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1 Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed 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 But after Paul and Barnabas had engaged them in serious argument and debate, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas and some others of them to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this controversy. 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 When they had been sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, explaining in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they created great joy among all the brothers. 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 welcomed by the church, 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 believers from the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "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 Then the apostles and the elders assembled 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: "Brothers, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the gospel message 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 by giving 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 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 Why, then, are you now testing God by putting on the disciples' necks a yoke that 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 we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way they are." 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 fell silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul describing all the 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 stopped speaking, James responded: "Brothers, listen to me! 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simeon has reported how God first intervened to take from 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 And the words of the prophets agree with this, 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 will rebuild David's tent, which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins and 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 so that those who are left of mankind may seek the Lord- even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does 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 which have been known from long ago. 18 that have been known for ages.
19 Therefore, in my judgment, we should not cause difficulties for those who turn 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 instead we should write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from eating anything that 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 since ancient times, Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, and he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath day." 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 whole church, decided to select men from among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men 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 They wrote this letter to be delivered by them: From the apostles and the elders, your brothers, To the brothers from among 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 Because we have heard that some to whom we gave no authorization went out from us and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts, 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 men 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 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 will personally 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 was the Holy Spirit's decision-and ours-to put no greater burden on you 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 food offered to idols, from blood, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these 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 Then, being sent off, they went down to Antioch, and after gathering the assembly, 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 read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and strengthened them with a long message. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 After spending some time there, they were sent back in peace by the brothers 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.
35 But Paul and Barnabas, along with many others, remained in Antioch teaching and proclaiming the message of the Lord. 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
36 After some time had passed, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit the brothers in every town where we have preached the message of the Lord, and see how they're doing." 36 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."
37 Barnabas wanted to take along John Mark. 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
38 But Paul did not think it appropriate to take along this man who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work. 38 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.
39 There was such a sharp disagreement that they parted company, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed off to Cyprus. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
40 Then Paul chose Silas and departed, after being commended to the grace of the Lord by the brothers. 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
41 He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.