4 Now I say, That athe heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under btutors and cgovernors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, dwere in bondage under ethe ||elements of the world: 4 But fwhen the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, gmade hof a woman, gmade iunder the law, 5 kTo redeem them that were under the law, that lwe might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth mthe Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, nAbba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and oif a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 Howbeit then, pwhen ye knew not God, qye did service unto them which rby nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather sare known of God, thow turn ye ||again to the uweak and beggarly ||elements, whereunto ye desire again dto be in bondage? 10 Ye observe wdays, and xymonths, and ytimes, and zyears. 11 I am afraid of you, alest I have bbestowed upon you labour cin vain.
12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: dye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how ethrough infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you fat the first. 14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me gas an angel of God, even has Christ Jesus. 15 ||Where is then the iblessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, jif it had been possible, ye would have kplucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16 Am I therefore become your enemy, lbecause I tell you the truth? 17 They mzealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude ||you, that ye might maffect them. 18 But it is good mto be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19 nMy little children, of whom I travail in birth again until oChrist be pformed oin you, 20 qI desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for ||I rstand in doubt of you.
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, sthe one by a bondmaid, tthe other by a freewoman. 23 But uhe who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; twbut he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two ||covenants; xthe one from the mount †Sinai, which gendereth yto bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in zArabia, and ||answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and yis in bondage with her children. 26 But aJerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, bRejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, cbrethren, as Isaac was, are cthe children of promise. 29 But as then dhe that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, eeven so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith fthe scripture? gCast out the bondwoman and her son: for the 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, hbut of the free.
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