Galatians 1 New American Standard Bible


1 1  Paul , an apostle ( not sent from men nor through the agency of man , but through Jesus Christ and God the Father , who raised Him from the dead ), 2  and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia : 3  Grace to you and peace from [1]God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ , 4  who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil [2]age , according to the will of our God and Father , 5  to whom be the glory forevermore . Amen .

There Is No Other Gospel

6  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting e Him who called you [3]by the grace of Christ , for a different gospel ; 7  which is really not another ; only e there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ . 8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven , should preach to you a gospel [4]contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be [5] accursed ! 9  As we have said before , so I say again now , if any man is preaching to you a gospel [6]contrary to what you received , he is to be [7] accursed !

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's Ministry of the True Gospel

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 e measure and tried to destroy it; 14  and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my [8]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 [9] 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 [10]become acquainted with Cephas , and stayed with him fifteen days . 19  But I did not see any other of the apostles except [11] James , the Lord's brother . 20  (Now in what I am writing to you, [12]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 [13]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 [14]because of me.


[1] 1:3 Two early mss read "God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ"

[2] 1:4 Or "world"

[3] 1:6 Lit "in"

[4] 1:8 Or "other than, more than"

[5] 1:8 Gr "anathema"

[6] 1:9 Or "other than, more than"

[7] 1:9 Gr "anathema"

[8] 1:14 Lit "race"

[9] 1:16 I.e. human beings

[10] 1:18 Or "visit Cephas"

[11] 1:19 Or "Jacob"

[12] 1:20 Lit "behold before God"

[13] 1:22 Lit "face"

[14] 1:24 Lit "in me"

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