Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.
For a good purpose it is always good to be made much of, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!
I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law?
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.
But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise.
Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.
Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
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