Bible: Galatians 1:13-24

1:13 For you have heard of my former way of life 1  in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it. 1:14 I 2  was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my nation, 3  and was 4  extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 5  1:15 But when the one 6  who set me apart from birth 7  and called me by his grace was pleased 1:16 to reveal his Son in 8  me so that I could preach him 9  among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from 10  any human being, 11  1:17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem 12  to see those who were apostles before me, but right away I departed to Arabia, 13  and then returned to Damascus.

1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem 14  to visit Cephas 15  and get information from him, 16  and I stayed with him fifteen days. 1:19 But I saw none of the other apostles 17  except James the Lord’s brother. 1:20 I assure you 18  that, before God, I am not lying about what I am writing to you! 19  1:21 Afterward I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 1:22 But I was personally 20  unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 1:23 They were only hearing, “The one who once persecuted us is now proclaiming the good news 21  of the faith he once tried to destroy.” 1:24 So 22  they glorified God because of me. 23 

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