Acts 15:13
New International Version
When they finished, James spoke up. "Brothers," he said, "listen to me.

New Living Translation
When they had finished, James stood and said, "Brothers, listen to me.

English Standard Version
After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.

Berean Study Bible
When they had finished speaking, James declared, “Brothers, listen to me!

Berean Literal Bible
And after they were silent, James answered, saying, "Men, brothers, hear me.

New American Standard Bible
After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.

King James Bible
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Christian Standard Bible
After they stopped speaking, James responded: "Brothers and sisters, listen to me.

Contemporary English Version
After they had finished speaking, James said: My friends, listen to me!

Good News Translation
When they had finished speaking, James spoke up: "Listen to me, my friends!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After they stopped speaking, James responded: "Brothers, listen to me!

International Standard Version
After Paul and Barnabas had finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me:

NET Bible
After they stopped speaking, James replied, "Brothers, listen to me.

New Heart English Bible
After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after they had ceased, Yaqob arose and he said, “Men, brothers, hear me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After they finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me.

New American Standard 1977
And after they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

King James 2000 Bible
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

American King James Version
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brothers, listen to me:

American Standard Version
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying: Men, brethren, hear me.

Darby Bible Translation
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, listen to me:

English Revised Version
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:

Webster's Bible Translation
And after they held their peace, James answered, saying, Men, brethren, hearken to me.

Weymouth New Testament
When they had finished speaking, James said, "Brethren, listen to me.

World English Bible
After they were silent, James answered, "Brothers, listen to me.

Young's Literal Translation
and after they are silent, James answered, saying, 'Men, brethren, hearken to me;
Study Bible
The Council at Jerusalem
12The whole assembly fell silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describing the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13When they had finished speaking, James declared, “Brothers, listen to me! 14Simon has told us how God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people to be His own.…
Cross References
Acts 12:17
Peter motioned with his hand for silence, and he described how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. "Send word to James and to the brothers," he said, and he left for another place.

Acts 15:14
Simon has told us how God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people to be His own.

Treasury of Scripture

And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brothers, listen to me:

after.

1 Corinthians 14:30-33
If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace…

James 1:19
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

James.

Acts 12:17
But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

Acts 21:18
And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

Mark 15:40
There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

Men.

Acts 2:14,22,29
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: …

Acts 7:2
And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

Acts 22:1
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.







Lexicon
When
Μετὰ (Meta)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

they
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

had finished speaking,
σιγῆσαι (sigēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4601: Intrans: I am silent, keep silence; trans: I keep secret; pass: I am kept secret. From sige; to keep silent.

James
Ἰάκωβος (Iakōbos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2385: The same as Iakob Graecized; Jacobus, the name of three Israelites.

declared,
ἀπεκρίθη (apekrithē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

“Brothers,
ἀδελφοί (adelphoi)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

listen to
ἀκούσατέ (akousate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

me!
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(13) James answered.--The position which James the brother of the Lord (see Notes on Acts 12:17; and Matthew 12:46; Matthew 13:55) occupies in the Council is clearly that of pre-eminence, justifying the title of Bishop of Jerusalem, which later writers give him. No one speaks after him; he sum up the whole debate; he proposes the decree which is to be submitted to the Council for approval.

Verse 13. - Brethren for men and brethren, A.V., as ver. 7. James answered. James's place as presiding bishop is here distinctly marked by his summing up the debate. "This (James)was bishop, as they say, and, therefore, he speaks last" (Chrysost., ' Hem.,' 33.). And again, "No word speaks John here, no word the other apostles, but held their peace, for James was invested with the chief rule." "He says well with authority, 'My sentence is" (ibid.). A remarkable testimony against papal supremacy. 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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