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Acts 15:13-35 (New American Standard)

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James's Judgment

13 After they had stopped speaking, a1James answered, saying, "Brethren , listen to me. 14 "2Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. 15 "With this the words of 3the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 16 '4AFTER THESE THINGS 5I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE bTABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT, 17 6SO THAT THE REST OF cMANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES d7WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,' 18 8SAYS THE LORD, WHO e9MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO. 19 "Therefore it is 10my 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 f11things contaminated by idols and from 12fornication and from 13what is strangled and from blood. 21 "For 14Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since ghe is read in the synagogues every Sabbath." 22 Then it seemed good to 15the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to 16Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -Judas called Barsabbas, and 17Silas, leading men among 18the brethren, 23 and they hsent this letter by them, "19The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to 20the brethren in 21Antioch and 22Syria and 23Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, 24greetings. 24 "Since we have heard that 25some iof our number to whom we gave no instruction have 26disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 25 27 it seemed good to us, having j become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have k28risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 "Therefore we have sent 29Judas and 30Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 "For 31it seemed good to 32the Holy Spirit and to 33us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from 34things sacrificed to idols and from 35blood and from 36things strangled and from 37fornication; lif you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell." 30 So when they were sent away, 38they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the mcongregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its nencouragement. 32 39Judas and 40Silas, also being 41prophets themselves, oencouraged and strengthened 42the brethren with a lengthy message. 33 After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren 43in peace to those who had 44sent them out. 34 [pBut it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] 35 But 45Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and 46preaching with many others also, 47the word of the Lord.
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