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1 Some men came from Judea to Antioch and started teaching the believers, "You cannot be saved unless you are circumcised as the Law of Moses requires." 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 got into a fierce argument with them about this, so it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some of the others in Antioch should go to Jerusalem and see the apostles and elders about this matter. 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 They were sent on their way by the church; and as they went through Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported how the Gentiles had turned to God; this news brought great joy to all the believers. 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, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, to whom they told all that 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 believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "The Gentiles must be circumcised and told to obey 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 The apostles and the elders met together to consider this question. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 After a long debate Peter stood up and said, "My friends, you know that a long time ago God chose me from among you to preach the Good News to the Gentiles, so that they could hear and 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 And God, who knows the thoughts of everyone, showed his approval of the Gentiles by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he had 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 difference between us and them; he forgave their sins because they believed. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 So then, why do you now want to put God to the test by laying a load on the backs of the believers which neither our ancestors nor we ourselves were able to carry? 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 No! We believe and are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they are." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 The whole group was silent as they heard Barnabas and Paul report all the miracles and wonders that God had performed through them among the Gentiles. 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 they had finished speaking, James spoke up: "Listen to me, my friends! 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simon has just explained how God first showed his care for the Gentiles by taking from among them a people to belong to him. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
15 The words of the prophets agree completely with this. As the scripture says, 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 "After this I will return, says the Lord, and restore the kingdom of David. I will rebuild its ruins and make it strong again. 16 " 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,
17 And so all the rest of the human race will come to me, all the Gentiles whom I have called to be my own. 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 So says the Lord, who made this known long ago.' 18 that have been known for ages.
19 "It is my opinion," James went on, "that we should not trouble the Gentiles who are turning 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 not to eat any food that is ritually unclean because it has been offered to idols; to keep themselves from sexual immorality; and not to eat any animal that has been strangled, or any 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 the Law of Moses has been read for a very long time in the synagogues every Sabbath, and his words are preached in every town." 21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."
22 Then the apostles and the elders, together with the whole church, decided to choose some men from the group and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose two men who were highly respected by the believers, Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, 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 the following letter by them: "We, the apostles and the elders, your brothers, send greetings to all our brothers of Gentile birth who live in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. 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 have heard that some who went from our group have troubled and upset you by what they said; they had not, however, received any instruction from us. 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.
25 And so we have met together and have all agreed to choose some messengers and send them to you. They will go 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 who have risked their lives in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We send you, then, Judas and Silas, who will tell you in person the same things we are writing. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.
28 The Holy Spirit and we have agreed not to put any other burden on you besides these necessary rules: 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
29 eat no food that has been offered to idols; eat no blood; eat no animal that has been strangled; and keep yourselves from sexual immorality. You will do well if you take care not to do these things. With our best wishes." 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 The messengers were sent off and went to Antioch, where they gathered the whole group of believers and 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 When the people read it, they were filled with joy by the message of encouragement. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, spoke a long time with them, giving them courage and strength. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After spending some time there, they were sent off in peace by the believers and went back 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.
35 Paul and Barnabas spent some time in Antioch, and together with many others they taught and preached the word of the Lord. 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 us go back and visit the believers in every town where we preached the word of the Lord, and let us find out how they are getting along." 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 but Paul did not think it was right to take him, because he had not stayed with them to the end of their mission, but had turned back and left them in Pamphylia. 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 There was a sharp argument, and they separated: Barnabas took Mark and sailed off for Cyprus, 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
40 while Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the care of the Lord's grace. 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.