Galatians 1 – New International Version (NIV)
- Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
- and all the brothers and sisters[a] with me, To the churches in Galatia:
- Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
- who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
- to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
- I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—
- which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
- But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!
- As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
- Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Paul Called by God
- I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.
- I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
- 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.
- I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
- But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased
- to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
- I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.
- Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas[b] and stayed with him fifteen days.
- I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother.
- I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
- Then I went to Syria and Cilicia.
- I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
- They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
- And they praised God because of me.
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Galatians 1 – King James Version (KJV)
- Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
- And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
- Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
- Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
- To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
- I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
- Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
- But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
- As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
- For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
- But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
- For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
- For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
- And profited in the Jews’ religion above many 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; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
- Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
- Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
- But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
- Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
- Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
- 22And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
- But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
- And they glorified God in me.