4:21 After they knew the law, they craved to be back under the law. To adhere to the law – circumcision.
“hear the law” – hear what the law says.
The reason they desired to be under the law was because of those people back in verse 17 who perverted the gospel and were zealous of their allegiance. They wanted them to adhere to their beliefs which were the law.
“under” – indicates subjection. “hear” – to hear to the end of understanding.
“do ye not hear the law” fig. anacoenosis – an appeal to others having interests in common.
Paul was raised in the law and now they were into the law, so it was a common interest.
So this was an appeal to that common interest. fig. erotesis – a rhetorical question rather than stating a fact.
(literal according to usage) Tell me, you who desire to be subject to the law, don’t you hear and understand what the law says?
(Verses 22 – 27 are a parenthesis, which is an allegory –a figure of speech)
Publication Date: 11-16-1983
Walter J. Cummins graduated from the Power for Abundant Class in 1962.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio State University in 1968 and his Master of Education degree in Secondary School Administration in 1978 from Wright State University.
He was ordained to the Christian by The Way International in 1968. He has studied at The Way International under Victor Paul Wierwille and K.C.Pillai. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was director of the Research department of the Way International and served as assistant to the president.