18 Then after three years,(A) I went up to Jerusalem(B) to get acquainted with Cephas[a] and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James,(C) the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God(D) that what I am writing you is no lie.(E)

21 Then I went to Syria(F) and Cilicia.(G) 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea(H) that are in Christ.(I) 23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith(J) he once tried to destroy.”(K) 24 And they praised God(L) because of me.

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem,(M) this time with Barnabas.(N) I took Titus(O) along also. I went in response to a revelation(P) and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.(Q) I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race(R) in vain. Yet not even Titus,(S) who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.(T) This matter arose because some false believers(U) had infiltrated our ranks to spy on(V) the freedom(W) we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel(X) might be preserved for you.

As for those who were held in high esteem(Y)—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism(Z)—they added nothing to my message.(AA) On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task(AB) of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,[b](AC) just as Peter(AD) had been to the circumcised.[c] For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle(AE) to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle(AF) to the Gentiles. James,(AG) Cephas[d](AH) and John, those esteemed as pillars,(AI) gave me and Barnabas(AJ) the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.(AK) They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,(AL) and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor,(AM) the very thing I had been eager to do all along.


  1. Galatians 1:18 That is, Peter
  2. Galatians 2:7 That is, Gentiles
  3. Galatians 2:7 That is, Jews; also in verses 8 and 9
  4. Galatians 2:9 That is, Peter; also in verses 11 and 14

Imitating Christ’s Humility

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,(A) if any tenderness and compassion,(B) then make my joy complete(C) by being like-minded,(D) having the same love, being one(E) in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.(F) Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,(G) not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.(H)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:(I)

Who, being in very nature[a] God,(J)
    did not consider equality with God(K) something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing(L)
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,(M)
    being made in human likeness.(N)
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death(O)
        even death on a cross!(P)

Therefore God exalted him(Q) to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,(R)
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,(S)
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,(T)
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,(U)
    to the glory of God the Father.

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  1. Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of
  2. Philippians 2:7 Or the form

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