Galatians 1:11-24 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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11 Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. The good news I preached is not something a human being made up. 11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.
12 No one gave it to me. No one taught it to me. Instead, I received it from Jesus Christ. He 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 of my earlier way of life as a Jew. With all my strength I attacked the church of God. I 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 moving ahead in my Jewish way of life. I went beyond many Jews who were my own age. I held firmly to the teachings passed down by my people. 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 set me apart from the time I was born. He showed me his grace by appointing me. He was pleased 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased
16 to show his Son in my life. He wanted me to preach about Jesus among those who aren't Jews. When God appointed me, I didn't talk to anyone. 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 go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went at once into Arabia. Later I returned 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 after three years I went up to Jerusalem. I went there to get to know Peter. I stayed with him for 15 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 of the other apostles. I only saw James, the Lord's brother. 19 I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother.
20 Here is what you can be sure of. And God gives witness to it. What I am writing you is not a lie. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
21 Later I went to Syria and Cilicia. 21 Later I went to Syria and Cilicia.
22 The members of Christ's churches in Judea did not know me in a personal way. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
23 They only heard others say, "The man who used to attack us has changed. He is now preaching the faith 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 they praised God because of me. 24 And they praised God because of me.