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

  • 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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  • Scott
    Pauls writings are very clear and easy to understand. He is very repetitive with his message throughout Romans and Galatians. We are not saved by the laws of the old covenant, but by faith and only faith in Jesus Christ under the new covenant. Galatians 3:24-25 explains that the old covenant, the law, was for those in the era before Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us. This does not do away with all the laws, for the many of the laws are now written on our spiritual hearts. However we cannot obtain salvation by keeping the laws. The laws we keep, we keep because we truly love and serve the Lord God Almighty. and the laws I'm speaking of are the laws that are written on our hearts. Many of them do line up with the hebrew laws, but not all the hebrew laws line up with those on our hearts. If the law was still in effect we would still be sacrificing animals to cover our sins. Now we have Christ that does not cover our sins but washes them away. Much of the weakening, confusion, and strife in the denominational churches today is caused from the legalism that Satan wants to shove on us as freed christians. If he can shackle us with fussing and feuding over stuff that really doesn't matter, then it distracts us from spreading the real message of the Gospel. The fact that Christ gave His life to provide us a way for the redemption of our sins.
  • 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.
  • Agar born of the flesh persecuted Isaac born of the spirit . The verse ends saying- Even so it is now. Does this mean that the flesh continues to persecute the spirit even today. I would say YES. Does it have any reference to Paul 's persecution of Jesus? The flesh verses the spirit? Or am I correct on both accounts?
  • John Matlala
    Our Beloved Apostle Paul was more radical when writing this Letter, the question of Ten commandemnts was addreseed by His Lord, Our Lord Jesus Christ on his first public Speech, Mat5:17-18. He Said i 'm not here to put end to law but to add. And not even one letter from law will be removed until the end comes. we therefore need to be cautious about not breaking Ten Commandments which were given to Moses in Mt Sinai.

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