For ye have heard of my participation in times past in the Jews' religion, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and wasted it.
I profited in the Jews' religion beyond many of my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me by His grace,
to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen, I conferred not immediately with flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went into Arabia and returned again unto Damascus.