I went in response to a revelation1 and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.2 But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race3 in vain.
Yet not even Titus,4 who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.54
[This matter arose] because some false brothers6 had infiltrated our ranks to spy on7 the freedom8 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 gospel9 might remain with you.
As for those who seemed to be important10--whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance11--those men added nothing to my message.127
On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task13 of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles,a14 just as Peter15 had been to the Jews.b8
For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle16 to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle17 to the Gentiles.
James,18 Peterc19 and John, those reputed to be pillars,20 gave me and Barnabas21 the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.22 They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,23 and they to the Jews.
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor,24 the very thing I was eager to do.
When Peter25 came to Antioch,26 I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.
Before certain men came from James,27 he used to eat with the Gentiles.28 But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.29