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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
1Now I say That
the heir, as long as he is a child differs in
nothing from a slave, though he be lord of all,
but is under the hand
of tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in slavery under the elements of the world,
but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
to redeem those that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father;
therefore, thou art no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8However then, when ye did not know God, ye did service unto those who by nature are not gods.
9But 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?
10Ye observe days and months and times and years.
11I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed labour upon you in vain.
12Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are; ye have not injured me at all.
13Ye know how through weakness of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14And my affliction which was in my flesh ye did not despise, nor reject but ye received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15Where is then the blessedness ye spoke of? for I bear you record that if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me.
16Am I, therefore, become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
17They are zealous after you, but not for good; they would exclude you from us, that ye might be zealous after them.
18It is good to be always zealous to do good, and not only when I am present with you.
19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you,
20I desire to be present with you now and to change my voice, for I stand in doubt of you.
21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, have ye not heard the law?
22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, but he of the freewoman was born through the promise.
24Which things are an allegory; for these women are the two covenants: the one from the Mount Sinai, which begat unto slavery, which is Hagar.
25For this Hagar or Sinai is a mount in Arabia, which corresponds to the one that is now Jerusalem, which together with her children is in slavery.
26But the Jerusalem of above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth into praise and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.
28So that we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.
30Nevertheless what does the scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.