Galatians 6:5

For every man shall bear his own burden.
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AD 400
Finally he wants it to be clear to those who are proud that nobody is incriminated for another’s sin. So no one should be afraid to associate with a sinner or to aid him if he comes to him so that he may be of benefit to him.

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
For every man shall bear his own burden. This seems primâ facie in conflict with ver2. Jerome harmonises the two by referring ver2to the present, and ver5 to the future, i.e, to the day of judgment. In the world we can help each other, but at the dread Tribunal neither Job ,, Daniel , nor Noah can free the souls of their own sons even, but each shall bear his own iniquities. Cf. Ezekiel 14:14. Christ will examine us, not as to the doings of others, but as to our own. Let us prove our own doings, therefore, to make sure that they will be able to stand the last great trial. The Protestants therefore are wrong in twisting these words into an argument against purgatory, and against the prayers we offer for souls there. The Apostle is not speaking of purgatory, but of the day of judgment, and then he says each shall bear his own burden. Before that day, however, we can, as required by the article of the Communion of Saints, help one another, whether those we help be living or in purgator...


AD 420
This seems to contradict the words above. … But one must see that he was there telling us, as sinners in the present life, to support one another and be a help to one another in the present age. Here he is speaking of the Lord’s judgment of us, which is not based on the sin of another or by comparison with others but according to one’s own work. .

John Chrysostom

AD 407
He appears to state a reason prohibitory of boasting against another; but at the same time he corrects the boaster, to that he may no more entertain high thoughts of himself by bringing to his remembrance his own errors, and pressing upon his conscience the idea of a burden, and of being heavily laden.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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