1 PAUL an apostle '97 not from men or through men, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead '97
2 and all the brethren with me, to the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present wicked world according to the will of our God and Father!
5 To him be glory through the ages of the ages! Amen.
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly changing over from him who called you by the grace of Christ to a different kind of good news,
7 though it is not another good news. But there are some who are perplexing you and wishing to pervert the good news of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should bring you any good news different from what we did bring you, let him be accursed!
9 As I said before, I say now again, if any one brings you good news different from what you have received, let him be accursed!
10 Am I now trying to please men or God? If I were still trying to please men I should not be Christ's servant.
11 For I assure you, brethren, that the good news which I brought is not of man's devising.
12 For neither did I receive it from man nor was I taught it through man, but through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 You have heard of my former life in Judaism, that I furiously persecuted the church of God and made havoc of it,
14 and I went further in Judaism than many of my own age and race, being intensely zealous for the traditions of my forefathers.
15 But when he who had appointed me when I was in my mother's womb, and had called me by his grace,
16 was pleased to reveal his Son in me that I might tell the good news of him among the Gentiles, immediately I did not consult with flesh and blood,
17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and came back to Damascus.
18 Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter and stayed with him fifteen days.
19 But I saw no other one of the apostles, though I did see James the Lord's brother.
20 In what I am writing to you, before God I am not lying.
21 Then I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 I was not known by face to the churches of Christ in Judaea.
23 Only they had heard that "he who used to persecute us is now telling the good news of the faith of which he once made havoc,"
24 and they glorified God on my account.