Galatians 4:1-9 DBY

1 Now I say, As long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bondman, though he be lord of all;
2 but he is under guardians and stewards until the period fixed by the father.
3 So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the principles of the world;
4 but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, come a of woman, come under law,

References for Galatians 4:4

    • † 4:4 - Or 'born,' but the word (ginomai) means primarily 'to begin existence,' 'to become,' or 'to happen.'
      5 that he might redeem those under law, that we might receive sonship. b

      References for Galatians 4:5

        • ‡ 4:5 - Or 'adoption.' It is receiving the position of sonship as a gift. 'Receive' has an active force here. Jew and Gentile received it as a gift from another, even freely from God; for the Jew was in bondage under law: the Gentile had right to nothing: see Rom. 8.15,23; 9.4; Eph. 1.5.
          6 But because ye are sons, God has sent out the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
          7 So thou art no longer bondman, but son; but if son, heir also through God. c

          References for Galatians 4:7

            • ˆ 4:7 - God himself has made us heirs.
              8 But then indeed, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods; d

              References for Galatians 4:8

                • ‰ 4:8 - As the Hebrew in 2Chron. 13.9, 'what is not God.'
                  9 but now, knowing God, but rather being known by God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly principles to which ye desire to be again anew in bondage?