Galatians 4:8-20

Paul's Concern for the Galatians

8 But in the past, when you didn't know God, you were enslaved to thingsa that by nature are not gods.
9 But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?
10 You observe [special] days, months, seasons, and years.
11 I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.
12 I beg you, brothers: become like me, for I also became like you. You have not wronged me;
13 you know that previously I preached the gospel to you in physical weakness,
14 and though my physical condition was a trial for you,b you did not despise or reject me. On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus [Himself].
15 What happened to this blessedness of yours? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Theyc are enthusiastic about you, but not for any good. Instead, they want to isolate you so you will be enthusiastic about them.
18 Now it is always good to be enthusiastic about good-and not just when I am with you.
19 My children, again I am in the pains of childbirth for you until Christ is formed in you.
20 I'd like to be with you right now and change my tone of voice, because I don't know what to do about you.
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