The Jerusalem Council 1 1
But some men came down from Judea and were teaching 2
the brothers, "Unless you are 3
according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and 5
debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and 6
some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to 7
the apostles and the elders about this question.
being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, 9
describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and 10
brought great joy to all 11
When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and 13
the apostles and the elders, and 14
they declared all that God had done with them.
But some believers who belonged to 15
the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, 16
"It is necessary 17
to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses."
apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
And after there had been much 20
debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, 21
that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear 22
the word of 23
the gospel and believe.
And God, 24
who knows the heart, 25
bore witness to them, 26
by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
he made no distinction between us and them, 28
having cleansed their hearts 29
Now, therefore, why 30
are you putting God to the test 31
by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples 32
that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
But we 33
believe that we will be 34
saved through 35
the grace of the Lord Jesus, 36
just as they will."
And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul 37
as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
After they finished speaking, 38
James replied, "Brothers, listen to me.
Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them 40
a people for his name.
And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,
"'After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,
that the remnant of mankind 42
may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles 43
who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things
my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who 46
turn to God,
but should write to them 47
to abstain from 48
the things polluted by idols, and from 49
sexual immorality, and from 50
what has been strangled, and from 51
For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, 52
for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues."
The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers 22
Then it seemed good to 53
the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called 54
Barsabbas, and 55
Silas, leading men among 56
with the following letter: 57
"The brothers, both 58
the apostles and the elders, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, 59
Since we have heard that 60
some persons have gone out from us and 61
troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions,
it has seemed good to us, having come 62
to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our 63
beloved Barnabas and Paul,
men who have 65
risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have therefore sent 66
Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.
For it has seemed good 67
to the Holy Spirit and 68
to us 69
to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:
that you abstain from 71
what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."
So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.
And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.
And Judas and Silas, who were themselves 72
prophets, encouraged and 73
the brothers with many words.
And after they had spent some time, they were sent off 75
in peace by 76
the brothers to those who had sent them.
Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.