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1 Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "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 after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. 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 they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and 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 came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed 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 believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, "It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered 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 The apostles and the elders met together to consider 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, "My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. 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 human heart, testified to 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 in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors 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 On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that 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 finished speaking, James replied, "My brothers, listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among 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 This agrees with the words of the prophets, 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 I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; from its ruins I will rebuild it, 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 all other peoples may seek the Lord— even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called. Thus says the Lord, who has been making 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 from long ago.' 18 that have been known for ages.
19 Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those 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 we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been 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 in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues." 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, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers, 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 with the following letter: "The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers of Gentile origin in Antioch and 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 certain persons who have gone out from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to disturb you and have unsettled your minds, 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.
25 we have decided unanimously to choose representatives and send them to you, 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 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you 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 has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further 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 what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication. 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 they were sent off and went down to Antioch. When they 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 its members read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After they had been there for some time, they were sent off in peace by the believers 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 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and there, with many others, they taught and proclaimed 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, "Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are doing." 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 Barnabas wanted 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 decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; 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 set out, the believers commending him to the grace of the Lord. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 41