Galatians 4:3

“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euen so we, when wee were children, were in bondage vnder the Elements of the world:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world:
- American Standard Version (1901)

So we, when we were young, were kept under the first rules of the world;
- Basic English Bible

So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the principles of the world;
- Darby Bible

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
- Webster's Bible

So we also, when spiritually we were children, were subject to the world's rudimentary notions, and were enslaved.
- Weymouth Bible

So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental principles of the world.
- World English Bible

So we, whanne we weren litle children, we serueden vndur the elementis of the world.
- Wycliffe Bible

so also we, when we were babes, under the elements of the world were in servitude,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:3


4:3 So we - The church of God. When we were children - In our minority, under the legal dispensation. Were in bondage - In a kind of servile state. Under the elements of the world - Under the typical observances of the law, which were like the first elements of grammar, the A B C of children; and were of so gross a nature, as hardly to carry our thoughts beyond this world.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:3


Ga 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage. Both Jews and Gentiles. We were minors, children, not yet delivered from bondage, since the time had not come appointed by the Father. Under the elements of the world. The law of Moses and whatever law might be diffused among the heathen. The law of Moses was a temporal law, having temporal promises.

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