Galatians 4:1
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.

English Standard Version
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,

Berean Study Bible
What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything.

Berean Literal Bible
Now I say, for as long a time as the heir is a child, he differs not from a slave, though being owner of everything.

New American Standard Bible
Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,

King James Bible
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now I say that as long as the heir is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner of everything.

International Standard Version
Now what I am saying is this: As long as an heir is a child, he is no better off than a slave, even though he owns everything.

NET Bible
Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything.

New Heart English Bible
But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a bondservant, though he is lord of all;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I say that as long as the heir is a child, he is not distinct from the Servants, though he is Master over all of them;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let me explain further. As long as an heir is a child, he is no better off than a slave, even though he owns everything.

New American Standard 1977
Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now I say That the heir, as long as he is a child differs in nothing from a slave, though he be lord of all,

King James 2000 Bible
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

American King James Version
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

American Standard Version
But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a bondservant though he is lord of all;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Darby Bible Translation
Now I say, As long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bondman, though he be lord of all;

English Revised Version
But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a bondservant, though he is lord of all;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he is lord of all;

Weymouth New Testament
Now I say that so long as an heir is a child, he in no respect differs from a slave, although he is the owner of everything,

World English Bible
But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a bondservant, though he is lord of all;

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, so long time as the heir is a babe, he differeth nothing from a servant -- being lord of all,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-7 The apostle deals plainly with those who urged the law of Moses together with the gospel of Christ, and endeavoured to bring believers under its bondage. They could not fully understand the meaning of the law as given by Moses. And as that was a dispensation of darkness, so of bondage; they were tied to many burdensome rites and observances, by which they were taught and kept subject like a child under tutors and governors. We learn the happier state of Christians under the gospel dispensation. From these verses see the wonders of Divine love and mercy; particularly of God the Father, in sending his Son into the world to redeem and save us; of the Son of God, in submitting so low, and suffering so much for us; and of the Holy Spirit, in condescending to dwell in the hearts of believers, for such gracious purposes. Also, the advantages Christians enjoy under the gospel. Although by nature children of wrath and disobedience, they become by grace children of love, and partake of the nature of the children of God; for he will have all his children resemble him. Among men the eldest son is heir; but all God's children shall have the inheritance of eldest sons. May the temper and conduct of sons ever show our adoption; and may the Holy Spirit witness with our spirits that we are children and heirs of God.
Study Bible
Sons and Heirs
1What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything. 2He is subject to guardians and trustees until the date set by his father.…
Cross References
Galatians 3:29
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:2
He is subject to guardians and trustees until the date set by his father.

1 John 5:10
Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him; whoever does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about His Son.
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