13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me.

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14 Simona has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.

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    • ‘ 15:14 - Greek "Simeon" , a variant of "Simon" ; that is, Peter
      15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
      16 “ ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,
      17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’b

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        • ’ 15:17 - Amos 9:11,12 (see Septuagint)
          18 things known from long ago.c

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            • “ 15:18 - Some manuscripts "things’—" / 18"the Lord’s work is known to him from long ago"
              19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
              20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

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              21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

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              The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers

              22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.

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              23 With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.

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                  24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.

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                  25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul—
                  26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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                  27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.

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                      28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:

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                      29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. FAREWELL.

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                      30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
                      31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
                      32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

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                          33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.d

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                            • ” 15:33 - Some manuscripts include here "But Silas decided to remain there."
                              35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.

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