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Galatians 2:1-15

MSG 1 Fourteen years after that first visit, Barnabas and I went up to Jerusalem and took Titus with us. NIV 1 Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. MSG 2 I went to clarify with them what had been revealed to me. At that time I placed before them exactly what I was preaching to the non-Jews. I did this in private with the leaders, those held in esteem by the church, so that our concern would not become a controversial public issue, marred by ethnic tensions, exposing my years of work to denigration and endangering my present ministry. NIV 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. MSG 3 Significantly, Titus, non-Jewish though he was, was not required to be circumcised. NIV 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. MSG 4 While we were in conference we were infiltrated by spies pretending to be Christians, who slipped in to find out just how free true Christians are. Their ulterior motive was to reduce us to their brand of servitude. NIV 4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. MSG 5 We didn't give them the time of day. We were determined to preserve the truth of the Message for you. NIV 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. MSG 6 As for those who were considered important in the church, their reputation doesn't concern me. God isn't impressed with mere appearances, and neither am I. And of course these leaders were able to add nothing to the message I had been preaching. NIV 6 As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. MSG 7 It was soon evident that God had entrusted me with the same message to the non-Jews as Peter had been preaching to the Jews. NIV 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. MSG 8 NIV 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. MSG 9 Recognizing that my calling had been given by God, James, Peter, and John - the pillars of the church - shook hands with me and Barnabas, assigning us to a ministry to the non-Jews, while they continued to be responsible for reaching out to the Jews. NIV 9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. MSG 10 The only additional thing they asked was that we remember the poor, and I was already eager to do that. NIV 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. MSG 11 Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. NIV 11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. MSG 12 Here's the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That's how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that's been pushing the old system of circumcision. NIV 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. MSG 13 Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade. NIV 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. MSG 14 But when I saw that they were not maintaining a steady, straight course according to the Message, I spoke up to Peter in front of them all: "If you, a Jew, live like a non-Jew when you're not being observed by the watchdogs from Jerusalem, what right do you have to require non-Jews to conform to Jewish customs just to make a favorable impression on your old Jerusalem cronies?" NIV 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? MSG 15 We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over "non-Jewish sinners." NIV 15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles

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