Paul, an 1apostle--2not from men nor through man, but 3through Jesus Christ and God the Father, 4who raised him from the dead--
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and all 5the brothers who are with me, To 6the churches of Galatia:
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7Grace to you and peace 8from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
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9who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present 10evil age, according to the will of 11our God and Father,
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to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are 12so quickly deserting 13him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to 14a different gospel--
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15not that there is another one, but 16there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
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But even if we or 17an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, 18let him be accursed.
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As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, 19let him be accursed.
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[See ver. 8 above]
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying 20to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a 21servant of Christ.
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For 22I would have you know, brothers, that 23the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.
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24For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it 25through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
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For you have heard of 26my former life in Judaism, how 27I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
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And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely 28zealous was I for 29the traditions of my fathers.
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But when he 30who had set me apart 31before I was born, and who 32called me by his grace,
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was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order 33that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
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nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Then 34after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days.
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But I saw none of the other apostles except James 35the Lord's brother.
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(In what I am writing to you, 36before God, I do not lie!)
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37Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
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And I was still unknown in person to 38the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
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They only were hearing it said, "He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
And they glorified God because of me.