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Galatians 4:17-27 (New American Standard)

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17 They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. 18 But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable amanner, and 1not only when I am present with you. 19 2My children, with whom 3I am again in labor until 4Christ is formed in you- 20 but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 5I am perplexed about you.

Bond and Free

21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not 6listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 7one by the bondwoman and 8one by the free woman. 23 But 9the son by the bondwoman bwas born according to the flesh, and 10the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 c11This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 12Mount Sinai bearing children dwho are to be 13slaves; eshe is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But 14the Jerusalem above is free; fshe is our mother. 27 For it is written, "15REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND."
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