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

 
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1 And certain men who came down from Judea taught the brethren and said, "Unless 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 others 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 sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia 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 had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and by 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 who 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 the elders came together to consider 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, who knoweth the hearts, bore 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 necks 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 as they declared 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 Simon hath declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out from 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 has 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 Therefore my judgment is that we trouble not those from among the Gentiles who 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 from olden times hath in every city those who preach him, he 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 it pleased the apostles and elders, together with the whole church, to send men chosen from their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely Judas surnamed Barsabbas, 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 to accompany them in this manner: "The apostles and elders and brethren send greetings unto the brethren who 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 Inasmuch as we have heard that certain ones who 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 who 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. If ye keep yourselves from these things, 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 sent off, they went 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 and when they had read it, they rejoiced in its 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 strengthened 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 by the brethren to return 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 remain 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 and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the Word of the Lord, with many others also. 35