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.
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.
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.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But as then he - Ishmael, who was born after the flesh - whose birth had nothing supernatural in it, but was according to the ordinary course of nature,
Persecuted him - Isaac, who was born after the Spirit - who had a supernatural birth, according to the promise, and through the efficacy, of the Holy Spirit, giving effect to that promise - Sarah shall have a son, Genesis 17:16-21; Genesis 21:1, etc.
Persecuted him; the persecution here referred to is that mentioned Genesis 21:9. It consisted in mocking his brother Isaac.
Even so it is now - So the Jews, in every place, persecute the Christians; and show thereby that they are rather of the posterity of Hagar than of Sarah.
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But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,
His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
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