4:1Now I say, As long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bondman, though he be lord of all;
4:2but he is under guardians and stewards until the period fixed by the father.
4:3So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the principles of the world;
4:4but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, come of woman, come under law,
4:5that he might redeem those under law, that we might receive sonship.
4:6But because ye are sons, God has sent out the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
4:7So thou art no longer bondman, but son; but if son, heir also through God.
4:8But then indeed, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods;
4:9but now, knowing God, but rather being known by God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly principles to which ye desire to be again anew in bondage?
4:10Ye observe days and months and times and years.
4:11I am afraid of you, lest indeed I have laboured in vain as to you.
4:12Be as *I* am, for *I* also am as *ye*, brethren, I beseech you: ye have not at all wronged me.
4:13But ye know that in weakness of the flesh I announced the glad tidings to you at the first;
4:14and my temptation, which was in my flesh, ye did not slight nor reject with contempt; but ye received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
4:15What then was your blessedness? for I bear you witness that, if possible, plucking out your own eyes ye would have given them to me.
4:16So I have become your enemy in speaking the truth to you?
4:17They are not rightly zealous after you, but desire to shut you out from us, that ye may be zealous after them.
4:18But it is right to be zealous at all times in what is right, and not only when I am present with you --
4:19my children, of whom I again travail in birth until Christ shall have been formed in you:
4:20and I should wish to be present with you now, and change my voice, for I am perplexed as to you.
4:21Tell me, ye who are desirous of being under law, do ye not listen to the law?
4:22For it is written that Abraham had two sons; one of the maid servant, and one of the free woman.
4:23But he that was of the maid servant was born according to flesh, and he that was of the free woman through the promise.
4:24Which things have an allegorical sense; for these are two covenants: one from mount Sinai, gendering to bondage, which is Hagar.
4:25For Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which is now, for she is in bondage with her children;
4:26but the Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother.
4:27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break out and cry, thou that travailest not; because the children of the desolate are more numerous than those of her that has a husband.
4:28But *ye*, brethren, after the pattern of Isaac, are children of promise.
4:29But as then he that was born according to flesh persecuted him that was born according to Spirit, so also it is now.
4:31So then, brethren, we are not maid servant's children, but children of the free woman.
5:1Christ has set us free in freedom; stand fast therefore, and be not held again in a yoke of bondage.
5:2Behold, I, Paul, say to you, that if ye are circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
5:3And I witness again to every man who is circumcised, that he is debtor to do the whole law.
5:4Ye are deprived of all profit from the Christ as separated from him, as many as are justified by law; ye have fallen from grace.
5:5For we, by the Spirit, on the principle of faith, await the hope of righteousness.
5:6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision has any force, nor uncircumcision; but faith working through love.
5:7Ye ran well; who has stopped you that ye should not obey the truth?
5:8The persuasibleness is not of him that calls you.
5:9A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
5:10*I* have confidence as to you in the Lord, that ye will have no other mind; and he that is troubling you shall bear the guilt of it, whosoever he may be.
5:11But *I*, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why am I yet persecuted? Then the scandal of the cross has been done away.
5:12I would that they would even cut themselves off who throw you into confusion.
5:14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself;
5:15but if ye bite and devour one another, see that ye are not consumed one of another.
5:17For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these things are opposed one to the other, that ye should not do those things which ye desire;
5:18but if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under law.
5:19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness,
5:20idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, disputes, schools of opinion,
5:21envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revels, and things like these; as to which I tell you beforehand, even as I also have said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit God's kingdom.
5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, fidelity,
5:23meekness, self-control: against such things there is no law.
5:24But they that are of the Christ have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts.
5:26Let us not become vain-glorious, provoking one another, envying one another.
6:1Brethren, if even a man be taken in some fault, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest *thou* also be tempted.
6:3For if any man reputes himself to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself;
6:5For each shall bear his own burden.
6:6Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.
6:7Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatever a man shall sow, that also shall he reap.
6:8For he that sows to his own flesh, shall reap corruption from the flesh; but he that sows to the Spirit, from the Spirit shall reap eternal life:
6:9but let us not lose heart in doing good; for in due time, if we do not faint, we shall reap.
6:10So then, as we have occasion, let us do good towards all, and specially towards those of the household of faith.
6:11See how long a letter I have written to you with my own hand.
6:12As many as desire to have a fair appearance in the flesh, these compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not be persecuted because of the cross of Christ.
6:13For neither do they that are circumcised themselves keep the law; but they wish you to be circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh.
6:14But far be it from me to boast save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.
6:15For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision; but new creation.
6:16And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace upon them and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
6:17For the rest let no one trouble me, for *I* bear in my body the brands of the Lord Jesus.
6:18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.