Galatians 1:11-24 NIV

Paul Called by God

11 I want you to know, brothers,1 that the gospel I preached2 is not something that man made up.

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      12 I did not receive it from any man,3 nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation4 from Jesus Christ.5

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          13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism,6 how intensely I persecuted the church of God7 and tried to destroy it.8

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          14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous9 for the traditions of my fathers.10

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          15 But when God, who set me apart from birtha11 and called me12 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,13 I did not consult any man,14

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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.15

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              18 Then after three years,16 I went up to Jerusalem17 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,18 the Lord's brother.

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              20 I assure you before God19 that what I am writing you is no lie.20

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              21 Later I went to Syria21 and Cilicia.22

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              22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea23 that are in Christ.24

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              23 They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith25 he once tried to destroy."26

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              24 And they praised God27 because of me.

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