Acts 15
NASB 1977
The Council at Jerusalem

     1And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. 3Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren. 4And when they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. 5But certain ones of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed, stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

     6And the apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. 7And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8“And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

     12And all the multitude kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James’ Judgment

     13And after they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me. 14“Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. 15“And with this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

     16‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return,
            AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN,
            AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS,
            AND I WILL RESTORE IT,

     17IN ORDER THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,
            AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’

     18SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM OF OLD. 19“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. 21“For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

     22Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, 23and they sent this letter by them,
            “ The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.

     24Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,

     25 it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

     26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

     27Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.

     28For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:

     29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

     30So, when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32And Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message. 33And after they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out. 34[But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] 35But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others also, the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

     36And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37And Barnabas was desirous of taking John, called Mark, along with them also. 38But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39And there arose such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40But Paul chose Silas and departed, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

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