Acts 15:6-16 NIV

6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: "Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.1

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8 God, who knows the heart,2 showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them,3 just as he did to us.

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9 He made no distinction between us and them,4 for he purified their hearts by faith.5

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10 Now then, why do you try to test God6 by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke7 that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?

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11 No! We believe it is through the grace8 of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."

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12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders9 God had done among the Gentiles through them.10

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13 When they finished, James11 spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.

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14 Simona has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.12

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    • a 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,