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Galatians 4:21-31 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.