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Galatians 4 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a minor he is no different from a slave, even though he is the legal owner of the estate; 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 rather, he is subject to guardians and caretakers until the time previously set by his father. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 So it is with us - when we were "children" we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe; 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4 but when the appointed time arrived, God sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm, 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 so that he might redeem those in subjection to this legalism and thus enable us to be made God's sons. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 Now because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out, "Abba!" (that is, "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 So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son you are also an heir. 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, when you did not know God, you served as slaves beings which in reality are non-gods. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now you do know God, and, more than that, you are known by God. So how is it that you turn back again to those weak and miserable elemental spirits? Do you want to enslave yourselves to them once more? 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 special days, months, seasons and years! 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I fear for you that my work among you has been wasted! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 Brothers, I beg of you: put yourselves in my place - after all, I put myself in your place. It isn't that you have 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 know that it was because I was ill that I proclaimed the Good News to you at first; 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 and even though my physical condition must have tempted you to treat me with scorn, you did not display any sign of disdain or disgust. No, you welcomed me as if I had been an angel of God, as if I had been the Messiah Yeshua 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 So what has become of the joy you felt? For I bear you witness that had it been possible, you would have gouged 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 Have I now become your enemy because I tell you the truth? 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 True, these teachers are zealous for you, but their motives are not good. They want to separate you from us so that you will become zealous for 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 To be zealous is good, provided always that the cause is good. Indeed, whether I am present with you or not, 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, I am suffering the pains of giving birth to you all over again - and this will go on until the Messiah takes shape in you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone of voice. I don't know what to do with you. 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21 Tell me, you who want to be in subjection to the system that results from perverting the Torah into legalism, don't you hear what the Torah itself 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 Avraham 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 one by the slave woman was born according to the limited capabilities of human beings, but the one by the free woman was born through the miracle-working power of God fulfilling 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, to make a midrash on these things: the two women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai and bears children for slavery - 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; she corresponds to the present Yerushalayim, for she serves as a slave along 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 Yerushalayim above is free, and she is our mother; 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27 for the Tanakh says, "Rejoice, you barren woman who does not bear children! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor! For the deserted wife will have more children than the one whose husband is with her!"i 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 You, brothers, like Yitz'chak, are children referred to in a promise of God. 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 But just as then the one born according to limited human capability persecuted the one born through the Spirit's supernatural power, so it is 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 Nevertheless, what does the Tanakh say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for by no means will the son of the slave woman inherit 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, brothers, we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman. 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.