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Galatians 4:19-29 (English Standard Version)

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19 1my little children, 2for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ 3is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Example of Hagar and Sarah

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 4one by a slave woman and 5one by a free woman. 23 But 6the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while 7the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two 8covenants. 9One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia;a she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But 10the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written, 11"Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband." 28 Now you,b brothers, 12like Isaac, 13are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh 14persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 15so also it is now.
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