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Galatians 1:10-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Paul Defends His Ministry

11 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; 14 and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my [a]countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. 15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with [b]flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.

18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to [c]become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except [d]James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, [e]I assure you before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by [f]sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 23 but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God [g]because of me.

The Council at Jerusalem

Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. [h]It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. But from those who [i]were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God [j]shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me. But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel [k]to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been [l]to the circumcised (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship [m]to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, [n]James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right [o]hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 1:14 Lit race
  2. Galatians 1:16 I.e. human beings
  3. Galatians 1:18 Or visit Cephas
  4. Galatians 1:19 Or Jacob
  5. Galatians 1:20 Lit behold before God
  6. Galatians 1:22 Lit face
  7. Galatians 1:24 Lit in me
  8. Galatians 2:2 Lit according to revelation I went up
  9. Galatians 2:6 Lit seemed to be something
  10. Galatians 2:6 Lit does not receive a face
  11. Galatians 2:7 Lit of the uncircumcision
  12. Galatians 2:7 Lit of the circumcision
  13. Galatians 2:8 Lit of the circumcision
  14. Galatians 2:9 Or Jacob
  15. Galatians 2:9 Lit hands
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