Galatians 1
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1Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),1This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.
2and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:2All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.
3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,3May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
4who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,4Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.
5to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.5All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. There Is Only One Good News
6I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,6I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News
7which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.7but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.8Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.
9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.9I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.
10For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.10Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Paul’s Message Comes from Christ
11But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.11Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning.
12For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.12I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.
13For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.13You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it.
14And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.14I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.
15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,15But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him
16to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,16to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.
17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.17Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.
18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.18Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter, and I stayed with him for fifteen days.
19But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.19The only other apostle I met at that time was James, the Lord’s brother.
20(Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)20I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie.
21Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.21After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia.
22And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.22And still the churches in Christ that are in Judea didn’t know me personally.
23But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”23All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!”
24And they glorified God in me.24And they praised God because of me.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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