Add parallel Print Page Options

Abraham’s Two Children

21 Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? 22 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife.[a] 23 The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise.

24 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. 25 And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia,[b] because she and her children live in slavery to the law. 26 But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 4:22 See Gen 16:15; 21:2-3.
  2. 4:25 Greek And Hagar, which is Mount Sinai in Arabia, is now like Jerusalem; other manuscripts read And Mount Sinai in Arabia is now like Jerusalem.

Bible Gateway Recommends

NLT Life Recovery Bible, Personal Size
NLT Life Recovery Bible, Personal Size
Retail: $19.99
Our Price: $12.99
Save: $7.00 (35%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
NLT New Believer's Compact Bible, Softcover
NLT New Believer's Compact Bible, Softcover
Retail: $12.99
Our Price: $8.29
Save: $4.70 (36%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
NLT Hands-On Bible, Hardcover
NLT Hands-On Bible, Hardcover
Retail: $24.99
Our Price: $15.99
Save: $9.00 (36%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
NLT Outreach New Testament
NLT Outreach New Testament
Retail: $1.99
Our Price: $1.49
Save: $0.50 (25%)
3.5 of 5.0 stars