I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3Even so we, when we were children, were in
bondage under the elements of the world:
when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption
6And because ye are sons, God hath
sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did
service unto them which by nature are no gods.
now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto
ye desire again to be in bondage?
days, and months, and times, and years.
am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
13Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected;
but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your
own eyes, and have given them to me.
I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with
19My little children, of whom I travail
in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid,
the other by a freewoman.
23But he who was
of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which
gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren
that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath
28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was,
are the children of promise.
29But as then
he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her
son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.