5. The Children Born according to the Spirit
versus the Children Born according to the Flesh
21 1Tell me, you who desire to be 2aunder the law, do you not hear the 3law?
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, aone of the bmaidservant and cone of the dfree woman.
23 However the one of the maidservant was born 1according to the aflesh, but the one of the free woman was born 1through bpromise.
24 These things are spoken allegorically, for 1these women are 2two acovenants, one from 3bMount Sinai, bringing forth children unto 4cslavery, which is 5dHagar.
25 Now this Hagar is Sinai the mountain in aArabia and corresponds to the 1bJerusalem which now is, for she 2is in 3cslavery with her children.
26 But the 1aJerusalem above is free, which is our mother;
27 For it is written, a"Rejoice, barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not travailing, because 1many are the children of her who is 2desolate rather than of her who has her husband.''
28 But you, brothers, in the way aIsaac was, are 1children of bpromise.
29 But just as at that time he who was born 1according to the aflesh 2bpersecuted him who was born 1according to the 3cSpirit, dso 4also it is now.
30 But what does the Scripture say? a"Cast out the bmaidservant and her son, for the 1son of the maidservant shall by cno means inherit with the 2son of the dfree woman.''
31 So then, brothers, we are 1not children of the maidservant but aof the free woman.