3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord f Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins g to rescue us from this present evil age, h according to the will of our God and Father. i 5 To whom be the glory forever and ever. * Amen.
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called j you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another gospel, k but there are some l who are troubling you and want to change the good news m about the * Messiah. 8 But even if we or an angel n from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, o a curse be on him! p 9 As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, q a curse be on him!
11 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on human thought. s 12 For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation t from Jesus Christ. u
13 For you have heard about my former way of life v in Judaism: w I persecuted x God’s church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it. 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. y 15 But when God, who from my birth set me apart and called z me by His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son a in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone. b 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem c to those who had become apostles d before me; instead I went to Arabia e and came back to Damascus. f
18 Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem g to get to know * Cephas, h i and I stayed with him 15 days. 19 But I didn’t see any of the other apostles except James, j the Lord’s brother. 20 Now I am not lying in what I write to you. God is my witness. k
21 Afterward, I went to the regions of Syria l and Cilicia. m 22 I remained personally unknown to the Judean churches in Christ; 23 they simply kept hearing: “He who formerly persecuted n us now preaches the faith o he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.
About The Holman Christian Standard Bible
The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.
Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.
Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.