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Galatians 1

MSG 1 I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. I'm God-commissioned. NIV 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-- MSG 2 NIV 2 and all the brothers with me, To the churches in Galatia: MSG 3 So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace! NIV 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, MSG 4 We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we're in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God's plan is that we all experience that rescue. NIV 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, MSG 5 Glory to God forever! Oh, yes! NIV 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. MSG 6 I can't believe your fickleness - how easily you have turned traitor to him who called you by the grace of Christ by embracing a variant message! NIV 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-- MSG 7 It is not a minor variation, you know; it is completely other, an alien message, a no-message, a lie about God. Those who are provoking this agitation among you are turning the Message of Christ on its head. NIV 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. MSG 8 Let me be blunt: If one of us - even if an angel from heaven! - were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed. NIV 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! MSG 9 I said it once; I'll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed. NIV 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! MSG 10 Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn't bother being Christ's slave. NIV 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. MSG 11 Know this - I am most emphatic here, friends - this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. NIV 11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. MSG 12 I didn't receive it through the traditions, and I wasn't taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ. NIV 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 14 I was so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career. NIV 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. MSG 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! NIV 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased MSG 16 Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him. NIV 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, MSG 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, NIV 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. MSG 18 but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. I was there only fifteen days - but what days they were! NIV 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. MSG 19 Except for our Master's brother James, I saw no other apostles. NIV 19 I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother. MSG 20 (I'm telling you the absolute truth in this.) NIV 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. MSG 21 Then I began my ministry in the regions of Syria and Cilicia. NIV 21 Later I went to Syria and Cilicia. MSG 22 After all that time and activity I was still unknown by face among the Christian churches in Judea. NIV 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. MSG 23 There was only this report: "That man who once persecuted us is now preaching the very message he used to try to destroy." NIV 23 They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy." MSG 24 Their response was to recognize and worship God because of me! NIV 24 And they praised God because of me.