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15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba![a] Father!”(A) 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness[b] with our spirit that we are children of God,(B)

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  1. 8.15 Aramaic for Father
  2. 8.16 Or a spirit of adoption, by which we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness