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1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye 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 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto 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 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto 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 were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared 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 there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed , saying , That it was needful 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 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up , and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth 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 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness , giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto 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 put no difference 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 tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon 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 , even 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 silence , and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. 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 held their peace , James answered , saying , Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit 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 to this agree 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 will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down ; and I will build again the ruins thereof, 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 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called , saith the Lord, who doeth 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 unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 18 that have been known for ages.
19 Wherefore my sentence is , that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned 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 unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and 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 of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read 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 pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief 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 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and 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 Forasmuch as we have heard , that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying , Ye 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 unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto 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 that have hazarded 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 sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by 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 Ghost, 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 ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well . 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 dismissed , they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together , they delivered the epistle: 30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
31 Which when they had read , they rejoiced for the consolation. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto 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 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still . 34 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
35 Paul also and Barnabas continued 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 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas , Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do . 36 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,
37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname 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 But Paul thought not good to take him with them , who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 38 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other : and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; 39 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.
40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed , being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. 40 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches. 41