These people [who distort the Good News] are devoted to you, but not in a good way. They don't want you to associate with me so that you will be devoted only to them.
(Devotion to a good cause is always good, even when I'm not with you.)
My children, I am suffering birth pains for you again until Christ is formed in you.
I wish I were with you right now so that I could change the tone of my voice. I'm completely puzzled by what you've done!
Those who want to be controlled by Moses' laws should tell me something. Are you really listening to what Moses' Teachings say?
Scripture says that Abraham had two sons, one by a woman who was a slave and the other by a free woman.
Now, the son of the slave woman was conceived in a natural way, but the son of the free woman was conceived through a promise [made to Abraham].
I'm going to use these historical events as an illustration. The women illustrate two arrangements. The one woman, Hagar, is the arrangement made on Mount Sinai. Her children are born into slavery.
Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia. She is like Jerusalem today because she and her children are slaves.
But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
Scripture says: "Rejoice, women who cannot get pregnant, who cannot give birth to any children! Break into shouting, those who feel no pains of childbirth! Because the deserted woman will have more children than the woman who has a husband."