1Now this I say, that the heir, as long as he is young, cannot be distinguished from the servants, though he is Adon of them all. 2But he is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by his father. 3Even so we, when we were young, were subject to the principles of this world; 4but when the fullness of the time was come, Elohim sent forth His Son, who, born of a woman, became subject to the Torah, 5to redeem them who were under the Torah, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6And because you are sons, Elohim has sent forth HaRu’akh of His Son into your hearts crying, “Abba, Avinu.” 7From now on you are not servants, but sons; and if sons, then heirs of Elohim through Yeshua HaMashi’akh.
8But then, when you did not know Elohim, you served those things which from their nature were not gods. 9But now, after you have known Elohim, and, above all, are known of Elohim, you turn again to those weak and poor principles, and you wish again to come under their bondage. 10You still observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid that perhaps I have labored among you in vain.
12My brethren, I beseech you, put yourself in my place; just as once I put myself in your place. You have not offended me at all. 13You know that I was weak in flesh when I declared HaB’sorah to you at the first. 14And yet you did not despise me nor reject me on account of my weakness; but you received me as a Malakh of Elohim, even as Yeshua HaMashi’akh. 15Where, then, is the blessedness you had? For I can testify concerning you, that, if it had been possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. 16Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
17These men do not envy you for good, but they would dominate you so that you might envy them. 18But it is good that you should always envy after good things, and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, for whom I am in travail again until Mashi’akh is formed within you, 20I wish I could be with you now and could change the tone of my voice, because I am deeply concerned about you.
21Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the Torah? 22For it is written that Avraham had two sons, one by a bondmaid and one by a freewoman. 23But he who was born of the bondmaid was born after the flesh; but he who was born of the free-woman was born by promise. 24Now these things are a symbol of the two covenants, the one from Har Sinai giving birth to bondage, which is Hagar. 25For this Hagar is Har Sinai in Arav, and surrenders to Yerushalayim which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26But the Yerushalayim which is above is free, and is the mother of us all. 27For as it is written, “Make merry, O you barren, who bears not; rejoice and cry, O you who travail not; for the children of the one in disfavor are more numerous than the children of the one who is favored.” 28Now we, my brethren, are the children of promise, as was Yitz’khak. 29But as then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after HaRu’akh, even so it is now. 30Nevertheless what do the Scriptures say? “Cast out the bondmaid and her son; for the son of the maidservant shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman.” 31So then, my brethren, we are not children of the maidservant, but children of the freewoman.
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