James’s Judgment

13 After they had stopped speaking, [a](A)James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me. 14 (B)Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. 15 With this the words of (C)the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

16 (D)After these things (E)I will return,
And I will rebuild the [b]tabernacle of David which has fallen,
And I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will restore it,
17 (F)So that the rest of [c]mankind may seek the Lord,
And all the Gentiles [d](G)who are called by My name,’
18 (H)Says the Lord, who [e](I)makes these things known from long ago.

19 Therefore it is (J)my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from [f](K)things contaminated by idols and from (L)fornication and from (M)what is strangled and from blood. 21 For (N)Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since [g]he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

22 Then it seemed good to (O)the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to (P)Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and (Q)Silas, leading men among (R)the brethren, 23 and they [h]sent this letter by them,

(S)The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to (T)the brethren in (U)Antioch and (V)Syria and (W)Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, (X)greetings.

24 “Since we have heard that (Y)some [i]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have (Z)disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 25 (AA)it seemed good to us, having [j]become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have [k](AB)risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 “Therefore we have sent (AC)Judas and (AD)Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 “For (AE)it seemed good to (AF)the Holy Spirit and to (AG)us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from (AH)things sacrificed to idols and from (AI)blood and from (AJ)things strangled and from (AK)fornication; [l]if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

30 So when they were sent away, (AL)they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the [m]congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its [n]encouragement. 32 (AM)Judas and (AN)Silas, also being (AO)prophets themselves, [o]encouraged and strengthened (AP)the brethren with a lengthy message. 33 After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren (AQ)in peace to those who had (AR)sent them out. 34 [[p]But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] 35 But (AS)Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and (AT)preaching with many others also, (AU)the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in (AV)every city in which we proclaimed (AW)the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take (AX)John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had (AY)deserted them [q]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took (AZ)Mark with him and sailed away to (BA)Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose (BB)Silas and left, being (BC)committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 15:13 Or Jacob
  2. Acts 15:16 Or tent
  3. Acts 15:17 Gr anthropoi
  4. Acts 15:17 Lit upon whom My name is called
  5. Acts 15:18 Or does these things which were known
  6. Acts 15:20 Lit the pollutions of
  7. Acts 15:21 I.e. the books of Moses, Gen through Deut
  8. Acts 15:23 Lit wrote by their hand
  9. Acts 15:24 Lit from us
  10. Acts 15:25 Or met together
  11. Acts 15:26 Lit given over
  12. Acts 15:29 Lit from which keeping yourselves free
  13. Acts 15:30 Or multitude
  14. Acts 15:31 Or exhortation
  15. Acts 15:32 Or exhorted
  16. Acts 15:34 Early mss do not contain this v
  17. Acts 15:38 Lit from