Acts 15:20
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Write (ἐπιστεῖλαι)

Originally, to send to, as a message; hence, by letter. The kindred noun ἐπιστολή, whence our epistle, means, originally, anything sent by a messenger. Letter is a secondary meaning.

Pollutions (ἀλισγημάτων)

A word not found in classical Greek, and only here in the New Testament. The kindred verb ἀλισγεῖν, to pollute, occurs in the Septuagint, Daniel 1:8; Malachi 1:7, and both times in the sense of defiling by food. Here the word is defined by things sacrificed to idols (Acts 15:29); the flesh of idol sacrifices, of which whatever was not eaten by the worshippers at the feasts in the temples, or given to the priests, was sold in the markets and eaten at home. See 1 Corinthians 10:25-28; and Exodus 34:15.

Fornication

In its literal sense. "The association of fornication with three things in themselves indifferent is to be explained from the then moral corruption of heathenism, by which fornication, regarded from of old with indulgence, and even with favor, nay, practised without shame even by philosophers, and surrounded by poets with all the tinsel of lasciviousness, had become in public opinion a thing really indifferent" (Meyer). See Dllinger, "The Gentile and the Jew," ii., 237 sq.

Strangled

The flesh of animals killed in snares, and whose blood was not poured forth, was forbidden to the Israelites.

Acts 15:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

from pollutions.

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication...

Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean...

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 go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice to their gods...

Numbers 25:2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

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 after the manner of your fathers...

1 Corinthians 8:1,4-13 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies...

1 Corinthians 10:20-22,28 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God...

Revelation 2:14,20 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam...

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands...

Revelation 10:2,8 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth...

fornication.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater...

1 Corinthians 6:9,13,18 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters...

1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall mourn many which have sinned already...

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

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints;

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence...

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

Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts...

things.

Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing...

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 your dwellings, that you eat neither fat nor blood.

Leviticus 7:23-27 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, You shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat...

Leviticus 17:10-14 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood...

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 it to the stranger that is in your gates, that he may eat it...

Deuteronomy 15:23 Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it on the ground as water.

1 Samuel 14:32 And the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground...

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, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood...

1 Timothy 4:4,5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving...

Cross References
Genesis 9:4
But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Exodus 34:15
lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice,

Leviticus 3:17
It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood."

Leviticus 7:26
Moreover, you shall eat no blood whatever, whether of fowl or of animal, in any of your dwelling places.

Leviticus 17:10
"If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them 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 the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.

Leviticus 18:6
"None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD.

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