1 But I say that so long time as the heir is a babe, he differeth nothing from a bondman, though lord of all; 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the father’s appointed day. 3 So we also, when we were babes, were in bondage under the †rudiments of the world: 4 but when the fullness of the time came, :God sent forth his :Son, †born of woman, born under law, 5 that he might redeem those under law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, :God sent forth the Spirit of his :Son into our :hearts, crying, Abba, the Father. 7 So that thou art no longer bondman, but son; and if son, then heir through God.
8 However, then indeed not knowing God ye were in bondage to them that by nature are no gods: 9 but now knowing God, or rather being known by God, how turn ye back again to the weak and poor ele ments, whereunto ye desire to be in bondage over again? 10 Ye observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest somehow I have toiled over you in vain.
12 I beseech you, brethren, become as I; for I also am as ye. Ye did me no wrong: 13 but ye know that because of infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel to you the former time: 14 and the temptation to you in my :flesh ye despised not, nor †rejected; but ye received me as God’s angel, as Christ Jesus. 15 Where then is your :gratulation? for I bear you witness, that, if possible, ye would have plucked out your :eyes and given them to me. 16 So then am I become your enemy, by telling you truth? 17 They are zealous for you in no good way; but desire to shut you out, that ye be zealous for them. 18 But it is good to be zealously sought in a good matter always, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you—20 but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my :voice; for I am perplexed about you.
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under law, hear ye not the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the maid, and one by the freewoman. 23 But he of the maid is born after the flesh; and he of the freewoman, through promise. 24 Which things contain an allegory: for these are two covenants: the one from mount Sinai, bearing unto bondage, which is Hagar. 25 Now this, Hagar, is mount Sinai in :Arabia, and answereth to the Jerusalem that now is: for she is in bondage with her :children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother, 27 For it is written,
Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; Break forth and cry, thou that travailest not:For more are the children of the desolate than of her that hath the husband.
28 Now we, brethren, are †as Isaac children of promise. 29 But just as then who was born after the flesh perse cuted the one after the Spirit, so also now. 30 But what saith the scripture? Cast out the maid and her :son: for the son of the maid shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman. 31 Wherefore, brethren, we are not a maid’s children, but the freewoman’s.