The Bible in Basic English
Galatians, Chapter 1

   1: Paul, 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),
   2: And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
   3: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
   4: Who 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:
   5: To whom be the glory for ever and ever. So be it.
   6: I 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;
   7: Which is not another sort: only there are some who give you trouble, desiring to make changes in the good news of Christ.
   8: But 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.
   9: As 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.
   10: Am 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.
   11: Because I say to you, my brothers, that the good news of which I was the preacher is not man's.
   12: For 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.
   13: For 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:
   14: And 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.
   15: But when it was the good pleasure of God, by whom I was marked out even from my mother's body, through his grace,
   16: To 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,
   17: And 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.
   18: Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Cephas, and was there with him fifteen days.
   19: But of the other Apostles I saw only James, the Lord's brother.
   20: Now God is witness that the things which I am writing to you are true.
   21: Then I came to the parts of Syria and Cilicia.
   22: And the churches of Judaea which were in Christ still had no knowledge of my face or person:
   23: Only 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;
   24: And they gave glory to God in me.

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