Acts 15:19
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New International Version
"It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

New Living Translation
"And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

English Standard Version
Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God,

Berean Study Bible
It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not cause trouble for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore I judge not to trouble those from the Gentiles turning to God,

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

King James Bible
Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, in my judgment, we should not cause difficulties for those among the Gentiles who turn to God,

International Standard Version
"Therefore, I have decided that we should not trouble these gentiles who are turning to God.

NET Bible
"Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God,

New Heart English Bible
"Therefore my judgment is that we do not trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Therefore I say, let us not trouble those who are being turned to God from the Gentiles.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"So I've decided that we shouldn't trouble non-Jewish people who are turning to God.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore my sentence is that those from among the Gentiles who are converted to God not be troubled,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them, who from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

American King James Version
Why my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

American Standard Version
Wherefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them that from among the Gentiles turn to God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which cause I judge that they, who from among the Gentiles are converted to God, are not to be disquieted.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore I judge, not to trouble those who from the nations turn to God;

English Revised Version
Wherefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them which from among the Gentiles turn to God;

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, who from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

Weymouth New Testament
"My judgement, therefore, is against inflicting unexpected annoyance on those of the Gentiles who are turning to God.

World English Bible
"Therefore my judgment is that we don't trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God,

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore I judge: not to trouble those who from the nations do turn back to God,
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
18that have been known for ages.’ 19It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not cause trouble for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from blood.…
Cross References
Acts 15:28
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond these essential requirements:

Acts 21:21
But they are under the impression that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or observe our customs.

Acts 21:25
As for the Gentile believers, we have written them our decision that they must abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality."
Treasury of Scripture

Why my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

that.

Acts 15:10,24,28 Now therefore why tempt you God, to put a yoke on the neck of the …

Galatians 1:7-10 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

Galatians 5:11,12 And I, brothers, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer …

turned.

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

(19) Wherefore my sentence is.--Literally, Wherefore I judge. The tone is that of one who speaks with authority, but what follows is not given as a decree, but as a resolution which was submitted to the judgment of the Apostles and elders. (Comp. Acts 16:4.)

That we trouble not them.--The verb is not found elsewhere in the New Testament, and expresses the idea of "worrying" or "harassing."

Are turned to God.--More accurately, are turning, as acknowledging that the work was going on at that very moment.

Verse 19. - Judgment for sentence, A.V. (ἐγὼ κρίνω); turn for are turned, A.V. (ἐπιστρέφουσιν Judgment. Sentence is the best word, as expressing the decisive judgment of St. James, which, being delivered with the authority of his office at the close of the debate, carried with it the suffrages of the whole council. The things decreed by them were called Τὰ δόγματα τὰ κεκρίμενα ὑπὸ σῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων Turn. It applies to those that should hereafter turn as well as to those who were already turned. Wherefore my sentence is,.... Opinion or judgment in this case, or what he reckoned most advisable to be done; for he did not impose his sense upon the whole body, but proposed it to them:

that we trouble not them; by obliging them to be circumcised, which would have been very afflicting and disturbing to them; not only because of the corporeal pain produced by circumcision, but because of the bondage their minds would be brought into, and they become subject to the whole law, and all its burdensome rites and ceremonies:

which from among the Gentiles are turned to God; the one true and living God, Father, Son, and Spirit, and from idols, and the worshipping of them. 19. Wherefore, my sentence—or "judgment."

is, that we trouble not—with Jewish obligations.

them which from among the Gentiles are turned to God—rather, "are turning." The work is regarded as in progress, and indeed was rapidly advancing.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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