2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.
2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.

2:2 I went up by revelation; and I laid before them (but privately before those who were of repute) the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, lest somehow I should be running or had run in vain.
2:2 I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain.

2:3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
2:3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.

2:4 But because of false brethren secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage --
2:4 But because of false believers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might enslave us--

2:5 to them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
2:5 we did not submit to them even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you.

2:6 And from those who were reputed to be something (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) -- those, I say, who were of repute added nothing to me;
2:6 And from those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)--those leaders contributed nothing to me.

2:7 but on the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised
2:7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised

2:8 (for he who worked through Peter for the mission to the circumcised worked through me also for the Gentiles),
2:8 (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles),

2:9 and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised;
2:9 and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

2:10 only they would have us remember the poor, which very thing I was eager to do.
2:10 They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.

2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned;

2:12 For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.
2:12 for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction.

2:13 And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their insincerity.
2:13 And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.

2:14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?"
2:14 But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?"

2:15 We ourselves, who are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners,
2:15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;

2:16 yet who know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.
2:16 yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.

2:17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not!
2:17 But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!

2:18 But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.
2:18 But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.

2:19 For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God.
2:19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;

2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2:20 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

2:21 I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose.
2:21 I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.