26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Other Translations of Galatians 4:26

New International Version

26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

English Standard Version

26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.

The Message

26 In contrast to that, there is an invisible Jerusalem, a free Jerusalem, and she is our mother - this is the way of Sarah.

New King James Version

26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.

New Living Translation

26 But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Galatians 4:26

Commentary on Galatians 4:21-27

(Read Galatians 4:21-27)

The difference between believers who rested in Christ only, and those who trusted in the law, is explained by the histories of Isaac and Ishmael. These things are an allegory, wherein, beside the literal and historical sense of the words, the Spirit of God points out something further. Hagar and Sarah were apt emblems of the two different dispensations of the covenant. The heavenly Jerusalem, the true church from above, represented by Sarah, is in a state of freedom, and is the mother of all believers, who are born of the Holy Spirit. They were by regeneration and true faith, made a part of the true seed of Abraham, according to the promise made to him.