Galatians 5:11,12 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Bible Comments

And I, brethren If, as my enemies insinuate; I yet preach circumcision As necessary to salvation, and urge it upon the believing Gentiles; why do I yet suffer persecution From the Jews, as one apostatized from their religion? Probably the person that troubled them took occasion, from Paul's having circumcised Timothy, to affirm that he preached the necessity of submitting to that rite. Then is the offence of the cross ceased The grand reason why the Jews were so offended at his preaching Christ crucified, and so bitterly persecuted him for it, was, that it implied the abolition of the ceremonial law. Yet St. Paul did not condemn the conforming, out of condescension to the weakness of any one, to that law; but he did even absolutely condemn those who taught that this was necessary to justification. I would they were even cut off From your communion; cast out of your church; that thus trouble you “It by no means agrees with the gentle genius of Christianity, to suppose that the apostle should mean by this, that he wished them dead, or wished that any bodily evil were inflicted upon them by human violence. All arguments, therefore, which are drawn from this text, in favour of persecuting principles, must be very inconclusive.” Doddridge.

Galatians 5:11-12

11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.