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Galatians 4:21-31 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

21 Say to me, ye that will be under the law, have ye not read the law?

22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one of a servant, and one of a free woman [one of the handmaiden, and one of the free wife].

23 But he that was of the servant, was born after the flesh; but he that was of the free woman, by a promise.[a]

24 The which things be said by another understanding. For these be two testaments; one in the hill of Sinai, engendering into servage, which is Agar.[b]

25 For Sinai is an hill that is in Arabia, which hill is joined to it that is now Jerusalem, and serveth with her children.

26 But that Jerusalem that is above, is free, which is our mother.

27 For it is written, Be glad, thou barren, that bearest not; break out and cry, that bringest forth no children [break out and cry, thou that childest not]; for many sons be of her that is left of her husband [for many sons be of the deserted, or left woman], more than of her that hath an husband.

28 For, brethren, we be sons of promise after Isaac; [Forsooth, brethren, we be after Isaac the sons of promise;]

29 but now as this that was born after the flesh pursued him that was after the Spirit, so now.[c]

30 But what saith the scripture? Cast out the servant and her son, for the son of the servant shall not be heir with the son of the free wife.[d]

31 And so, brethren, we be not sons of the servant, but of the free wife, by which freedom Christ hath made us free.[e]

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 4:23 Forsooth he that was of the handmaiden/handmaid was born after the flesh; but he that was of the free wife, was born by promise.
  2. Galatians 4:24 Which things be said by allegory, or by another understanding. For why these things be two testaments; soothly the one in the mount Sinai, gendering into servage, that is Agar.
  3. Galatians 4:29 but as then he that was born after the flesh pursued him that was born after the Spirit, so and now.
  4. Galatians 4:30 But what saith the scripture? Cast out the handmaiden and her son, for the son of the handmaiden/handmaid shall not be heir with the son of the free wife.
  5. Galatians 4:31 And so, brethren, we be not sons of the handmaiden/handmaid, but of the free, by which liberty Christ hath made us free.

Galatians 4:21-31 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, have you not heard of the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a free woman. 23 Yea, and the son of the bondwoman was born after the flesh, but the son of the free woman was born by promise, 24 which things contain an allegory. For these women are two testaments. The one is from Mount Sinai, which engenders bondage, which is Hagar. 25 For Mount Sinai is called Hagar in Arabia, and corresponds to the city that is now Jerusalem and is in bondage with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written: Rejoice, O barren, who bears no children! Break forth and shout, you who travail not! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.

28 Brethren, we are like Isaac: children of promise. 29 But just as then he who was born carnally persecuted him who was born spiritually, so also is it now. 30 Nevertheless, what does the scripture say? Put away the bondwoman and her son. For the son of the bondwoman will not be heir with the son of the free woman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free woman.

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Galatians 4:21-31 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

21 [a]Tell me, ye that [b]will be under the Law, do ye not hear the Law?

22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by a servant, and one by a free woman.

23 But he which was of the servant, was born after the [c]flesh: and he which was of the free woman, was born by [d]promise.

24 By the which things another thing is meant: for [e]these mothers are the [f]two Testaments, the one which is Hagar of mount [g]Sinai, which gendereth unto bondage.

25 (For Hagar or Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, and it [h]answered to Jerusalem which now is) and [i]she is in bondage with her children.

26 But Jerusalem, which is [j]above, is free: which is the mother of us all.

27 [k]For it is written, Rejoice thou barren that bearest no children: break forth, and cry, thou that travailest not: for the [l]desolate hath many more children, than she which hath an husband.

28 Therefore, brethren, we are after the [m]manner of Isaac, children of the [n]promise.

29 But as then he that was born after the [o]flesh, persecuted him that was born after the [p]Spirit, even so it is now.

30 But what saith the Scripture? Put out the servant and her son: for the son of the servant shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.

31 [q]Then brethren, we are not children of the servant, but of the free woman.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 4:21 Because the false apostles always urged this, that unless the Gentiles were circumcised, Christ could profit them nothing at all, and this dissension of them which believed of the circumcision against them which believed of the uncircumcision, was full of offense: the Apostle, after divers arguments whereby he hath refuted their error, bringeth forth an allegory, wherein he saith the holy Ghost did shadow not unto us, all these mysteries: to wit, that it should come to pass, that two sorts of sons should have Abraham a father common to them both, but not with like success: for as Abraham begat Ishmael, by the common course of nature, of Hagar his bondmaid and a stranger, and begat Isaac of Sarah a free woman by the virtue of the promise and by grace only, and the first was not only not heir, but also persecuted the heir: So there are two covenants, and as it were two sons born to Abraham of those two covenants, as it were of two mothers. The one was made in Sinai, without the land of promise according to which covenant Abraham’s children according to the flesh were begotten: to wit, the Jews which seek righteousness by that covenant, that is, by the Law: but they are not heirs, nay they shall at length be cast out of the house, as they that persecute the true heirs. The other was made in that high Jerusalem or in Zion (to wit, by the sacrifice of Christ) which begetteth children of promise, to wit, believers by the virtue of the holy Ghost which children (as Abraham) do rest themselves in the free promise, and they only by the right of children shall be partakers of the father’s inheritance, and those servants shall be shut out.
  2. Galatians 4:21 That desire so greatly.
  3. Galatians 4:23 As all men are, and by the common course of nature.
  4. Galatians 4:23 By virtue of the promise, which Abraham laid hold on for himself and his true seed, for otherwise Abraham and Sarah were past begetting and bearing children.
  5. Galatians 4:24 These do represent and shadow forth.
  6. Galatians 4:24 They are called two covenants, one of the old Testament, and another of the New: which were not two indeed, but in respect of the times, and the diversity of the government.
  7. Galatians 4:24 He maketh mention of Sinai, because that covenant was made in that mountain, of which mountain Hagar was a shadow.
  8. Galatians 4:25 Look how the case standeth betwixt Hagar and her children, even so standeth it between Jerusalem and hers.
  9. Galatians 4:25 That is, Sinai.
  10. Galatians 4:26 Which is excellent, and of great account.
  11. Galatians 4:27 He showeth that in this allegory, he hath followed the steps of Isaiah, who foretold that the Church should be made and consist of the children of barren Sarah, that is to say, of them which only spiritually should be made Ahraham’s children by faith, rather than of fruitful Hagar, even then foreshowing the casting off of the Jews, and calling of the Gentiles.
  12. Galatians 4:27 She that is destroyed and wasted.
  13. Galatians 4:28 After the manner of Isaac who is the first begotten of the heavenly Jerusalem, as Israel is of the slavish Synagogue.
  14. Galatians 4:28 That seed, unto which the promise belongeth.
  15. Galatians 4:29 By the common course of nature.
  16. Galatians 4:29 By the virtue of God’s promise and after a spiritual manner.
  17. Galatians 4:31 The conclusion of the former allegory, that we by no means procure and call back again the slavery of the Law, seeing that the children of the bondmaid shall not be heirs.
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Galatians 4:21-31 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

21 Tell me, ye that 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 after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which 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 which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after 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.

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