(Writer: Paul) (50-52 C.E.) (Corinth or Syrian Antioch)
1 From Paul, who is an apostle not from men nor through men but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.
2 And from the brothers who are with me, to the congregations of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 He Jesus gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us out of this present evil age. This is according to the will of our God and Father.
5 To him is glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I am amazed that you so quickly turned away from the One who called you by the grace of Christ. You turned to different good news.
7 Yet this is not another good news. But there are some who trouble agitate you, and they would pervert the good news of Christ.
8 If we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any message other than that which we preached to you, let him be accursed condemnedexpelled.
9 We said before and now I say again, if any man preaches to you any message other than what you received, let him be accursed!
10 Do I now seek the favor of men, or of God? Am I striving to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 For I make known to you brothers that the good news that was preached by me is not according to man.
12 I did not receive it from man. I was not taught it! It came to me through revelation from Jesus Christ.
13 You heard about the way I lived as a Jew. How I persecuted the congregation of God beyond measure. In fact I tried to destroy it!
14 I advanced as a Jew beyond many of my own age among my countrymen. I was more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 It pleased God to separate me even from my mothers womb and call me through his grace.
16 He revealed his Son to me that I might preach him among the nations. I do not confer with flesh and blood human beings.
17 I did not go to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before I was. I went away to Arabia and again I returned to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and waited with him fifteen days.
19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.
20 What I write is true. God knows I do not lie.
21 Then I came to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 I was still unknown by face to the congregations of Judea that are in Christ.
23 They heard it said: »He that once persecuted us now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy.«
24 They glorified God because of me.