PAUL, an apostle, not sent by men nor appointed by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead,
And all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God our Father;
To whom be glory for ever and ever.
¶ I am surprised how soon you have turned to another gospel, away from Christ who has called you by his grace,
A gospel which does not even exist;
howbeit, there are men who have stirred you up and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
As I have said before, so say I now again, If any man preaches any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
¶ Do I now persuade men or God?
Or do I seek to please men?
For if I tried to please men, I should not be a servant of Christ.
But I want you to know, my brethren, that the gospel which I preached was not from men.
For I did not receive it nor learn it from man, but through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
You have heard of the manner of my life in time past in the Jews’ religion, how beyond measure I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it;
And how that I was far more advanced in the Jews’ religion than many of my age among the people of my race;
for above all, I was especially zealous for the doctrines of my forefathers.
But when it pleased God, who had chosen me from my birth and called me by his grace,
To reveal his Son to me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately disclose it to any human being;
Neither did I go up to Jerusalem to them who had been apostles before me;
but instead I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Kepa, and stayed with him fifteen days.
But I did not see any one of the other apostles except James the brother of our Lord.
Now the things which I write to you, behold, I confess before God, I do not lie.
After that I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
And I was unknown by face to the churches of Christ in Judea.
For they had heard only this much: that he who had persecuted us before now preached the faith which previously he tried to destroy.
And they praised God because of me.