What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery(A) under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world.(B) But when the set time had fully come,(C) God sent his Son,(D) born of a woman,(E) born under the law,(F) to redeem(G) those under the law, that we might receive adoption(H) to sonship.[b](I) Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son(J) into our hearts,(K) the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[c] Father.”(L) So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.(M)

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  1. Galatians 4:3 Or under the basic principles
  2. Galatians 4:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
  3. Galatians 4:6 Aramaic for Father


“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing(B) in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,(C) who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling(D) like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.(E) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need(F) before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father(G) in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom(H) come,
your will be done,(I)
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.(J)
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.(K)
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a](L)
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b](M)

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.(N) 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.(O)

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  1. Matthew 6:13 The Greek for temptation can also mean testing.
  2. Matthew 6:13 Or from evil; some late manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory(A) among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(B)
    he is to be feared(C) above all gods.(D)
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.(E)
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.(F)
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;(G)
    bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.(H)
30     Tremble(I) before him, all the earth!
    The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.(J)

31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;(K)
    let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!(L)
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;(M)
    let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees(N) of the forest sing,
    let them sing for joy before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge(O) the earth.

34 Give thanks(P) to the Lord, for he is good;(Q)
    his love endures forever.(R)
35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;(S)
    gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
    and glory in your praise.”
36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(T)
    from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”

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  1. 1 Chronicles 16:29 Or Lord with the splendor of

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