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1 While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the Christians: "Unless you keep the ancient Jewish custom of circumcision taught by 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 Paul and Barnabas, disagreeing with them, argued forcefully and at length. Finally, Paul and Barnabas were sent to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk 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 The church sent the delegates to Jerusalem, and they stopped along the way in Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers. They told them -- much to everyone's joy -- that the Gentiles, too, were being converted. 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, Paul and Barnabas were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders. They reported on what God had been doing through their ministry. 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 then some of the men who had been Pharisees before their conversion stood up and declared that all Gentile converts must be circumcised and be required to follow 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 So the apostles and church elders got together to decide this question. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: "Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they 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 people's hearts, confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he gave him 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, for he also cleansed their hearts through faith. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Why are you now questioning God's way by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors 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 We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the special favor 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 There was no further discussion, and everyone listened as Barnabas and Paul told about the miraculous 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 When they had finished, James stood and said, "Brothers, listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Peter has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people for himself. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
15 And this conversion of Gentiles agrees with what the prophets predicted. For instance, it is written: 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 'Afterward I will return, and I will restore the fallen kingdom of David. From the ruins I will rebuild it, 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 humanity might find the Lord, including the Gentiles -- all those I have called to be mine. This is what the Lord says, 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 who made these things known long ago.' 18 that have been known for ages.
19 And so my judgment is that we should stop troubling the 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 except that we should write to them and tell them to abstain from eating meat sacrificed to idols, from sexual immorality, and from consuming blood or eating the meat of strangled animals. 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 these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations." 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 elders and the whole church in Jerusalem chose delegates, and they sent them to Antioch of Syria with Paul and Barnabas to report on this decision. The men chosen were two of the church leaders -- Judas (also 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 This is the letter they took along with them: "This letter is from the apostles and elders, your brothers in Jerusalem. It is written to the Gentile believers 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 understand that some men from here have troubled you and upset you with their teaching, but they had no such instructions 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 So it seemed good to us, having unanimously agreed on our decision, to send you these official representatives, along 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 who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 So we are sending Judas and Silas to tell you what we have decided concerning your question." 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 no greater burden on you than these requirements: 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
29 You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or eating the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, 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 The four messengers went at once to Antioch, where they called a general meeting of the Christians 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 And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke extensively to the Christians, encouraging and strengthening their faith. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 They stayed for a while, and then Judas and Silas were sent back to Jerusalem, with the blessings of the Christians, 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 to assist many others who were teaching and preaching the word of the Lord there. 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 time Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's return to each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are getting along." 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John 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 disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not shared in their work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 Their disagreement over this was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. 39 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
40 Paul chose Silas, and the believers sent them off, entrusting them to the Lord's grace. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 So they traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia to strengthen the churches there. 41