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Galatians 4
1 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.

2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.

3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world.

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.[b]

6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba ,[c] Father.”

7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

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Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[d] ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

Footnotes:

a. Galatians 4:3 Or under the basic principles
b. Galatians 4:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
c. Galatians 4:6 Aramaic for Father
d. Galatians 4:9 Or principles
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