New Living Translation
And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.
King James Bible
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Darby Bible Translation
So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the principles of the world;
World English Bible
So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental principles of the world.
Young's Literal Translation
so also we, when we were babes, under the elements of the world were in servitude,
Galatians 4:3 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:3 So we - The church of God. When we were children - In our minority, under the legal dispensation. Were in bondage - In a kind of servile state. Under the elements of the world - Under the typical observances of the law, which were like the first elements of grammar, the A B C of children; and were of so gross a nature, as hardly to carry our thoughts beyond this world.
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We are now prepared to present in detail that general system of beneficence, demanded alike by Scripture and reason, and best fitted to secure permanent and ever-growing results. While universal, it must be a system in its nature adapted to each individual, and binding on the individual conscience; one founded on, and embracing, the entire man,--his reason, his heart and will, including views and principles, feelings and affections, with their inculcation, general purposes and resolutions, with corresponding …
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So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.
2 Corinthians 11:20
You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face.
Even that question came up only because of some so-called Christians there--false ones, really--who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations.
They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.
Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.
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?
These two women serve as an illustration of God's two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them.
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