Acts 15:1–17

The Council at Jerusalem

15 Certain peoplek came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers:l “Unless you are circumcised,m according to the custom taught by Moses,n you cannot be saved.” 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 Jerusalemo to see the apostles and eldersp about this question. The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoeniciaq and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted.r This news made all the believers very glad. 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.s

Then some of the believers who belonged to the partyt of the Phariseesu stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”v

The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 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.w God, who knows the heart,x showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them,y just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them,z for he purified their hearts by faith.a 10 Now then, why do you try to test Godb by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yokec that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the graced of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonderse God had done among the Gentiles through them.f 13 When they finished, Jamesg spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simona has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.h 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:

16 “ ‘After this I will return

and rebuild David’s fallen tent.

Its ruins I will rebuild,

and I will restore it,

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’b i

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