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Galatians 4:1-9 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Let me explain further. As long as an heir is a child, he is no better off than a slave, even though he 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 He is placed under the control of guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3 It was the same way with us. When we were children, we were slaves to the principles 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 [into the world]. A woman gave birth to him, and he came under the control of God's laws. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 God sent him to pay for the freedom of those who were controlled by these laws so that we would be adopted as his children. 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 Because you are God's children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into us to call out, "Abba! 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 are no longer slaves but God's children. Since you are God's children, God has also made you heirs. 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 When you didn't know God, you were slaves to things which 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, or rather, God knows you. So how can you turn back again to the powerless and bankrupt principles of this world? 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?