Galatians 1:11-24 (Lexham English Bible)

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Paul’s Defense of His Apostleship

11 For I make known to you, brothers, the gospel that has been proclaimed by me, that it is not {of human origin}a. 12 For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught [it], but [I received it] through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism, that to an extraordinary degree I was persecuting the church of God, and trying to destroy it, 14 and was progressing in Judaism beyond many contemporaries in my nation, [because]b I was a far more zealous adherent of the traditions handed down by my forefathers. 15 But when the one who set me apartc from my mother's womb and called [me] by his grace was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me in order that I would proclaim the gospel [about] him among the Gentiles, immediately I did not consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those [who were] apostles before me, but I went away to Arabia and I returned again to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and I stayed with him fifteen days, 19 but I did not see [any] others of the apostles except James, the brother of the Lord. 20 (Now [the things] which I am writing to you, behold, [I assure you] before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I came to the regions of Syria and of Cilicia, 22 but I was unknown {in person}d to the churches of Judea [that are] in Christ, 23 and they were only hearing, "The one formerly persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith that formerly he was attempting to destroy," 24 and they were glorifying God because of me.
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