Galatians 4:19-29 (New American Standard)

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19 1My children, with whom 2I am again in labor until 3Christ is formed in you- 20 but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 4I am perplexed about you.

Bond and Free

21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not 5listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 6one by the bondwoman and 7one by the free woman. 23 But 8the son by the bondwoman awas born according to the flesh, and 9the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 b10This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 11Mount Sinai bearing children cwho are to be 12slaves; dshe 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 13the Jerusalem above is free; eshe is our mother. 27 For it is written, "14REJOICE, 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." 28 And you brethren, 15like Isaac, are 16children of promise. 29 But as at that time 17he who was born according to the flesh 18persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 19so it is now also.
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