Galatians 1:23

“But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But they had heard onely, that he which persecuted vs in times past, now preacheth the faith, which once hee destroyed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but they only heard say, He that once persecuted us now preacheth the faith of which he once made havoc;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Only it came to their ears that he who at one time was cruel to us is now preaching the faith which before had been attacked by him;
- Basic English Bible

only they were hearing that he who persecuted us formerly now announces the glad tidings of the faith which formerly he ravaged:
- Darby Bible

But they had heard only, That he who persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
- Webster's Bible

They only heard it said, "He who was once our persecutor is now telling the Good News of the faith of which he formerly made havoc."
- Weymouth Bible

but they only heard: "He who once persecuted us now preaches the faith that he once tried to destroy."
- World English Bible

that he that pursuede vs sum tyme, prechide now the feith, ayens which he fauyte sum tyme;
- Wycliffe Bible

and only they were hearing, that `he who is persecuting us then, doth now proclaim good news -- the faith that then he was wasting;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Galatians 1:23

Ga 1:23 They had heard. Rather, "they kept hearing". That he was busy planting churches in Syria and Cilicia at this time we know from the fact that we find them in existence soon after (Ac 15:41). The faith. In the study of this Letter, it is well to keep in mind that the term "faith" is used by Paul often in a sense that means more than the act of belief. When it is put in contrast with the law, it is used in the sense of "The Faith", that is, The Gospel. It comprehends what is believed, believing, and the results of believing. The fact that the apostles so often places the definite article before the word "faith", so that in the Greek he speaks of "The Faith", leaves no doubt of his meaning. It is unfortunate that the translators have obscured the meaning by omitting the article. Thus in this chapter the Greek gives the definite article before the word ("the faith") five times where it is omitted in the Common Version. The examples are Ga 3:14,23,25,26.

Discussion for Galatians 1

  • BSP
    Verse 12: Paul acknowledged that the good news that he was preaching was not from men but was of divine origin.
  • Donald Young
    Galatians 1:15 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,”

    Our mothers womb we must get separated from are the false concepts, fables, all religious traditions that emphasizes man instead of Jesus the Christ.

    Cleanliness is next to godliness this is a lie. God will save a person covered in filthy!!!
  • A disciple
    Lu2677; Hi! I haven't seen you posting for a while; I hope you are well! I was just reading over our discussion from back in June: the way this format is set up sometimes leaves you in a bit of a time warp, and the discussion can get thrown off the rails. I am very grateful however that we have this; and hope that it is a blessing to many. The Lord bless you and keep you, and let His face shine!
  • Brother Daniel FC
    If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life... Rev. 22:18,19
  • Elijah
    If you examine the answer for your first question, the answer which you call correct is actually wrong. The answer, in order for it to be totally correct, must include the Father. If you look at the textural answer it states that, "by Jesus Christ, and God the Father. This answer is the one and only true answer. It was by the will of the Father also, not just Christ.
  • Tonja
    I love this chapter, Paul was serious. I find the Bible fascinating and love God so much for loving us. We have been indoctrinated into this evil world, glad to see you all staying close to the word. When I see comments I made on YouTube mths ago, I use to cringe, now I laugh and correct my behavior. Good job reeling in the vanity beast...God bless us all

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