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Galatians 4:24-31 (New American Standard)

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24 a1This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 2Mount Sinai bearing children bwho are to be 3slaves; cshe 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 4the Jerusalem above is free; dshe is our mother. 27 For it is written, "5REJOICE, 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, 6like Isaac, are 7children of promise. 29 But as at that time 8he who was born according to the flesh 9persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 10so it is now also. 30 But what does the Scripture say? "11CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR 12THE 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, ebut of the free woman.
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