Vincent Word Studies - Galatians 3:8 - 3:8

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The scripture (ἡ γραφὴ)

See on 1Ti 5:18. The particular passage cited below. See on Mar 12:10; see on Joh 2:22; see on Joh 5:47 footnote.

Foreseeing (προΐδοῦσα)

The passage of Scripture is personified. Comp. hath concluded, Gal 3:22. The Jews had a formula of reference, “What did the Scripture see?”

Would justify (δικαιοῖ)

Better justifieth. The present tense. The time foreseen was the Christian present. Comp. 1Co 3:13; Mat 26:2.

Preached before the gospel (προευηγγελίσατο)

N.T.o. An awkward translation. Better, preached the gospel before-hand.

All nations (πάντα τὰ ἔθνη)

From Gen 18:18; comp. Gen 22:18, lxx. Gen 12:3 reads πᾶσαι αἱ φυλαὶ all the tribes. Τὰ ἔθνη was the collective term by which all non-Jews were denoted, and is more suitable to Paul's Gentile audience.

Shall be blessed (ἐνευλογηθήσονται)

In N.T. only here. lxx, Gen 12:3; Gen 18:18; Gen 22:18; Gen 26:4; Sir. 44:21. The blessing is the messianic blessing of which the Gentiles are to partake - the imparting of the Spirit as the new life principle and the pledge of future blessedness in Christ. This blessing Abraham shared on the ground of his faith, and believers shall share it as the true spiritual children of Abraham.

In thee (ἐν σοὶ)

Not, through thy posterity, Christ, but in the fact that thou art blessed is involved the blessedness of the Gentiles through faith, in so far as they shall be justified by faith, and through justification receive the Holy Spirit.