Acts 15:1-21

The Jerusalem Council

1 1But some men came down from Judea and were teaching 2the brothers, "Unless you are 3circumcised 4according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and 5debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and 6some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to 7the apostles and the elders about this question.
3 So, 8being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, 9describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and 10brought great joy to all 11the brothers.a
4 12When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and 13the apostles and the elders, and 14they declared all that God had done with them.
5 But some believers who belonged to 15the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, 16"It is necessary 17to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses."
6 18The 19apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
7 And after there had been much 20debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, 21that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear 22the word of 23the gospel and believe.
8 And God, 24who knows the heart, 25bore witness to them, 26by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
9 and 27he made no distinction between us and them, 28having cleansed their hearts 29by faith.
10 Now, therefore, why 30are you putting God to the test 31by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples 32that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
11 But we 33believe that we will be 34saved through 35the grace of the Lord Jesus, 36just as they will."
12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul 37as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
13 After they finished speaking, 38James replied, "Brothers, listen to me.
14 39Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them 40a people for his name.
15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,
16 41"'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,
17 that the remnantb of mankind 42may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles 43who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things
18 44known from of old.'
19 Therefore 45my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who 46turn to God,
20 but should write to them 47to abstain from 48the things polluted by idols, and from 49sexual immorality, and from 50what has been strangled, and from 51blood.
21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, 52for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues."
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