Now then, why do you try to test God1 by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke2 that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?
No! We believe it is through the grace3 of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders4 God had done among the Gentiles through them.513
When they finished, James6 spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
Simona has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.715
The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
" 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,
that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things'b818
that have been known for ages.c919
"It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols,10 from sexual immorality,11 from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.12