Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,
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but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.
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So also we, while we were children, were held 1in bondage under the 2elemental things of the world.
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But when 3the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, 4born of a woman, born 5under the Law,
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so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as 6sons.
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Because you are sons, 7God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "8Abba! Father!"
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Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and 9if a son, then an heir through God.
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However at that time, 10when you did not know God, you were 11slaves to 12those which by nature are no gods.
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But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be 13known by God, 14how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless 15elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?
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You 16observe days and months and seasons and years.
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I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.
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I beg of you, 17brethren, 18become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong;
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but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time;
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and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but 19you received me as an angel of God, as 20Christ Jesus Himself.
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Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.
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So have I become your enemy 21by telling you the truth?
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They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them.
But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and 22not only when I am present with you.
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23My children, with whom 24I am again in labor until 25Christ is formed in you-
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but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 26I am perplexed about you.
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