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Galatians 4 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:1 - I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate;
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:2 - but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:3 - So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:4 - But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:5 - to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:6 - And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:7 - So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:8 - Formerly, when you did not know God, you were in bondage to beings that by nature are no gods;
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 beggarly elemental spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:10 - You observe days, and months, and seasons, and years!
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:11 - I am afraid I have labored over you in vain.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:12 - Brethren, I beseech you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong;
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:13 - you know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first;
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:14 - and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:15 - What has become of the satisfaction you felt? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:16 - Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:17 - They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:18 - For a good purpose it is always good to be made much of, and not only when I am present with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:19 - My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:20 - I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Bond and Free

(Gen 21:8–21; Isa 54:1 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:21 - Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law?
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:22 - For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:23 - But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:24 - Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:25 - Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she 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 one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married."
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:28 - Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:29 - But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:30 - But what does the scripture say? "Cast out the slave and her son; for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free woman."
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:31 - So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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