1My children, with whom 2I am again in labor until 3Christ is formed in you-
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but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for 4I am perplexed about you.
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Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not 5listen to the law?
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For it is written that Abraham had two sons, 6one by the bondwoman and 7one by the free woman.
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But 8the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and 9the son by the free woman through the promise.
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10This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from 11Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be 12slaves; 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 13the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.
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For it is written, "14REJOICE, 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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And you brethren, 15like Isaac, are 16children of promise.
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But as at that time 17he who was born according to the flesh 18persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, 19so it is now also.
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