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Galatians 2:1-21

2  Then, after fourteen years, I went up to Jerusalem again with Barnabas, taking Titus along too. 2  And I went up in accordance with a revelation; and I laid before them the gospel I am proclaiming among the nations, but privately before those who had reputations, for fear that I should be or had been running a bootless course; 3*  but there was no requirement that even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, should be circumcised. 4  But because of the intrusive false brothers who had intruded themselves to spy on our liberty that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us,— 5  to whom we did not for a moment give way in submission, in order that the truth of the gospel might remain with you. 6  But from those who had the reputation of being something (what they were makes no difference to me; God does not defer to a man’s personality)—for those who had reputations propounded nothing to me, 7*  but on the contrary, as they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel message for the uncircumcised as Peter had with that for the circumcised, 8*  for he who had inspired Peter to the apostleship for the circumcised had inspired me too to the nations, 9**  and finding the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, those who had the reputation of being pillars, shook hands with Barnabas and me on a partnership, we to address ourselves to the nations and they to the circumcised; 10*  only we were to remember the poor, which is just what I have made a point of doing. 11  But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him face to face because he was recognizably in the wrong; 12***  for before a certain person came from James he ate together with the foreigners, but when he came he flinched and separated himself, being afraid of the circumcised party, 13  and the rest of the Jews played the hypocrite together with him, so that even Barnabas was carried along with their hypocrisy; 14  but when I saw that they were not taking a straight line by the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before everybody “If you, when you are a Jew, are living in foreign fashion and not in Jewish, how is it you are forcing the foreigners to go Jewish? 15  We, as by natural birth Jews and not sinful foreigners, 16***  but knowing that a man is not justified as the outcome of deeds in observance of the law but only through faith in Jesus Christ, even we put our faith in Jesus Christ in order that we might be justified as the outcome of faith in Christ and not of deeds under the law, because out of the deeds under the law no mortal will be justified. 17  But if in seeking to be justified in Christ we ourselves have been found sinful too, then Christ is an auxiliary to sin! away with the thought! 18  For if I build up again what I did break down, I certify myself a transgressor. 19  As for me, through the law I died to the law in order that I might be alive to God. 20  I have been crucified with Christ; and no longer I am alive, but Christ is alive in me; and insofar as I am now alive in flesh I am alive in faith on the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me. 21*  I do not disregard God’s grace. For if there is righteousness through the law, then Christ died superfluously.”

Footnotes

2:3 Var. even Titus, being
2:7 Lit. of the uncircumcision . . . of the circumcision
2:8 Lit. had been active for Peter . . . had been active for me
2:9 Lit. seemed to be pillars
2:9 Lit. gave me and Barnabas right hands of partnership
2:10 Lit. only that we should remember the poor, which very thing I also was in earnest to do
2:12 Var. certain persons . . . they came
2:12 Or he took cover and
2:12 Lit. of the ones from circumcision
2:16 Lit. justified out of deeds of law except through the faith of Jesus Christ
2:16 Var. Christ Jesus (twice)
2:16 Lit. because out of deeds of law
2:21 Lit. died gratuitously