God Is Not Mocked: What Does Galatians 6:7 Mean?


Galatians 6:7 reads, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationGalatians 6:7
ESVDo not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
NASBDo not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
NIVDo not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
NLTDon’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

God Is Not Mocked: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

6:6-11 Many excuse themselves from the work of religion, though they may make a show, and profess it. They may impose upon others, yet they deceive themselves if they think to impose upon God, who knows their hearts as well as actions; and as he cannot be deceived, so he will not be mocked.

Our present time is seed time; in the other world we shall reap as we sow now. As there are two sorts of sowing, one to the flesh, and the other to the Spirit, so will the reckoning be hereafter. Those who live a carnal, sensual life, must expect no other fruit from such a course than misery and ruin.

But those who, under the guidance and influences of the Holy Spirit, live a life of faith in Christ, and abound in Christian graces, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. We are all very apt to tire in duty, particularly in doing good. This we should carefully watch and guard against.

Only to perseverance in well-doing is the reward promised. Here is an exhortation to all to do good in their places. We should take care to do good in our life-time, and make this the business of our lives. Especially when fresh occasions offer, and as far as our power reaches.

Galatians 6:7 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. God is not mocked—The Greek verb is, literally, to sneer with the nostrils drawn up in contempt. God does not suffer Himself to be imposed on by empty words: He will judge according to works, which are seeds sown for eternity of either joy or woe.

Excuses for illiberality in God’s cause (Ga 6:6) seem valid before men, but are not so before God (Ps 50:21).

soweth—especially of his resources (2Co 9:6).

that—Greek, “this”; this and nothing else.

reap—at the harvest, the end of the world (Mt 13:39).

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