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Galatians 4

We were under the Law till Christ came, as the heir is under his guardian till he be of age.

Galatians 4:1 And I say, that the heyre, as long as he is a chylde, differeth nothyng from a seruaut, though he be Lorde of all, Galatians 4:2 But is vnder tuters and gouernours, vntyll the tyme appoynted of the father. Galatians 4:3 Euen so we, when we were chyldren, were in bondage vnder ye rudimentes of the worlde: Galatians 4:4 But when the fulnesse of the tyme was come, God sent his sonne, made of a woman, and made vnder the lawe,

But Christ freed us from the Law:

Galatians 4:5 To redeeme them that were vnder the lawe, that we myght receaue the adoption of chyldren. Galatians 4:6 Because ye are sonnes, God hath sent the spirite of his sonne into your heartes, crying, Abba, father.

therefore we are servants no longer to it.

Galatians 4:7 Wherfore thou art no more a seruaunt, but a sonne: If thou be a sonne, thou art also an heire of God, through Christ. Galatians 4:8 Notwithstandyng, when ye knewe not God, ye dyd seruice vnto the which by nature are no Gods. Galatians 4:9 But nowe after that ye haue knowen God, yea, rather are knowen of God, howe turne ye agayne vnto the weake and beggarly rudimentes, whervnto againe ye desire a freshe to be in bondage? Galatians 4:10 Ye obserue dayes, and monethes, and tymes, and yeres. Galatians 4:11 I am in feare of you, lest I haue bestowed on you labour in vayne. Galatians 4:12 Brethren, I besech you be as I [am] for I am as ye are. Ye haue not iniured me at all. Galatians 4:13 Ye knowe howe through infirmitie of the fleshe, I preached the Gospell vnto you at the first:

He remembereth their good will to him, and his to them,

Galatians 4:14 And my temptation which was in my fleshe, ye dispised not, neither abhorred: but receaued me as an Angel of God, euen as Christe Iesus. Galatians 4:15 What is then your felicitie? For I beare you recorde, that yf it had ben possible, ye woulde haue plucked out your owne eyes, and haue geuen them to me. Galatians 4:16 Am I therfore become your enemie, because I tell you the trueth? Galatians 4:17 They are gelouse ouer you amisse: Yea, they intende to exclude you, that ye shoulde be feruent to them warde. Galatians 4:18 It is good alwayes to be zelous in a good thyng, and not only when I am present with you Galatians 4:19 My litle chyldren, of whom I trauayle in birth agayne, vntyll Christe be fashioned in you. Galatians 4:20 But I desire to be present with you nowe, and to chaunge my voyce: for I stande in doubt of you. Galatians 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be vnder the lawe, do ye not heare the lawe?

and sheweth that we are the sons of Abraham by the freewoman.

Galatians 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sonnes, the one by a bonde mayde, the other by a free woman: Galatians 4:23 But he which was of the bonde woman, was borne after the fleshe: but he which was of the free woman, [was borne] by promise. Galatians 4:24 Which thynges are spoken by an allegorie. For these are two testamentes: the one from the mount Sina, which gendreth vnto bondage, which is Agar. Galatians 4:25 For Agar is the mount Sina in Arabia, and bordreth vpon the citie, which is nowe [called] Hierusalem, and is in bondage with her chyldren. Galatians 4:26 But Hierusalem which is aboue, is free: which is the mother of vs all. Galatians 4:27 For it is written: Reioyce thou baren, that bearest no chyldren, breake foorth and crye, thou that trauaylest not: For the desolate hath many mo chyldren, then she which hath an husbande. Galatians 4:28 But brethren, we are after Isaac the chyldren of promise. Galatians 4:29 But as then he that was borne after the fleshe, persecuted hym that was borne after the spirite: euen so is it now. Galatians 4:30 Neuerthelesse, what saith the scripture? put away the bondwoman and her sonne: For the sonne of the bondwoman, shall not be heire with the sonne of the free woman. Galatians 4:31 So then brethren, we are not chyldren of the bonde woman, but of the free.

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