Acts 15:6-18

6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
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 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 did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?
11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.
13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me.
14 Simon[a] has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.
15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
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 mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’[b]
18 things known from long ago.[c]

Cross References 14

  • 1. Acts 10:1-48
  • 2. S Revelation 2:23; Acts 1:24
  • 3. S Acts 10:44,47
  • 4. Acts 10:28,34; Acts 11:12
  • 5. Acts 10:43
  • 6. Acts 5:9
  • 7. S Matthew 23:4; Galatians 5:1
  • 8. S Romans 3:24; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:5-8
  • 9. S John 4:48
  • 10. ver 4; Acts 14:27; Acts 21:19
  • 11. Acts 12:17; Acts 21:18; 1 Corinthians 15:7; Galatians 1:19; Galatians 2:9,12
  • 12. 2 Peter 1:1
  • 13. Amos 9:11,12
  • 14. Isaiah 45:21

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Greek "Simeon" , a variant of "Simon" ; that is, Peter
  • [b]. Amos 9:11,12 (see Septuagint)
  • [c]. Some manuscripts "things’—" / 18"the Lord’s work is known to him from long ago"
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