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1 From Paul, an apostle. I was not chosen to be an apostle by human beings, nor was I sent from human beings. I was made an apostle through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Jesus from the dead. 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 This letter is also from all those of God's familyn who are with me. 2 and all the brothers with me, To the churches in Galatia:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Jesus gave himself for our sins to free us from this evil world we live in, as God the Father planned. 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 The glory belongs to God forever and ever. Amen. 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6 God, by his grace through Christ, called you to become his people. So I am amazed that you are turning away so quickly and believing something different than the 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 Really, there is no other Good News. But some people are confusing you; they want to change the Good News of 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 We preached to you the Good News. So if we ourselves, or even an angel from heaven, should preach to you something different, we should be judged guilty! 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 said this before, and now I say it again: You have already accepted the Good News. If anyone is preaching something different to you, he should be judged guilty! 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 Do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No, God is the One I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. 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 Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the Good News I preached to you was not made up by human beings. 11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.
12 I did not get it from humans, nor did anyone teach it to me, but Jesus Christ showed 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 have heard about my past life in the Jewish religion. I attacked the church of God 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 I was becoming a leader in the Jewish religion, doing better than most other Jews of my age. I tried harder than anyone else to follow the teachings handed down by our 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 had special plans for me and set me apart for his work even before I was born. He called me through his grace 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased
16 and showed his son to me so that I might tell the Good News about him to those who are not Jewish. When God called me, I did not get advice or help from any 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 did not go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. But, without waiting, I went away to Arabia and later went 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 After three years I went to Jerusalem to meet Peter and 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 met no other apostles, except James, the brother of the Lord. 19 I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother.
20 God knows that these things I write are not lies. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
21 Later, I went to the areas of Syria and Cilicia. 21 Later I went to Syria and Cilicia.
22 In Judea the churches in Christ had never met me. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
23 They had only heard it said, "This man who was attacking us is now preaching the same 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 And these believers praised God because of me. 24 And they praised God because of me.