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The Council at Jerusalem

1 aSome men came down from Judea and [began] teaching bthe brethren, “Unless you are ccircumcised according to dthe custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And when Paul and Barnabas had Igreat dissension and adebate with them, b[the brethren] determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the capostles and elders concerning this issue. 3 Therefore, being asent on their way by the church, they were passing through both bPhoenicia and Samaria, cdescribing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all dthe brethren. 4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and athe apostles and the elders, and they breported all that God had done with them. 5 But some of athe sect of the bPharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to ccircumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

[1] aAc 15:24 bAc 1:15; 15:3, 22, 32 cLv 12:3; Ac 15:5; 1Co 7:18; Ga 2:11, 14; 5:2f dAc 6:14
[2] ILit not a little aAc 15:7 bGa 2:2 cAc 11:30; 15:4, 6, 22, 23; 16:4
[3] aAc 20:38; 21:5; Ro 15:24; 1Co 16:6, 11; 2Co 1:16; Tit 3:13; 3 Jn 6 bAc 11:19 cAc 14:27; 15:4, 12 dAc 1:15; 15:22, 32
[4] aAc 11:30; 15:6, 22, 23; 16:4 bAc 14:27; 15:12
[5] aAc 5:17; 24:5, 14; 26:5; 28:22 bMt 3:7; Ac 26:5 c1Co 7:18; Ga 2:11, 14; 5:2f

6aThe apostles and the elders came together to Ilook into this IImatter. 7 After there had been much adebate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that Iin the early days bGod made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of cthe gospel and believe. 8 And God, awho knows the heart, testified to them bgiving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and aHe made no distinction between us and them, bcleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why do you aput God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which bneither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we are saved through athe grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

[6] ILit see about IILit word aAc 11:30; 15:4, 22, 23; 16:4
[7] ILit from days of old aAc 15:2 bAc 10:19f cAc 20:24
[8] aAc 1:24 bAc 2:4; 10:44, 47
[9] aAc 10:28, 34; 11:12 bAc 10:43
[10] aAc 5:9 bMt 23:4; Ga 5:1
[11] aRo 3:24; 5:15; 2Co 13:14; Ep 2:5-8

12 ¶ All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were arelating what bsigns and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

[12] aAc 14:27; 15:3, 4 bJn 4:48

James’s Judgment

13 After they had stopped speaking, IaJames answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me. 14 aSimeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. 15 With this the words of athe Prophets agree, just as it is written,
  16aAFTER THESE THINGS bI will return,
  AND I WILL REBUILD THE ITABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN,
  AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS,
  AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
  17 aSO THAT THE REST OF IMANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,
  AND ALL THE GENTILES IIbWHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’
  18 aSAYS THE LORD, WHO IbMAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.
19 Therefore it is amy judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from Iathings contaminated by idols and from bfornication and from cwhat is strangled and from blood. 21 For aMoses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since Ihe is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

[13] IOr Jacob aAc 12:17
[14] aAc 15:7; 2P 1:1
[15] aAc 13:40
[16] IOr tent aAm 9:11 bJr 12:15
[17] IGr anthropoi IILit upon whom My name is called aAm 9:12 bDt 28:10; Is 63:19; Jr 14:9; Dn 9:19; Jm 2:7
[18] IOr does these things which were known aAm 9:12 bIs 45:21
[19] aAc 15:28; 21:25
[20] ILit the pollutions of aEx 34:15-17; Dn 1:8; Ac 15:29; 1Co 8:7, 13; 10:7f, 14-28; Rv 2:14, 20 bLv 18:6-23 cGn 9:4; Lv 3:17; 7:26; 17:10, 14; 19:26; Dt 12:16, 23; 15:23; 1S 14:33
[21] II.e. the books of Moses, Gen through Deut aAc 13:15; 2Co 3:14f

22 ¶ Then it seemed good to athe apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to bAntioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and cSilas, leading men among dthe brethren, 23 and they Isent this letter by them,
    “aThe apostles and the brethren who are elders, to bthe brethren in cAntioch and dSyria and eCilicia who are from the Gentiles, fgreetings.
    24 “Since we have heard that asome Iof our number to whom we gave no instruction have bdisturbed you with [their] words, unsettling your souls,
    25 ait seemed good to us, having Ibecome of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
    26 men who have Iarisked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    27 “Therefore we have sent aJudas and bSilas, who themselves will also report the same things by word [of mouth].
    28 “For ait seemed good to bthe Holy Spirit and to cus to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:
    29 that you abstain from athings sacrificed to idols and from ablood and from athings strangled and from afornication; Iif you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

[22] aAc 15:2 bAc 11:20 cAc 15:27, 32, 40; 16:19, 25, 29; 17:4, 10, 14f; 18:5; 2Co 1:19; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1; 1P 5:12 dAc 15:1
[23] ILit wrote by their hand aAc 15:2 bAc 15:1 cAc 11:20 dMt 4:24; Ac 15:41; Ga 1:21 eAc 6:9 fAc 23:26; Jm 1:1; 2 Jn 10f
[24] ILit from us aAc 15:1 bGa 1:7; 5:10
[25] IOr met together aAc 15:28
[26] ILit given over aAc 9:23ff; 14:19
[27] aAc 15:22, 32 bAc 15:22
[28] aAc 15:25 bAc 5:32; 15:8 cAc 15:19, 25
[29] ILit from which keeping yourselves free aAc 15:20

30 ¶ So when they were sent away, athey went down to Antioch; and having gathered the Icongregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its Iencouragement. 32 aJudas and bSilas, also being cprophets themselves, Iencouraged and strengthened dthe brethren with a lengthy message. 33 After they had spent time [there], they were sent away from the brethren ain peace to those who had bsent them out. 34 [[IBut it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]] 35 But aPaul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and bpreaching with many others also, cthe word of the Lord.

[30] IOr multitude aAc 15:22f
[31] IOr exhortation
[32] IOr exhorted aAc 15:22, 27 bAc 15:22 cAc 13:1 dAc 15:1
[33] aMk 5:34; Ac 16:36; 1Co 16:11; He 11:31 bAc 15:22
[34] IEarly mss do not contain this v
[35] aAc 12:25 bAc 8:4 cAc 13:12

Second Missionary Journey

36 ¶ After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in aevery city in which we proclaimed bthe word of the Lord, [and see] how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take aJohn, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had adeserted them Iin Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took aMark with him and sailed away to bCyprus. 40 But Paul chose aSilas and left, being bcommitted by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he was traveling through aSyria and bCilicia, strengthening the churches.

[36] aAc 13:4, 13, 14, 51; 14:6, 24f bAc 13:12
[37] aAc 12:12
[38] ILit from aAc 13:13
[39] aAc 12:12; 15:37; Col 4:10 bAc 4:36
[40] aAc 15:22 bAc 11:23; 14:26
[41] aMt 4:24; Ac 15:23 bAc 6:9


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Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.

1 ¶ And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. 3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and [of] the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.

[1] Gn 17:10; Lv 12:3; Jn 7:22; Ac 15:5, 23, 24; 21:20; Ro 4:8; 1Co 7:18; Ga 2:1, 3, 4, 12; 5:1, 6; 6:13; Php 3:2; Col 2:8, 11, 16.
[2] Ex 18:23; 1S 8:7; Ac 10:23; 11:12; 15:4, 6, 7, 22, 23, 25, 27; 21:18; 1Co 1:1; 9:19; 2Co 11:5; Ga 1:6; 2:1, 2, 5; Phm 1:8; Jde 1:3.
[3] Is 60:4; 66:12; Lk 15:5, 23, 32; Ac 8:14; 11:18, 19; 13:48, 52; 14:27; 15:12; 21:5, 19; 28:15; Ro 15:24; 1Co 16:6, 11; Tit 3:13; 3Jn 1:6.
[4] Mt 10:40; Ac 14:27; 15:3, 12; 18:27; 21:17, 19; Ro 15:7, 18; 1Co 15:10; 2Co 5:19; 6:1; Col 4:10; 2Jn 1:10; 3Jn 1:8.
[5] Ac 15:1, 24; 21:20; 26:5; Ga 5:1; Php 3:5.

The Apostles consult about it,

6 ¶ And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men [and] brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

[6] Pv 15:22; Mt 18:20; Ac 6:2; 15:25; 21:18; He 13:7, 17.
[7] Ex 4:12; 1Ch 28:4; Jr 1:9; Mt 16:18; Jn 3:27; 15:16; Ac 1:16, 24; 3:18; 4:25; 9:15; 10:5, 20, 32; 11:12; 13:2; 15:2, 39; Ro 10:17; Ga 2:7; Php 2:14.
[8] 1S 16:7; 1K 8:39; 1Ch 28:9; 29:17; Ps 44:21; 139:1; Jr 11:20; 17:10; 20:12; Jn 2:24; 5:37; 21:17; Ac 1:24; 2:4; 4:31; 10:44; 11:15; 14:3; He 2:4; 4:13; Rv 2:23.
[9] Ac 10:15, 28, 43; 14:1, 27; Ro 3:9, 22, 29; 4:11; 9:24; 10:11; 1Co 1:2; 7:18; Ga 3:28; 5:6; Ep 2:14; 3:6; Col 3:11; He 9:13; 1P 1:22.
[10] Ex 17:2; Is 7:12; Mt 4:7; 11:28; 23:4; Ga 4:1, 9; 5:1; He 3:9; 9:9.
[11] Ro 3:24; 5:20; 6:23; 1Co 16:23; 2Co 8:9; 13:14; Ga 1:6; 2:16; Ep 1:6; 2:7; Tit 2:11; 3:4; Rv 5:9.

12 ¶ Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

[12] Ac 14:27; 15:4; 21:19.

13 ¶ And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men [and] brethren, hearken unto me: 14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

[13] Mk 15:40; Ac 2:14, 22, 29; 7:2; 12:17; 21:18; 22:1; 1Co 14:30; Ga 1:19; 2:9, 12; Jm 1:1, 19.
[14] Is 43:21; 55:11; Lk 1:68, 78; 2:31; Ac 15:7; Ro 1:5; 11:36; 1P 2:9; 2P 1:1.
[15] Ac 13:47; Ro 15:8.
[16] 2S 7:11; 1K 12:16; Ps 89:35; Is 9:6; Jr 33:24; Ezk 17:22; Am 9:11; Zc 13:8; Mt 1:20; Lk 1:31, 69.
[17] Gn 22:18; 48:16; 49:10; Nu 6:27; 24:23; Ps 22:26; 67:1; 72:17; Is 2:2; 11:10; 19:23; 24:15; 43:7; 45:7; 49:6; 65:1; 66:18; Jr 16:19; Dn 4:35; Ho 2:23; Jol 2:32; Mi 4:1; 5:7; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Mal 1:11.
[18] Nu 23:19; Is 41:22; 44:7; 46:9; Mt 13:35; 25:34; Ac 17:26; Ep 1:4, 11; 3:9; 2Th 2:13; 1P 1:20; Rv 13:8; 17:8.
[19] Is 55:7; Ho 14:2; Ac 15:10, 24, 28; 26:20; Ga 1:7; 2:4; 5:11; 1Th 1:9.
[20] Gn 9:4; 35:2; Ex 20:3, 23; 34:15; Lv 3:17; 7:23; 17:10; Nu 25:2; Dt 12:16, 23; 14:21; 15:23; 1S 14:32; Ps 106:37; Ezk 4:14; 20:30; 33:25; Ac 15:29; 21:25; 1Co 5:11; 6:9, 13, 18; 7:2; 8:1, 4; 10:20, 28; 2Co 12:21; Ga 5:19; Ep 5:3; Col 3:5; 1Th 4:3; 1Ti 4:4; He 12:16; 13:4; 1P 4:3; Rv 2:14, 20; 9:20; 10:2, 8.
[21] Ne 8:1; Lk 4:16; Ac 13:15, 27.

and send their determination by letters to the churches.

22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: 23 And they wrote [letters] by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren [send] greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: 24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment: 25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell [you] the same things by mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. 30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: 31 [Which] when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation. 32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed [them]. 33 And after they had tarried [there] a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles. 34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still. 35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

[22] 2S 3:36; 2Ch 30:4, 12; Ac 1:23; 6:4; 8:14; 11:22; 15:23, 25, 27, 32, 40; 16:19, 25, 29; 17:4, 10, 14; 18:5; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1; 1P 5:12.
[23] Ac 11:18; 14:27; 15:4, 22, 41; 18:18; 21:3, 25; 23:26; Ro 16:3; Ga 1:21; Jm 1:1; 2Jn 1:3, 13; 3Jn 1:14.
[24] Jr 23:16; Ac 15:1, 9; Ga 2:3, 4; 5:4, 12; 6:12; 2Ti 2:14; Tit 1:10; 1Jn 2:19.
[25] Mt 11:26; Lk 1:3; Ac 1:14; 2:1, 46; 15:2, 6, 22, 27, 28, 35; Ro 16:12; 1Co 1:10; Ga 2:9; Ep 6:21; Col 4:7, 9; Phm 1:16; 2P 3:15.
[26] Jg 5:18; Ac 13:50; 14:19; 1Co 15:30; 2Co 11:23; Php 2:29.
[27] Ac 15:22; 2Jn 1:12; 3Jn 1:13.
[28] Mt 11:30; 23:4; Jn 16:13; 1Co 7:25, 40; 14:37; 1Th 4:8; 1P 1:12; Rv 2:24.
[29] Lv 17:14; Lk 9:61; Ac 15:20; 18:21; 21:25; 23:30; Ro 14:14, 20; 1Co 10:18; 2Co 11:9; 13:11; 1Ti 5:22; Jm 1:27; 1Jn 5:21; Jde 1:20, 24; Rv 2:14, 20.
[30] Ac 6:2; 16:4; 21:22; 23:33.
[31] Ac 15:1, 10; 16:5; Ga 2:4; 5:1; Php 3:3.
[32] Is 35:3; Dn 11:1; Mt 23:34; Lk 11:49; Ac 2:17, 40; 11:23, 27; 13:1; 14:22; 15:41; 18:23; 20:2; Ro 12:6, 8; 1Co 1:8; 12:28; 14:3, 29, 32; Ep 3:5; 4:11, 12; 1Th 2:11; 3:2; 4:1; 5:14, 20; 2Th 3:12; 1Ti 2:1; 2Ti 4:2; Tit 2:6; 1P 5:1, 10, 12.
[33] Gn 26:29; Ex 4:18; Ac 16:36; 1Co 16:11; He 11:31; 2Jn 1:10.
[34] Ac 11:25; 18:27; 1Co 16:12.
[35] Mt 28:19; Ac 13:1; 14:28; 28:31; Col 1:28; 1Ti 2:7; 2Ti 4:2.

Paul and Barnabas, thinking to visit the brethren together, fall at strife, and depart asunder.

36 ¶ And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, [and see] how they do. 37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; 40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

[36] Ex 4:18; Jr 23:2; Mt 25:36, 43; Ac 7:23; 13:4, 13, 51; 14:1, 6, 21, 24; Ro 1:11; 2Co 11:28; Php 1:27; 1Th 2:17; 3:6, 10; 2Ti 1:4.
[37] Ac 12:12, 25; 13:5, 13; Col 4:10; 2Ti 4:11; Phm 1:24.
[38] Ps 78:9; Pv 25:19; Lk 9:61; 14:27; Ac 13:13; Jm 1:8.
[39] Ps 106:33; 119:96; Ec 7:20; Ac 4:36; 6:1; 11:20; 13:4; 15:2; 27:4; Ro 7:18; Jm 3:2.
[40] Ac 13:3; 14:26; 15:22, 32; 16:1; 20:32; 1Co 15:10; 2Co 13:14; 2Ti 4:22; Tit 3:15; 2Jn 1:10.
[41] Ac 15:23, 32; 16:4; 18:18; 21:3; Ga 1:21.


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