New American Standard Bible
Paul Defends His Ministry
11 For (A)I would have you know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel which was preached by me is (B)not [a]of human invention. 12 For (C)I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a (D)revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of (E)my former way of life in Judaism, how I (F)used to persecute (G)the church of God beyond measure and (H)tried to destroy it; 14 and I (I)was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my [b]countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my (J)ancestral traditions. 15 But when [c]He who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and (K)called me through His grace was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might (L)preach Him among the Gentiles, (M)I did not immediately consult with [d](N)flesh and blood, 17 (O)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 (P)Damascus.
18 Then (Q)three years later I went up (R)to Jerusalem to [e]become acquainted with [f](S)Cephas, and stayed with him for fifteen days. 19 But I did not see another one of the apostles except [g](T)James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, [h]I assure you (U)before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then (V)I went into the regions of (W)Syria and (X)Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by [i]sight to (Y)the churches of Judea which are (Z)in Christ; 23 but they only kept hearing, “The man who once persecuted us is now preaching (AA)the faith which he once (AB)tried to destroy.” 24 And they (AC)were glorifying God [j]because of me.Read full chapter