Galatians 4:3-14 NIV

3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery1 under the basic principles of the world.2

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      4 But when the time had fully come,3 God sent his Son,4 born of a woman,5 born under law,6

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      5 to redeem7 those under law, that we might receive the full rights8 of sons.9

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      6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son10 into our hearts,11 the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba",a Father."12

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        • a 4:6 - Aramaic for "Father"
          7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.13

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          Paul's Concern for the Galatians

          8 Formerly, when you did not know God,14 you were slaves15 to those who by nature are not gods.16

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          9 But now that you know God--or rather are known by God17--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved18 by them all over again?19

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              10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!20

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              11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.21

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              12 I plead with you, brothers,22 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.

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              13 As you know, it was because of an illness23 that I first preached the gospel to you.

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              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.24

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