New Living Translation
Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.
King James Bible
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Darby Bible Translation
But then indeed, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods;
World English Bible
However at that time, not knowing God, you were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods.
Young's Literal Translation
But then, indeed, not having known God, ye were in servitude to those not by nature gods,
Galatians 4:8 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:8 Indeed then when ye knew not God, ye served them that by nature - That is, in reality. Are no gods - And so were under a far worse bondage than even that of the Jews. For they did serve the true God, though in a low, slavish manner.
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2 Chronicles 13:9
But you have chased away the priests of the LORD (the descendants of Aaron) and the Levites, and you have appointed your own priests, just like the pagan nations. You let anyone become a priest these days! Whoever comes to be dedicated with a young bull and seven rams can become a priest of these so-called gods of yours!
And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all--only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands.
Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!
"How can I pardon you? For even your children have turned from me. They have sworn by gods that are not gods at all! I fed my people until they were full. But they thanked me by committing adultery and lining up at the brothels.
Can people make their own gods? These are not real gods at all!"
1 Corinthians 1:21
Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 8:4
So, what about eating meat that has been offered to idols? Well, we all know that an idol is not really a god and that there is only one God.
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