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Galatians 4-621st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth in nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.

But he is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father.

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father.”

Therefore thou art no more a servant but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

However that be, then when ye knew not God, ye did service unto those which by nature are not gods.

But now after ye have known God, or rather are known by God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements unto which ye desire again to be in bondage?

10 Ye observe days and months and times and years.

11 I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am, for I am as ye are. Ye have not injured me at all.

13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the Gospel unto you at the first.

14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected, but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

15 Where is then the blessedness ye spoke of? For I bear you record that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me.

16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

17 They zealously seek after you, but for no good; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might seek after them.

18 But it is good to be zealously sought after, always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

19 My little children, over whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

20 I desire to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I stand in doubt of you.

21 Tell me, ye who desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, but he of the freewoman was by promise.

24 These things are an allegory, for these are the two covenants: The one is from Mount Sinai, which engendereth bondage; this is Hagar.

25 For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and answereth to Jerusalem as it is now, and is in bondage with her children.

26 But the Jerusalem which is above is free, and is the mother of us all.

27 For it is written: “Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not; for the desolate hath many more children than she who hath a husband.”

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

29 But as then, he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.

30 Nevertheless what saith the Scripture? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.”

31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Behold, I, Paul, say unto you that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

For I testify again to every man who is circumcised, that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

Christ then becomes of no effect unto you, whosoever of you claim justification by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

For we, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.

Ye were running well; who hindered you, that ye should not obey the truth?

This persuasion cometh not from Him that calleth you.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

10 I have confidence in you through the Lord that ye will be not otherwise minded; but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why then do I yet suffer persecution? Then would the offense of the cross cease.

12 I would that they were even cut off which trouble you!

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion of the flesh, but by love serve one another.

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye not be consumed one by another.

16 This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18 But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, and they are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, quarreling, rivalry, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like. About these things I tell you again, as I have also told you in times past, that those who do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another and envying one another.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

But let every man put to the proof his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

For every man shall bear his own burden.

Let him that is taught in the Word share with him that teacheth, in all good things.

Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in welldoing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10 As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto those who are of the household of faith.

11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

12 As many as desire to make a fair showing in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised, only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13 For not even they themselves who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From henceforth let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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