Vincent Word Studies - Galatians 6:1 - 6:1

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Overtaken in a fault (προλημφθῇ - ἔν τινι παραπτώματι)

The verb means lit. to take before; to anticipate or forestall. Elsewhere only Mar 14:8; 1Co 11:21. lxx, Wisd. 18:17. Not, be detected in the act by some one else before he can escape, but surprised by the fault itself; hurried into error. Thus πρὸ has the sense of before he is aware, and ἐν is instrumental, by. For fault or trespass, see on Mat 6:14.

Spiritual (πνευματικοὶ)

Comp. 1Co 3:1. Mostly in Paul. See 1Pe 2:5. Those who have received the Spirit and are led by him. See Gal 3:2, Gal 3:3, Gal 3:5, Gal 3:14; Gal 4:6; Gal 5:5, Gal 5:16, Gal 5:18, Gal 5:25. He leaves it to the readers' own conscience whether or not they answer to this designation.

Restore (καταρτίζετε)

See on Mat 4:21; see on Mat 21:16; see on Luk 6:40; see on 1Pe 5:10. The word is used of reconciling factions, as Hdt. v. 28; of setting bones; of mending nets, Mar 1:19; of equipping or preparing, Rom 9:22, Heb 10:5; Heb 11:3; of manning a fleet, or supplying an army with provisions. Usually by Paul metaphorically as here. The idea of amendment is prominent: set him to rights: bring him into line. Comp. 2Co 13:11; 1Co 1:10.

Spirit of meekness

Comp. 1Co 4:21. Led by the Spirit of God, whose fruit is meekness (Gal 5:23). For the combinations of πνεῦμα with genitives, see on Rom 8:4, p. 87.

Considering (σκοπῶν)

Only in Paul, except Luk 11:35. The verb means to look attentively; to fix the attention upon a thing with an interest in it. See Rom 16:17; 2Co 4:18; Phi 2:4; Phi 3:17. Hence, often, to aim at (comp. σκοπὸν mark, Phi 3:14). Schmidt (Syn.) defines: “To direct one's attention upon a thing, either in order to obtain it, or because one has a peculiar interest in it, or a duty to fulfill toward it. Also to have an eye to with a view of forming a right judgment.” Notice the passing to the singular number - “considering thyself.” The exhortation is addressed to the conscience of each. Before you deal severely with the erring brother, consider your own weakness and susceptibility to temptation, and restore him in view of that fact.