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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Galatians 2:1-21

2  Then after fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem+ with Bar′na·bas,+ taking also Titus along with me.  But I went up as a result of a revelation.+ And I laid before them+ the good news which I am preaching* among the nations, privately, however, before those who were outstanding men, for fear that somehow I was running+ or had run in vain.+  Nevertheless, not even Titus,+ who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised,+ although he was a Greek.  But because of the false brothers+ brought in quietly,+ who sneaked in to spy upon our freedom+ which we have in union with Christ Jesus, that they might completely enslave+ us—  to these we did not yield by way of submission,+ no, not for an hour, in order that the truth+ of the good news might continue with YOU.  But on the part of those who seemed to be something+—whatever sort of men they formerly were makes no difference to me+—God* does not go by a man’s outward appearance+—to me, in fact, those outstanding men imparted nothing new.  But, on the contrary, when they saw that I had entrusted+ to me the good news for those who are uncircumcised,*+ just as Peter [had it] for those who are circumcised*+  for He who gave Peter powers necessary for an apostleship to those who are circumcised gave powers also to me+ for those who are of the nations;  yes, when they came to know the undeserved kindness+ that was given me,+ James+ and Ce′phas and John, the ones who seemed to be pillars,+ gave me and Bar′na·bas+ the right hand of sharing together,+ that we should go to the nations, but they to those who are circumcised. 10  Only we should keep the poor in mind.+ This very thing I have also earnestly endeavored to do.+ 11  However, when Ce′phas+ came to Antioch,+ I resisted* him face to face, because he stood condemned.+ 12  For before the arrival of certain men from James,+ he used to eat+ with people of the nations; but when they arrived, he went withdrawing and separating himself, in fear+ of those of the circumcised class.*+ 13  The rest of the Jews also joined him in putting on this pretense,+ so that even Bar′na·bas+ was led along with them in their pretense.* 14  But when I saw they were not walking straight according to the truth of the good news,+ I said to Ce′phas before them all:+ “If you, though you are a Jew, live as the nations do, and not as Jews do, how is it that you are compelling people of the nations to live according to Jewish practice?”+ 15  We who are Jews by nature,+ and not sinners+ from the nations, 16  knowing as we do that a man is declared righteous,*+ not due to works of law, but only through faith+ toward Christ Jesus, even we have put our faith in Christ Jesus, that we may be declared righteous due to faith toward Christ,+ and not due to works of law, because due to works of law no flesh will be declared righteous.+ 17  Now if we, in seeking to be declared righteous by means of Christ,+ have also ourselves been found sinners,+ is Christ in reality sin’s minister?+ May that never happen! 18  For if the very things that I once threw down I build up again,+ I demonstrate myself to be a transgressor.+ 19  As for me, through law I died toward law,+ that I might become alive toward God.+ 20  I am impaled* along with Christ.+ It is no longer I that live,+ but it is Christ that is living in union with me.+ Indeed, the life that I now live+ in flesh I live by the faith that is toward the Son of God, who loved me and handed himself over for me.+ 21  I do not shove aside the undeserved kindness of God;+ for if righteousness is through law,+ Christ actually died for nothing.+

Footnotes

Or, “I am heralding.” Gr., ke·rys′so; Lat., prae′di·co. Compare Da 5:29 ftn, “Heralded.”
“God,” P46אABCD; J7,8, “Jehovah.”
Lit., “of the uncircumcision.”
Lit., “of the circumcision.”
Lit., “I stood against.”
Lit., “the (ones) out of circumcision.”
Lit., “hypocrisy.” Gr., hy·po·kri′sei.
Lit., “is being justified.” Gr., di·kai·ou′tai.
Or, “fastened on a stake (pole).” See App 5C.