1Now I say, as long as the heir is a achild, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is bowner of everything,
but he is underguardians and cmanagersuntil the dateset by the father.
3Soalso we, while we were children, were held1in bondageunder the d2elementalthings of the world.
But when3the fullness of the timecame, Godsentforth His Son, 4born of a woman, born5underethe Law,
5so that He might redeemthose who were underfthe Law, that we might receive the adoption as 6sons.
6Because you are sons, 7God has sentforth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "8Abba ! Father !"
7Therefore you are nolonger a slave, but a son ; and 9if a son, then an heirgthroughGod.
8However at that time, 10when you did not knowGod, you were 11slaves to 12those which by nature are nogods.
But now that you have come to knowGod, orrather to be 13known by God, 14how is it that you turnbackagain to the weak and worthlessh15elementalthings, to which you desire to be enslavedalloveragain ?