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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 As long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all, Galatians 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father. Galatians 4:3 So we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world. Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law:

But Christ freed us from the Law:

Galatians 4:5 That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.

therefore we are servants no longer to it.

Galatians 4:7 Therefore, now he is not a servant, but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God. Galatians 4:8 But then indeed, not knowing God, you served them who, by nature, are not gods. Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known by God: how turn you again to the weak and needy elements which you desire to serve again? Galatians 4:10 You observe days and months and times, and years. Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you. Galatians 4:12 Be ye as I, because I also am as you brethren, I beseech you. You have not injured me at all. Galatians 4:13 And you know how, through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you heretofore: and your temptation in my flesh

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

Galatians 4:14 You despised not, nor rejected: but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Galatians 4:15 Where is then your blessedness? For I bear you witness that, if it could be done, you would have plucked out your own eyes and would have given them to me. Galatians 4:16 Am I then become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Galatians 4:17 They are zealous in your regard not well: but they would exclude you, that you might be zealous for them. Galatians 4:18 But be zealous for that which is good in a good thing always: and not only when I am present with you. Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you. Galatians 4:20 And I would willingly be present with you now and change my voice: because I am ashamed for you. Galatians 4:21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, have you not read the law?

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

Galatians 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman and the other by a free woman. Galatians 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh: but he of the free woman was by promise. Galatians 4:24 Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from Mount Sina, engendering unto bondage, which is Agar. Galatians 4:25 For Sina is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that Jerusalem which now is: and is in bondage with her children. Galatians 4:26 But that Jerusalem which is above is free: which is our mother. Galatians 4:27 For it is written: Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break forth and cry thou that travailest not: for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that hath a husband. Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. Galatians 4:29 But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was after the spirit: so also it is now. Galatians 4:30 But what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. Galatians 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not the children of the bondwoman but of the free: by the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.

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