1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, 1 though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, c were enslaved to the elementary principles 2 of the world. 4 But d when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, e born f of woman, born g under the law, 5 h to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive i adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent j the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then k an heir through God.English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.