7After lengthy debate, Kefa got up and said to them, "Brothers, you yourselves know that a good while back, God chose me from among you to be the one by whose mouth the Goyim should hear the message of the Good News and come to trust.8And God, who knows the heart, bore them witness by giving the Ruach HaKodesh to them, just as he did to us;9that is, he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their heart by trust.10So why are you putting God to the test now by placing a yoke on the neck of the talmidim which neither our fathers nor we have had the strength to bear?11No, it is through the love and kindness of the Lord Yeshua that we trust and are delivered-and it's the same with them."
13Ya'akov broke the silence to reply. "Brothers," he said, "hear what I have to say.14Shim'on has told in detail what God did when he first began to show his concern for taking from among the Goyim a people to bear his name.15And the words of the Prophets are in complete harmony with this for it is written,16'"After this, I will return; and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David. I will rebuild its ruins, I will restore it,17so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, that is, all the Goyim who have been called by my name,"18says ADONAI, who is doing these things.' All this has been known for ages.19"Therefore, my opinion is that we should not put obstacles in the way of the Goyim who are turning to God.20Instead, we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from fornication, from what is strangled and from blood.21For from the earliest times, Moshe has had in every city those who proclaim him, with his words being read in the synagogues every Shabbat."