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Galatians 1:20

    Galatians 1:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now touching the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now God is witness that the things which I am writing to you are true.

    Webster's Revision

    Now touching the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

    World English Bible

    Now about the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I'm not lying.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now touching the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 1:20

    Before God I lie not - This he speaks in reference to having seen only Peter and James at Jerusalem; and consequently to prove that he had not learned the Gospel from the assembly of the apostles at Jerusalem, nor consequently received his commission from them.

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 1:20

    Behold, before God I lie not - This is an oath, or a solemn appeal to God; see the note at Romans 9:1. The design of this oath here is to prevent all suspicion of falsehood, It may seem to be remarkable that Paul should make this solemn appeal to God in this argument, and in the narrative of a plain fact, when his statement could hardly be called in question by anyone. But we may remark:

    (1) That the oath here refers not only to the fact that he was with Peter and James only fifteen days, but to the entire group of facts to which he had referred in this chapter. "The things which I wrote unto you." It included, therefore, the narrative about his conversion, and the direct revelation which he had from the Lord Jesus.

    (2) there were no radios which he could appeal to in this case, and he could, therefore, only appeal to God. It was probably not practicable for him to appeal to Peter or James, since neither of them were in Galatia, and a considerable part of the transactions here referred to occurred where there were no witnesses. It pertained to the direct revelation of truth from the Lord Jesus. The only way, therefore, was for Paul to appeal directly to God for the truth of what he said.

    (3) the importance of the truth here affirmed was such as to justify this solemn appeal to God. It was an extraordinary and miraculous revelation of the truth by Jesus Christ himself. He received information of the truth of Christianity from no human being. He had consulted no one in regard to its nature. That fact was so extraordinary, and it was so remarkable that the system thus communicated to him should harmonize so entirely with that taught by the other apostles with whom he had had no contact, that it was not improper to appeal to God in this solemn manner. It was, therefore, no trifling matter in which Paul appealed to God; and a solemn appeal of the same nature and in the same circumstances can never be improper.