Galatians 4:9

“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But now after that yee haue knowen God, or rather are knowen of God, how turne ye againe to the weak and beggerly Elements, whereunto ye desire againe to be in bondage?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but now that ye have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how turn ye back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments, whereunto ye desire to be in bondage over again?
- American Standard Version (1901)

But now that you have come to have knowledge of God, or more truly, God has knowledge of you, how is it that you go back again to the poor and feeble first things, desiring to be servants to them again?
- Basic English Bible

but now, knowing God, but rather being known by God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly principles to which ye desire to be again anew in bondage?
- Darby Bible

But now, after ye have known God, or rather are known by God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which ye desire again to be in bondage?
- Webster's Bible

Now, however, having come to know God--or rather to be known by Him--how is it you are again turning back to weak and worthless rudimentary notions to which you are once more willing to be enslaved?
- Weymouth Bible

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles, to which you desire to be in bondage all over again?
- World English Bible

But now whanne ye han knowe God, and ben knowun of God, hou ben ye turned eftsoone to the febil and nedi elementis, to the whiche ye wolen eft serue?
- Wycliffe Bible

and now, having known God -- and rather being known by God -- how turn ye again unto the weak and poor elements to which anew ye desire to be in servitude?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:9

4:9 But now being known of God - As his beloved children. How turn ye back to the weak and poor elements - Weak, utterly unable to purge your conscience from guilt, or to give that filial confidence in God. Poor - incapable of enriching the soul with such holiness and happiness as ye are heirs to. Ye desire to be again in bondage - Though of another kind; now to these elements, as before to those idols.

People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:9

Ga 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God. Having learned the knowledge of the true God. Or rather are known of God. God, himself, had sought them through the gospel, and had offered them eternal life. They knew God because God had taken note of them and sent them the gospel. How turn ye again? How can they, known of God, called from the bondage of those that are not gods (Ga 4:8), turn back again to bondage? The bondage referred to is that of the law. They had been delivered from the bondage of idolatry, but were relapsing into another bondage. The weak and beggarly elements. Weak, because they have no spiritual power to strengthen us; beggarly, because they have no rich promises like the gospel; elements, because they belong to a rudimentary condition, to an undeveloped state to the childhood of the race.

Discussion for Galatians 4

  • Alex
    We are not the true heirs its Christ that is the only true heir but we can be a JOINT HEIR if we birth christ in our hearts,thats y he is saying you must be bornagain,88 TIMES HE REFERS TO HIMSELF AS THE SON OF MAN IMPLING MANKIND NEEDS TO BIRTH CHRIST IN HIS LIFE/HEARTS, Jesus said all that th father has is mine,and all mine is thine and all thine is mine etc, THUS HE WAS THE ONLY TRUE HEIR
  • Alex
    Disciple OUR NEW Innerman is the result of his Seed, the WORD sown in our hearts that initiates a birth of Christ in us, which is mankinds fruit THE SON OF MAN WHICH IS spirit,(the H.G.) As he said that which is BORN of the spirit is SPRIT which is the H.G.THAT IS GONNA BE BORN IN US,SIMPLY B/C THAT GOODSEED IS GONNA BE SOWN IN US THUS OUR INNERMAN IS THE H.G. TH KINGDOM INUS
  • 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.

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