Acts 15:13
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New International Version
When they finished, James spoke up. "Brothers," he said, "listen to me.

New Living Translation
When they had finished, James stood and said, "Brothers, listen to me.

English Standard Version
After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.

Berean Study Bible
When they had finished speaking, James declared, "Brothers, listen to me!

Berean Literal Bible
And after they were silent, James answered, saying, "Men, brothers, hear me.

New American Standard Bible
After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.

King James Bible
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After they stopped speaking, James responded: "Brothers, listen to me!

International Standard Version
After Paul and Barnabas had finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me:

NET Bible
After they stopped speaking, James replied, "Brothers, listen to me.

New Heart English Bible
After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after they had ceased, Yaqob arose and he said, “Men, brothers, hear me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After they finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me.

New American Standard 1977
And after they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

King James 2000 Bible
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

American King James Version
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brothers, listen to me:

American Standard Version
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying: Men, brethren, hear me.

Darby Bible Translation
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, listen to me:

English Revised Version
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:

Webster's Bible Translation
And after they held their peace, James answered, saying, Men, brethren, hearken to me.

Weymouth New Testament
When they had finished speaking, James said, "Brethren, listen to me.

World English Bible
After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me.

Young's Literal Translation
and after they are silent, James answered, saying, 'Men, brethren, hearken to me;
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
12The whole assembly fell silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describing the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13When they had finished speaking, James declared, “Brothers, listen to me! 14Simon has told us how God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people to be His own.…
Cross References
Acts 12:17
Peter motioned with his hand for silence, and he described how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. "Send word to James and to the brothers," he said, and he left for another place.

Acts 15:14
Simon has told us how God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people to be His own.
Treasury of Scripture

And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brothers, listen to me:

after.

1 Corinthians 14:30-33 If any thing be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James.

Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared …

Acts 21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us to James; and all the …

Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, …

Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

Galatians 2:9,12 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived …

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve …

Men.

Acts 2:14,22,29 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and …

Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory …

Acts 22:1 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you.

(13) James answered.--The position which James the brother of the Lord (see Notes on Acts 12:17; and Matthew 12:46; Matthew 13:55) occupies in the Council is clearly that of pre-eminence, justifying the title of Bishop of Jerusalem, which later writers give him. No one speaks after him; he sum up the whole debate; he proposes the decree which is to be submitted to the Council for approval.

Verse 13. - Brethren for men and brethren, A.V., as ver. 7. James answered. James's place as presiding bishop is here distinctly marked by his summing up the debate. "This (James)was bishop, as they say, and, therefore, he speaks last" (Chrysost., ' Hem.,' 33.). And again, "No word speaks John here, no word the other apostles, but held their peace, for James was invested with the chief rule." "He says well with authority, 'My sentence is" (ibid.). A remarkable testimony against papal supremacy. And after they had held their peace,.... Meaning not the multitude, but Paul and Barnabas; when they had finished their account, and had done speaking:

James answered; or rose up, as the Syriac version reads, he stood up and began to speak. This was James the son of Alphaeus, one of the twelve apostles, sometimes called the brother of the Lord; for the other James, the son of Zebedee and brother of John, was dead, being killed by Herod, Acts 12:2 but this was the brother of Jude, and the same that wrote the epistle that bears his name: whether he was now bishop or pastor of the church at Jerusalem, is not certain; nor whether he was president in this council; the speeches made in it do not appear to be directed to him: he began his oration thus,

saying, men and brethren, hearken to me; the titles he uses, and the manner of desiring audience, were what were common with the Jews; see Acts 2:14. 13. James answered, saying, etc.—Whoever this James was (see on [2022]Ga 1:19), he was the acknowledged head of the church at Jerusalem, and here, as president of the assembly, speaks last, winding up the debate. His decision, though given as his own judgment only, could not be of great weight with the opposing party, from his conservative reverence for all Jewish usages within the circle of Israelitish Christianity.15:7-21 We see from the words purifying their hearts by faith, and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the gospel. May we have that faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the disciples of Christ. Paul and Barnabas showed by plain matters of fact, that God owned the preaching of the pure gospel to the Gentiles without the law of Moses; therefore to press that law upon them, was to undo what God had done. The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites. They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters. Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practised, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.
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