Test your own work (Gal. 6:4)

“All must test

Their own work.

Then their own work,

Rather than their neighbor’s work,

Will become a source

For pride.”

τὸ δὲ ἔργον ἑαυτοῦ δοκιμαζέτω ἕκαστος, καὶ τότε εἰς ἑαυτὸν μόνον τὸ καύχημα ἕξει καὶ οὐκ εἰς τὸν ἕτερον·

Paul said, “All people or each one must test (δοκιμαζέτω ἕκαστος) their own work (τὸ δὲ ἔργον ἑαυτοῦ).  Then their own work (καὶ τότε εἰς ἑαυτὸν μόνον), rather than their neighbor’s work (καὶ οὐκ εἰς τὸν ἕτερον), would become a source for pride (τὸ καύχημα ἕξει).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word καύχημα, that means a boast, a boasting, a ground of boasting, or glorying.  Paul explained that the Galatians should look at their own individual work before God.  They should not be comparing their own work with their neighbors.  God is the final judge not their neighbors.  They should have pride in their work before God, no one else.  Are you proud of what you have done for God?

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