Θαυμάζω ὅτι οὕτως ταχέως μετατίθεσθε ἀπὸ τοῦ καλέσαντος ὑμᾶς ἐν χάριτι Χριστοῦ εἰς ἕτερον εὐαγγέλιον ὃ οὐκ ἔστιν ἄλλο εἰ μή τινές εἰσιν οἱ ταράσσοντες ὑμᾶς καὶ θέλοντες μεταστρέψαι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐὰν ἡμεῖς ἢ ἄγγελος ἐξ οὐρανοῦ εὐαγγελίζηται ὑμῖν παρ’ ὃ εὐηγγελισάμεθα ὑμῖν ἀνάθεμα ἔστω ὡς προειρήκαμεν καὶ ἄρτι πάλιν λέγω εἴ τις ὑμᾶς εὐαγγελίζεται παρ’ ὃ παρελάβετε ἀνάθεμα ἔστω Ἄρτι γὰρ ἀνθρώπους πείθω ἢ τὸν θεόν ἢ ζητῶ ἀνθρώποις ἀρέσκειν εἰ γὰρ ἔτι ἀνθρώποις ἤρεσκον Χριστοῦ δοῦλος οὐκ ἂν ἤμην
Geneva Bible, 1599
I3 marvel that ye are so soone removed away unto another Gospel, from him that had called you in the grace of Christ, Which4 is not another Gospel, save that there be some which trouble you, and intend to pervertf the Gospel of Christ. But though that we, or an Angel from heaven preach unto you otherwise than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursedg. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach unto you otherwise, than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For5 now preach Ih man’s doctrine, or God’s? Or go I about to please men? For if I should yet please men, I were not the servant of Christ.
Geneva Bible Notes
3 The first part of the Epistle wherein he witnesseth that he is an Apostle, nothing inferior to those chief disciples of Christ, and wholly agreeing with them, whose names the false apostles did abuse. And he beginneth with chiding, reproving them of lightness for that they have ear so easily unto them which perverted them and drew them away to a new Gospel.
e He useth the passive voice, to cast the fault upon the false apostles, and he useth the time that now is, to give them to understand, that it was not already done, but in doing.
4 He warneth them in time to remember that there are not many Gospels; and therefore whatsoever these false apostles pretend which had the Law, Moses and the Fathers in their mouths, yet they are indeed so many corruptions of the true Gospel, insomuch, that he himself, yea, and the very Angels themselves, (and therefore much more these false apostles) ought to be holden accursed, if they go about to change the least iota that may be in the Gospel, that he delivered to them before.
f For there is nothing more contrary to faith or free justification, than justification by the Law, or by our deserving.
g Look at Romans 9:3
5 A confirmation taken both from the nature of the doctrine itself, and also from that manner which he useth in teaching, for neither, saith he, did I teach those things which pleased men as these men do which put part of salvation in external things, and works of the Law, neither went I about to procure any man’s favor. And therefore the matter itself sheweth that the doctrine which I delivered unto you, is heavenly.
h He toucheth the false apostles, who had nothing but men in their mouths, and he, though he would derogate nothing from the Apostles, preacheth God and not men.