Vincent Word Studies - Galatians 6:4 - 6:4

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Prove (δοκιμαζέτω)

In Class. of assaying metals Comp. lxx, Pro 8:10; Pro 17:3; Sir. 2:5: also 1Co 3:13; 1Pe 1:7. It is the classical verb for testing money; see Plato, Tim. 65 C. Δοκιμάζειν and πυροῦσθαι to burn or try by fire occur together, Jer 9:7; Psa 11:6; Psa 65:10. Generally, to prove or examine, as 1Co 11:28; 1Th 5:21. To accept that which is approved, 1Co 16:3; 2Co 8:22; 1Th 2:4.

Rejoicing (τὸ καύχημα)

Better, as giving the force of the article, “his glorying.” Καύχημα is the matter or ground of glorying, see Rom 4:2; 1Co 9:15; not the act (καύχησις), as Rom 3:27; 2Co 1:12.

In himself (εἰς ἑαυτὸν)

Better, with regard to himself, or as concerns. For this use of εἰς see Rom 4:20; Rom 15:2; Rom 16:6; Eph 3:16. Not, he will keep his glorying to himself or abstain from boasting. He means that if, on examination, one finds in himself anything to boast of, his cause of boasting will lie simply and absolutely in that, and not in his merit as compared, to his own advantage, with that of another.

Another (τὸν ἕτερον)

Better, the other, or, as Rev., his neighbor. See on Mat 6:24.