Acts 15


The Council at Jerusalem

And certain ones having come down from Judea taught the brethren, saying that, If you should not be circumcised in the custom of Moses, you are not able to be delivered. Having taken place then a faction and [3inquiry 1not 2a small] with Paul and Barnabas with them, they ordered [4to ascend 1Paul 2and 3Barnabas], and certain others of them to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this matter. They then indeed having been sent forward by the assembly, went through Phoenicia and Samaria, telling in detail the turning of the nations; and they caused [2joy 1great] to all the brethren. And having come unto Jerusalem, they were gladly received by the assembly, and the apostles and the elders, and they announced as much as God did with them. And there rose up some of the ones from the sect of the believing Pharisees, saying that, It is necessary to circumcise them, also to exhort them to give heed to the law of Moses. And there were gathered together the apostles and the elders to know concerning this matter. And much debating having taken place, Peter, having risen up, said to them, Men, brethren, you know that from [2days 1former] God among us chose by my mouth [3to hear 1for the 2nations] the word of the good news, and to believe. And the knower of hearts -- God, he bore witness to them, giving to them the [2spirit 1holy] as also to us, and in nothing discriminating between us and even them, by the belief having cleansed their hearts. 10 Now then, why test God to place a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But by the favor of the Lord Jesus Christ we believe to be delivered in which manner as those. 12 [5were quiet 1And 2all 3the 4multitude], and heard Barnabas and Paul describing as much as God did by signs and miracles among the nations through them. 13 And after their quieting, James responded saying, Men, brethren, hear me! 14 Simeon described as how first God visited to take from out of nations a people for his name. 15 And with this [5agreed 1the 2words 3of the 4prophets], as it has been written, 16 After these things I will return and rebuild the tent of David, the one fallen; and the things having been razed of it I will rebuild, and I will re-erect it; 17 so that [4shall seek after 1the 2remnants 3of men] the Lord, and all the nations upon which [2has been called upon 1my name] by them, says the Lord -- the one doing all these things. 18 [5known 6from 7the eon 4are 1To God 2all 3his works]. 19 Therefore I judge to not cause trouble to the ones from the nations turning towards God; 20 but write to them to be at a distance from the pollution of idols, and harlotry, and the thing strangled, and blood. 21 For Moses, from [2generations 1former] in every city, [2the ones 3proclaiming 4him 1has] in the synagogues [2every 3Sabbath 1being read]. 22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and to the elders with the entire assembly, [2chosen 3men 4of 5them 1to send forth] unto Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -- Judas the one called Barsabbas, and Silas, [2men 1leading] among the brethren, 23 having written by their hand thus. The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to the ones in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia. To the brethren, to the ones of the nations, rejoice! 24 Since we heard that some from us having come forth disturbed you in words, subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to give heed to the law; to whom we did not give orders, 25 It seemed good to us, taking place with one accord, choosing men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men delivering up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have sent then Judas and Silas, and they by word are reporting the same things. 28 For it seemed good to the holy spirit, and to us, [3no 4more 1to place upon 2you] load except these things of necessity, 29 to be at a distance of things sacrificed to idols, and of blood, and of what is strangled, and of harlotry; of which keeping yourselves [2good 1you do]. Stay firm! 30 The ones indeed then being dismissed, came unto Antioch. And having gathered together the multitude, they gave over the letter. 31 And having read, they rejoiced over the exhortation. 32 And Judas and Silas, also themselves being prophets, through [2communication 1much] exhorted the brethren, and stayed them. 33 And having spent time, they were dismissed with peace from the brethren to the apostles. 34 And it seemed good to Silas to remain himself.

Paul and Barnabas Separate

35 And Paul and Barnabas spent time in Antioch, teaching and announcing good news -- [5with 6also 8others 7many 1the 2word 3of the 4Lord]. 36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, Returning, we should indeed visit our brethren in every city in which we announced the word of the Lord, to see how they suffice. 37 And Barnabas planned to take along John, the one being called Mark. 38 But Paul thought it worthy that the one separating from them from Pamphylia, and not coming together with them for the work, to not take this one along. 39 There took place then a fit of temper so that they separated from one another. And Barnabas having taken with himself Mark, sailed across unto Cyprus; 40 and Paul having chosen Silas, went forth having been delivered up to the favor of God by the brethren. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, staying up the assemblies.
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