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Paul’s Vindication of His Apostleship

11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin,(A) 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.(B) 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors.(C) 15 But when the one[a] who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace was pleased(D) 16 to reveal his Son to me,[b] so that I might proclaim him among the gentiles, I did not confer with any human,(E) 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterward I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days,(F) 19 but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother.(G) 20 In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia,(H) 22 and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ;(I) 23 they only heard it said, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.

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  1. 1.15 Other ancient authorities read God
  2. 1.16 Gk in me