They eagerlyseek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.
But it is goodalways to be eagerlysought in a commendableamanner, and 1not onlywhen I ampresent with you.
192My children, with whom3I amagain in laboruntil4Christ is formed in you-
but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 5I amperplexedabout you.
21Tell me, you who want to be underlaw, do you not 6listen to the law?
For it is written that Abrahamhadtwosons, 7one by the bondwoman and 8one by the freewoman.
But 9the son by the bondwomanbwas bornaccording to the flesh, and 10the son by the freewomanthrough the promise.
24c11This is allegoricallyspeaking, for these women are twocovenants: one proceeding from 12MountSinaibearingchildrendwho are to be 13slaves; eshe is Hagar.
25NowthisHagar is MountSinai in Arabia and corresponds to the presentJerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
But 14the Jerusalemabove is free; fshe is our mother.
For it is written, "15REJOICE, BARRENWOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAKFORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORENUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATETHAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND."