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1 Some men came from Judea and started to teach believers that people can't be saved unless they are circumcised as Moses' Teachings require. 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 had a fierce dispute with these men. So Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were sent to Jerusalem to see the apostles and spiritual leaders about this claim. 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 Paul and Barnabas [to Jerusalem]. As they were going through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told the whole story of how non-Jewish people were turning to God. This story 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 The church in Jerusalem, the apostles, and the spiritual leaders welcomed Paul and Barnabas when they arrived. Paul and Barnabas reported everything 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 believers from the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "People who are not Jewish must be circumcised and ordered to follow Moses' Teachings." 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 spiritual leaders met to consider this statement. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 After a lot of debating, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know what happened some time ago. God chose me so that people who aren't Jewish could hear the Good News 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 God, who knows everyone's thoughts, showed that he approved of people who aren't Jewish by giving them the Holy Spirit as he gave the Holy Spirit 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 God doesn't discriminate between Jewish and non-Jewish people. He has cleansed non-Jewish people through faith as he has cleansed us Jews. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 So why are you testing God? You're putting a burden on the disciples, a burden neither our ancestors nor we can 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 We certainly believe that the Lord Jesus saves us the same way that he saves them--through his kindness." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 The whole crowd was silent. They listened to Barnabas and Paul tell about all the miracles and amazing things that God had done through them among non-Jewish people. 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 After they finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simon has explained how God first showed his concern by taking from non-Jewish people those who would honor his name. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
15 This agrees with what the prophets said. Scripture says, 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 'Afterwards, I will return. I will set up David's fallen tent again. I will restore its ruined places again. I will set it up again 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 survivors and all the people who aren't Jewish over whom my name is spoken, may search for the Lord, declares the Lord. 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 He is the one who will do these things that have always been known!' 18 that have been known for ages.
19 "So I've decided that we shouldn't trouble non-Jewish people 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 to keep away from things polluted by false gods, from sexual sins, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from eating bloody meat. 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' words have been spread to every city for generations. His teachings are read in synagogues on every day of worship." 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, the spiritual leaders, and the whole church decided to choose some of their men to send with Paul and Barnabas to the city of Antioch. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, who were leaders among the believers. 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 wrote this letter for them to deliver: From the apostles and the spiritual leaders, your brothers. To their non-Jewish brothers and sisters in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Dear brothers and sisters, 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 individuals who came from us have confused you with statements that disturb you. We did not authorize these men [to speak]. 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.
25 So we have come to a unanimous decision that we should choose men and send them to you with our dear 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 Barnabas and Paul have dedicated their lives to our Lord, the one named Jesus Christ. 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent Judas and Silas to report to you on our decision. 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 place any additional burdens on you. Do only what is necessary 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
29 by keeping away from food sacrificed to false gods, from eating bloody meat, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual sins. If you avoid these things, you will be doing what's right. 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 So the men were sent on their way and arrived in the city of Antioch. They gathered the congregation together 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 When the people read the letter, they were pleased with the encouragement it brought them. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas, who were also prophets, spoke a long time to encourage and strengthen the believers. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After Judas and Silas had stayed in Antioch for some time, the congregation sent them back to Jerusalem with friendly greetings 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 Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch. They and many others taught people about the Lord's word and spread the Good News. 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 After a while Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back to every city where we spread the Lord's word. We'll visit the believers to see how they're doing." 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 Barnabas wanted to take John Mark along. 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 However, Paul didn't think it was right to take a person like him along. John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 Paul and Barnabas disagreed so sharply that they parted ways. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed to the island of Cyprus. 39 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
40 Paul chose Silas and left after the believers entrusted him to the Lord's care. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 Paul went through the provinces of Syria and Cilicia and strengthened the churches. 41