Formerly, when you did not know God,2 you were slaves3 to those who by nature are not gods.49
But now that you know God--or rather are known by God5--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved6 by them all over again?710
You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!811
I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.912
I plead with you, brothers,10 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
As you know, it was because of an illness11 that I first preached the gospel to you.
Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.1215
What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?1317
Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them.14