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Galatians 1:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but [it came to me] through revelation of Jesus Christ.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but [I received it] through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For I neither received it from man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For neither did I receive them from man, neither was I taught [them], but by revelation of Jesus Christ.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For neither, from man, did I accept it, nor was taught [it],—but through a revealing of Jesus Christ.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for neither did I from man receive it, nor was I taught [it], but through a revelation of Jesus Christ,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For neither did I receive it of man: nor did I learn it but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For I neither receiued it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the reuelation of Iesus Christ.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— for neither from man had I received it and taught it, but by the revelation of Jeshu the Meshiha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For I did not receive it and learn it from man, but [I had it] by revelation from Jesus the Messiah.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
I 1473
{1473} Prime
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
neither 3761
{3761} Prime
From G3756 and G1161; not however, that is, neither, nor, not even.
received 3880
{3880} Prime
From G3844 and G2983; to receive near, that is, associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy to assume an office; figuratively to learn.
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
it 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
of 3844
{3844} Prime
A primary preposition; properly near, that is, (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local [especially beyond or opposed to] or causal [on account of]). In compounds it retains the same variety of application.
man, 444
{0444} Prime
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
neither 3777
{3777} Prime
From G3756 and G5037; not too, that is, neither or nor; by analogy not even.
was I taught 1321
{1321} Prime
A prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb δάω [[dao]] (to learn); to teach (in the same broad application).
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
[it], but 235
{0235} Prime
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
by 1223
{1223} Prime
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import.
the revelation 602
{0602} Prime
From G0601; disclosure.
of Jesus 2424
{2424} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
Christ. 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Galatians 1:12

_ _ Translate, “For not even did I myself (any more than the other apostles) receive it from man, nor was I taught it (by man).” “Received it,” implies the absence of labor in acquiring it. “Taught it,” implies the labor of learning.

_ _ by the revelation of Jesus Christ — Translate, “by revelation of [that is, from] Jesus Christ.” By His revealing it to me. Probably this took place during the three years, in part of which he sojourned in Arabia (Galatians 1:17, Galatians 1:18), in the vicinity of the scene of the giving of the law; a fit place for such a revelation of the Gospel of grace, which supersedes the ceremonial law (Galatians 4:25). He, like other Pharisees who embraced Christianity, did not at first recognize its independence of the Mosaic law, but combined both together. Ananias, his first instructor, was universally esteemed for his legal piety and so was not likely to have taught him to sever Christianity from the law. This severance was partially recognized after the martyrdom of Stephen. But Paul received it by special revelation (1 Corinthians 11:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15). A vision of the Lord Jesus is mentioned (Acts 22:18), at his first visit to Jerusalem (Galatians 1:18); but this seems to have been subsequent to the revelation here meant (compare Galatians 1:15-18), and to have been confined to giving a particular command. The vision “fourteen years before” (2 Corinthians 12:1) was in a.d. 43, still later, six years after his conversion. Thus Paul is an independent witness to the Gospel. Though he had received no instruction from the apostles, but from the Holy Ghost, yet when he met them his Gospel exactly agreed with theirs.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Galatians 1:10-24.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Galatians 1:12

For neither did I receive it — At once. Nor was I taught it — Slowly and gradually, by any man. But by the revelation of Jesus Christ — Our Lord revealed to him at first, his resurrection, ascension, and the calling of the gentiles, and his own apostleship; and told him then, there were other things for which he would appear to him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Galatians 1:12

For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the (i) revelation of Jesus Christ.

(i) This passage is about an extraordinary revelation, for otherwise the Son revealed his Gospel only by his Spirit, even though by the ministry of men, which Paul excludes here.

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