Galatians 6:10

10 So then, 1as we have opportunity, let us 2do good to everyone, and especially to those who are 3of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10 Meaning and Commentary

Galatians 6:10

As we have therefore opportunity
Or "ability", so the phrase is sometimes used F26; as occasion requires, objects offer, as there is ability of well doing, and that continues; while the time of life lasts, which is the time for sowing, or doing good works:

let us do good unto all men;
not only to our relations, friends, and acquaintance, but to all men; to them that are strangers to us, of whatsoever nation, Jew or Gentile; and of whatsoever religion or sect, yea, even to our very enemies:

especially unto them who are of the household of faith:
the children of God, that belong to his family, are true believers in Christ, hold the doctrine of faith, make a profession of it, and keep it fast; these are more especially to be the objects of Christian beneficence and liberality. The apostle may have sense reference to a practice among the Jews, who took a particular care of the children of good men that were poor;

``there were two chambers in the temple, the one was called the chamber of secrets, and the other the chamber of vessels: into the chamber of secrets, religious men used to put privately, whereby were privately maintained the poor (Mybwj ynb) , "of the children of good men" F1.''

The Targumist on ( Jeremiah 5:3 ) has a phrase much like to this applied to God, paraphrasing the passage thus; is it not, O Lord, revealed before thee, (atwnmyh ydbel abjwal) , "to do good to the servants of faith?"


F26 See Hammond on. Phil. iv. 10.
F1 Misn. Shekalim, c. 5. sect. 6.

Galatians 6:10 In-Context

8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.
12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Proverbs 3:27; John 9:4; John 12:35
  • 2. Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 6:18; [1 Thessalonians 5:15]
  • 3. [Ephesians 2:19; 1 Timothy 5:8; Hebrews 3:6]
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