Bible translation: Galatians 1
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 to y’all and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ 4 who gave himself for our sins so that he might rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom is the glory forever and ever.
6 I am astonished that y’all have turned yourselves away so quickly from the one who called y’all by the grace of Christ unto a different gospel, 7 which is not another (Gospel), although someone is unsettling y’all and desiring to pervert the Gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we– or even an angel from heaven– might preach to y’all in deviation from that which we preached, let him be damned! 9 As we have said before, now I say again, if someone preaches to y’all in deviation from what y’all have received, let him be damned!
10 Now, do I seek the favor of men or God? Do I strive to please men? If I were still seeking the favor of men, then I would not be a servant of Christ!
11 For I declare to y’all, brothers– the Gospel I proclaimed is not according to Man: 12 For I didn’t receive it from a man, nor was it taught to me, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For y’all heard of my former way of life in Judaism, that I persecuted the Church of God to an extreme and I ravaged her, 14 and I advanced in Judaism beyond many peers in my class, being exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when the one who had selected me from my mothers womb and called me by his grace was pleased 16 to reveal his Son to me, in order to proclaim him in the nations, I didn’t immediately consult flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up into Jerusalem to the apostles who came before me, but I went away into Arabia and afterward I returned to Damascus.
18 Later, after three years, I went up into Jerusalem to meet Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I didn’t see any other of the apostles except James, the brother of our Lord.
20 Look! Before God, that which I write to y’all is not a lie.
21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, 22 but I remained personally unknown to the congregations of Judea that are in Christ. 23 But they kept on hearing, “The one who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith he was formerly destroying.” 24 And they were glorifying God because of me.
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