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Acts 15

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1 Some people came from Judea and started teaching the Lord's followers that they could not be saved, unless they were circumcised as Moses had taught.
15.1 Lv 12.3.
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1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
2 This caused trouble, and Paul and Barnabas argued with them about this teaching. So it was decided to send Paul and Barnabas and a few others to Jerusalem to discuss this problem with the apostles and the church leaders. 2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
The Church Leaders Meet in Jerusalem
3 The men who were sent by the church went through Phoenicia and Samaria, telling how the Gentiles had turned to God. This news made the Lord's followers very happy.
3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
4 When the men arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, including the apostles and the leaders. They told them everything God had helped them do. 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
5 But some Pharisees had become followers of the Lord. They stood up and said, “Gentiles who have faith in the Lord must be circumcised and told to obey the Law of Moses.” 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
rose...: or, rose up, said they, certain
6 The apostles and church leaders met to discuss this problem about Gentiles.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
7 They had talked it over for a long time, when Peter got up and said:
15.7 Ac 10.1
My friends, you know that God decided long ago to let me be the one from your group to preach the good news to the Gentiles. God did this so that they would hear and obey him.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 He knows what is in everyone's heart. And he showed that he had chosen the Gentiles, when he gave them the Holy Spirit, just as he had given his Spirit to us.
15.8 Ac 10.44; 2.4.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 God treated them in the same way that he treated us. They put their faith in him, and he made their hearts pure. 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now why are you trying to make God angry by placing a heavy burden on these followers? This burden was too heavy for us or our ancestors.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But our Lord Jesus was kind to us, and we are saved by faith in him, just as the Gentiles are. 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12 Everyone kept quiet and listened as Barnabas and Paul told how God had given them the power to work a lot of miracles and wonders for the Gentiles.
12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13 After they had finished speaking, James
d 15.13 James: The Lord's brother.
said:
My friends, listen to me!
13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
14 Simon Peter
e 15.14 Simon Peter: The Greek text has “Simeon,” which is another form of the name “Simon.” The apostle Peter is meant.
has told how God first came to the Gentiles and made some of them his own people.
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15 This agrees with what the prophets wrote, 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

16 “I, the Lord, will return
15.16-18 Am 9.11,12 (LXX).
and rebuild
David's fallen house.
I will build it from its ruins
and set it up again.
16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17 Then other nations
will turn to me
and be my chosen ones.
I, the Lord, say this.
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18 I promised it long ago.”
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

19 And so, my friends, I don't think we should place burdens on the Gentiles who are turning to God.
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 We should simply write and tell them not to eat anything that has been offered to idols. They should be told not to eat the meat of any animal that has been strangled or that still has blood in it. They must also not commit any terrible sexual sins.
f 15.20 not commit any terrible sexual sins: This probably refers to the laws about the wrong kind of marriages that are forbidden in Leviticus 18.6-18 or to some serious sexual sin.
15.20 a Ex 34.15
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21 We must remember that the Law of Moses has been preached in city after city for many years, and every Sabbath it is read when we Jews meet.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
A Letter to Gentiles Who Had Faith in the Lord
22 The apostles, the leaders, and all the church members decided to send some men to Antioch along with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Silas and Judas Barsabbas,
g 15.22 Judas Barsabbas: He may have been a brother of Joseph Barsabbas (see 1.23), but the name “Barsabbas” was often used by the Jewish people.
who were two leaders of the Lord's followers.
22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
23 They wrote a letter that said:
We apostles and leaders send friendly greetings to all of you Gentiles who are followers of the Lord in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia.
23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
24 We have heard that some people from here have terribly upset you by what they said. But we did not send them!
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
25 So we met together and decided to choose some men and to send them to you along with our good friends Barnabas and Paul. 25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 These men have risked their lives for our Lord Jesus Christ. 26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We are also sending Judas and Silas, who will tell you in person the same things that we are writing. 27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
mouth: Gr. word
28 The Holy Spirit has shown us that we should not place any extra burden on you.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 But you should not eat anything offered to idols. You should not eat any meat that still has the blood in it or any meat of any animal that has been strangled. You must also not commit any terrible sexual sins. If you follow these instructions, you will do well.
We send our best wishes.
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
30 The four men left Jerusalem and went to Antioch. Then they called the church members together and gave them the letter.
30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
31 When the letter was read, everyone was pleased and greatly encouraged. 31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
consolation: or, exhortation
32 Judas and Silas were prophets, and they spoke a long time, encouraging and helping the Lord's followers. 32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
33 The men from Jerusalem stayed on in Antioch for a while. And when they left to return to the ones who had sent them, the followers wished them well.
33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
34-35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed on in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached about the Lord.
h 15.34,35 Verse 34, which says that Silas decided to stay on in Antioch, is not in some manuscripts.
34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
Paul and Barnabas Go Their Separate Ways
36 Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let's go back and visit the Lord's followers in the cities where we preached his message. Then we will know how they are doing.”
36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.
37 Barnabas wanted to take along John, whose other name was Mark. 37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
38 But Paul did not want to, because Mark had left them in Pamphylia and had stopped working with them.
15.38 Ac 13.13.
38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
39 Paul and Barnabas argued, then each of them went his own way. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus,
39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
40 but Paul took Silas and left after the followers had placed them in God's care. 40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
41 They traveled through Syria and Cilicia, encouraging the churches. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

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