Galatians 1:11-24 NAS

Paul Defends His Ministry

11 For 1I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is 2not according to man.

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12 For 3I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a 4revelation of Jesus Christ.

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13 For you have heard of 5my former manner of life in Judaism, how I 6used to persecute 7the church of God beyond * measure and 8tried to destroy it;

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14 and I 9was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my acountrymen, being more extremely zealous for my 10ancestral traditions.

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15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and 11called me through His grace, was pleased

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16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might 12preach Him among the Gentiles, 13I did not immediately consult with b14flesh and blood,

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17 15nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to 16Damascus.

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18 Then 17three years later I went up 18to Jerusalem to cbecome acquainted with 19Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days.

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19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except d20James, the Lord's brother.

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20 (Now in what I am writing to you, eI assure you 21before God that I am not lying.)

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    • l 1:20 - Lit "behold before God"
      21 Then 22I went into the regions of 23Syria and 24Cilicia.

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      22 I was still unknown by fsight to 25the churches of Judea which were 26in Christ;

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      23 but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching 27the faith which he once 28tried to destroy."

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      24 And they 29were glorifying God gbecause of me.

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