Galatians 1:1-24

1  Paul, an apostle not from men nor through a man but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead, 2  and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia: 3 * Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 4  who gave himself for our sins in order to take us out of the present vicious world in accordance with the will of our God and Father, 5  to whom be glory world without end; amen! 6  I wonder that you are so quickly shifting from the Christ who called you in grace to another gospel, 7  which is not another one, unless there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to turn the gospel of the Christ another way. 8  But even if we, or if an angel from heaven, preaches to you a gospel inconsistent with the gospel we preached, let him be for God’s destruction. 9  As we have said before, now too I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel inconsistent with what you did have given to you, let him be for God’s destruction. 10  For am I now persuading men or God? or am I aiming to please men? If I were still pleasing men I should not be Christ’s property. 11 * And I give you notice, brothers, as to the gospel preached by me that it is not along human lines; 12  for I did not even take it over nor receive teaching from a man, but through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13  For you have heard about my life back in my Jewish days, that I was extraordinarily active in persecuting and ravaging God’s church, 14  and went further in Jewishness than a good many in my race who were of my age, being a very special zealot for the traditions I had from my fathers. 15  But when he who had set me apart before I was born and had called me by his grace was pleased 16  to reveal his Son in me in order that I might preach his gospel among the nations, at once I did not consult flesh and blood 17  nor go up to Jerusalem to those who had been apostles before me but went off into Arabia, and came back again to Damascus. 18  Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to look up Cephas, and stayed at his house a fortnight, 19  but did not see another of the apostles, except the Lord’s brother James. 20 * And in what I am writing to you God knows I am not lying. 21  Then I came into the Syrian and Cilician neighborhood. 22  But I was unknown by face to the churches of Christ in Judea; 23  but they only heard “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the gospel of the faith he used to ravage,” 24  and glorified God over me.


1:3 Var. the Father and our Lord
1:11 Var. For I give
1:20 Lit. it is before God that I am not lying