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1 And certain men came down from Judea and taught 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 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, 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, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused 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 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things 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 believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them 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 Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should 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 So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them 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 and made no distinction between us and them, purifying 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 test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were 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 through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked 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 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me: 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them 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 And 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 this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 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, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all 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 to God from eternity are all His works. 18 that have been known for ages.
19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among 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 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things 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 has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being 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 pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, 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 They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles 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 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law"--to whom we gave no such commandment-- 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, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men 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 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who 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 necessary things: 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 offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, 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 off, they came to Antioch; and when they had gathered the multitude 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 over its encouragement. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 And after they had stayed there for a time, they were sent back with greetings from the brethren to the apostles. 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 However, 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 Paul and Barnabas also remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. 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 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing." 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called 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 insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from 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 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed 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 departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 41