New International Version
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
King James Bible
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Darby Bible Translation
But then indeed, not knowing God, ye were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods;
World English Bible
However at that time, not knowing God, you were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods.
Young's Literal Translation
But then, indeed, not having known God, ye were in servitude to those not by nature gods,
Galatians 4:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When ye knew not God - Though it is evident, from the complexion of the whole of this epistle, that the great body of the Christians in the Churches of Galatia were converts from among the Jews or proselytes to Judaism; yet from this verse it appears that there were some who had been converted from heathenism; unless we suppose that the apostle here particularly addresses those who had been proselytes to Judaism and thence converted to Christianity; which appears to be most likely from the following verses.
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2 Chronicles 13:9
But didn't you drive out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests of your own as the peoples of other lands do? Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may become a priest of what are not gods.
They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.
"Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!"
1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 8:4
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that "An idol is nothing at all in the world" and that "There is no God but one."
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