For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face.
But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.
So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.
I gave My back to those who strike Me,
And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;
I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
Let him give his cheek to the smiter,
Let him be filled with reproach.
Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;
Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—