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Galatians 4 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I want to tell you this: While those who will inherit their fathers' prop- erty are still children, they are no different from slaves. It does not matter that the children own 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 they are children, they must obey those who are chosen to care for them. But when the children reach the age set by their fathers, they are free. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 It is the same for us. We were once like children, slaves to the useless rules 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 who was born of a woman and lived under the law. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 God did this so he could buy freedom for those who were under the law and so we could become his children. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 Since you are God's children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and the Spirit cries out, "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 now you are not a slave; you are God's child, and God will give you the blessing he promised, because you are his child. 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. You were slaves to gods that were not real. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now you know the true God. Really, it is God who knows you. So why do you turn back to those weak and useless rules you followed before? Do you want to be slaves to those things 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 still follow teachings about special days, months, seasons, and years. 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I am afraid for you, that my work for you has been wasted. 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 Brothers and sisters, I became like you, so I beg you to become like me. You were very good to me before. 12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13 You remember that it was because of an illness that I came to you the first time, preaching the Good News. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 Though my sickness was a trouble for you, you did not hate me or make me leave. But you welcomed me as an angel from God, as if I were Jesus Christ 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 You were very happy then, but where is that joy now? I am ready to testify that you would have taken out your eyes and given them to me if that were 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 Now am I your enemy because I tell you the truth? 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those peoplen are working hard to persuade you, but this is not good for you. They want to persuade you to turn against us and follow only 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 It is good for people to show interest in you, but only if their purpose is good. This is always true, not just 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 little children, again I feel the pain of childbirth for you until you truly become like Christ. 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 with you now and could change the way I am talking to you, because I do not know what to think about you. 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21 Some of you still want to be under the law. Tell me, do you know 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 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons. The mother of one son was a slave woman, and the mother of the other son was 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 Abraham's son from the slave woman was born in the normal human way. But the son from the free woman was born because of the promise God made to Abraham. 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 This story teaches something else: The two women are like the two agreements between God and his people. One agreement is the law that God made on Mount Sinai, and the people who are under this agreement are like slaves. The mother named Hagar is like that agreement. 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 She is like Mount Sinai in Arabia and is a picture of the earthly Jewish city of Jerusalem. This city and its people, the Jews, are slaves to the law. 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, which is above, is like the free woman. She is our mother. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27 It is written in the Scriptures: "Be happy, Jerusalem. You are like a woman who never gave birth to children. Start singing and shout for joy. You never felt the pain of giving birth, but you will have 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 My brothers and sisters, you are God's children because of his promise, as Isaac was then. 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 The son who was born in the normal way treated the other son badly. It is the same today. 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. The son of the slave woman should not inherit anything. The son of the free woman should receive it all." 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, my brothers and sisters, we are not children 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.