11 See what large letters I use to write this myself.
12 Some people are trying to force you to be circumcised so the Jews will accept them. They are afraid they will be attacked if they follow only the cross of Christ.
13 Those who are circumcised do not obey the law themselves, but they want you to be circumcised so they can brag about what they forced you to do.
14 I hope I will never brag about things like that. The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is my only reason for bragging. Through the cross of Jesus my world was crucified, and I died to the world.
15 It is not important if a man is circumcised or uncircumcised. The important thing is being the new people God has made.
16 Peace and mercy to those who follow this rule -- and to all of God's people.
17 So do not give me any more trouble. I have scars on my body that shown I belong to Christ Jesus.
18 My brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.