4 1 And I say, so long time as the heir is a babe, he differeth nothing from a servant—being lord of all, 2 but is under tutors and stewards till the time appointed of the father, 3 so also we, when we were babes, under the elements of the world were in servitude, 4 and when the fulness of time did come, God sent forth His Son, come of a woman, come under law, 5 that those under law he may redeem, that the adoption of sons we may receive; 6 and because ye are sons, God did send forth the spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, 'Abba, Father!' 7 so that thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, also an heir of God through Christ.
Warning against Returning to Bondage
8 But then, indeed, not having known God, ye were in servitude to those not by nature gods, 9 and now, having known God—and rather being known by God—how turn ye again unto the weak and poor elements to which anew ye desire to be in servitude? 10 days ye observe, and months, and times, and years! 11 I am afraid of you, lest in vain I did labour toward you.
12 Become as I 'am'—because I also 'am' as ye brethren, I beseech you; to me ye did no hurt, 13 and ye have known that through infirmity of the flesh I did proclaim good news to you at the first, 14 and my trial that 'is' in my flesh ye did not despise nor reject, but as a messenger of God ye did receive me—as Christ Jesus; 15 what then was your happiness? for I testify to you, that if possible, your eyes having plucked out, ye would have given to me; 16 so that your enemy have I become, being true to you?
17 they are zealous for you—'yet' not well, but they wish to shut us out, that for them ye may be zealous; 18 and 'it is' good to be zealously regarded, in what is good, at all times, and not only in my being present with you;
The Allegory of Hagar and Sarah
21 Tell me, ye who are willing to be under law, the law do ye not hear? 22 for it hath been written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the maid-servant, and one by the free-woman, 23 but he who 'is' of the maid-servant, according to flesh hath been, and he who 'is' of the free-woman, through the promise; 24 which things are allegorized, for these are the two covenants: one, indeed, from mount Sinai, to servitude bringing forth, which is Hagar; 25 for this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and doth correspond to the Jerusalem that now 'is', and is in servitude with her children, 26 and the Jerusalem above is the free-woman, which is mother of us all, 27 for it hath been written, 'Rejoice, O barren, who art not bearing; break forth and cry, thou who art not travailing, because many 'are' the children of the desolate—more than of her having the husband.' 28 And we, brethren, as Isaac, are children of promise, 29 but as then he who was born according to the flesh did persecute him according to the spirit, so also now; 30 but what saith the Writing? 'Cast forth the maid-servant and her son, for the son of the maid-servant may not be heir with the son of the free-woman;' 31 then, brethren, we are not a maid-servant's children, but the free-woman's.
Stand Fast in Liberty
5 1 In the freedom, then, with which Christ did make you free—stand ye, and be not held fast again by a yoke of servitude; 2 lo, I Paul do say to you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing; 3 and I testify again to every man circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law; 4 ye were freed from the Christ, ye who in law are declared righteous; from the grace ye fell away; 5 for we by the Spirit, by faith, a hope of righteousness do wait for, 6 for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith through love working. 7 Ye were running well; who did hinder you—not to obey the truth? 8 the obedience 'is' not of him who is calling you! 9 a little leaven the whole lump doth leaven; 10 I have confidence in regard to you in the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded; and he who is troubling you shall bear the judgment, whoever he may be. 11 And I, brethren, if uncircumcision I yet preach, why yet am I persecuted? then hath the stumbling-block of the cross been done away; 12 O that even they would cut themselves off who are unsettling you!
13 For ye—to freedom ye were called, brethren, only not the freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through the love serve ye one another, 14 for all the law in one word is fulfilled—in this: 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;' 15 and if one another ye do bite and devour, see—that ye may not by one another be consumed.
The Fruit of the Spirit and the Works of the Flesh
16 And I say: In the Spirit walk ye, and the desire of the flesh ye may not complete; 17 for the flesh doth desire contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit contrary to the flesh, and these are opposed one to another, that the things that ye may will—these ye may not do; 18 and if by the Spirit ye are led, ye are not under law. 19 And manifest also are the works of the flesh, which are: Adultery, whoredom, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strifes, emulations, wraths, rivalries, dissensions, sects, 21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revellings, and such like, of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that those doing such things the reign of God shall not inherit. 22 And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; 24 and those who are Christ's, the flesh did crucify with the affections, and the desires; 25 if we may live in the Spirit, in the Spirit also we may walk; 26 let us not become vain-glorious—one another provoking, one another envying!
6 1 Brethren, if a man also may be overtaken in any trespass, ye who 'are' spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself—lest thou also may be tempted; 2 of one another the burdens bear ye, and so fill up the law of the Christ, 3 for if any one doth think 'himself' to be something—being nothing—himself he doth deceive; 4 and his own work let each one prove, and then in regard to himself alone the glorying he shall have, and not in regard to the other, 5 for each one his own burden shall bear. 6 And let him who is instructed in the word share with him who is instructing—in all good things. 7 Be not led astray; God is not mocked; for what a man may sow—that also he shall reap, 8 because he who is sowing to his own flesh, of the flesh shall reap corruption; and he who is sowing to the Spirit, of the Spirit shall reap life age-during; 9 and in the doing good we may not be faint-hearted, for at the proper time we shall reap—not desponding; 10 therefore, then, as we have opportunity, may we work the good to all, and especially unto those of the household of the faith.
Paul Glories in the Cross
11 Ye see in how large letters I have written to you with my own hand; 12 as many as are willing to make a good appearance in the flesh, these constrain you to be circumcised—only that for the cross of the Christ they may not be persecuted, 13 for neither do those circumcised themselves keep the law, but they wish you to be circumcised, that in your flesh they may glory. 14 And for me, let it not be—to glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which to me the world hath been crucified, and I to the world; 15 for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation; 16 and as many as by this rule do walk—peace upon them, and kindness, and on the Israel of God! 17 Henceforth, let no one give me trouble, for I the scars of the Lord Jesus in my body do bear.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 'is' with your spirit, brethren! Amen.