Acts 15

The Council at Jerusalem

1 a  Some men came down from Judea and began teaching b  the brethren, “Unless you are c  circumcised according to d  the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2And when Paul and Barnabas had
Lit not a little
great dissension and f  debate with them, g  the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the h  apostles and elders concerning this issue.
3Therefore, being i  sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both j  Phoenicia and Samaria k  describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all l  the brethren. 4When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and m  the apostles and the elders, and they n  reported all that God had done with them. 5But some of o  the sect of the p  Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to q  circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

6 r  The apostles and the elders came together to
Lit see about
look into this
Lit word
matter.
7After there had been much u  debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that
Lit from days of old
in the early days w  God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of x  the gospel and believe.
8And God, y  who knows the heart, testified to them z  giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9and aa  He made no distinction between us and them, ab  cleansing their hearts by faith. 10Now therefore why do you ac  put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which ad  neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11But we believe that we are saved through ae  the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

12All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were af  relating what ag  signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James’s Judgment

13After they had stopped speaking
Or Jacob
,
ai  James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.
14 aj  Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. 15With this the words of ak  the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 16al  After these things am  I will return,
And I will rebuild the
Or tent
tabernacle of David which has fallen,
And I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will restore it,
17 ao  So that the rest of
Gr anthropoi
mankind may seek the Lord,
And all the Gentiles
Lit upon whom My name is called
,
ar  who are called by My name,’
18 as  Says the Lord, who
Or does these things which were known
,
au  makes these things known from long ago.

19Therefore it is av  my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20but that we write to them that they abstain from
Lit the pollutions of
,
ax  things contaminated by idols and from ay  fornication and from az  what is strangled and from blood.
21“For ba  Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since
I.e. the books of Moses, Gen through Deut
he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

22Then it seemed good to bc  the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to bd  Antioch with Paul and BarnabasJudas called Barsabbas, and be  Silas, leading men among bf  the brethren, 23and they
Lit wrote by their hand
sent this letter by them, bh  The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to bi  the brethren in bj  Antioch and bk  Syria and bl  Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, bm  greetings.
24Since we have heard that bn  some
Lit from us
of our number to whom we gave no instruction have bp  disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,
25 bq  it seemed good to us, having
Or met together
become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26men who have
Lit given over
,
bt  risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27Therefore we have sent bu  Judas and bv  Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28“For bw  it seemed good to bx  the Holy Spirit and to by  us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29that you abstain from bz  things sacrificed to idols and from ca  blood and from cb  things strangled and from cc  fornication;
Lit from which keeping yourselves free
if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

30So when they were sent away ce  they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the
Or multitude
congregation together, they delivered the letter.
31When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its
Or exhortation
encouragement.
32 ch  Judas and ci  Silas, also being cj  prophets themselves
Or exhorted
encouraged and strengthened cl  the brethren with a lengthy message.
33After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren cm  in peace to those who had cn  sent them out. 34[
Early mss do not contain this v
But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]
35But cp  Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and cq  preaching with many others also, cr  the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

36After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in cs  every city in which we proclaimed ct  the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37Barnabas wanted to take cu  John, called Mark, along with them also. 38But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had cv  deserted them
Lit from
in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
39And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took cx  Mark with him and sailed away to cy  Cyprus. 40But Paul chose cz  Silas and left, being da  committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41And he was traveling through db  Syria and dc  Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
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