Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem,1 this time with Barnabas.2 I took Titus3 along also.
I went in response to a revelation4 and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.5 But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race6 in vain.
Yet not even Titus,7 who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.84
[This matter arose] because some false brothers9 had infiltrated our ranks to spy on10 the freedom11 we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.
We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel12 might remain with you.
As for those who seemed to be important13--whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance14--those men added nothing to my message.157
On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task16 of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles,a17 just as Peter18 had been to the Jews.b8
For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle19 to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle20 to the Gentiles.
James,21 Peterc22 and John, those reputed to be pillars,23 gave me and Barnabas24 the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.25 They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,26 and they to the Jews.
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor,27 the very thing I was eager to do.