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12. Contrast between his zeal in their behalf, implied in Ga 6:11, and the zeal for self on the part of the Judaizers.
make a fair show—(2Co 5:12).
in the flesh—in outward things.
they—it is "these" who
constrain you—by example (Ga 6:13) and importuning.
only lest—"only that they may not," &c. (compare Ga 5:11).
suffer persecution—They escaped in a great degree the Jews' bitterness against Christianity and the offense of the cross of Christ, by making the Mosaic law a necessary preliminary; in fact, making Christian converts into Jewish proselytes.