Paul, an apostle -- not from men, nor through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who did raise him out of the dead --
and all the brethren with me, to the assemblies of Galatia:
Grace to you, and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,
who did give himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of the present evil age, according to the will of God even our Father,
to whom [is] the glory to the ages of the ages. Amen.
I wonder that ye are so quickly removed from Him who did call you in the grace of Christ to another good news;
that is not another, except there be certain who are troubling you, and wishing to pervert the good news of the Christ;
but even if we or a messenger out of heaven may proclaim good news to you different from what we did proclaim to you -- anathema let him be!
as we have said before, and now say again, If any one to you may proclaim good news different from what ye did receive -- anathema let him be!
for now men do I persuade, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if yet men I did please -- Christ's servant I should not be.
And I make known to you, brethren, the good news that were proclaimed by me, that it is not according to man,
for neither did I from man receive it, nor was I taught [it], but through a revelation of Jesus Christ,
for ye did hear of my behaviour once in Judaism, that exceedingly I was persecuting the assembly of God, and wasting it,
and I was advancing in Judaism above many equals in age in mine own race, being more abundantly zealous of my fathers' deliverances,
and when God was well pleased -- having separated me from the womb of my mother, and having called [me] through His grace --
to reveal His Son in me, that I might proclaim him good news among the nations, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem unto those who were apostles before me, but I went away to Arabia, and again returned to Damascus,
then, after three years I went up to Jerusalem to enquire about Peter, and remained with him fifteen days,
and other of the apostles I did not see, except James, the brother of the Lord.
And the things that I write to you, lo, before God -- I lie not;
then I came to the regions of Syria and of Cilicia,
and was unknown by face to the assemblies of Judea, that [are] in Christ,
and only they were hearing, that `he who is persecuting us then, doth now proclaim good news -- the faith that then he was wasting;'
and they were glorifying God in me.
Then, after fourteen years again I went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, having taken with me also Titus;
and I went up by revelation, and did submit to them the good news that I preach among the nations, and privately to those esteemed, lest in vain I might run or did run;
but not even Titus, who [is] with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised --
and [that] because of the false brethren brought in unawares, who did come in privily to spy out our liberty that we have in Christ Jesus, that us they might bring under bondage,
to whom not even for an hour we gave place by subjection, that the truth of the good news might remain to you.
And from those who were esteemed to be something -- whatever they were then, it maketh no difference to me -- the face of man God accepteth not, for -- to me those esteemed did add nothing,
but, on the contrary, having seen that I have been entrusted with the good news of the uncircumcision, as Peter with [that] of the circumcision,
for He who did work with Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, did work also in me in regard to the nations,
and having known the grace that was given to me, James, and Cephas, and John, who were esteemed to be pillars, a right hand of fellowship they did give to me, and to Barnabas, that we to the nations, and they to the circumcision [may go],
only, of the poor that we should be mindful, which also I was diligent -- this very thing -- to do.
And when Peter came to Antioch, to the face I stood up against him, because he was blameworthy,
for before the coming of certain from James, with the nations he was eating, and when they came, he was withdrawing and separating himself, fearing those of the circumcision,
and dissemble with him also did the other Jews, so that also Barnabas was carried away by their dissimulation.
But when I saw that they are not walking uprightly to the truth of the good news, I said to Peter before all, `If thou, being a Jew, in the manner of the nations dost live, and not in the manner of the Jews, how the nations dost thou compel to Judaize?
we by nature Jews, and not sinners of the nations,
having known also that a man is not declared righteous by works of law, if not through the faith of Jesus Christ, also we in Christ Jesus did believe, that we might be declared righteous by the faith of Christ, and not by works of law, wherefore declared righteous by works of law shall be no flesh.'
And if, seeking to be declared righteous in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, [is] then Christ a ministrant of sin? let it not be!
for if the things I threw down, these again I build up, a transgressor I set myself forth;
for I through law, did die, that to God I may live;
with Christ I have been crucified, and live no more do I, and Christ doth live in me; and that which I now live in the flesh -- in the faith I live of the Son of God, who did love me and did give himself for me;
I do not make void the grace of God, for if righteousness [be] through law -- then Christ died in vain.
O thoughtless Galatians, who did bewitch you, not to obey the truth -- before whose eyes Jesus Christ was described before among you crucified?
this only do I wish to learn from you -- by works of law the Spirit did ye receive, or by the hearing of faith?
so thoughtless are ye! having begun in the Spirit, now in the flesh do ye end?
so many things did ye suffer in vain! if, indeed, even in vain.
He, therefore, who is supplying to you the Spirit, and working mighty acts among you -- by works of law or by the hearing of faith [is it]?
according as Abraham did believe God, and it was reckoned to him -- to righteousness;
know ye, then, that those of faith -- these are sons of Abraham,
and the Writing having foreseen that by faith God doth declare righteous the nations did proclaim before the good news to Abraham --
`Blessed in thee shall be all the nations;' so that those of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham,
for as many as are of works of law are under a curse, for it hath been written, `Cursed [is] every one who is not remaining in all things that have been written in the Book of the Law -- to do them,'
and that in law no one is declared righteous with God, is evident, because `The righteous by faith shall live;'
and the law is not by faith, but -- `The man who did them shall live in them.'
Christ did redeem us from the curse of the law, having become for us a curse, for it hath been written, `Cursed is every one who is hanging on a tree,'
that to the nations the blessing of Abraham may come in Christ Jesus, that the promise of the Spirit we may receive through the faith.
Brethren, as a man I say [it], even of man a confirmed covenant no one doth make void or doth add to,
and to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed; He doth not say, `And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, `And to thy seed,' which is Christ;
and this I say, A covenant confirmed before by God to Christ, the law, that came four hundred and thirty years after, doth not set aside, to make void the promise,
for if by law [be] the inheritance, [it is] no more by promise, but to Abraham through promise did God grant [it].
Why, then, the law? on account of the transgressions it was added, till the seed might come to which the promise hath been made, having been set in order through messengers in the hand of a mediator --
and the mediator is not of one, and God is one --
the law, then, [is] against the promises of God? -- let it not be! for if a law was given that was able to make alive, truly by law there would have been the righteousness,
but the Writing did shut up the whole under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ may be given to those believing.
And before the coming of the faith, under law we were being kept, shut up to the faith about to be revealed,
so that the law became our child-conductor -- to Christ, that by faith we may be declared righteous,
and the faith having come, no more under a child-conductor are we,
for ye are all sons of God through the faith in Christ Jesus,
for as many as to Christ were baptized did put on Christ;
there is not here Jew or Greek, there is not here servant nor freeman, there is not here male and female, for all ye are one in Christ Jesus;
and if ye [are] of Christ then of Abraham ye are seed, and according to promise -- heirs.
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