Acts 15:1-35 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, "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 when 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 the apostles and the 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 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoeni'cia and Sama'ria, reporting the conversion of the Gentiles, and they gave great joy to 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 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared 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 party of the Pharisees rose up, and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to charge 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 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
7 And after there had been much debate, Peter rose and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days God made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles 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 who knows the heart bore witness to them, 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 he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers 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 But we believe that we shall 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 And all the assembly kept silence; and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what 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 finished speaking, James replied, "Brethren, listen to me. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simeon has related how God first visited 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 with this the words of the prophets agree, 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; I will rebuild its ruins, 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 rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who 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 made these things known from of old.' 18 that have been known for ages.
19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of 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 but should write to them to abstain from the pollutions of idols and from unchastity and from what is 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 from early generations Moses has had in every city those who preach him, for he is read 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 it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsab'bas, and Silas, leading 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 with the following letter: "The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cili'cia, greeting. 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 some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 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 has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to 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 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 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 you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity. 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 when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch; and having 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 And when they read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words and strengthened them. 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
33 And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brethren 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 * [No text] 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 preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. 35