13 For you have heard of (A)my former way of life in Judaism, how I (B)used to persecute (C)the church of God beyond measure and (D)tried to destroy it; 14 and I (E)was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my [a]countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my (F)ancestral traditions. 15 But when [b]He who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and (G)called me through His grace was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might (H)preach Him among the Gentiles, (I)I did not immediately consult with [c](J)flesh and blood, 17 (K)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 (L)Damascus.

18 Then (M)three years later I went up (N)to Jerusalem to [d]become acquainted with [e](O)Cephas, and stayed with him for fifteen days. 19 But I did not see another one of the apostles except [f](P)James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, [g]I assure you (Q)before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then (R)I went into the regions of (S)Syria and (T)Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by [h]sight to (U)the churches of Judea which are (V)in Christ; 23 but they only kept hearing, “The man who once persecuted us is now preaching (W)the faith which he once (X)tried to destroy.” 24 And they (Y)were glorifying God [i]because of me.

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  1. Galatians 1:14 Lit race
  2. Galatians 1:15 One early ms God who
  3. Galatians 1:16 I.e., people
  4. Galatians 1:18 Or visit
  5. Galatians 1:18 I.e., Peter
  6. Galatians 1:19 Or Jacob
  7. Galatians 1:20 Lit behold before God
  8. Galatians 1:22 Lit face
  9. Galatians 1:24 Lit in me

(A)circumcised the eighth day, of the (B)nation of Israel, of the (C)tribe of Benjamin, a (D)Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, (E)a Pharisee;

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