Galatians 1:15

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
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AD 400
Just as he said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” so, knowing what Paul would be, God called him because he was able to serve. .

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
But when it pleased God. Vatablus has, "When it seemed good to God," which is too weak a rendering of εὺδόκησεν a word that denotes the free call of God"s love to grace and salvation. Who separated me from my mother"s womb. Of His loving-kindness He separated me from my mother"s womb, and caused me to be born into this world with this object in view, viz, to reveal His Son in me. Before all merit, and when not yet born, He predestined me; and when predestined, separated me from the womb, and caused me to be born; and when born He called me that He might bring me to the knowledge of Christ and His Gospel, and so to the apostleship, that I might preach Christ to the Gentiles. S. Jerome remarks that the same thing is said of Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I found thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."Paul here alludes to this, for Jeremiah was a type of Paul. The Hebre...

Gaius Marius Victorinus

AD 400
The God who caused me to be born, who separated me from my mother’s womb, also called me through his grace. For no one knows God except one who has been called. –.

Irenaeus of Lyons

AD 202
And that he, the apostle, was the very same person who had been born from the womb, that is, of the ancient substance of flesh, he does himself declare in the Epistle to the Galatians: "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles". And Paul, too, says in like manner, "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, that I might declare Him among the nations." ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Here his object is to show, that it was by some secret providence that he was left for a time to himself. For if he was set apart from his mother's womb to be an Apostle and to be called to that ministry, yet was not actually called till that juncture, which summons he instantly obeyed, it is evident that God had some hidden reason for this delay. What this purpose was, you are perhaps eager to learn from me, and primarily, why he was not called with the twelve. But in order not to protract this discourse by digressing from that which is more pressing, I must entreat your love not to require all things from me, but to search for it by yourselves, and to beg of God to reveal it to you. Moreover I partly discussed this subject when I discoursed before you on the change of his name from Saul to Paul; which, if you have forgotten, you will fully gather from a perusal of that volume. At present let us pursue the thread of our discourse, and consider the proof he now adduces that no natural ...

John of Damascus

AD 749
If he were indeed called to the mission from the mother’s belly, how did he become a persecutor? He has indeed solved this inextricable difficulty in another place, in saying: “So that Christ might first demonstrate in me his entire long-suffering, providing a type for those who were to believe in him unto eternal life” (I Tim. 1:16). ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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