After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren , you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.
"And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;
and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
"Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
"But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, "Brethren , listen to me.
"Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
"With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
'AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD , AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'
SAYS THE LORD , WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.
"Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,
but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.
"For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."