1 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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2 and all 5the brothersa who are with me, To 6the churches of Galatia:

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    • a 1:2 - Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated "brothers") refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God's family, the church; also verse 11
      3 7Grace to you and peace 8from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

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      4 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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      5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

      No Other Gospel

      6 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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      7 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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      8 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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      9 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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        • 19 1:9 - [See ver. 8 above]
          10 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 21servantb of Christ.

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            • b 1:10 - Or slave; Greek bondservant

              Paul Called by God

              11 For 22I would have you know, brothers, that 23the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.c

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                • c 1:11 - Greek not according to man
                  12 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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                      13 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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                      14 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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                      15 But when he 30who had set me apart 31before I was born,d and who 32called me by his grace,

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                        • d 1:15 - Greek set me apart from my mother's womb
                          16 was pleased to reveal his Son toe me, in order 33that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;f

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                            • e 1:16 - Greek in
                            • f 1:16 - Greek with flesh and blood
                              17 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.
                              18 Then 34after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days.

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                              19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James 35the Lord's brother.

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                              20 (In what I am writing to you, 36before God, I do not lie!)

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                              21 37Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

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                              22 And I was still unknown in person to 38the churches of Judea that are in Christ.

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                              23 They only were hearing it said, "He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
                              24 And they glorified God because of me.