4 Have you experienced[1] so much in vain-if it really was in vain?

Other Translations of Galatians 3:4

King James Version

4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

English Standard Version

4 Did you sufferOr experience so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain?

The Message

4 Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

New King James Version

4 Have you suffered so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain?

New Living Translation

4 Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Galatians 3:4

Commentary on Galatians 3:1-5

(Read Galatians 3:1-5)

Several things made the folly of the Galatian Christians worse. They had the doctrine of the cross preached, and the Lord's supper administered among them, in both which Christ crucified, and the nature of his sufferings, had been fully and clearly set forth. Had they been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, by the ministration of the law, or on account of any works done by them in obedience thereto? Was it not by their hearing and embracing the doctrine of faith in Christ alone for justification? Which of these had God owned with tokens of his favour and acceptance? It was not by the first, but the last. And those must be very unwise, who suffer themselves to be turned away from the ministry and doctrine which have been blessed to their spiritual advantage. Alas, that men should turn from the all-important doctrine of Christ crucified, to listen to useless distinctions, mere moral preaching, or wild fancies! The god of this world, by various men and means, has blinded men's eyes, lest they should learn to trust in a crucified Saviour. We may boldly demand where the fruits of the Holy Spirit are most evidently brought forth? whether among those who preach justification by the works of the law, or those who preach the doctrine of faith? Assuredly among the latter.