Galatians 4:21–5:4

Two Covenants

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: wthe one by a bondwoman, xthe other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman ywas born according to the flesh, zand he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are 7the two covenants: the one from Mount aSinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar—25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children—26 but the bJerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written:

c“Rejoice, O barren,

You who do not bear!

Break forth and shout,

You who are not in labor!

For the desolate has many more children

Than she who has a husband.”

28 Now dwe, brethren, as Isaac was, are echildren of promise. 29 But, as fhe who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, geven so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does hthe Scripture say? iCast out the bondwoman and her son, for jthe son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.

Christian Liberty

5 Stand a 1fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a byoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that cif you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised dthat he is 2a debtor to keep the whole law. eYou have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; fyou have fallen from grace.

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