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The Jewish converts spoken of in chapter two of Galatians were burdening the believers with the Jewish laws of circumcision, the ten commandments, and keeping of the Jewish holy days by adding them to the requirement of the New Covenant. The Apostle Paul speaks to this in Galatians chapter four verses nine to twelve.

Religious Weights:

Gal 4:9 AMP Now, however, that you have come to be acquainted with and understand and know [the true] God, or rather to be understood and known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly and worthless elementary things [of all religions before Christ came], whose slaves you once more want to become?

Jewish Holy Days:

Gal 4:10-11 AMP You observe [particular] days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am alarmed [about you], lest I have labored among and over you to no purpose and in vain.

Jewish Rituals and Ordinances (Laws)

Gal 4:12 AMP Brethren, I beg of you, become as I am [free from the bondage of Jewish ritualism and ordinances], for I also have become as you are [a Gentile]. You did me no wrong [in the days when I first came to you; do not do it now].

The Book of Hebrews was addressed to the Hebrew or Jewish converts explaining and comparing the excellence of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant.

Heb 8:6 KJV But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Heb 8:7 KJV For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Heb 8:8 KJV For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Heb 8:12 KJV For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Heb 8:13 KJV In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.

Heb 8:13 AMP When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether.


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