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1 Now certain men came down from Judaea, teaching the brothers and saying that without circumcision, after the rule of Moses, there is no salvation. 1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."
2 And after Paul and Barnabas had had no little argument and discussion with them, the brothers made a decision to send Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them to the Apostles and the rulers of the church at Jerusalem about this question. 2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.
3 So they, being sent on their way by the church, went through Phoenicia and Samaria, giving news of the salvation of the Gentiles, to the great joy of all the brothers. 3 The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the brothers very glad.
4 And when they came to Jerusalem, they had a meeting with the church and the Apostles and the rulers, and they gave an account of all the things which God had done through them. 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.
5 But some of the Pharisees, who were of the faith, got up and said, It is necessary for these to have circumcision and to keep the law of Moses. 5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses."
6 And the Apostles and the rulers of the church came together and gave thought to the question. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 And when there had been much discussion, Peter got up and said to them, My brothers, you have knowledge that some time back it was God's pleasure that by my mouth the good news might be given to the Gentiles so that they might have faith. 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: "Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.
8 And God, the searcher of hearts, was a witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit even as he did to us; 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.
9 Making no division between them and us, but making clean their hearts by faith. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Why then are you testing God, by putting on the neck of the disciples a yoke so hard that not even our fathers or we were strong enough for it? 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?
11 But we have faith that we will get salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they. 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 And all the people were quiet while Barnabas and Paul gave an account of the signs and wonders which God had done among the Gentiles by them. 12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.
13 And when they had come to an end, James, answering, said, My brothers, give ear to me: 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Symeon has given an account of how God was first pleased to take from among the Gentiles a people for himself. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
15 And this is in agreement with the words of the prophets, as it is said, 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 After these things I will come back, and will put up the tent of David which has been broken down, building up again its broken parts and making it complete: 16 " 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,
17 So that the rest of men may make search for the Lord, and all the Gentiles on whom my name is named, 17 that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things'
18 Says the Lord, who has made these things clear from the earliest times. 18 that have been known for ages.
19 For this reason my decision is, that we do not put trouble in the way of those who from among the Gentiles are turned to God; 19 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
20 But that we give them orders to keep themselves from things offered to false gods, and from the evil desires of the body, and from the flesh of animals put to death in ways against the law, and from blood. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
21 For Moses, from times long past, has his preachers in every town, reading his law in the Synagogues every Sabbath. 21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."
22 Then it seemed good to the Apostles and the rulers and all the church, to send men from among them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; Judas, named Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers: 22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers.
23 And they sent a letter by them, saying, The Apostles and the older brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, may joy be with you: 23 With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.
24 Because we have knowledge that some who went from us have been troubling you with their words, putting your souls in doubt; to whom we gave no such order; 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.
25 It seemed good to us, having come to an agreement together, to send these men to you, with our well loved Barnabas and Paul, 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul--
26 Men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 And so we have sent Judas and Silas, who will say the same things to you themselves, by word of mouth. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to put on you nothing more than these necessary things; 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
29 To keep from things offered to false gods, and from blood, and from things put to death in ways which are against the law, and from the evil desires of the body; if you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. May you be happy. 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
30 So they, being sent away, came down to Antioch, and having got the people together, they gave them the letter. 30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
31 And after reading it, they were glad of its comfort. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 And Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, gave teaching to the brothers and made them strong in the faith. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 And when they had been there for some time, they were sent back in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the brothers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.
34 [] 34 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
35 But Paul and Barnabas kept on in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of God, with a number of others. 35 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing."
36 And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go back and see the brothers in every town where we have given the word of God, and see how they are. 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 And Barnabas had a desire to take with them John, named Mark. 37 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.
38 But Paul was of the opinion that it was not right to take with them one who had gone away from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone on with the work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 And there was a sharp argument between them, so that they were parted from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and went by ship to Cyprus; 39 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
40 But Paul took Silas and went away with the blessing of the brothers. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, making the churches stronger in the faith. 41