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Galatians 1 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 From Paul--an apostle [chosen] not by any group or individual but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who brought him back to life-- 1 Paul, an apostle--sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead--
2 and all the believers who are with me. To the churches in Galatia. 2 and all the brothers with me, To the churches in Galatia:
3 Good will and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ are yours! 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
4 In order to free us from this present evil world, Christ took the punishment for our sins, because that was what our God and Father wanted. 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
5 Glory belongs to our God and Father forever! Amen. 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6 I'm surprised that you're so quickly deserting Christ, who called you in his kindness, to follow a different kind of good news. 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--
7 But what some people are calling good news is not really good news at all. They are confusing you. They want to distort the Good News about Christ. 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 Whoever tells you good news that is different from the Good News we gave you should be condemned to hell, even if he is one of us or an angel from heaven. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
9 I'm now telling you again what we've told you in the past: If anyone tells you good news that is different from the Good News you received, that person should be condemned to hell. 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
10 Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant. 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Good News I have spread is not a human message. 11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.
12 I didn't receive it from any person. I wasn't taught it, but Jesus Christ revealed it to me. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
13 You heard about the way I once lived when I followed the Jewish religion. You heard how I violently persecuted God's church and tried to destroy it. 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.
14 You also heard how I was far ahead of other Jews in my age group in following the Jewish religion. I had become that fanatical for the traditions of my ancestors. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But God, who appointed me before I was born and who called me by his kindness, was pleased 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased
16 to show me his Son. He did this so that I would tell people who are not Jewish that his Son is the Good News. When this happened, I didn't talk it over with any other person. 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man,
17 I didn't even go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went to Arabia and then came back to Damascus. 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.
18 Then, three years later I went to Jerusalem to become personally acquainted with Cephas. I stayed with him for fifteen days. 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days.
19 I didn't see any other apostle. I only saw James, the Lord's brother. 19 I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother.
20 (God is my witness that what I'm writing is not a lie.) 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
21 Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 21 Later I went to Syria and Cilicia.
22 The churches of Christ in Judea didn't know me personally. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
23 The only thing they had heard was this: "The man who persecuted us is now spreading the faith that he once tried to destroy." 23 They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
24 So they praised God for what had happened to me. 24 And they praised God because of me.