Galatians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 4

1-5 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he is lord of all, but is under tutors and guardians until the time appointed by the father. Even so, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Therefore you are no longer a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8-11 Nevertheless, then, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, in which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and times and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

12-16 Brethren, I urge you, be as I am, for I am as you are. You have not injured me at all. You know that through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you at first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise nor reject, but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where then is the blessedness of which you speak of? For I bear you witness that, if it had been possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me. Have I, therefore, become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

17-20 They zealously court you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that you might be affect them. But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, not only when I am present with you. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I am in doubt about you.

21-27 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh, but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are allegory: For these are the two covenants; the one from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to Jerusalem, which now is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, you barren who do not bear, break forth and shout, you who do not travail, for the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.

28-31 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so, it is now. Nevertheless, what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

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