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Acts 15

NCV 1 Then some people came to Antioch from Judea and began teaching the non-Jewish believers: "You cannot be saved if you are not circumcised as Moses taught us." NIV 1 Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” NCV 2 Paul and Barnabas were against this teaching and argued with them about it. So the church decided to send Paul, Barnabas, and some others to Jerusalem where they could talk more about this with the apostles and elders. NIV 2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. NCV 3 The church helped them leave on the trip, and they went through the countries of Phoenicia and Samaria, telling all about how those who were not Jewish had turned to God. This made all the believers very happy. NIV 3 The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. NCV 4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the apostles, the elders, and the church. Paul, Barnabas, and the others told about everything God had done with them. NIV 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them. NCV 5 But some of the believers who belonged to the Pharisee group came forward and said, "The non-Jewish believers must be circumcised. They must be told to obey the law of Moses." NIV 5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.” NCV 6 The apostles and the elders gathered to consider this problem. NIV 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. NCV 7 After a long debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God chose me from among you to preach the Good News to those who are not Jewish. They heard the Good News from me, and they believed. NIV 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. NCV 8 God, who knows the thoughts of everyone, accepted them. He showed this to us by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. NIV 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. NCV 9 To God, those people are not different from us. When they believed, he made their hearts pure. NIV 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. NCV 10 So now why are you testing God by putting a heavy load around the necks of the non-Jewish believers? It is a load that neither we nor our ancestors were able to carry. NIV 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? NCV 11 But we believe that we and they too will be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus." NIV 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” NCV 12 Then the whole group became quiet. They listened to Paul and Barnabas tell about all the miracles and signs that God did through them among the non-Jewish people. NIV 12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. NCV 13 After they finished speaking, James said, "Brothers, listen to me. NIV 13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. NCV 14 Simon has told us how God showed his love for the non-Jewish people. For the first time he is accepting from among them a people to be his own. NIV 14 Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. NCV 15 The words of the prophets agree with this too: NIV 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: NCV 16 'After these things I will return. The kingdom of David is like a fallen tent. But I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up. NIV 16 “ ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, NCV 17 Then those people who are left alive may ask the Lord for help, and the other nations that belong to me, says the Lord, who will make it happen. NIV 17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’ — NCV 18 And these things have been known for a long time.' NIV 18 things known from long ago. NCV 19 "So I think we should not bother the non-Jewish people who are turning to God. NIV 19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. NCV 20 Instead, we should write a letter to them telling them these things: Stay away from food that has been offered to idols (which makes it unclean), any kind of sexual sin, eating animals that have been strangled, and blood. NIV 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. NCV 21 They should do these things, because for a long time in every city the law of Moses has been taught. And it is still read in the synagogue every Sabbath day." NIV 21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” NCV 22 The apostles, the elders, and the whole church decided to send some of their men with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch. They chose Judas Barsabbas and Silas, who were respected by the believers. NIV 22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers. NCV 23 They sent the following letter with them: From the apostles and elders, your brothers. To all the non-Jewish believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings! NIV 23 With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings. NCV 24 We have heard that some of our group have come to you and said things that trouble and upset you. But we did not tell them to do this. NIV 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. NCV 25 We have all agreed to choose some messengers and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul -- NIV 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— NCV 26 people who have given their lives to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. NCV 27 So we are sending Judas and Silas, who will tell you the same things. NIV 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. NCV 28 It has pleased the Holy Spirit that you should not have a heavy load to carry, and we agree. You need to do only these things: NIV 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: NCV 29 Stay away from any food that has been offered to idols, eating any animals that have been strangled, and blood, and any kind of sexual sin. If you stay away from these things, you will do well. Good-bye. NIV 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. FAREWELL. NCV 30 So they left Jerusalem and went to Antioch where they gathered the church and gave them the letter. NIV 30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. NCV 31 When they read it, they were very happy because of the encouraging message. NIV 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. NCV 32 Judas and Silas, who were also prophets, said many things to encourage the believers and make them stronger. NIV 32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. NCV 33 After some time Judas and Silas were sent off in peace by the believers, and they went back to those who had sent them. NIV 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them. NCV 34 NCV 35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch and, along with many others, preached the Good News and taught the people the message of the Lord. NIV 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord. NCV 36 After some time, Paul said to Barnabas, "We should go back to all those towns where we preached the message of the Lord. Let's visit the believers and see how they are doing." NIV 36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” NCV 37 Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them, NIV 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, NCV 38 but he had left them at Pamphylia; he did not continue with them in the work. So Paul did not think it was a good idea to take him. NIV 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. NCV 39 Paul and Barnabas had such a serious argument about this that they separated and went different ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus, NIV 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, NCV 40 but Paul chose Silas and left. The believers in Antioch put Paul into the Lord's care, NIV 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. NCV 41 and he went through Syria and Cilicia, giving strength to the churches. NIV 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

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