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1 I'm saying that as long as the heirs are minors, they are no different from slaves, though they really are the owners of everything. 1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
2 However, they are placed under trustees and guardians until the date set by the parents. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 In the same way, when we were minors, we were also enslaved by this world's system. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4 But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!" 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba", Father."
7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if you are his child, then you are also an heir through God. 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
8 At the time, when you didn't know God, you were enslaved by things that aren't gods by nature. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now, after knowing God (or rather, being known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless world system? Do you want to be slaves to it again? 9 But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
10 You observe religious days and months and seasons and years. 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I'm afraid for you! Perhaps my hard work for you has been for nothing. 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 I beg you to be like me, brothers and sisters, because I have become like you! You haven't wronged me. 12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13 You know that I first preached the gospel to you because of an illness. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 Though my poor health burdened you, you didn't look down on me or reject me, but you welcomed me as if I were an angel from God, or as if I were Christ Jesus! 14 Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
15 Where then is the great attitude that you had? I swear that, if possible, you would have dug out your eyes and given them to me. 15 What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
16 So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 They are so concerned about you, though not with good intentions. Rather, they want to shut you out so that you would run after them. 17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them.
18 However, it's always good to have people concerned about you with good intentions, and not just when I'm there with you. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.
19 My little children, I'm going through labor pains again until Christ is formed in you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
20 But I wish I could be with you now and change how I sound, because I'm at a loss about you. 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21 Tell me—those of you who want to be under the Law—don't you listen to the Law? 21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says?
22 It's written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and one by the free woman. 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
23 The son by the slave woman was conceived the normal way, but the son by the free woman was conceived through a promise. 23 His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.
24 These things are an allegory: the women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to slave children; this is Hagar. 24 These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.
25 Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and she corresponds to the present-day Jerusalem, because the city is in slavery with her children. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.
26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27 It's written: Rejoice, barren woman, you who have not given birth. Break out with a shout, you who have not suffered labor pains; because the woman who has been deserted will have many more children than the woman who has a husband. 27 For it is written: "Be glad, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have no labor pains; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband."
28 Brothers and sisters, you are children of the promise like Isaac. 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 But just as it was then, so it is now also: the one who was conceived the normal way harassed the one who was conceived by the Spirit. 29 At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
30 But what does the scripture say? Throw out the slave woman and her son, because the slave woman's son won't share the inheritance with the free woman's son. 30 But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son."
31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we aren't the slave woman's children, but we are the free woman's children. 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.