Galatians 4:5

“To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

To redeeme them that were vnder the Law, that we might receiue the adoption of sonnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That he might make them free who were under the law, and that we might be given the place of sons.
- Basic English Bible

that he might redeem those under law, that we might receive sonship.
- Darby Bible

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
- Webster's Bible

in order to purchase the freedom of all who were subject to Law, so that we might receive recognition as sons.
- Weymouth Bible

that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of children.
- World English Bible

maad of a womman, maad vndur the lawe, that he schulde ayenbie hem that weren vndur the lawe, that we schulden vnderfonge the adopcioun of sones.
- Wycliffe Bible

that those under law he may redeem, that the adoption of sons we may receive;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:5


4:5 To redeem those under the law - From the curse of it, and from that low, servile state. That we - Jews who believe. Might receive the adoption - All the privileges of adult sons.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:5


Ga 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law. Those under bondage need redemption in order to secure freedom. Paul has shown that those under the law were in bondage. From this bondage Christ came to redeem us. How the redemption was wrought is shown in Ga 3:13. That we might receive the adoption of sons. This "adoption of sons" is bestowed as a gift. We cannot have it, and still be in bondage.

Discussion for Galatians 4

  • A disciple
    To be free from the condemnation of the Law is not an "opt out," or as if we can say a password and get let into the Club while the rest have to pay. If there is no real deliverance from the power of darkness, and of sin's dominion over us; then there can be no release from the condemnation of the Law. Jesus did a complete and perfect work on the cross, to save us FROM our sins, not IN our sins!
  • Lyle Lee
    :21-31 reveal the allegory of Abraham, being God the Father, Hagar being the Ten Commandments in stone, Sarah being the Ten Commandments in the heart, Ishmael being God's first born son Israel and Isaac being God's second born son Christianity, this allegory is repeated in Romans 9 when using the same typologies for the law of God in stone is bondage but in the heart it is libtery.
  • Steve morrow
    GALATIANS 4:7 WHEREFORE THOU ART NO MORE A SERVANT BUT A SON AND IF A SON THEN AN HEIR OF GOD THROUGH CHRIST*****EPHESIANS 3:14 FOR THIS CAUSE I BOW MY KNEES UNTO THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 4:8 OF WHOM THE WHOLE FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH IS NAMED *****ACTS 3:23 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT EVERY SOUL WHICH WILL NOT HEAR THAT PROPHET SHALL BE DESTROYED FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE
  • Vireen
    Just to add to what Scott said, being free from the Law also means not under its condemnation, and that can only happen when Christ is living in us, only Christ can bring freedom from the condemnation of the law.


















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  • Bro.Davis
    Paul's writings are hard to understand if you do not understand the "law" and what the "curse" of the law is. Being under the curse was when you broke the law or did not keep it. keeping the law was not a curse to you and the law in itself was not a curse to anyone. Paul is saying that the law must be kept to not be under the curse of the law. That the Messiah Yushua Jesus came to redeem those that were under the curse of the law which was "Sin". He did not come to take away the law, but came to take away the curse sin's of those that had not kept the law. He died for our sins to be taken away, not the law to be taken away as some may believe.
  • Stephende
    In this chapter the divergent path of is explained. Will we trust in the Law given by God thru Moses, the oracles, or do we obviate the law thru Faith in the Son of God. Our faith, does it not depend on the law, for God heareth no sinners. He is a God who loves righteousness and hates the worldly man. Jacob have I loves but Esau have I hated. I think will must be ever mindful of our actions and perceptive of our inner most being so that we are acceptable in his sight. Our Faith is strengthened as we endure the hardships put in our path and still not falter in our Faith. Let every aspirant work out his own salvation by staying in the Word of Good, thereby being approved of God, the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ.

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