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Galatians 1:1-13Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle—not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead and all the brothers who are with me:

To the churches of Galatia.[a]

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord[b] Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

No Other Gospel

I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news[c] about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him![d] As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!

10 For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.

Paul Defends His Apostleship

11 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on human thought.[e] 12 For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation from Jesus Christ.

13 For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism: I persecuted God’s church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 1:2 A Roman province in what is now Turkey
  2. Galatians 1:3 Other mss read God our Father and the Lord
  3. Galatians 1:7 Or gospel
  4. Galatians 1:8 Or you, let him be condemned, or you, let him be condemned to hell; Gk anathema
  5. Galatians 1:11 Lit not according to man

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