Galatians 4:1

“Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now I say, that the heire, as long as hee is a child, differeth nothing from a seruant, though hee bee Lord of all,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a bondservant though he is lord of all;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I say that as long as the son is a child, he is in no way different from a servant, though he is lord of all;
- Basic English Bible

Now I say, As long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bondman, though he be lord of all;
- Darby Bible

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he is lord of all;
- Webster's Bible

Now I say that so long as an heir is a child, he in no respect differs from a slave, although he is the owner of everything,
- Weymouth Bible

But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a bondservant, though he is lord of all;
- World English Bible

But Y seie, as long tyme as the eir is a litil child, he dyuersith no thing fro a seruaunt, whanne he is lord of alle thingis;
- Wycliffe Bible

And I say, so long time as the heir is a babe, he differeth nothing from a servant -- being lord of all,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:1


4:1 Now - To illustrate by a plain similitude the preeminence of the Christian, over the legal, dispensation. The heir, as long as he is a child - As he is under age. Differeth nothing from a servant - Not being at liberty either to use or enjoy his estate. Though he be lord - Proprietor of it all.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:1


Ga 4:1 The Two Covenants SUMMARY OF GALATIANS 4: Children, While Minors, Not Free. So the Israelites Under the Bondage of the Law Until Christ Came. Christ Frees from This Bondage. The Folly of Gentiles Seeking This Bondage. How the Galatians Had Once Welcomed the Gospel. The Two Covenants, Hagar, and Sarah, and Their Significance. [That] the heir, as long as he is a child. Paul speaks of heirs in Ga 3:29. He now shows why the bondage of the Jewish law preceded the gospel. Even an heir is not free when a child. Differeth nothing from a servant. It is needful that he be controlled, even as though he were a servant.

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