Galatians 4 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 Here is what I have been saying. As long as your own children are young, they are no different from slaves in your house. They are no different, even though they own all of the property. 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 are under the care of guardians and those who manage the property. They are under their care until the time when their fathers give them the property. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 It is the same with us. When we were children, we were slaves to the basic things the people of the world believe. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4 But then the right time came. God sent his Son. A woman gave birth to him. He was born under the authority of the law. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 He came to set free those who were under the law. He wanted us to be adopted as children with all the rights children have. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 Because you are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. He is the Holy Spirit. By his power we call God ""Abba."" "Abba" means 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 you aren't slaves any longer. You are God's children. Because you are his children, he gives you what he promised to give his people. 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 one time you didn't know God. You were slaves to gods that are really not gods at all. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now you know God. Even better, God knows you. So why are you turning back to those weak and worthless beliefs? Do you want to be slaves to them 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 are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11 I am afraid for you. I am afraid that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 I make my appeal to you, brothers and sisters. I'm asking you to become like me. After all, I became like you. You didn't do anything wrong to me. 12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13 As you know, it was because I was sick that I first preached the good news to you. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14 My sickness was hard on you. But you didn't put me off. You didn't make fun of me. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God. You welcomed me as if I were 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 What has happened to all of your joy? If you could have torn out your own eyes and given them to me, you would have. I can give witness to that. 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 become your enemy now by telling you the truth? 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those people are trying hard to win you over. But it is not for your good. They want to take you away from us. They want you to commit yourselves 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 It is fine to be committed to something, if the purpose is good. And you shouldn't be committed only when I am with you. You should always be committed. 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 in pain for you. Once again I have pain like a woman giving birth. And my pain will continue until Christ makes you like himself. 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. I wish I could change my tone of voice. As it is, you bewilder me. 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21 You who want to be under the authority of the law, tell me something. Don't 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 It is written that Abraham had two sons. The slave woman gave birth to one of them. The free woman gave birth to the other one. 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 by the slave woman was born in the usual way. But his son by the free woman was born because 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 Those things can be taken as examples. The two women stand for two covenants. One covenant comes from Mount Sinai. It gives birth to children who are going to be slaves. It 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 stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia. She stands for the present city of Jerusalem. That's because she and her children are slaves. 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. She is our mother. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27 It is written, "Be glad, woman, you who have no children. Start shouting, you who have no labor pains. The woman who is all alone has more children than the woman who has a husband." #1(Isaiah 54:1)#2 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 because of God's promise just as Isaac was. 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29 At that time, the son born in the usual way tried to hurt the son born by the power of the Holy Spirit. 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 Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman. Get rid of her son. The slave woman's son will never have a share of the family's property with the free woman's son."#1(Genesis 21:10)#2 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 Brothers and sisters, we are not the slave woman's children. We are the free woman's children. 31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.