Galatians 4
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1NOW this I say, That the heir as long as he is young, cannot be distinguished from the servants, though he is the lord of them all. 2But he is under guardians and stewards, until the time appointed by his father. 3Even so we, when we were young, were subject to the principles of this world: 4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son who, born of a woman, became subject to the law, 5To redeem them who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts crying, Abba, Avon, O Father, our Father. 7From now on you are not servants but sons; and if sons, then heirs of God through Jesus Christ.

8Howbeit then, when you did not know God, you served those things which from their nature were not gods. 9But now after you have known God, and, above all, are known of God, you turn again to those weak and poor principles, and you wish again to come under their bondage. 10You still observe days and months and times and years. 11I am afraid that perhaps I have labored among you in vain.

12My brethren, I beseech you, put yourself in my place; just as once I put myself in your place: You have not offended me at all. 13You know that I was sick and weak when I preached the gospel to you at the first. 14And yet you did not despise me, nor reject me on account of my weakness; but you received me as an angel of God, even as Jesus Christ. 15Where is then the blessedness you had? for I can testify concerning you, that if it had been possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me. 16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17These men do not envy you for good, but they would dominate you, so that you might envy them. 18But it is good that you should always envy after good things, and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, for whom I am in travail again, until Christ be a reality in you, 20I wish I could be with you now, and could change the tone of my voice; because I am deeply concerned about you.

21Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by a bondmaid, and one by a freewoman. 23But he who was born of the bondmaid was born after the flesh; but he who was born of the freewoman was born by promise. 24Now these things are a symbol of the two covenants; the one from Mount Sinai, give girls birth to bondage, which is Hagar. 25For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and surrenders to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26But the Jerusalem which is above is free, and is the mother of us all.

27For as it is written, Make merry, O you barren who bear not; rejoice and cry, O you who travail not; for the children of the forsaken are more numerous than the children of the one who is favored.

28Now we, my brethren, are the children of promise, as was Isaac. 29But as then he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

30Nevertheless what does the scripture say? Cast out the bondmaid and her son; for the son of the maidservant shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman.

31So then, my brethren, we are not children of the maidservant but children of the freewoman.


Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933)

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