Old Testament

The apostle Paul was the inspired writer of Galatians. It may have been written in either 49 AD or 51-52 AD.
11Paul, an apostle—not from men, nor through a man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2and all of the brothers[] who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4He gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father— 5to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Not Another Gospel
6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ, for a different gospel, 7which is really not another gospel at all. There are, however, some who are trying to disturb you by perverting the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven would preach any gospel other than the one we preached to your—a curse on him! 9As we have said before, so I now say again: If anyone preaches to you any gospel other than the one you received—a curse on him!
10Am I now seeking the favor of people or of God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to gain the approval of people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Jesus Gave Paul the Gospel
11But I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation from Jesus Christ.
13Certainly you have heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God to an extraordinary degree and tried to destroy it. 14I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my own people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15However, God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16to reveal his Son in me, so that I would preach him among the Gentiles. At that time, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17and I did not go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. Instead I went away into Arabia, and then I returned again to Damascus.
18Next, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas[] and stayed with him fifteen days. 19But I saw none of the other apostles, except James, the Lord's brother. 20(Now about the things I am writing to you—look, I assure you in the presence of God that I am not lying.) 21Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22I was still personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23They heard only: “The one who was once persecuting us is now preaching the faith that he once tried to destroy.” 24And they were praising God for what happened to me.


  • 1:2 When context indicates it, the Greek word for brothers may refer to all fellow believers, male and female.
  • 1:18 Cephas is the Aramaic name for Peter. Both Cephas and Peter mean rock.