Galatians 1 NIV

1 Paul, an apostle1--sent not from men nor by man,2 but by Jesus Christ3 and God the Father,4 who raised him from the dead5--

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      2 and all the brothers with me,6 To the churches in Galatia:7

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      3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,8

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      4 who gave himself for our sins9 to rescue us from the present evil age,10 according to the will of our God and Father,11

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      5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.12

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      No Other Gospel

      6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called13 you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel14--

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      7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion15 and are trying to pervert16 the gospel of Christ.

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      8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you,17 let him be eternally condemned!18

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      9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted,19 let him be eternally condemned!

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      10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men?20 If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

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      Paul Called by God

      11 I want you to know, brothers,21 that the gospel I preached22 is not something that man made up.

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          12 I did not receive it from any man,23 nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation24 from Jesus Christ.25

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              13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism,26 how intensely I persecuted the church of God27 and tried to destroy it.28

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              14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous29 for the traditions of my fathers.30

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              15 But when God, who set me apart from birtha31 and called me32 by his grace, was pleased

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                • a 1:15 - Or "from my mother's womb"
                  16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,33 I did not consult any man,34

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                  17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.35

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                  18 Then after three years,36 I went up to Jerusalem37 to get acquainted with Peterb and stayed with him fifteen days.

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                  19 I saw none of the other apostles--only James,38 the Lord's brother.

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                  20 I assure you before God39 that what I am writing you is no lie.40

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                  21 Later I went to Syria41 and Cilicia.42

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                  22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea43 that are in Christ.44

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                  23 They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith45 he once tried to destroy."46

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                  24 And they praised God47 because of me.

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