Acts 15:20
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New International Version
Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

New Living Translation
Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.

English Standard Version
but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

Berean Study Bible
Instead, 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.

Berean Literal Bible
but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of idols, and sexual immorality, and that which is strangled, and from blood.

New American Standard Bible
but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

King James Bible
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but instead we should write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from blood.

International Standard Version
Instead, we should write to them to keep away from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from anything strangled, and from blood. 21

NET Bible
but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood.

New Heart English Bible
but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But let it be sent to them that they separate from the defilement of sacrifices and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, we should write a letter telling them to keep away from things polluted by false gods, from sexual sins, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from eating bloody meat.

New American Standard 1977
but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood.

King James 2000 Bible
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from defilements of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

American King James Version
But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

American Standard Version
but that we write unto them, that they abstain from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But that we write unto them, that they refrain themselves from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Darby Bible Translation
but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.

English Revised Version
but that we write unto them, that they abstain from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.

Webster's Bible Translation
But that we write to them that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from lewdness, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet let us send them written instructions to abstain from things polluted by connexion with idolatry, from fornication, from meat killed by strangling, and from blood.

World English Bible
but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood.

Young's Literal Translation
but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
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. 21For Moses has been proclaimed in every city from ancient times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”…
Cross References
Genesis 9:4
"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Exodus 34:15
otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice,

Leviticus 3:17
'It is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall not eat any fat or any blood.'"

Leviticus 7:26
'You are not to eat any blood, either of bird or animal, in any of your dwellings.

Leviticus 17:10
'And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people.

Leviticus 17:14
"For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, 'You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.'

Leviticus 18:6
'None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19:26
You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.

Deuteronomy 12:16
"Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.

Deuteronomy 12:23
"Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
Treasury of Scripture

But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

from pollutions.

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and …

Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, …

Exodus 20:3-5,23 You shall have no other gods before me…

Exodus 34:15,16 Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they …

Numbers 25:2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the …

Psalm 106:37-39 Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils…

Ezekiel 20:30,31 Why say to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; Are you polluted …

1 Corinthians 8:1,4-13 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

1 Corinthians 10:20-22,28 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice …

Revelation 2:14,20 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet …

Revelation 10:2,8 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot …

fornication.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that …

1 Corinthians 6:9,13,18 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, …

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and …

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, …

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

things.

Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded …

Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

Leviticus 3:17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all …

Leviticus 7:23-27 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, You shall eat no manner …

Leviticus 17:10-14 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers …

Deuteronomy 12:16,23-25 Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth as water…

Deuteronomy 14:21 You shall not eat of anything that dies of itself: you shall give …

Deuteronomy 15:23 Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it on the …

1 Samuel 14:32 And the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, …

Ezekiel 4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul has not been polluted…

Ezekiel 33:25 Why say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; You eat with the blood, …

1 Timothy 4:4,5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if …

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