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Galatians 4:21-31 (New American Standard)

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Bond and Free

21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not 1listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 2one by the bondwoman and 3one by the free woman. 23 But 4the son by the bondwoman awas born according to the flesh, and 5the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 b6This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 7Mount Sinai bearing children cwho are to be 8slaves; 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 9the Jerusalem above is free; eshe is our mother. 27 For it is written, "10REJOICE, 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, 11like Isaac, are 12children of promise. 29 But as at that time 13he who was born according to the flesh 14persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 15so it is now also. 30 But what does the Scripture say? "16CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR 17THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN." 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, fbut of the free woman.
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