Galatians 4:21

That desire to be under the law (oi upo nomon qelonte einai). "Under law" (no article), as in Galatians 3:23 ; Galatians 4:4 , legalistic system. Paul views them as on the point of surrender to legalism, as "wanting" (qelonte) to do it ( Galatians 1:6 ; Galatians 3:3 ; Galatians 4:11 Galatians 4:17 ). Paul makes direct reference to these so disposed to "hear the law." He makes a surprising turn, but a legitimate one for the legalists by an allegorical use of Scripture.