Galatians 4:9
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New International Version
But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

New Living Translation
So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?

English Standard Version
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

Berean Study Bible
But now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Berean Literal Bible
But now, having known God, but rather having been known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and destitute principles, to which you desire to be enslaved again anew?

New American Standard Bible
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

King James Bible
But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?

International Standard Version
But now that you know God, or rather have been known by God, how can you turn back again to those powerless and bankrupt basic principles? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again?

NET Bible
But now that you have come to know God (or rather to be known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless basic forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?

New Heart English Bible
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles, to which you desire to be in bondage all over again?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But now that you have known God and especially that you are known by God, you have turned again to those sick and weak principles, and you wish again to be subject to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But now you know God, or rather, God knows you. So how can you turn back again to the powerless and bankrupt principles of this world? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again?

New American Standard 1977
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But now, having known God, or rather being known of God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, in which ye desire again to be in slavery?

King James 2000 Bible
But now, after you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

American King James Version
But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage?

American Standard Version
but now that ye have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how turn ye back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments, whereunto ye desire to be in bondage over again?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known by God: how turn you again to the weak and needy elements, which you desire to serve again?

Darby Bible Translation
but now, knowing God, but rather being known by God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly principles to which ye desire to be again anew in bondage?

English Revised Version
but now that ye have come to know God, or rather to be known of God, how turn ye back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments, whereunto ye desire to be in bondage over again?

Webster's Bible Translation
But now, after ye have known God, or rather are known by God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which ye desire again to be in bondage?

Weymouth New Testament
Now, however, having come to know God--or rather to be known by Him--how is it you are again turning back to weak and worthless rudimentary notions to which you are once more willing to be enslaved?

World English Bible
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles, to which you desire to be in bondage all over again?

Young's Literal Translation
and now, having known God -- and rather being known by God -- how turn ye again unto the weak and poor elements to which anew ye desire to be in servitude?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:8-11 The happy change whereby the Galatians were turned from idols to the living God, and through Christ had received the adoption of sons, was the effect of his free and rich grace; they were laid under the greater obligation to keep to the liberty wherewith he had made them free. All our knowledge of God begins on his part; we know him because we are known of him. Though our religion forbids idolatry, yet many practise spiritual idolatry in their hearts. For what a man loves most, and cares most for, that is his god: some have their riches for their god, some their pleasures, and some their lusts. And many ignorantly worship a god of their own making; a god made all of mercy and no justice. For they persuade themselves that there is mercy for them with God, though they repent not, but go on in their sins. It is possible for those who have made great professions of religion, to be afterwards drawn aside from purity and simplicity. And the more mercy God has shown, in bringing any to know the gospel, and the liberties and privileges of it, the greater their sin and folly in suffering themselves to be deprived of them. Hence all who are members of the outward church should learn to fear and to suspect themselves. We must not be content because we have some good things in ourselves. Paul fears lest his labour is in vain, yet he still labours; and thus to do, whatever follows, is true wisdom and the fear of God. This every man must remember in his place and calling.
Study Bible
Paul's Fears for the Galatians
8Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9But now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 8:3
But the one who loves God is known by God.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or exalts himself or strikes you in the face.

Galatians 4:3
So also, when we were children, we were enslaved under the basic principles of the world.

Colossians 2:20
If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations:
Treasury of Scripture

But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage?

ye have.

1 Kings 8:43 Hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Psalm 9:10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, …

Proverbs 2:5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man …

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of …

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

1 John 2:3,4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

are known.

Exodus 33:17 And the LORD said to Moses, I will do this thing also that you have …

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

John 10:14,27 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine…

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

how.

Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Colossians 2:20-23 Why if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, …

Hebrews 7:18 For there is truly a cancellation of the commandment going before …

again. or, back.

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

elements. or, rudiments.

Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements …

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