13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
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14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
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15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased
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16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
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17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.
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