13After they had stoppedspeaking, a1Jamesanswered, saying, "Brethren , listen to me.
"2Simeon has relatedhowGodfirstconcerned Himself abouttaking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
"With this the words of 3the Prophetsagree, just as it is written,
'4AFTERTHESETHINGS5I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE bTABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
176SO THAT THE REST OF cMANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILESd7WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'
188SAYS THE LORD, WHO e9MAKESTHESETHINGSKNOWN FROM LONGAGO.
19"Therefore it is 10my judgment that we do not troublethose who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,
but that we write to them that they abstain from f11thingscontaminated by idols and from 12fornication and from 13what is strangled and from blood.
"For 14Moses from ancientgenerationshas in everycitythose who preach him, since ghe is read in the synagogueseverySabbath."
22Then it seemedgood to 15the apostles and the elders, with the wholechurch, to choosemen from among them to send to 16Antioch with Paul and Barnabas-JudascalledBarsabbas, and 17Silas, leadingmenamong18the brethren,
and they hsent this letter by them, "19The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to 20the brethren in 21Antioch and 22Syria and 23Ciliciawho are from the Gentiles, 24greetings.
"Since we have heard that 25someiof our number to whom we gavenoinstruction have 26disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,
2527 it seemedgood to us, having jbecome of onemind, to selectmen to send to you with our belovedBarnabas and Paul,
men who have k28risked their lives for the name of our LordJesusChrist.
"Therefore we have sent29Judas and 30Silas, who themselves will alsoreport the samethings by word of mouth.
"For 31it seemedgood to 32the HolySpirit and to 33us to lay upon you nogreaterburdenthantheseessentials:
that you abstain from 34thingssacrificed to idols and from 35blood and from 36thingsstrangled and from 37fornication; lif you keepyourselvesfree from suchthings, you will dowell. Farewell."
30So when they were sentaway, 38they wentdown to Antioch; and having gathered the mcongregationtogether, they delivered the letter.
When they had read it, they rejoicedbecause of its nencouragement.
3239Judas and 40Silas, alsobeing41prophetsthemselves, oencouraged and strengthened42the brethren with a lengthymessage.
After they had spenttime there, they were sentaway from the brethren43in peace to those who had 44sent them out.
[pBut it seemedgood to Silas to remainthere.]
But 45Paul and Barnabasstayed in Antioch, teaching and 46preaching with manyothersalso, 47the word of the Lord.