Acts 15:1-21 NAS

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."

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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.

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    • Lj 15:2 - Lit "not a little"
      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.

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      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."

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      6 17The apostles and the elders came together to blook into this cmatter.

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        • lj 15:6 - Lit "see about"
        • NJ 15:6 - Lit "word"
          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.

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            • Nj 15:7 - Lit "from days of old"
              8 "And God, 21who knows the heart, testified to them 22giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

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              9 and 23He made no distinction between us and them, 24cleansing their hearts by faith.

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              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?

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              11 "But we believe that we are saved through 27the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."

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              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.

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              James's Judgment

              13 After they had stopped speaking, e30James answered, saying, "Brethren *, listen to me.

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              14 "31Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.

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              15 "With this the words of 32the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

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              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,

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              17 35SO THAT THE REST OF gMANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES h36WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'

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                • ǎ 15:17 - Gr "anthropoi"
                • Ǐ 15:17 - Lit "upon whom My name is called"
                  18 37SAYS THE LORD, WHO i38MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

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                    • ǐ 15:18 - Or "does these things" which were "known"
                      19 "Therefore it is 39my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

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                      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."

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                        • ǒ 15:21 - I.e. the books of Moses, Gen through Deut