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Acts 15 (New American Standard)

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The Council at Jerusalem

1 1Some men came down from Judea and began teaching 2the brethren, "Unless you are 3circumcised according to 4the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." 2 And when Paul and Barnabas had agreat dissension and 5debate with them, 6the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the 7apostles and elders concerning this issue. 3 Therefore, being 8sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both 9Phoenicia and Samaria, 10describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all 11the brethren. 4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and 12the apostles and the elders, and they 13reported all that God had done with them. 5 But some of 14the sect of the 15Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to 16circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses." 6 17The apostles and the elders came together to blook into this cmatter. 7 After there had been much 18debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren , you know that din the early days 19God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of 20the gospel and believe. 8 "And God, 21who knows the heart, testified to them 22giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and 23He made no distinction between us and them, 24cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 "Now therefore why do you 25put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which 26neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 "But we believe that we are saved through 27the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are." 12 All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were 28relating what 29signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James's Judgment

13 After they had stopped speaking, e30James answered, saying, "Brethren , listen to me. 14 "31Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. 15 "With this the words of 32the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 16 '33AFTER THESE THINGS 34I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE fTABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT, 17 35SO THAT THE REST OF gMANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES h36WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,' 18 37SAYS THE LORD, WHO i38MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO. 19 "Therefore it is 39my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from j40things contaminated by idols and from 41fornication and from 42what is strangled and from blood. 21 "For 43Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since khe is read in the synagogues every Sabbath." 22 Then it seemed good to 44the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to 45Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -Judas called Barsabbas, and 46Silas, leading men among 47the brethren, 23 and they lsent this letter by them, "48The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to 49the brethren in 50Antioch and 51Syria and 52Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, 53greetings. 24 "Since we have heard that 54some mof our number to whom we gave no instruction have 55disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 25 56 it seemed good to us, having n become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have o57risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 "Therefore we have sent 58Judas and 59Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 "For 60it seemed good to 61the Holy Spirit and to 62us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from 63things sacrificed to idols and from 64blood and from 65things strangled and from 66fornication; pif you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell." 30 So when they were sent away, 67they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the qcongregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its rencouragement. 32 68Judas and 69Silas, also being 70prophets themselves, sencouraged and strengthened 71the brethren with a lengthy message. 33 After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren 72in peace to those who had 73sent them out. 34 [tBut it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] 35 But 74Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and 75preaching with many others also, 76the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brethren in 77every city in which we proclaimed 78the word of the Lord, and see how they are." 37 Barnabas wanted to take 79John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had 80deserted them uin Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took 81Mark with him and sailed away to 82Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose 83Silas and left, being 84committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he was traveling through 85Syria and 86Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
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