Galatians 1:13-17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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13 I'm sure that you've heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way. In those days I went all out in persecuting God's church. I was systematically destroying 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 so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother's womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity! 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased
16 Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him. 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man,
17 and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was - I got away to 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.