I beg of you, brethren, become as I am,
for I also have become
as you are.
You have done me no wrong; 13
but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; 14
and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself. 15
Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. 16
So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17
They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. 18
But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you. 19
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you 20
but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Bond and Free
21Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. 23But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. 24This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. 25Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.
27For it is written,
REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR;
BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR;
FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE
THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.
28And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.
30But what does the Scripture say?
CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON,
FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
I beseech you, brethren, become as I am , for I also am become as ye are . Ye did me no wrong:
Be ye as I, because I also am as you: brethren, I beseech you: you have not injured me at all.
Darby Bible Translation
Be as I am, for I also am as ye, brethren, I beseech you: ye have not at all wronged me.
English Revised Version
I beseech you, brethren, be as I am, for I am as ye are. Ye did me no wrong:
Webster's Bible Translation
Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
Weymouth New Testament
Brethren, become as I am, I beseech you; for I have also become like you. In no respect did you behave badly to me.
World English Bible
I beg you, brothers, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong,
Young's Literal Translation
Become as I am -- because I also am as ye brethren, I beseech you; to me ye did no hurt,
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