And God, who knows the heart, bore them witness by giving the Ruach HaKodesh to them, just as he did to us;
that is, he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their heart by trust.
So 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?
No, it is through the love and kindness of the Lord Yeshua that we trust and are delivered-and it's the same with them."
Then the whole assembly kept still as they listened to Bar-Nabba and Sha'ul tell what signs and miracles God had done through them among the Gentiles.
Ya'akov broke the silence to reply. "Brothers," he said, "hear what I have to say.
Shim'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.
And the words of the Prophets are in complete harmony with this for it is written,
'"After this, I will return; and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David. I will rebuild its ruins, I will restore it,
so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, that is, all the Goyim who have been called by my name,"
says ADONAI, who is doing these things.' All this has been known for ages.
"Therefore, my opinion is that we should not put obstacles in the way of the Goyim who are turning to God.
Instead, we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from fornication, from what is strangled and from blood.
For from the earliest times, Moshe has had in every city those who proclaim him, with his words being read in the synagogues every Shabbat."
Then the emissaries and the elders, together with the whole Messianic community, decided to select men from among themselves to send to Antioch with Sha'ul and Bar-Nabba. They sent Y'hudah, called Bar-Sabba, and Sila, both leading men among the brothers,
with the following letter: From: The emissaries and the elders, your brothers To: The brothers from among the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings!
We have heard that some people went out from among us without our authorization, and that they have upset you with their talk, unsettling your minds.
So we have decided unanimously to select men and send them to you with our dear friends Bar-Nabba and Sha'ul,
who have dedicated their lives to upholding the name of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.