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1 But now to continue - the son who will receive his father's property is treated just like a slave while he is young, even though he really owns 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 While he is young, there are men who take care of him and manage his affairs until the time set by his father. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 In the same way, we too were slaves of the ruling spirits of the universe before we reached spiritual maturity. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4 But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law, 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God's children. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 To show that you are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, "Father, my Father." 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba", Father."
7 So then, you are no longer a slave but a child. And since you are his child, God will give you all that he has for his children. 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 In the past you did not know God, and so you were slaves of beings who are not gods. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now that you know God - or, I should say, now that God knows you - how is it that you want to turn back to those weak and pitiful ruling spirits? Why do you want to become their slaves all over 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 pay special attention to certain days, months, seasons, and years. 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I am worried about you! Can it be that all my 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, my friends, be like me. After all, I am like you. You have not done me any wrong. 12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13 You remember why I preached the gospel to you the first time; it was because I was sick. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 But even though my physical condition was a great trial to you, you did not despise or reject me. Instead, you received me as you would an angel from heaven; you received me as you would 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 You were so happy! What has happened? I myself can say that you would have taken out your own eyes, if you could, 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 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those other people show a deep interest in you, but their intentions are not good. All they want is to separate you from me, so that you will have the same interest in them as they have in you. 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 Now, it is good to have such a deep interest if the purpose is good - this is true always, and not merely when I am 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 dear children! Once again, just like a mother in childbirth, I feel the same kind of pain for you until Christ's nature 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 How I wish I were with you now, so that I could take a different attitude toward you. I am so worried about you! 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21 Let me ask those of you who want to be subject to the Law: do you not hear what the Law says? 21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says?
22 It says that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman, the other by a 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 His son by the slave woman was born in the usual way, but his son by the free woman was born as a result of God's 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 can be understood as a figure: the two women represent two covenants. The one whose children are born in slavery is Hagar, and she represents the covenant made at Mount Sinai. 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, who stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia, is a figure of the present city of Jerusalem, in slavery with all its people. 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 heavenly Jerusalem is free, and she is our mother. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27 For the scripture says, "Be happy, you childless woman! Shout and cry with joy, you who never felt the pains of childbirth! For the woman who was deserted will have more children than the woman whose husband never left her." 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 Now, you, my friends, are God's children as a result of his promise, just as Isaac was. 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 At that time the son who was born in the usual way persecuted the one who was born because of God's Spirit; and it is the same now. 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? It says, "Send the slave woman and her son away; for the son of the slave woman will not have a part of the father's property along with the son of the free woman." 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 So then, my friends, we are not the children of a slave woman but of a free woman. 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.