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
    Alex; Brother, I can see that you are thinking a lot about what you read, and are very serious about seeking to understand the Scriptures; but there are some things you're not getting right just yet. We ARE the Heirs with Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete given into our hearts to sanctify us, and to lead and guide us into all Truth; so that we can be Jesus' witnesses to convict the world.
  • Alex
    Gal 4 speaks of the heir.but we are NOT the heir, its the H.G that is the true Heir, Jesus said that which is born of the spirit is SPIRIT which is our new innerman that has to be born in us via his seed the WORD, WE ARE JUST A JOINT HEIR IF WE BIRTH CHRIST IN OUR LIVES, THE SON OF MAN, which is the essence of the new covenant,i will put my Words in their hearts and minds initiating a New Birth.
  • Alex
    Gal 4 is the new covenant which is christ in you via that good seed, the word the very essence of the new covenant. we are gonna birth christ in our hearts which is the H.G. THE CHILD OF PROMISE,thats y the new birth is so important, being bornagain of an incorruptible seed etc CHRIST is gonna be formed in us via that good seed, them that are BORN of God CANNOT Sin,THUS THE LAW IS FULFILLED
  • Ray321
    Thank God for the new creature in Christ that never sins inside us that are born again child of God. Now the flesh will always sin because of its nature. If we feed the new creature by reading the Word of God, it will cleanse us. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. feed the new creature of God and be cleanse of sins.
  • 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.

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