For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism, that to an extraordinary degree I was persecuting the church of God, and trying to destroy it,
and was progressing in Judaism beyond many contemporaries in my nation, [because]a I was a far more zealous adherent of the traditions handed down by my forefathers.
But when the one who set me apartb from my mother's womb and called [me] by his grace was pleased
to reveal his Son in me in order that I would proclaim the gospel [about] him among the Gentiles, immediately I did not consult with flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those [who were] apostles before me, but I went away to Arabia and I returned again to Damascus.