Galatians 4:8

Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

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

Galatians 4:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
ESV
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.
NLT
8 Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.
MSG
8 Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them.
CSB
8 But in the past, when you didn't know God, you were enslaved to things that by nature are not gods.

Galatians 4:8 In-Context

6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

Cross References 3

  • 1. Romans 1:28; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:8
  • 2. S ver 3
  • 3. 2 Chronicles 13:9; Isaiah 37:19; Jeremiah 2:11; Jeremiah 5:7; Jeremiah 16:20; 1 Corinthians 8:4,5
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