6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— (Ac 16:6; Ac 18:23; 2Co 11:4; Ga 4:13; Ga 5:8; 1Ti 1:3)7not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. (Ac 4:12; Ac 15:24; 1Co 3:11; 2Co 11:13; Ga 5:10)8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Ro 9:3; 2Co 11:14)9As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Ga 1:8)10For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Ro 1:1; Ro 2:29; 1Co 10:33; Eph 6:6; Col 3:22; 1Th 2:4)
Paul Called by God
11For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. (Ro 2:16; 1Co 15:1)12For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Ac 22:14; 1Co 2:10; 1Co 11:23; 1Co 15:3; 2Co 12:1; Ga 1:1; Ga 1:16)13For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. (Ac 8:3; Ac 26:4)14And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. (Jer 9:14; Mt 15:2; Ac 21:20; Php 3:6; 2Ti 1:3)15But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, (Isa 49:1; Isa 49:5; Jer 1:5; Lu 1:15; Ac 13:2; Ro 1:1; Ga 1:6)16was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; (Ac 9:15; Ga 2:9)17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. (Ac 9:22)19But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother. (Mt 12:46; Ac 12:17)20(In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!) (Ro 1:9; Ro 9:1)21Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. (Ac 9:30; Ac 11:25; Ac 13:1)22And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. (1Th 2:14)23They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”24And they glorified God because of me.
New International Version
1Paul, an apostle – sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead –2and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia:3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,4who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No other gospel
6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel –7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!9As we have already said, so now I say again: if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!10Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Paul called by God
11I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.12I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.13For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.14I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.15But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased16to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.17I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.18Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days.19I saw none of the other apostles – only James, the Lord’s brother.20I assure you before God that what I am writing to you is no lie.21Then I went to Syria and Cilicia.22I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.23They only heard the report: ‘The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’24And they praised God because of me.
New International Reader’s Version
1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle. People have not sent me. No human authority has sent me. I have been sent by Jesus Christ and by God the Father. God raised Jesus from the dead.2All the brothers and sisters who are with me join me in writing. We are sending this letter to you, the members of the churches in Galatia.3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.4Jesus gave his life for our sins. He set us free from this evil world. That was what our God and Father wanted.5Give glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.
There is no other good news
6I am amazed. You are so quickly deserting the one who chose you. He chose you to live in the grace that Christ has provided. You are turning to a different ‘good news.’7What you are accepting is really not the good news at all. It seems that some people have confused you. They are trying to twist the good news about Christ.8But suppose even we should preach a different ‘good news.’ Suppose even an angel from heaven should preach it. Suppose it is different from the good news we gave you. Then let anyone who does that be cursed by God.9I have already said it. Now I will say it again. Suppose someone preaches a ‘good news’ that is different from what you accepted. That person should be cursed by God.10Am I now trying to get people to think well of me? Or do I want God to think well of me? Am I trying to please people? If I were, I would not be serving Christ.
Paul was appointed by God
11Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. The good news I preached does not come from human beings.12No one gave it to me. No one taught it to me. Instead, I received it from Jesus Christ. He showed it to me.13You have heard how I lived earlier in my Jewish way of life. With all my strength I attacked the church of God. I tried to destroy it.14I was moving ahead in my Jewish way of life. I went beyond many of my people who were my own age. I held firmly to the teachings passed down by my people.15But God set me apart from before the time I was born. He showed me his grace by appointing me. He was pleased16to show his Son in my life. He wanted me to preach about Jesus among the Gentiles. When God appointed me, I decided right away not to ask anyone for advice.17I didn’t go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem. I went there to get to know Peter. I stayed with him for 15 days.19I didn’t see any of the other apostles. I only saw James, the Lord’s brother.20Here is what you can be sure of. And God is even a witness to it. What I am writing to you is not a lie.21Then I went to Syria and Cilicia.22The members of Christ’s churches in Judea did not know me in a personal way.23They only heard others say, ‘The man who used to attack us has changed. He is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’24And they praised God because of me.
King James Version
1Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)2And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:5To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:14And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:17Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.19But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.20Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.21Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;22And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:23But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.24And they glorified God in me.
Anschrift und Gruß
1Paulus, zum Apostel berufen, nicht von Menschen oder durch einen Menschen, sondern durch Jesus Christus und durch Gott, den Vater, der ihn von den Toten auferweckt hat, (Ro 1:1; Ga 1:11)2und alle Brüder, die bei mir sind, an die Gemeinden in Galatien:3Gnade sei mit euch und Friede von Gott, unserem Vater, und dem Herrn Jesus Christus,4der sich für unsere Sünden hingegeben hat, um uns aus der gegenwärtigen bösen Welt zu befreien, nach dem Willen unseres Gottes und Vaters. (Ga 2:20; Eph 5:2; 1Ti 2:6)5Ihm sei Ehre in alle Ewigkeit. Amen. (Ro 16:27; 2Ti 4:18)
Der Anlass des Briefes
6Ich bin erstaunt, dass ihr euch so schnell von dem abwendet, der euch durch die Gnade Christi berufen hat, und dass ihr euch einem anderen Evangelium zuwendet. (2Co 11:4)7Es gibt kein anderes Evangelium, es gibt nur einige Leute, die euch verwirren und die das Evangelium Christi verfälschen wollen.8Jedoch, auch wenn wir selbst oder ein Engel vom Himmel euch ein anderes Evangelium verkündeten als das, das wir verkündet haben - er sei verflucht. (1Co 16:22)9Was ich gesagt habe, das sage ich noch einmal: Wer euch ein anderes Evangelium verkündet im Widerspruch zu dem, das ihr angenommen habt - er sei verflucht.
DER WEG DES PAULINISCHEN EVANGELIUMS
Die Berufung zum Apostel
10Geht es mir denn um die Zustimmung der Menschen oder geht es mir um Gott? Suche ich etwa Menschen zu gefallen? Wollte ich noch den Menschen gefallen, dann wäre ich kein Knecht Christi. (1Th 2:4)11Ich erkläre euch, Brüder und Schwestern: Das Evangelium, das ich verkündet habe, stammt nicht von Menschen; (Ga 1:1)12ich habe es ja nicht von einem Menschen übernommen oder gelernt, sondern durch eine Offenbarung Jesu Christi empfangen.13Ihr habt doch von meinem früheren Lebenswandel im Judentum gehört und wisst, wie maßlos ich die Kirche Gottes verfolgte und zu vernichten suchte. (Ac 8:3; Ac 9:1; Php 3:5)14Im Judentum machte ich größere Fortschritte als die meisten Altersgenossen in meinem Volk und mit dem größten Eifer setzte ich mich für die Überlieferungen meiner Väter ein.15Als es aber Gott gefiel, der mich schon im Mutterleib auserwählt und durch seine Gnade berufen hat, (Isa 49:1)16in mir seinen Sohn zu offenbaren, damit ich ihn unter den Völkern verkünde, da zog ich nicht Fleisch und Blut zu Rate; (Ro 1:5)17ich ging auch nicht sogleich nach Jerusalem hinauf zu denen, die vor mir Apostel waren, sondern zog nach Arabien und kehrte dann wieder nach Damaskus zurück.18Drei Jahre später ging ich nach Jerusalem hinauf, um Kephas kennenzulernen, und blieb fünfzehn Tage bei ihm. (Ac 9:26)19Von den anderen Aposteln sah ich keinen, nur Jakobus, den Bruder des Herrn. (Ga 2:9)20Was ich euch hier schreibe - siehe, bei Gott, ich lüge nicht.21Danach ging ich in das Gebiet von Syrien und Kilikien.22Den Gemeinden Christi in Judäa aber blieb ich persönlich unbekannt,23sie hörten nur: Er, der uns einst verfolgte, verkündet jetzt den Glauben, den er früher vernichten wollte.24Und sie lobten Gott um meinetwillen.