King James VersionGalatians4


1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, dif­fer­eth noth­ing from a ser­vant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is un­der tu­tors and gov­er­nors un­til the time ap­point­ed of the fa­ther. 3 Even so we, when we were chil­dren, were in bondage un­der the el­e­ments of the world: 4 But when the ful­ness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a wom­an, made un­der the law, 5 To re­deem them that were un­der the law, that we might re­ceive the adop­tion of sons. 6 And be­cause ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spir­it of his Son into your hearts, cry­ing, Ab­ba, Fa­ther. 7 Where­fore thou art no more a ser­vant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 How­beit then, when ye knew not God, ye did ser­vice unto them which by na­ture are no gods. 9 But 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? 10 Ye ob­serve days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have be­stowed upon you labour in vain. 12 Brethren, I be­seech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not in­jured me at all. 13 Ye know how through in­fir­mi­ty of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temp­ta­tion which was in my flesh ye de­spised not, nor re­ject­ed; but re­ceived me as an an­gel of God, even as Christ Je­sus. 15 Where 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. 16 Am I there­fore be­come your en­e­my, be­cause I tell you the truth? 17 They zeal­ous­ly af­fect you, but not well; yea, they would ex­clude you, that ye might af­fect them. 18 But it is good to be zeal­ous­ly af­fect­ed al­ways in a good thing, and not only when I am pre­sent with you. 19 My lit­tle chil­dren, of whom I tra­vail in birth again un­til Christ be formed in you, 20 I de­sire to be pre­sent with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand 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, the one by a bond­maid, the oth­er by a free­wom­an. 23 But he who was of the bond­wom­an was born af­ter the flesh; but he of the free­wom­an was by promise. 24 Which things are an al­le­go­ry: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gen­dereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Ara­bia, and an­swereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her chil­dren. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the moth­er of us all. 27 For 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 an hus­band. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the chil­dren of promise. 29 But as then he that was born af­ter the flesh per­se­cut­ed him that was born af­ter the Spir­it, even so it is now. 30 Nev­er­the­less 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. 31 So then, brethren, we are not chil­dren of the bond­wom­an, but of the free.