Galatians 1:15

Galatians 1:15

(KJV) But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
(1611 KJV) But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mothers wombe, and called me by his grace,
(1587 Geneva Bible) But when it pleased God (which had separated me from my mothers wombe, and called me by his grace)
(1526 Tyndale) But whe it pleased God which seperated me from my mothers wombe and called me by his grace

Counterfeit Versions
(AMP) But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased
(Douay Rheims - 1899 American Edition) But when it pleased him, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
(ESV) But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
(NEW AMERICAN BIBLE-Roman Catholic) But when [God], who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased
(NET) But when the one who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace was pleased
(RSV) But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace,

Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ο αφορισας με εκ κοιλιας μητρος μου και καλεσας δια της χαριτος αυτου

Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
οτε δε ευδοκησεν [ο θεος] ο αφορισας με εκ κοιλιας μητρος μου και καλεσας δια της χαριτος αυτου

Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
P 46 - circa 200 AD

Manuscripts Which Agree With the Textus Receptus For This Verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
P 025 - Ninth century

Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Reads “he” instead of “God”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842 (in the margin or in brackets)
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881 (in the margin or in brackets)
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941 (in the margin or in brackets)
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition (in the margin or in brackets)
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition (in the margin or in brackets)
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition (in the margin or in brackets)
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894

Affected Teaching
Here is an interesting verse stating that God was pleased when He had separated Paul or selected Him from his mother’s womb. God knows who His elect are even before they are born. God had chosen all His elect before the foundations of the world. (Eph 1:4 KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Even though those of us who are saved, became saved at different times in our lives, yet, all the Elect of God were chosen before the foundation of the world. All of the Elect were set apart in our mother’s womb even if we do not get saved until later in life. This salvation is our calling by grace and grace alone. It is interesting that Paul injects that he was saved from his mother’s womb and I believe the reason is that the Judaizers had emphasized works to coincide with grace for salvation. If a person is in the womb, then what works can they do to facilitate their salvation? The answer is obvious, they can do none and this is why this verse is included because it shows that grace is the only vehicle by which a person can be saved, even in the womb where no works can be done. How could the Judaizers debate works with a person who was saved from the womb without works? This is the wisdom of the Scriptures. Some of the modern versions exchange “God” for “he” which leaves it open as to who “he” is. It is the Greek word "theos" which means "God" not "the one or him."  God is the one who sets the believer apart for salvation. John 6:37 (KJV) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Even the Jehovah’s Witness bible go it right on this one. This is another attack on the doctrine of God concerning salvation. 

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