Acts 15:6-21

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]
19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
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 the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

Acts 15:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
ESV
6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
NLT
6 So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue.
MSG
6 The apostles and leaders called a special meeting to consider the matter.
CSB
6 Then the apostles and the elders assembled to consider this matter.

Acts 15:6-21 In-Context

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 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 keep the law of Moses.”
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 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’ —
18 things known from long ago.
19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
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 the law of 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 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, men who were leaders among the believers.
23 With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.

Cross References 18

  • 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
  • 15. 1 Corinthians 8:7-13; 1 Corinthians 10:14-28; Revelation 2:14,20
  • 16. 1 Corinthians 10:7,8; Revelation 2:14,20
  • 17. ver 29; Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 3:17; Leviticus 7:26; Leviticus 17:10-13; Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 12:16,23
  • 18. Acts 13:15; 2 Corinthians 3:14,15

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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