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4:2 but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed by the father.
4:3 So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the elements of the world.
4:5 that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
4:6 Because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
4:7 So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
4:10 You observe days, months, seasons, and years.
4:11 I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor for you.
4:12 I beg you, brothers, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong,
4:16 So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?
4:17 They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them.
4:18 But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.
4:19 My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ is formed in you--
4:20 but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the free woman.
4:23 However, the son by the handmaid was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through promise.
4:25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to the Jerusalem that exists now, for she is in bondage with her children.
4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is our mother.
4:27 For it is written, "Rejoice, you barren who don`t bear. Break forth and shout, you that don`t travail. For more are the children of the desolate than of her who has the husband."
4:29 But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.
4:30 However what does the scripture say? "Throw out the handmaid and her son, for the son of the handmaid will not inherit with the son of the free woman."
4:31 Therefore, brothers, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the free woman.