Minors and slaves (Gal. 4:1)

“My point is this.

The heirs,

As long as they are minors,

Are not better

Than the slaves,


They are the owners

Of all the property.”

Λέγω δέ, ἐφ’ ὅσον χρόνον ὁ κληρονόμος νήπιός ἐστιν, οὐδὲν διαφέρει δούλου κύριος πάντων ὤν,

Paul said, “My point is this (Λέγω δέ).  The heirs (ὁ κληρονόμος), as long as they (ἐφ’ ὅσον χρόνον) are minors or immature children (νήπιός ἐστιν) are not better or different (οὐδὲν διαφέρει) than the slaves (δούλου), although they are the owners of all the property (κύριος πάντων ὤν).”  Paul pointed out that the heirs when they are minors or immature children are no different than slaves.  They have no responsibilities, even though they would be the eventual owners of the property.  All the things in the house will be theirs as they mature.  However, in their growing up they do not have anything of their own, much like a well-cared for slave.  Have you ever thought of a minor as a slave?

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