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1 But certain persons who had come down from Judaea tried to convince the brethren, saying, "Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the Mosaic custom, 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 Between these new comers and Paul and Barnabas there was no little disagreement and controversy, until at last it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some other brethren should go up to consult the Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem on this matter. 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 set out, being accompanied for a short distance by some other members of the Church; and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told the whole story of the conversion of the Gentiles and inspired all the brethren with great joy. 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 Upon their arrival in Jerusalem they were cordially received by the Church, the Apostles, and the Elders; and they reported in detail all that God, working with them, had done. 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 certain men who had belonged to the sect of the Pharisees but were now believers, stood up in the assembly, and said, "Yes, Gentile believers ought to be circumcised and be 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 Then the Apostles and Elders met to consider the matter; 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 and after there had been a long discussion Peter rose to his feet. "It is within your own knowledge," he said, "that God originally made choice among you that from my lips the Gentiles were to hear the Message of the Good News, and believe. 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed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 And God, who knows all hearts, gave His testimony in their favour by bestowing the Holy Spirit on them just as He did on 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 difference between us and them, in that He cleansed their hearts by their faith. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Now, therefore, why try an experiment upon God, by laying on the necks of these disciples a yoke which neither our forefathers 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 it is by the grace of the Lord Jesus that we, as well as they, shall be saved." 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
12 Then the whole assembly remained silent while they listened to the statement made by Paul and Barnabas as to all the signs and marvels that God had done among the Gentiles through their instrumentality. 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 speaking, James said, "Brethren, listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Symeon has related how God first looked graciously on the Gentiles to take from among them a People to be called by 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 this is in harmony with the language of the Prophets, which says: 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16 "`"Afterwards I will return, and will rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and 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 In order that the rest of mankind may earnestly seek the Lord--even all the nations which 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 has been making these things known from ages long past.' 18 that have been known for ages.
19 "My judgement, therefore, is against inflicting unexpected annoyance on those of 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 Yet let us send them written instructions to abstain from things polluted by connexion with idolatry, from fornication, from meat killed by strangling, 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 the earliest times has had his preachers in every town, being read, as he is, Sabbath after Sabbath, in the various synagogues." 21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."
22 Thereupon it was decided by the Apostles and Elders, with the approval of the whole Church, to choose suitable persons from among themselves and send them to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas. Judas, called Bar-sabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, were selected, 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 took with them the following letter: "The Apostles and the elder brethren send greeting to the Gentile brethren throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. 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 As we have been informed that certain persons who have gone out from among us have disturbed you by their teaching and have unsettled your minds, without having received any 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 we have unanimously decided to select certain men and send them to you in company with our dear friends 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 endangered their very 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 are themselves bringing you the same message 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 lay upon you no burden heavier than these necessary 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 things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication. Keep yourselves clear of these things, and it will be well with you. 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 They, therefore, having been solemnly sent, came down to Antioch, where they called together the whole assembly 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 The people read it, and were delighted with the comfort it brought them. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 And Judas and Silas, being themselves also Prophets, gave them a long and encouraging talk, and strengthened them in the faith. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After spending some time there they received an affectionate farewell from the brethren to return 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, teaching and, in company with many others, telling the Good News of the Lord's Message. 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, "Suppose we now revisit the brethren in the various towns in which we have made known the Lord's Message--to see whether they are prospering!" 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 Barnabas, however, was bent on taking with them John, whose other name was 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 while Paul deemed it undesirable to have as their companion one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 So there arose a serious disagreement between them, which resulted in their parting from one another, Barnabas taking Mark and setting sail for Cyprus. 39 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
40 But Paul chose Silas as his travelling companion; and set out, after being commended by the brethren to the grace of the Lord; 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 and he passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the Churches. 41