Galatians 4:28
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New International Version
Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.

New Living Translation
And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac.

English Standard Version
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.

Berean Study Bible
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise.

Berean Literal Bible
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.

New American Standard Bible
And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.

King James Bible
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.

International Standard Version
So you, brothers, are children of the promise, like Isaac.

NET Bible
But you, brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac.

New Heart English Bible
Now you, brothers, as Isaac was, are children of promise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we, my brethren, are children of The Promise like Isaac.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now you, brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac.

New American Standard 1977
And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So that we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

King James 2000 Bible
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

American King James Version
Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

American Standard Version
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Darby Bible Translation
But ye, brethren, after the pattern of Isaac, are children of promise.

English Revised Version
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Weymouth New Testament
But you, brethren, like Isaac, are children born in fulfilment of a promise.

World English Bible
Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are children of promise.

Young's Literal Translation
And we, brethren, as Isaac, are children of promise,
Study Bible
Hagar and Sarah
27For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have never travailed; because more are the children of the desolate woman, than of her who has a husband.” 28Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise. 29At that time, however, the son born by the flesh persecuted the son born by the Spirit. It is the same now.…
Cross References
Genesis 15:4
Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir."

Romans 9:7
Nor because they are Abraham's descendants are they all his children. On the contrary, "Through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned."

Romans 9:8
So it is not the children of the flesh who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as offspring.

Galatians 3:29
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:23
His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born because of the promise.

Galatians 6:18
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Treasury of Scripture

Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Galatians 4:23 But he who was of the female slave was born after the flesh; but …

Galatians 3:29 And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according …

Acts 3:25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God …

Romans 4:13-18 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not …

Romans 9:8,9 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not …

(28) We.--The better reading appears to be Ye. Children of promise.--Children born in accomplishment of the promise. (See Romans 9:8, and Note.)

Verse 28. - Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise (ἡμεῖς δέ, ἀδελφοί κατὰ Ἰσαακ ἐπαγγελίας τέκνα ἐσμέν [or, ὑμεῖς δέ... ἐστέ]); now we (or, now ye), brethren, after the mariner of Isaac, are children of promise. In the Greek text it is uncertain whether we should read ἡμεῖς... ἐσμέν or ὑμεῖς.., ἐστέ, "we are" or "ye are." The only difference is that "ye are" would more directly thrust upon the attention of the Galatians the conclusion, which "we are" would express in a more general form. "After the manner of Isaac;" κατὰ as in Ephesians 4:24, τὸν κατὰ Θεὸν κτισθέντα: 1 Peter 1:15, Κατὰ τὸν καλέσαντα: Lamentations 1:12, Septuagint, Ἄλγος κατὰ τὸ ἄλγος μοῦ. The apostle is viewing Isaac as in the manner of his being brought into being, the type, to which the children of the mystic freewoman were in after ages to be assimilated. In both cases the children are born or begotten through a promise which God of his own free grace hath given, and which, by an accepting faith, is appropriated and made effectual. Thus Isaac was born (see ver. 23 and Romans 9:8, 9). The children of the supernal Jerusalem are begotten through the gospel, which in effect is a promise of adoption through Christ to be children of God held out to all who will accept it. Obviously the cases differ in this - that in one it was the faith of the parents which made the promise effectual; in the other, the faith of those who in consequence of believing become children. But none the less is it true that the result is due to an announcement proceeding out of God's own free grace - "Not of works but of him that calleth" (Romans 9:7-13; comp. John 1:12, 13; 1 Corinthians 4:15; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23). The "promise" is not the parent of the children; this, in the imagery now present to the apostle's mind, is in the antitypal case the mystic Freewoman. The genitive "of promise" is a genitive of qualification, pointing here to the means through which the children are begotten. Compare a somewhat similarly loose use of the genitive in Romans 9:8, "Not the children of the flesh.., but the children of the promise." The case of baptized infants is not in the apostle's view. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was,.... The Ethiopic version reads, "you, brethren"; and so one of Stephens's copies. As the two women, Hagar and Sarah, might be, and are allegorized; so likewise their respective offspring. Isaac signified, and was a type and figure of Abraham's spiritual seed, whether Jews or Gentiles, under the Gospel dispensation: and as he was, so they are,

the children of promise; as Isaac was promised unto Abraham, so were this spiritual seed, when it was said unto him, that he should be the father of many nations, as he is the father of us all, even of all them that believe, be they of what nation soever; and as Isaac was born by virtue, and in consequence of a promise made to Abraham of God's free good will and pleasure, and his generation and conception were beyond the strength and course of nature, were the effects of a divine power, and were something supernatural; so this spiritual seed are born again, by virtue, and in consequence of a promise, not only made to Abraham, but to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the covenant, that he should see his seed, enjoy a numerous offspring, and which should endure for ever; and also to the church, of whom it is said, that this and that man should be born in her; and particularly in consequence of the promise cited in the foregoing verse, from whence these words are an inference, deduction, or illustration: and these children of the promise, so called from hence, are born again, above and beyond the strength of nature; not through the power and free will of man, but through the abundant mercy and sovereign will of God, by his powerful and efficacious grace, and by the word of promise, the Gospel, as a means. Moreover, to these children, or spiritual seed of Abraham, signified by Isaac, do all the promises belong, as that of God, as a covenant God gave unto them; of Christ, as a Saviour and Redeemer; of the Holy Spirit, as a sanctifier and comforter; and of all good things, of temporal mercies, so far as are for their real good; and of all spiritual blessings, as righteousness, peace, pardon, comfort, all supplies of grace, and eternal life: and these likewise receive these promises; the Holy Spirit, as a spirit of promise, opens and applies them to them, puts them into the hand of faith, and enables them to plead them with God, and to believe the performance of them; so that this character in all respects agrees with them. 28. we—The oldest manuscripts and versions are divided between "we" and "ye." "We" better accords with Ga 4:26, "mother of us."

children of promise—not children after the flesh, but through the promise (Ga 4:23, 29, 31). "We are" so, and ought to wish to continue so.4:28-31 The history thus explained is applied. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free. If the privileges of all believers were so great, according to the new covenant, how absurd for the Gentile converts to be under that law, which could not deliver the unbelieving Jews from bondage or condemnation! We should not have found out this allegory in the history of Sarah and Hagar, if it had not been shown to us, yet we cannot doubt it was intended by the Holy Spirit. It is an explanation of the subject, not an argument in proof of it. The two covenants of works and grace, and legal and evangelical professors, are shadowed forth. Works and fruits brought forth in a man's own strength, are legal. But if arising from faith in Christ, they are evangelical. The first covenant spirit is of bondage unto sin and death. The second covenant spirit is of liberty and freedom; not liberty to sin, but in and unto duty. The first is a spirit of persecution; the second is a spirit of love. Let those professors look to it, who have a violent, harsh, imposing spirit, towards the people of God. Yet as Abraham turned aside to Hagar, so it is possible a believer may turn aside in some things to the covenant of works, when through unbelief and neglect of the promise he acts according to the law, in his own strength; or in a way of violence, not of love, towards the brethren. Yet it is not his way, not his spirit to do so; hence he is never at rest, till he returns to his dependence on Christ again. Let us rest our souls on the Scriptures, and by a gospel hope and cheerful obedience, show that our conversation and treasure are indeed in heaven.
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