Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1I say that as long as the heir is a child, he is not distinct from the Servants, though he is Master over all of them; 2But he is under guardians and stewards until the time that his father has appointed. 3In this way also when we were children, we were enslaved under the principles of the world. 4But when the end of time arrived, God sent his Son and he was from a woman and was under The Written Law, 5That he would redeem those who were under The Written Law, and that we would receive the position of children. 6But because you are children, God has sent The Spirit of his Son into your hearts, who cries, "Father, our Father".* 7And therefore you are not Servants but children, and if children, also the heirs of God by Yeshua The Messiah.
8For then when you had not known God, you served those which by their nature were not God. 9But now that you have known God and especially that you are known by God, you have turned again to those sick and weak principles, and you wish again to be subject to them. 10You observe days and months and times and years. 11I fear lest I have labored among you for nothing.
12Be like me because I also have been like you, my brethren, I beg of you. You have wronged me in nothing, 13For you know that in the illness of my flesh from the first I have preached The Good News to you. 14And you did not ridicule, neither did you loathe the trial of my flesh, but you received me as an Angel of God and as Yeshua The Messiah. 15Where is therefore your blessedness,* for I testify of you that if it were possible, you would have plucked out and given your eyes to me? 16Have I become an enemy to you because I have preached the truth to you? 17They imitate you, not for what is excellent but because they want to oppress you that you would imitate them. 18But it is good that you would imitate excellence always, and not only when I am with you. 19My children, those for whom I am in labor again until The Messiah shall be formed in you, 20I wish to be with you now and to change my tone, because I am dumbfounded at you.
21Tell me, you who wish to be under The Written Law, do you not hear The Written Law? 22For it is written: "Abraham had two sons, one from a Maidservant and one from a Freewoman." 23But he who was from the Maidservant was born of the flesh, but he who was from the Freewoman was by The Promise. 24But these are illustrations of the two Covenants, the one that is from Mount Sinai begets to bondage, which is Hagar. 25For Hagar is Mount Sinai that is in Arabia, and agrees with this Jerusalem and is serving in bondage and its children. 26But that Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother.
27For it is written: "Rejoice, barren one, she who does not bear, triumph and shout, she who does not give birth, because the children of the desolate have increased more than the children of a wife."
30But what do the Scriptures say? Cast out the Maidservant and her son because the son of the Maidservant will not inherit with the son of the Freewoman.
31We therefore, my brethren, are not children of the Maidservant, but children of the Freewoman.