Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)

The Epistle of Saint Pavl to the Galatians

That the Law was fit for the time of nonnage: but being now come to ful age, to desire such seruitude is absurd, specially for Gentils. 12 And that he writeth this not of any displeasure, but to tel them the truth, remembring how passingly they honoured him when he was present, and exhorting them therofre not to harken to the false Apostles in his absence. 21. By the allegorie also of Abraham's two sonnes, shewing, that the children of the Iewes Synagogue shal not inherit, but we who are the children of the free-woman; that is of the Cath. Church of Christ.
1. AND I say, as long as the heire is a litle one, he differeth nothing from a seruant, although he be Lord of al,
2. But is vnder tutours and gouernours vntil the time limited of the Father:
3. so we also, when we were litle ones, were seruing vnder the elements of the world.
4. But when the fulnes of time came, God sent his Sonne made of a woman, made vnder the Law:
5. that he might redeem them that were vnder the Law; that we might receiue the adoption of sonnes.
6. And because you are sonnes, God hath sent the Spirit of his sonne into your harts crying: Abba, Father.
7. Therfore now he is not a seruant, but a sonne. And if a sonne, an heire also by God.
8. But then indeed not knowing God, you serued them that by nature are not Gods.
9. But now when you haue knowen God, or rather are knowen of God, how turne you againe to the weake & poore elements, which you wil serue againe?
10. You obserue daies, and months, and times, and yeares.
11. I feare you, lest perhaps I haue laboured in vaine among you.
12. Be ye as I, because I also am as you: Brethren, I beseech you, you haue hurt me nothing.
13. And you know that by infirmitie of the flesh I euangelized to you heretofore:
14. and your tentation in my flesh you despised not, neither reiected, but as an Angel of God you receiued me, as Christ Iesvs.
15. Where is then your blessednes? for I giue you testimonie that if it could be done, you would haue plucked out your eyes and haue giuen them to me.
16. Am I then become your enemie, telling you the truth?
17. They emulate you not wel: but they would exclude you, that you might emulate them.
18. But doe you emulate the good in good alwaies: and not only when I am present with you.
19. My litle children, whom I trauail withal againe, vntil Christ be formed in you.
20. And I would be with you now and change my voice: because I am confounded in you.
21. Tel me, you that wil be vnder the law, haue you not read the Law?
22. For it is written that Abraham had two sonnes: one of the bond-woman, and one of the free-woman.
23. But he that of the bond-woman, was borne according to the flesh: and he that of the free-woman, by the promise.
24. Which things are said by an allegorie. For these are the two Testaments. The one from mount Sina, gendring vnto bondage; which is Agar,
25. (for Sina is a mountaine in Arabia, which hath affinite to that which now is Hierusalem) and serueth with her children.
26. But that Hierusalem which is aboue, is free; which is our mother.
27. For it is written: Reioyce thou barren, that bearest not: breake forth and crie, that trauailest not: because many are the children of the desolate, more then of her that hath a husband.
28. But we Brethren, according to Isaac, are the children of promise.
29. But as then he that was borne according to the flesh, persecuted him that was after the spirit; so now also.
30. But what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bond-woman and her sonne. For the sonne of the bond-woman shal not be heire with the sonne of the free-woman.
31. Therfore, Brethren, we are not the children of the bond-woman, but of the free: by the freedom wherewith Christ hath made vs free.