Galatians 4:29
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New International Version
At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.

New Living Translation
But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit.

English Standard Version
But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.

Berean Study Bible
At that time, however, the son born by the flesh persecuted the son born by the Spirit. It is the same now.

Berean Literal Bible
But just as at that time the one having been born according to flesh was persecuting the one born according to Spirit, so also it is now.

New American Standard Bible
But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

King James Bible
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But just as then the child born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so also now.

International Standard Version
But just as then the son who was conceived according to the flesh persecuted the son who was conceived according to the Spirit, so it is now.

NET Bible
But just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so it is now.

New Heart English Bible
But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as then, he who was born by the flesh did persecute him who was of the Spirit, so it is now also.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Furthermore, at that time the son who was conceived in a natural way persecuted the son conceived in a spiritual way. That's exactly what's happening now.

New American Standard 1977
But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.

King James 2000 Bible
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

American King James Version
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

American Standard Version
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, so also it is now.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as then he, that was born according to the flesh, persecuted him that was after the spirit; so also it is now.

Darby Bible Translation
But as then he that was born according to flesh persecuted him [that was born] according to Spirit, so also [it is] now.

English Revised Version
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

Webster's Bible Translation
But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet just as, at that time, the child born in the common course of nature persecuted the one whose birth was due to the power of the Spirit, so it is now.

World English Bible
But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.

Young's Literal Translation
but as then he who was born according to the flesh did persecute him according to the spirit, so also now;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Hagar and Sarah
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. 30But what does the Scripture say? “Expel the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”…
Cross References
Genesis 21:9
Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

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 5:11
Now, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
Treasury of Scripture

But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

he that.

Genesis 21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born to …

after the Spirit.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born …

John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love.

Romans 8:1,13 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

even.

Galatians 5:11 And I, brothers, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer …

Galatians 6:12-14 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain …

Matthew 23:34-37 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and …

1 Thessalonians 2:14,15 For you, brothers, became followers of the churches of God which …

Hebrews 10:33,34 Partly, whilst you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and afflictions; …

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