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. Chapter 6.

Bear One Another's Burdens 1 If a man should do something wrong, my brothers, on a sudden impulse, [Or
: If a man is caught doing something wrong, my brothers ...] you who are endowed with the Spirit must set him right again very gently. Look to yourself, each one of you: you may be tempted too. 2 Help one another to carry these heavy loads, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.

3 For if a man imagines himself to be somebody, when he is nothing, he is deluding himself. 4 Each man should examine his own conduct for himself; then he can measure his achievement by comparing himself with himself and not with anyone else. 5 For everyone has his own proper burden to bear.

6 When anyone is under instruction in the faith, he should give his teacher a share of all good things he has.

7 Make no mistake about this: God is not to be fooled; a man reaps what he sows. 8 If he sows seed in the field of his lower nature, he will reap from it a harvest of corruption, but if he sows in the field of the Spirit, the Spirit will bring him a harvest of eternal life. 9 So let us never tire of doing good, for if we do not slacken our efforts we shall in due time reap our harvest. 10 Therefore, as opportunity offers, let us work for the good of all, especially members of the household of the faith.

Final Warning and Benediction

11 YOU SEE these big letters? I am now writing to you in my own hand. 12 It is all those who want to make a fair outward and bodily show who are trying to force circumcision upon you; their sole object is to escape persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who do receive circumcision are not thoroughgoing observers of the law: they only want you to be circumcised in order to boast of your having submitted to that outward rite. 14 But God forbid that I should boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which [Or: whom.] the world is crucified to me and I to the world! 15 Circumcision is nothing; uncircumcision is is nothing; the only thing that counts is new creation! 16 Whoever they are who take this principle for their guide, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the whole Israel of God!

17 In future let no one make trouble for me, for I bear the marks of Jesus branded on my body.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers. Amen.

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