Galatians 4:1-20 NIV

1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery1 under the basic principles of the world.2

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      4 But when the time had fully come,3 God sent his Son,4 born of a woman,5 born under law,6

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      5 to redeem7 those under law, that we might receive the full rights8 of sons.9

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      6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son10 into our hearts,11 the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba",a Father."12

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        • a 4:6 - Aramaic for "Father"
          7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.13

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          Paul's Concern for the Galatians

          8 Formerly, when you did not know God,14 you were slaves15 to those who by nature are not gods.16

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          9 But now that you know God--or rather are known by God17--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved18 by them all over again?19

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              10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!20

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              11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.21

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              12 I plead with you, brothers,22 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.

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              13 As you know, it was because of an illness23 that I first preached the gospel to you.

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              14 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.24

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              15 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.
              16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?25

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              17 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.26

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              18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.27

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                • 27 4:18 - ver 13,14
                  19 My dear children,28 for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,29

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                  20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!