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Acts 15:22-35New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers

22 Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members[a] and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers, 23 with the following letter: “The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers[b] of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings. 24 Since we have heard that certain persons who have gone out from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to disturb you and have unsettled your minds,[c] 25 we have decided unanimously to choose representatives[d] and send them to you, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled[e] and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

30 So they were sent off and went down to Antioch. When they gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When its members[f] read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation. 32 Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.[g] 33 After they had been there for some time, they were sent off in peace by the believers[h] to those who had sent them.[i] 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and there, with many others, they taught and proclaimed the word of the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 15:22 Gk from among them
  2. Acts 15:23 Gk brothers
  3. Acts 15:24 Other ancient authorities add saying, ‘You must be circumcised and keep the law,’
  4. Acts 15:25 Gk men
  5. Acts 15:29 Other ancient authorities lack and from what is strangled
  6. Acts 15:31 Gk When they
  7. Acts 15:32 Gk brothers
  8. Acts 15:33 Gk brothers
  9. Acts 15:33 Other ancient authorities add verse 34, But it seemed good to Silas to remain there
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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