Formerly, when you did not know God,1 you were slaves2 to those who by nature are not gods.39
But now that you know God--or rather are known by God4--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved5 by them all over again?610
You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!711
I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.812
I plead with you, brothers,9 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
As you know, it was because of an illness10 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.1115
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?1217
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.1318
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.1419
My dear children,15 for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,1620
how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!