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?1
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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.2
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It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.3
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My dear children,4 for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,5
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how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
Tell me, you who want to be under the law,6 are you not aware of what the law says?
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For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman7 and the other by the free woman.8
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His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way;9 but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.10
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These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.
Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.