1:1Paul, an Apostle (not from men, and not through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who made him come back from the dead),
1:2And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
1:3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
1:4Who gave himself for our sins, so that he might make us free from this present evil world, after the purpose of our God and Father:
1:5To whom be the glory for ever and ever. So be it.
1:6I am surprised that you are being so quickly turned away from him whose word came to you in the grace of Christ, to good news of a different sort;
1:7Which is not another sort: only there are some who give you trouble, desiring to make changes in the good news of Christ.
1:8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to be a preacher to you of good news other than that which we have given you, let there be a curse on him.
1:9As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man is a preacher to you of any good news other than that which has been given to you, let there be a curse on him.
1:10Am I now using arguments to men, or God? or is it my desire to give men pleasure? if I was still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
1:11Because I say to you, my brothers, that the good news of which I was the preacher is not man's.
1:12For I did not get it from man, and I was not given teaching in it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.
1:13For news has come to you of my way of life in the past in the Jews' religion, how I was cruel without measure to the church of God, and did great damage to it:
1:14And I went farther in the Jews' religion than a number of my generation among my countrymen, having a more burning interest in the beliefs handed down from my fathers.
1:15But when it was the good pleasure of God, by whom I was marked out even from my mother's body, through his grace,
1:16To give the revelation of his Son in me, so that I might give the news of him to the Gentiles; then I did not take the opinion of flesh and blood,
1:17And I went not up to Jerusalem to those who were Apostles before me; but I went away into Arabia, and again I came back to Damascus.
1:18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Cephas, and was there with him fifteen days.
1:19But of the other Apostles I saw only James, the Lord's brother.
1:20Now God is witness that the things which I am writing to you are true.
1:21Then I came to the parts of Syria and Cilicia.
1:22And the churches of Judaea which were in Christ still had no knowledge of my face or person:
1:23Only it came to their ears that he who at one time was cruel to us is now preaching the faith which before had been attacked by him;
1:24And they gave glory to God in me.