Galatians 4:8

“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Howbeit, then when ye knew not God, yee did seruice vnto them which by nature are no Gods.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Howbeit at that time, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to them that by nature are no gods:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But at that time, having no knowledge of God, you were servants to those who by right are no gods:
- Basic English Bible

But then indeed, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods;
- Darby Bible

However then, when ye knew not God, ye did service to them which by nature are no gods.
- Webster's Bible

But at one time, you Gentiles, having no knowledge of God, were slaves to gods which in reality do not exist.
- Weymouth Bible

However at that time, not knowing God, you were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods.
- World English Bible

But thanne ye vnknowynge God, serueden to hem that in kynde weren not goddis.
- Wycliffe Bible

But then, indeed, not having known God, ye were in servitude to those not by nature gods,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:8


4:8 Indeed then when ye knew not God, ye served them that by nature - That is, in reality. Are no gods - And so were under a far worse bondage than even that of the Jews. For they did serve the true God, though in a low, slavish manner.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:8


Ga 4:8 Howbeit then. These Galatian brethren had been idolaters, and had worshiped idols which were not gods at all. At that time they knew not God, the true God, at all.

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