Acts 15

The Council at Jerusalem

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.” And 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.
Therefore, 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. When 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. But 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.”

r The apostles and the elders came together to
Lit see about
look into this
Lit word
matter.
After 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.
And God, y who knows the heart, testified to them z giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and aa He made no distinction between us and them, ab cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Now 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? 11 But we believe that we are saved through ae the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

12 All 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

13 After 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. 15 With this the words of ak the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 16 al  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.

19 Therefore it is av my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but 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.”

22 Then 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, 23 and 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.
24 Since 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,
26 men who have
Lit given over
,
bt risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 Therefore 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: 29 that 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.”

30 So when they were sent away ce they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the
Or multitude
congregation together, they delivered the letter.
31 When 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.
33 After 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.]
35 But cp Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and cq preaching with many others also, cr the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

36 After 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.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take cu John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But 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.
39 And 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. 40 But Paul chose cz Silas and left, being da committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he was traveling through db Syria and dc Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
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