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1 Some people came down from Judea teaching the family of believers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom we've received from Moses, you can't be saved." 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 Paul and Barnabas took sides against these Judeans and argued strongly against their position. The church at Antioch appointed Paul, Barnabas, and several others from Antioch to go up to Jerusalem to set this question before the apostles and the elders. 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 The church sent this delegation on their way. They traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, telling stories about the conversion of the Gentiles to everyone. Their reports thrilled the brothers and sisters. 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 When they arrived in Jerusalem, the church, the apostles, and the elders all welcomed them. They gave a full report of what God had accomplished through their activity. 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 Some believers from among the Pharisees stood up and claimed, "The Gentiles must be circumcised. They must be required to keep the Law from 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 The apostles and the elders gathered to consider this matter. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 After much debate, Peter stood and addressed them, "Fellow believers, you know that, early on, God chose me from among you as the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and come to believe. 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 God, who knows people's deepest thoughts and desires, confirmed this by giving them the Holy Spirit, just 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 He made no distinction between us and them, but purified their deepest thoughts and desires through faith. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Why then are you now challenging God by placing a burden on the shoulders of these disciples that neither we nor our ancestors could bear? 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 On the contrary, we believe that we and they are saved in the same way, by the grace of the Lord Jesus." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 The entire assembly fell quiet as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describe all the signs and wonders God did among the Gentiles through their activity. 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 When Barnabas and Paul also fell silent, James responded, “Fellow believers, listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simon reported how, in his kindness, God came to the Gentiles in the first place, to raise up from them a people of God. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
15 The prophets' words agree with this; as it is written, 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 After this I will return, and I will rebuild David's fallen tent; I will rebuild what has been torn down. I will restore it 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 humanity will seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who belong to me. The Lord says this, the one who does these things 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 known from earliest times. 18 that have been known for ages.
19 "Therefore, I conclude that we shouldn't create problems for Gentiles who turn to God. 19 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
20 Instead, we should write a letter, telling them to avoid the pollution associated with idols, sexual immorality, eating meat from strangled animals, and consuming 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 After all, Moses has been proclaimed in every city for a long time, and is read aloud every Sabbath in every synagogue." 21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."
22 The apostles and the elders, along with the entire church, agreed to send some delegates chosen from among themselves to Antioch, together with Paul and Barnabas. They selected Judas Barsabbas and Silas, who were leaders among the brothers and sisters. 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 They were to carry this letter: The apostles and the elders, to the Gentile brothers and sisters in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings! 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 We've heard that some of our number have disturbed you with unsettling words we didn't authorize. 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.
25 We reached a united decision to select some delegates and send them to you along with our dear friends 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 These people have devoted their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 Therefore, we are sending Judas and Silas. They will confirm what we have written. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.
28 The Holy Spirit has led us to the decision that no burden should be placed on you other than these essentials: 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
29 refuse food offered to idols, blood, the meat from strangled animals, and sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid such things. Farewell. 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 When Barnabas, Paul, and the delegates were sent on their way, they went down to Antioch. They gathered the believers and delivered the letter. 30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
31 The people read it, delighted with its encouraging message. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas were prophets, and they said many things that encouraged and strengthened the brothers and sisters. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 Judas and Silas stayed there awhile, then were sent back with a blessing of peace from the brothers and sisters to those who first 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.
35 Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, where, together with many others, they taught and proclaimed the good news of the Lord's word. 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
36 Some time later, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit all the brothers and sisters in every city where we preached the Lord's word. Let's see how they are doing." 36 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."
37 Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them. 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
38 Paul insisted that they shouldn't take him along, since he had deserted them in Pamphylia and hadn't continued with them in their work. 38 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.
39 Their argument became so intense that they went their separate ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
40 Paul chose Silas and left, entrusted by the brothers and sisters to the Lord's grace. 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
41 He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.