24a1This is allegoricallyspeaking, for these women are twocovenants: one proceeding from 2MountSinaibearingchildrenbwho are to be 3slaves; cshe is Hagar.
25NowthisHagar is MountSinai in Arabia and corresponds to the presentJerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
But 4the Jerusalemabove is free; dshe is our mother.
For it is written, "5REJOICE, 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."
And you brethren, 6likeIsaac, are 7children of promise.
But as at that time8he who was bornaccording to the flesh9persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 10so it is nowalso.
But what does the Scripturesay? "11CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR 12THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREEWOMAN."
31Sothen, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, ebut of the freewoman.