Galatians 4 – The Inspired Lay Bible


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  1. Now I mean to say that the heir[1], as long as he is also a child[2], is no different, not even from a servant[3], though he is lord of all.
  2. But[4] he is under [the control] of stewards[5] and overseers [trustees][6] until the time appointed by the father.
  3. Likewise, we also, when we were children, were enslaved under the principles[7] of the[8] world.
  4. But when the completeness of the time came, God sent forth his own Son to become [born] by a woman kept under the law.
  5. So as to redeem[9] those under the law, so that they might receive[10] their adoption[11] as sons.[12]
  6. Now, because you have become[13] sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father’.
  7. Therefore[14], you are no more [as] a servant[15] but a son. Now, forasmuch as you are a son, even also are you an heir[16] of God through Christ.
  8. Howbeit, at that time, when indeed you knew not God, you served [and were enslaved[17]] to things which naturally were never gods[18].
  9. But now, having known God much more, and are known by God, how come[19] you return[20] again to those weak and beggarly elements from which you were uplifted at the very beginning, to again become slaves willingly?
  10. You strictly[21] observe special days and new moons[22] and occasions, and give to them a larger measure of your times and years.
  11. I fear for you, lest I have failed and laboured[23] in vain among you.
  12. Be like I, because I am like you, brethren. I covet[24] nothing of yours, and definitely would not harm [or wrong] you.
  13. Also[25], you saw [and know] that through infirmity [weakness of health, trials and troubles] of the flesh, I evangelised[26] the gospel to you at that time.
  14. Moreover, that condition of my flesh, you did not, for it, despise[27] nor spit at[28] me. But as a messenger [and angel] of God, you received [and accepted] me, even as Christ Jesus.
  15. What therefore, happened to that goodwill[29] [which you had] for me? For I am witness, that if you were able[30], those eyes of yours, you would have dug[31] out for me[32].
  16. So then, has this hatred [and hostility] of yours come for being truthful with you? [33]
  17. They are zealously affectionate[34] towards[35] you, but not rightly [nor to[36] your good[37]]; but [rather] to shut you out[38] [from me]. They desire[39] that you be zealously affectionate [only] to[40] them[41].
  18. But it is good[42] to be zealously affectionate always[43] in good things[44] and not only when I am present with you.
  19. My little children for whom I travail anew[45], until such a time when Christ is formed in you.
  20. How I desire to be with you now, and exchange discussions[46] with you because I am perplexed about you.
  21. Speak[47] to me, you who desire to be under the law: do you not understand[48] the law?
  22. For it is written, that Abraham had two sons. One from the bondmaid[49] and one from the freeborn-woman[50].
  23. Howbeit, the former from the bondmaid according to the flesh; but the one from the freeborn-woman was [born] according[51] to promise.
  24. These[52] are an allegory: these for are the two testaments[53]. One truly is from Mount Sinai, born into slavery[54], that[55] is Agar[56].
  25. For this, Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, but is subject to Jerusalem now, and is in slavery[57] together with her children.
  26. But Jerusalem [which is] over[58] her [in authority and ownership] is free, which is the mother of us all.
  27. For it is written, ‘Rejoice, you barren that bears none; burst forth and shout[59] you that have not travailed: because[60] the solitary[61] now have much more children than she which have a husband.
  28. Now, we brethren, just as Isaac [was], [we] are the children of promise.
  29. But exactly[62] as it was then[63], [even] so [it is] now.
  30. Nevertheless[64] what say the scripture? ‘Cast out[65] the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir together with the son of the freeborn-woman.’
  31. Therefore brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the freeborn.

[1] inheritor

[2] minor

[3] slave

[4] rather

[5] Or, managers, commissioners, governors, guardians, trustees

[6] trustees

[7] elements

[8] this

[9] ransom, buy up

[10] accept

[11] place, placement, placing. Greek υἱοθεσία, transliterated as uihothesia, hwee-oth-es-ee’-ah; from a presumed compound of υἱός uihos  ‘sons’, and a derivative of τίθημι tithēmi tith’-ay-mee a  prolonged form of a primary word θέω theō (which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses); to place; the placing as a son, that is, adoption (figuratively Christian sonship in respect to God): – adoption (of children, of sons).

[12] Gal. 4:5 Alternative Reading: So as to redeem[12] those under the law, so that they might receive their sonship[12].

[13] are

[14] wherefore

[15] slave

[16] inheritor

[17] Or, ‘were slaves’

[18] Gal. 4:8 Alternative Reading: But then, you, certainly without knowledge of God, were slaves [yielding] to things which by nature were not gods.

[19] is it

[20] turn back

[21] carefully, scrupulously

[22] Or, months

[23] toiled

[24] desire, crave, long for

[25] Moreover

[26] preached

[27] contemn

[28] reject, spurn, loathe

[29] Also, blessing, friendliness; Greek μακαρισμός, pronounced makarismos

[30] Or, if it were possible

[31] plucked

[32] Gal. 4:15 Alternative Reading: What therefore, happened to that goodwill [that blessedness] [which you had] for me? For I am witness that if you were able [if it were possible], those eyes of yours, you would have dug[32] out [and given] for me.

[33] Gal. 4:16 Alternative Reading: So then, am I become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

[34] Loving, warm

[35] to

[36] for

[37] wellbeing.

[38] restrict you

[39] Or, crave, wish

[40] towards

[41] They are affectionate to you[41], but not to your good; but to shut you out [from me]. They desire that you be affectionate only towards them.[41]

[42] Commendable, admirable, excellent

[43] at all times

[44] Or, honesty

[45] again

[46] voices, engage in discussions

[47] exhort, point out, tell

[48] Or, hear

[49] female slave, bondwoman

[50] Freeborn, free. Though gender for this word is feminine.

[51] by

[52] they, these things

[53] covenants

[54] bondage

[55] which

[56] Hagar

[57] bondage, enslavement

[58] above

[59] cry

[60] for

[61] lonely

[62] the same way

[63] At that time

[64] Notwithstanding, However, Howbeit

[65] eject

Galatians 4 – The Inspired Lay Bible