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Galatians 4:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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Sons and Heirs

1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,a though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, 1were enslaved to the elementary principlesb of the world. 4 But 2when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, 3born 4of woman, born 5under the law, 5 6to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive 7adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent 8the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then 9an heir through God.

Paul's Concern for the Galatians

8 Formerly, when you 10did not know God, you 11were enslaved to those that by nature 12are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather 13to be known by God, 14how can you turn back again to 15the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 16You observe days and months and seasons and years!
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