So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.1
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Formerly, when you did not know God,2 you were slaves3 to those who by nature are not gods.4
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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?7
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You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!8
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I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.9
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I plead with you, brothers,10 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
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As you know, it was because of an illness11 that I first preached the gospel to you.
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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.12
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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?13
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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.14
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