Galatians 1 New Revised Standard Version


1 1  Paul an apostle-sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead- 2  and all the members of God's family [1] who are 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 set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5  to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

There Is No Other Gospel

6  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel- 7  not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8  But even if we or an angel [2] from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! 9  As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!

10  Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant [3] of Christ.

Paul's Ministry of the True Gospel

11  For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, [4] that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 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. 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. 15  But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased 16  to reveal his Son to me, [5] so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, 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 afterwards I returned to Damascus. 18  Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; 19  but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord's brother. 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, 22  and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; 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.


[1] 1:2 Gk [all the brothers]

[2] 1:8 Or [a messenger]

[3] 1:10 Gk [slave]

[4] 1:11 Gk [brothers]

[5] 1:16 Gk [in me]

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