The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1Then after fourteen years I again went up to Yerushalayim, with Barnaḇah, taking Titus along too.
2And I went up by revelation, and laid before them that Good News which I proclaim among the gentiles, but separately to those who were esteemed, lest somehow I run, or had run, in vain.
3But not even Titus who was with me, though a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
4But as for the false brothers, sneakingly brought in, who sneaked in to spy out our freedom which we have in Messiah יהושע in order to enslave us,
5to these we did not yield in subjection, not even for an hour, so that the truth of the Good News remains with you.
6But from those who were esteemed to be whatever – what they were, it makes no difference to me, Elohim shows no partiality – for those who were esteemed contributed naught to me.
7But on the contrary, when they saw that the Good News to the uncircumcised had been entrusted to me, even as Kĕpha to the circumcised –
8for He who worked in Kĕpha to make him an emissary to the circumcised also worked in me for the gentiles.
9So when Ya‛aqoḇ, Kĕpha, and Yoḥanan, who seemed to be supports, came to know the favour that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnaḇah the right hand of fellowship, in order that we go to the gentiles and they to the circumcised,
10only that we might remember the poor, which I myself was eager to do.
11And when Kĕpha had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was at fault.
12For before some came from Ya‛aqoḇ, he was eating with the gentiles, but when they came, he began to withdraw and separate himself, in fear of those of the circumcision.
13And the rest of the Yehuḏim joined him in hypocrisy, so that even Barnaḇah was led away by their hypocrisy.
14But when I saw that they are not walking straight according to the truth of the Good News, I said to Kĕpha before them all, “If you, being a Yehuḏite, live as a gentile and not as the Yehuḏim, why do you compel gentiles to live as Yehuḏim?
15“We, Yehuḏim by nature, and not of the gentiles, sinners,
16knowing that a man is not declared right by works of Torah, but through belief in יהושע Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah יהושע, in order to be declared right by belief in Messiah and not by works of Torah, because by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right.
17“And if, while seeking to be declared right by Messiah, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Messiah then a servant of sin? Let it not be!
18“For if I rebuild what I once overthrew, I establish myself a transgressor.
20“I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.a And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
21“I do not set aside the favour of Elohim, for if righteousness is through Torah, then Messiah died for naught.”