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Galatians 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves great wealth for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. 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 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba", Father."
7 Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you. 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 Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 And now that you have found God (or should I say, now that God has found you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual powers of this world? 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 are trying to find favor with God by what you do or don't do on certain days or months or seasons or years. 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I fear for you. I am afraid that all my hard work for you was worth nothing. 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles were -- free from the law.You did not mistreat me when I first preached to you. 12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13 Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News of Christ. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 But even though my sickness was revolting to you, you did not reject me and turn me away. No, you took me in and cared for me as though I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself. 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 is that joyful spirit we felt together then? In those days, I know you would gladly have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible. 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 because I am telling you the truth? 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those false teachers who are so anxious to win your favor are not doing it for your good. They are trying to shut you off from me so that you will pay more attention to 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 Now it's wonderful if you are eager to do good, and especially when I am not 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 But oh, my dear children! I feel as if I am going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. 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 there with you right now, so that I could be more gentle with you. But at this distance I frankly don't know what else to do. 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21 Listen to me, you who want to live under the law. Do you know what the law really says? 21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says?
22 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave-wife and one from his freeborn wife. 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 of the slave-wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God's promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God's own fulfillment of his 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 Now these two women serve as an illustration of God's two covenants. Hagar, the slave-wife, represents Mount Sinai where people first became enslaved to the law. 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 And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery. 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 Sarah, the free woman, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. And she is our mother. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27 That is what Isaiah meant when he prophesied, "Rejoice, O childless woman! Break forth into loud and joyful song, even though you never gave birth to a child. For the woman who could bear no children now has more than all the other women!" 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 And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 And we who are born of the Holy Spirit are persecuted by those who want us to keep the law, just as Isaac, the child of promise, was persecuted by Ishmael, the son of the slave-wife. 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 do the Scriptures say about that? "Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the family 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 So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, obligated to the law. We are children of the free woman, acceptable to God because of our faith. 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.