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Galatians 4:1

1 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.

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Read Galatians 4:1 Using Other Translations

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,
Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.

What does Galatians 4:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Galatians 4:1

Now I say
To illustrate what he had said of the law's being a schoolmaster to the Jews until the coming of Christ, and then ceasing as such, he proposes the case of an heir during his minority, till he come to the proper time of enjoying his estate.

that the heir, as long as he is a child;
anyone that is an heir to his father's estate, or another's, whilst under age, being reckoned as a child, as he is from his infancy to his manhood,

differeth nothing from a servant:
he is not his own man, nor at his own dispose; he cannot do as he pleases; he is under restraint; he is kept to school or to business, and is liable to correction and chastisement according as he behaves; nor can he have the free use of his father's estate,

though he be Lord of all,
of all the servants, according to the Arabic version; or of the whole estate his father left him, of which he is Lord in right, but not in possession; he is right heir to it, though as yet it is not in his hands, nor can he do with it as he will.

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