Galatians 4

1But I say the heir, for as long a time as he is a child, differs nothing from a bondman though he is lord of all. 2Instead he is under stewards and managers until the time appointed from the father. 3And so when we were children, we were in bondage under the rudiments of the world. 4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born from a woman, born under law, 5so that he might redeem those under law, so that we might receive the sonship. 6And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7So that thou are no longer a bondman but a son, and if a son, then an heir through Christ. 8But of course not knowing God then, ye were in bondage to those in nature who are not gods, 9but now knowing God, but rather being known by God, how is it ye turn again to the weak and destitute elements to which ye desire again to be in bondage anew? 10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid of you, lest somehow I have labored toward you in vain. 12I beseech you, brothers, become like me, because I also am like ye. Ye wronged me in nothing. 13But ye know that through a weakness of the flesh I preached the good news to you the first time. 14And ye did not disdain, nor did ye reject my trial in my flesh, but ye received me as an agent of God, as Christ Jesus. 15Where then is your satisfaction? For I testify to you, that if possible, having plucked your eyes out, ye would have given them to me. 16So then have I become your enemy telling you the truth? 17They are zealous for you but not honorably. They want to exclude you, so that ye may be zealous for them. 18But to be zealous of is always good in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, of whom I suffer birth pains again until Christ is formed in you. 20But I was wishing to be present with you now and to change my tone, because I am perplexed at you. 21Tell me those desiring to be under law, do ye not hear the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one from the servant girl, and one from the freewoman. 23But in fact, the man from the servant girl was born according to flesh, but the man from the freewoman through promise. 24Which things are allegorized, for these are two covenants, indeed one from mount Sinai giving birth for bondage, which is Hagar. 25For Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and it corresponds to the present Jerusalem, and is in bondage with her children. 26But the Jerusalem above is free, which is mother of us all. 27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren woman not giving birth. Burst forth and shout, thou not suffering birth pains, because many more are the children of the desolate than of her who has the husband. 28Now we, brothers, who correspond to Isaac, are children of promise. 29But just as then, the man who was born according to flesh persecuted the man according to Spirit, so also now. 30Nevertheless, what does the scripture say? Send away the servant girl and her son, for the son of the servant girl will, no, not inherit with the son of the freewoman. 31So then, brothers, we are not children of a servant girl, but of the freewoman.
Copyright information for ACV