.

    The exception in Matthew 5:32 and 19:8 is for fornication, meaning Not adultery (modern lexicons have added to the meaning in the past 200 years to include all sorts of sins other than fornication), but unchastity before the marriage itself. And in 1 Corinthians 7:15, ''not bound'' is coming from the word ''douloo'' in Greek which means ''servant/slave'', and it means not bound in the matrimonial duties, but still bound in the one flesh for life. Apostle Paul says that a woman who has a husband is bound to her husband for life until he dies and if she marries another she is an adulterress (Romans 7:2-3, 1 Corinhians 7:29, 39).

    In case of abuse , extreme, separation can be a solution, but divorce and remarriage is against thr Word of God and adulterers do not inherit God's Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21).

    Don't let modern interpretations mislead you about marriage, if it's a first for both, it is for life.


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