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Galatians 4:1-7 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

But I say, as long time as the heir is a little child, he diverseth nothing from a servant, when he is lord of all things [when he is lord of all];

but he is under keepers and tutors, into the time determined of the father.[a]

So we, when we were little children, we served under the elements of the world. [So and we, when we were little, were serving under the elements of the world.]

But after that the fulfilling of the time came, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

that he should again-buy them that were under the law, that we should receive the adoption of sons.

And for ye be God's sons, God sent his Spirit into your hearts [God sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts], crying, Abba, Father.

And so there is not now a servant, but a son; and if he is a son, he is an heir by God. [Therefore now there is not servant, but son; that if son, then and heir by God.]

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 4:2 but he is under tutors and keepers, till to/unto the time determined of the father.

Galatians 4:1-7 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

Paul shows that through Christ we are delivered from the law, and he rebukes the unthankfulness of the Galatians.

And I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ from a servant, though he be lord of all, but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father. Likewise we, as long as we were children, were in bondage under the ordinances of the world. But when the time was full come, God sent his Son, born of a woman and made bond to the law, to redeem those who were under the law, in order that we through election could receive the inheritance that belongs to the natural sons. Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who cries, Abba, Father! Therefore now you are not a servant, but a son. If you are a son, you are also the heir of God through Christ.

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Galatians 4:1-7 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

1 Being delivered from the bondage of the Law, 4 by Christ’s coming, who is the end thereof, 9 it is very absurd to slide back to beggarly ceremonies: 13 He calleth them again therefore to the purity of the doctrine of the Gospel, 21 confirming his discourse with a fine allegory.

Then [a]I say, that the heir as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be Lord of all,

But is under tutors and governors, [b]until the time appointed of the Father.

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the [c]rudiments of the world.

[d]But when the [e]fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a [f]woman, and made under the Law,

That he might redeem them which were under the Law, that we might receive the [g]adoption of the sons.

[h]And because ye are sons, God hath [i]sent forth the [j]Spirit of his Son into your hearts, which crieth, Abba, Father.

Wherefore, thou art no more a [k]servant, but a son: now if thou be a son, thou art also the [l]heir of God through Christ.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 4:1 He declareth that by another double similitude, which he said before concerning the keeper and schoolmaster. For he saith, that the Law, (that is, the whole government of God’s house according to the Law) was as it were a tutor or overseer appointed for a time, until such time as that protection and overseeing which was but for a time, being ended, we should at length come to be at our own liberty, and should live as children, and not as servants. Moreover, he showeth by the way, that that governance of the Law, was as it were an ABC, and as certain principles in comparison of the doctrine of the Gospel.
  2. Galatians 4:2 This is added, because he that is always under a tutor or governor, may hardly be counted a freeman.
  3. Galatians 4:3 The Law is called rudiments, because that by the Law God instructed his Church as it were by rudiments, and afterward poured out his holy Spirit most plentifully in the time of the Gospel.
  4. Galatians 4:4 He uttereth and declareth many things at once, to wit, that this tutorship was ended at his time, that curious men may leave to ask, why that schoolmastership lasted so long. And moreover, that we are not sons by nature, but by adoption, and that in that Son of God, who therefore took upon him our flesh, that we might be made his brethren.
  5. Galatians 4:4 The time is said to be full, when all parts of it are past and ended, and therefore Christ could not have come either sooner or later.
  6. Galatians 4:4 He calleth Mary a woman, in respect of the sex, and not as the word is used in a contrary sense to a virgin still.
  7. Galatians 4:5 The adoption of the sons of God, is from everlasting, but is revealed and showed in the time appointed for it.
  8. Galatians 4:6 He showeth that we are in such sort free and set at liberty, that in the mean season we must be governed by the Spirit of Christ, which reigning in our hearts, may teach us the true service of the Father. But this is not to serve, but rather to enjoy true liberality, as it cometh sons and heirs.
  9. Galatians 4:6 By that that followeth he gathereth that that went before: for if we have his spirit, we are his sons, and if we are his sons, then are we free.
  10. Galatians 4:6 The holy Ghost, who is both of the Father and of the Son: but there is a peculiar reason why he is called the Spirit of the Son, to wit, because the holy Ghost sealeth up our adoption in Christ, and maketh us a full assurance of it.
  11. Galatians 4:7 The word, servant, is not taken here for one that liveth in sin, which is proper to the infidels, but for one that is yet under the ceremonies of the Law, which is proper to the Jews.
  12. Galatians 4:7 Partaker of this blessing.
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Galatians 4:1-7 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that 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. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

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