1 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forcesa of the world.
References for Galatians 4:3
    • r 4:3 - Or "under the basic principles"
      4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
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      5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.b
      References for Galatians 4:5
        • s 4:5 - The Greek word for "adoption to sonship" is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
          6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,c Father.”
          References for Galatians 4:6
            • t 4:6 - Aramaic for "Father"