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3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.

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3. Self-conceit, the chief hindrance to forbearance and sympathy towards our fellow men, must be laid aside.

something—possessed of some spiritual pre-eminence, so as to be exempt from the frailty of other men.

when he is nothing—The Greek is subjective: "Being, if he would come to himself, and look on the real fact, nothing" [Alford] (Ga 6:2, 6; Ro 12:3; 1Co 8:2).

deceiveth himself—literally, "he mentally deceives himself." Compare Jas 1:26, "deceiveth his own heart."