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Galatians 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—

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and all the brothers[fn] who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

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who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

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to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—

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not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

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But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

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As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

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For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant[fn] of Christ.

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For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.[fn]

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For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

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For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.

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And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.

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But when he who had set me apart before I was born,[fn] and who called me by his grace,

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was pleased to reveal his Son to[fn] me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;[fn]

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nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

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Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days.

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But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.

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(In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!)

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Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

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And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.

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And they glorified God because of me.
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ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church; also verse 11
Or slave; Greek bondservant
Greek not according to man
Greek set me apart from my mother’s womb
Greek in
Greek with flesh and blood

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