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Galatians 4:20-30 (New American Standard)

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20 but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 1I am perplexed about you.

Bond and Free

21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not 2listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 3one by the bondwoman and 4one by the free woman. 23 But 5the son by the bondwoman awas born according to the flesh, and 6the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 b7This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 8Mount Sinai bearing children cwho are to be 9slaves; 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 10the Jerusalem above is free; eshe is our mother. 27 For it is written, "11REJOICE, 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, 12like Isaac, are 13children of promise. 29 But as at that time 14he who was born according to the flesh 15persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 16so it is now also. 30 But what does the Scripture say? "17CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR 18THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN."
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