Galatians 5:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 5:10, NIV: "I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty."

Galatians 5:10, ESV: "I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is."

Galatians 5:10, KJV: "I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be."

Galatians 5:10, NASB: "I have confidence in you in the Lord, that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear the punishment, whoever he is."

Galatians 5:10, NLT: "I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you."

Galatians 5:10, CSB: "I myself am persuaded in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty."

What does Galatians 5:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Someone has been teaching the false idea that Gentile Christians must get circumcised and begin to follow the law in order to truly be made right before God (Galatians 2:4). That teaching goes flatly against Paul's message that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. Anything added to faith in Christ makes faith in Christ meaningless (Galatians 5:2–4; Romans 6:11). Such teaching cannot be allowed to linger among them. Paul has asked pointedly who the person is among them who is responsible for steering them in the wrong direction (Galatians 5:7).

Now Paul declares he is confident "in the Lord" that the Galatians will not ultimately accept this person's false teaching. God has given Paul confidence to believe the Galatians will get back up and keep running in the right direction together.

He goes further: Paul is confident that the person troubling them with false teaching about the grace of God through faith in Christ will pay the penalty for that sin. Clearly, Paul is serious. This person is not guilty of a minor infraction; he is luring people away from the grace of God. He will face consequences from God Himself (Galatians 1:6–9).