Acts 15:28
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New International Version
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:

New Living Translation
"For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements:

English Standard Version
For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:

Berean Study Bible
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond these essential requirements:

Berean Literal Bible
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to lay upon you no further burden, except these necessary things:

New American Standard Bible
"For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:

King James Bible
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it was the Holy Spirit's decision--and ours--to put no greater burden on you than these necessary things:

International Standard Version
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place on you any burden but these essential requirements:

NET Bible
For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules:

New Heart English Bible
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For it was the will of The Spirit of Holiness and also of us that we would not put upon you a burden greater than those things which are necessary:”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Holy Spirit and we have agreed not to place any additional burdens on you. Do only what is necessary

New American Standard 1977
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

King James 2000 Bible
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

American King James Version
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay on you no greater burden than these necessary things;

American Standard Version
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it hath seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us, to lay no further burden upon you than these necessary things:

Darby Bible Translation
For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

English Revised Version
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Webster's Bible Translation
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Weymouth New Testament
For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no burden heavier than these necessary requirements--

World English Bible
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things:

Young's Literal Translation
'For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, no more burden to lay upon you, except these necessary things:
Study Bible
The Letter to the Gentile Believers
27Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to tell you in person the same things we are writing you. 28It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond these essential requirements: 29You must abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.”…
Cross References
Acts 5:32
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Acts 15:8
And God, who knows the heart, showed His approval by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us.

Acts 15:19
It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not cause trouble for the Gentiles who are turning to God.

Acts 15:25
So we all agreed to choose men to send you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 16:4
As they went from town to town, they delivered the decisions handed down by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.

Revelation 2:24
But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned the so-called deep things of Satan: I will place no further burden upon you.
Treasury of Scripture

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay on you no greater burden than these necessary things;

it.

John 16:13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you …

1 Corinthians 7:25,40 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual…

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

greater.

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them …

Revelation 2:24 But to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not …

(28) It seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us . . .--The measure was, the Apostles were persuaded, one of wisdom and charity, and they could not ascribe those gifts to any other source than the Spirit who gives a right judgment in all things. The words have since become almost a formula for the decrees of councils and synods, often used most recklessly when those decrees bore most clearly the marks of human policy and passion. Here we may well admit that the claim was founded on a real inspiration, remembering, however, as we do so, that an inspired commandment does not necessarily involve a permanent obligation. (See Note on next verse.)

To lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.--The words throw light upon the message addressed to the Church of Thyatira, "I will put upon you no other burden" (Revelation 2:24). Looking to the prominence in the Epistles to the Seven Churches of the two points of fornication and eating things sacrificed to idols, there can scarcely be the shadow of a doubt that we have in those words a distinct reference to the decree of the Council of Jerusalem. The letter does not say why these things were necessary, and the term was probably chosen as covering alike the views of those who held, like the Pharisee Christians, that they were binding on the Church for ever, and those who, like St. Paul, held that they were necessary only for the time, and as a measure of wise expediency.

Verse 28. - It seemed good, etc. The formula is remarkable. It implies the consciousness on the part of the council that they had "the mind of the Spirit;" but how this mind of the Spirit was communicated we are not expressly told. There may have been some "revelation," similar to that recorded in Acts 13:2; Acts 10:19; Galatians 2:1, etc. It is, however, generally understood as resting upon Christ's promise to be with his Church always. Hefele ('Hist. of Christian Councils,' pp. 1,2, English translation) quotes Cyprian as writing to Pope Cornelius in the name of the Council of A.D. : "Placuit nobis, Sancto Spiritu suggerente;" and the Synod of Aries as saying, "Placuit, praesenti Spiritu Sancto." And this is the general language of the synods. Constantine claimed for the decrees of the three hundred bishops at Nicaea the same authority as if they had been "solius Filii Dei sententia." But, as Bishop Wordsworth on Acts 15:28 wisely says, "It cannot be held that councils of the Church now are entitled to adopt the words of the text in the framing of canons." For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us,.... By various things they had reason doubtless to conclude, that they were under the influence and direction of the Holy Ghost in this affair; as by the spirit of prayer that was among them; by that power and energy with which many of them spoke on this occasion, and that so agreeable to the word of God; and by that unanimity with which they came into the advice given. With respect to the form here used, compare 1 Chronicles 13:2 and the Targum on it, which renders the words thus;

"if it be beautiful before you, and acceptable before the Lord, let us send, &c.''

It follows here,

to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; not that they were necessary to salvation, but necessary to secure the peace of the churches, and at least were necessary, at that present time; and therefore since it appeared to be necessary to enjoin them for the present, they hoped they would not refuse to bear them; and especially, since, though they must own they were burdens, and a part of the yoke of bondage, yet they were not many, nor very heavy, and for the future they should lay no other, nor more upon them; and what they did, was to prevent any other or greater burden to be laid; and so the Syriac version renders it, "lest any more, or greater burden should be laid upon you." 28, 29. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us, etc.—The One, inwardly guiding to and setting His seal on the decision come to: the other, the external ecclesiastical authority devoutly embracing, expressing, and conveying to the churches that decision:—a great principle this for the Church in all time.

to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things … from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well—The whole language of these prohibitions, and of Ac 15:20, 21, implies that they were designed as concessions to Jewish feelings on the part of the Gentile converts, and not as things which were all of unchanging obligation. The only cause for hesitation arises from "fornication" being mixed up with the other three things; which has led many to regard the whole as permanently prohibited. But the remarks on Ac 15:20 may clear this (see on [2026]Ac 15:20). The then state of heathen society in respect of all the four things seems the reason for so mixing them up.15:22-35 Being warranted to declare themselves directed by the immediate influence of the Holy Ghost, the apostles and disciples were assured that it seemed good unto God the Holy Spirit, as well as to them, to lay upon the converts no other burden than the things before mentioned, which were necessary, either on their own account, or from present circumstances. It was a comfort to hear that carnal ordinances were no longer imposed on them, which perplexed the conscience, but could not purify or pacify it; and that those who troubled their minds were silenced, so that the peace of the church was restored, and that which threatened division was removed. All this was consolation for which they blessed God. Many others were at Antioch. Where many labour in the word and doctrine, yet there may be opportunity for us: the zeal and usefulness of others should stir us up, not lay us asleep.
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