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1 Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot 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 And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. 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 Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren. 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 at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with 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 sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe 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 came together to look into this matter. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren , you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel 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 heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also 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 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 "Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to 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 "But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done 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 After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, "Brethren , listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 "Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for 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 "With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 'AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND 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 MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,' 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 MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO. 18 that have been known for ages.
19 "Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 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 write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled 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 ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read 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 elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, 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 this letter by them, "The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, 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 "Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 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 become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved 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 risked 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 "Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things 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 lay upon you no greater burden 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 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication ; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. 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 when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch ; and having gathered the congregation together, they 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 they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out. 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 [But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] 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 stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord. 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 some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are." 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 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 kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 39 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
40 But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 41