Galatians 6:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 6:11, NIV: See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

Galatians 6:11, ESV: See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.

Galatians 6:11, KJV: Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

Galatians 6:11, NASB: See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!

Galatians 6:11, NLT: Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting.

Galatians 6:11, CSB: Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting.

What does Galatians 6:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is coming to the end of his letter to the Galatians. It was common in that day to use a scribe, called an amanuensis, to take dictation when writing a letter. This verse is one which seems to indicate this was Paul's practice. As he did with at least three other biblical letters—1 Corinthians, Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians—he now takes the pen himself to write the last few lines.

Paul calls attention to how large the letters of these last lines are as compared with the presumably smaller handwriting of the rest of the letter. Some scholars speculate that this is because Paul's eyesight was extremely poor. At the same time, Paul might simply have written the end of some of his letters in distinctive large handwriting as evidence that the letter was genuine. He understood himself to be writing with the authority of an apostle of Jesus Christ, and he wanted to minimize the ability of anyone to suggest the letter was a fake.