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Then after fourteen years I again went up unto Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with [me];
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and I went up according to revelation, and laid before them the gospel which I preach among the nations, but in private to those in repute, lest by any means I should be running or had run in vain;
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(but neither was Titus, that was with me, being a Greek, compelled to be circumcised;)
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and [this] on account of the false brethren brought in stealthily, who came in stealthily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring into bondage,
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to whom we yielded in subjection, not for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might abide with you.
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But from those reputed to be something, whatsoever they were maketh no difference to me—God accepteth no man’s person—for to me those in re-pute imparted nothing;
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but, on the contrary, having seen that I was entrusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision, even as Peter [with that] of the circumcision
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(for he that wrought in Peter for the apostleship of the circumcision, wrought in me also toward the nations),
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and having known the grace given to me, James and Cephas and John, that were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right-hands of fellowship, that we [should go] unto the nations, and they unto the circumcision,
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only that we should remember the poor, which very thing also I have been diligent to do.
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But when Cephas came unto Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was self-condemned;
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for before that certain came from James, he ate with the nations; but when they came, he was withdrawing and separating himself, being afraid of those of the circumcision;
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and the rest of the Jews also dissembled with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their dissimulation.
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But when I saw that they walk not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before all, If thou, being a Jew, livest nationally and not Jewishly, how forcest thou the nations to judaize?
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We, Jews by nature and not sinners of the nations, and
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knowing that no man is justified by works of law, but by faith of Jesus Christ, even we believed on Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith of Christ and not by works of law; because by works of law shall no flesh be justified.
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But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, ourselves also were found sinners, then is Christ minister of sin. Let it not be.
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For if the things which I pulled down, these I again build, I constitute myself a transgressor.
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For I, by law, died to law that I may live to God.
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With Christ I am crucified, yet I live, no longer I, but Christ liveth in me; but that which I now live in flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God that loved me and gave himself up for me.
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I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness is by law, then Christ died gratuitously.