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 1not only when I am present with you.
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2My children, with whom 3I am again in labor until 4Christ is formed in you-
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but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 5I am perplexed about you.
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Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not 6listen to the law?
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For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 7one by the bondwoman and 8one by the free woman.
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But 9the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and 10the son by the free woman through the promise.
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11This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 12Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be 13slaves; she is Hagar.
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Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
But 14the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.
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For it is written, "15REJOICE, 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."
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