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Galatians 4:3

4:3 So also we, when we were minors, 1  were enslaved under the basic forces 2  of the world.

Galatians 4:1


4:1 Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, 3  is no different from a slave, though he is the owner 4  of everything.

1 tn See the note on the word “minor” in 4:1.

2 tn Or “basic principles,” “elemental things,” or “elemental spirits.” Some interpreters take this as a reference to supernatural powers who controlled nature and/or human fate.

3 tn Grk “a small child.” The Greek term νήπιος (nhpios) refers to a young child, no longer a helpless infant but probably not more than three or four years old (L&N 9.43). The point in context, though, is that this child is too young to take any responsibility for the management of his assets.

4 tn Grk “master” or “lord” (κύριος, kurios).

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