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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.” 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 Jerusalemo to see the apostles and eldersp about this question. 3 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. 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.s
6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 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.w 8 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. 9 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:
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,
even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols,k from sexual immorality,l from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.m 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.”n
22 Then the apostles and elders,o with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antiochp with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas,q men who were leaders among the believers. 23 With them they sent the following letter:
The apostles and elders, your brothers,
24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.v 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul—26 men who have risked their livesw for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silasx to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirity and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.z You will do well to avoid these things.
30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas,a who themselves were prophets,b said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peacec to return to those who had sent them. d 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preachedd the word of the Lord.e
36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the townsf where we preached the word of the Lordg and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark,h with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted themi in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silasj and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.k 41 He went through Syrial and Cilicia,m strengthening the churches.n
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