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Galatians 4 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:1 - Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:2 - But he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:3 - So also we, when we were minors, were enslaved under the basic forces of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:4 - But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:5 - to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:6 - And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls "Abba! Father!"
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:7 - So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:8 - Formerly when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods at all.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:9 - But now that you have come to know God (or rather to be known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless basic forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:10 - You are observing religious days and months and seasons and years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:11 - I fear for you that my work for you may have been in vain.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:12 - I beg you, brothers and sisters, become like me, because I have become like you. You have done me no wrong!
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:13 - But you know it was because of a physical illness that I first proclaimed the gospel to you,
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:14 - and though my physical condition put you to the test, you did not despise or reject me. Instead, you welcomed me as though I were an angel of God, as though I were Christ Jesus himself!
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:15 - Where then is your sense of happiness now? For I testify about you that if it were possible, you would have pulled out your eyes and given them to me!
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:16 - So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:17 - They court you eagerly, but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you would seek them eagerly.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:18 - However, it is good to be sought eagerly for a good purpose at all times, and not only when I am present with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:19 - My children - I am again undergoing birth pains until Christ is formed in you!
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:20 - I wish I could be with you now and change my tone of voice, because I am perplexed about you.

Bond and Free

(Gen 21:8–21; Isa 54:1 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:21 - Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not understand the law?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:22 - For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:23 - But one, the son by the slave woman, was born by natural descent, while the other, the son by the free woman, was born through the promise.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:24 - These things may be treated as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:25 - Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:26 - But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:27 - For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband."
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:28 - But you, brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:29 - But just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so it is now.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:30 - But what does the scripture say? "Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son" of the free woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:31 - Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.

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