Galatians 1

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Galatians 1
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A page showing Galatians 1:2-10 on Papyrus 51, c. 400.
Book Epistle to the Galatians
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 9
Category Pauline epistles

Galatians 1 is the first chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle "and the brethren that are with him".[1][2]



This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

Verse 1[edit]

New King James Version

Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),[3]

Verse 2[edit]

New King James Version

and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:[4]

Verse 18[edit]

New King James Version

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.[5]
  • Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem

Not three years after his return to Damascus, but after his conversion; and now it was that he moved to become a member of the church at Jerusalem; but they did not care to admit him, fearing that he was not a disciple, till such time that Barnabas took him, and brought him to the Apostles Peter and James, and related his conversion and his boldness in preaching the Gospel at Damascus: his view in going up to Jerusalem at this time was partly his own safety, being obliged to fly from Damascus, but chiefly[6]

  • to see Peter.

The Alexandrian copy, and another, read "Cephas", and so does the Ethiopic version, the same with Peter: not to see what sort of a man he was, but to pay him a Christian visit; to converse with him about spiritual things; to know how the work of God went on under him, as the minister of the circumcision; and to relate to him, what success he had met with as the minister of the uncircumcision; but not to receive the Gospel from him, or to be ordained a preacher of it by him; for he had been three years already in the work of the ministry, before he made him this visit; and besides, his stay with him was very short, nor could he have received much from him, in so short a time, in an ordinary way:[6]

  • and abode with him fifteen days;

and even all this time was not wholly spent in conversation with him; for he was, during this time, coming in and going out at Jerusalem, where he preached boldly in the name of Christ, and disputed against the Grecians.[6]

Verse 19[edit]

But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.l[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an abbreviated Bible commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  3. ^ Galatians 1:1
  4. ^ Galatians 1:2
  5. ^ Galatians 1:18
  6. ^ a b c John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, - Galatians 1:18
  7. ^ Galatians 1:19

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