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Acts 15

ESV 1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." MSG 1 It wasn't long before some Jews showed up from Judea insisting that everyone be circumcised: "If you're not circumcised in the Mosaic fashion, you can't be saved." ESV 2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. MSG 2 Paul and Barnabas were up on their feet at once in fierce protest. The church decided to resolve the matter by sending Paul, Barnabas, and a few others to put it before the apostles and leaders in Jerusalem. ESV 3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. MSG 3 After they were sent off and on their way, they told everyone they met as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria about the breakthrough to the Gentile outsiders. Everyone who heard the news cheered - it was terrific news! ESV 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. MSG 4 When they got to Jerusalem, Paul and Barnabas were graciously received by the whole church, including the apostles and leaders. They reported on their recent journey and how God had used them to open things up to the outsiders. ESV 5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses." MSG 5 Some Pharisees stood up to say their piece. They had become believers, but continued to hold to the hard party line of the Pharisees. "You have to circumcise the pagan converts," they said. "You must make them keep the Law of Moses." ESV 6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. MSG 6 The apostles and leaders called a special meeting to consider the matter. ESV 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. MSG 7 The arguments went on and on, back and forth, getting more and more heated. Then Peter took the floor: "Friends, you well know that from early on God made it quite plain that he wanted the pagans to hear the Message of this good news and embrace it - and not in any secondhand or roundabout way, but firsthand, straight from my mouth. ESV 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, MSG 8 And God, who can't be fooled by any pretense on our part but always knows a person's thoughts, gave them the Holy Spirit exactly as he gave him to us. ESV 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. MSG 9 He treated the outsiders exactly as he treated us, beginning at the very center of who they were and working from that center outward, cleaning up their lives as they trusted and believed him. ESV 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? MSG 10 "So why are you now trying to out-god God, loading these new believers down with rules that crushed our ancestors and crushed us, too? ESV 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will." MSG 11 Don't we believe that we are saved because the Master Jesus amazingly and out of sheer generosity moved to save us just as he did those from beyond our nation? So what are we arguing about?" ESV 12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. MSG 12 There was dead silence. No one said a word. With the room quiet, Barnabas and Paul reported matter-of-factly on the miracles and wonders God had done among the other nations through their ministry. ESV 13 After they finished speaking, James replied, "Brothers, listen to me. MSG 13 The silence deepened; you could hear a pin drop. ESV 14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. MSG 14 Simeon has told us the story of how God at the very outset made sure that racial outsiders were included. ESV 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, MSG 15 This is in perfect agreement with the words of the prophets: ESV 16 "'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, MSG 16 After this, I'm coming back; I'll rebuild David's ruined house; I'll put all the pieces together again; I'll make it look like new ESV 17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things MSG 17 So outsiders who seek will find, so they'll have a place to come to, All the pagan peoples included in what I'm doing. ESV 18 known from of old.' MSG 18 It's no afterthought; he's always known he would do this. ESV 19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, MSG 19 "So here is my decision: We're not going to unnecessarily burden non-Jewish people who turn to the Master. ESV 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. MSG 20 We'll write them a letter and tell them, 'Be careful to not get involved in activities connected with idols, to guard the morality of sex and marriage, to not serve food offensive to Jewish Christians - blood, for instance.' ESV 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues." MSG 21 This is basic wisdom from Moses, preached and honored for centuries now in city after city as we have met and kept the Sabbath." ESV 22 Then it seemed good to 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 Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers, MSG 22 Everyone agreed: apostles, leaders, all the people. They picked Judas (nicknamed Barsabbas) and Silas - they both carried considerable weight in the church - and sent them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas ESV 23 with the following letter: "The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings. MSG 23 with this letter: From the apostles and leaders, your friends, to our friends in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Hello! ESV 24 Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, MSG 24 We heard that some men from our church went to you and said things that confused and upset you. Mind you, they had no authority from us; we didn't send them. ESV 25 it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, MSG 25 We have agreed unanimously to pick representatives and send them to you with our good friends Barnabas and Paul. ESV 26 men who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. MSG 26 We picked men we knew you could trust, Judas and Silas - they've looked death in the face time and again for the sake of our Master Jesus Christ. ESV 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. MSG 27 We've sent them to confirm in a face-to-face meeting with you what we've written. ESV 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: MSG 28 It seemed to the Holy Spirit and to us that you should not be saddled with any crushing burden, but be responsible only for these bare necessities: ESV 29 that you abstain from 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." MSG 29 Be careful not to get involved in activities connected with idols; avoid serving food offensive to Jewish Christians (blood, for instance); and guard the morality of sex and marriage. These guidelines are sufficient to keep relations congenial between us. And God be with you! Barnabas and Paul Go Their Separate Ways ESV 30 So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. MSG 30 And so off they went to Antioch. On arrival, they gathered the church and read the letter. ESV 31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. MSG 31 The people were greatly relieved and pleased. ESV 32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words. MSG 32 Judas and Silas, good preachers both of them, strengthened their new friends with many words of courage and hope. ESV 33 And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. MSG 33 Then it was time to go home. They were sent off by their new friends with laughter and embraces all around to report back to those who had sent them. ESV 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. MSG 35 Paul and Barnabas stayed on in Antioch, teaching and preaching the Word of God. But they weren't alone. There were a number of teachers and preachers at that time in Antioch. ESV 36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are." MSG 36 After a few days of this, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit all our friends in each of the towns where we preached the Word of God. Let's see how they're doing." ESV 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. MSG 37 Barnabas wanted to take John along, the John nicknamed Mark. ESV 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. MSG 38 But Paul wouldn't have him; he wasn't about to take along a quitter who, as soon as the going got tough, had jumped ship on them in Pamphylia. ESV 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, MSG 39 Tempers flared, and they ended up going their separate ways: Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus; ESV 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. MSG 40 Paul chose Silas and, offered up by their friends to the grace of the Master, ESV 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. MSG 41 went to Syria and Cilicia to build up muscle and sinew in those congregations.

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