Revised English Version

Galatians Chapter 4  

1Now I say, as long as the heir is a minor, he does not differ from a slave, although he is lord of everything, 2but is under guardians and administrators until the date set beforehand by the father. 3So we also, when we were minors, were enslaved by the elemental spirits of the world. 4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent his Son, coming from a woman, coming under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law so that we could receive the adoption. 6Now, because you are sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba” (Father). 7So you are no longer a slave, but through God’s act, a son, and since a son, then an heir. 8But at that time, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those which by nature are not gods. 9However, now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you are turning back again to the weak and worthless elemental spirits, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10You observe days, and months, and seasons, and years. 11I am afraid for you, lest somehow I have labored over you in vain. 12I implore you, brothers, become as I am, for I also became as you. You have done me no wrong. 13Indeed, you know that because of an infirmity of the flesh I told you the Good News the first time, 14and that which was a temptation to you in my flesh you did not treat with contempt, nor loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15Where then is the sense of blessing you had? For I testify to you, that if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. 16So then have I become your enemy, by telling you the truth? 17They zealously seek you, but for no good. They want to shut you out, so that you zealously seek them. 18But it is always good to be zealously sought after for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you. 19My children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you— 20I would like to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. 21Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law? 22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave-girl, and one by the freewoman. 23But the son by the slave-girl was born according to the flesh, while the son of the freewoman was born as a result of the promise. 24These things are being expressed as an allegory, for these women are two covenants. One from Mount Sinai, giving birth to bondage, which is Hagar. 25Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is our mother. 27For it is written, Rejoice, barren one who does not bear, break out and shout, you who are not in labor, for the children of the desolate woman are more than of the one who has the husband.a 28Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of a promise. 29But just like back then, when the one who was born according to the flesh was persecuting the one born according to spirit, so it is now also. 30But what does the Scripture say? Cast out the slave-girl and her son, for the son of the slave-girl will not be an heir with the son of the freewoman.b 31So then, brothers, we are not children of a slave-girl, but of the freewoman.

a[27]
From Isa. 54:1.
b[30]
From Gen. 21:10.