23 and they [a]sent this letter by them,

(A)The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to (B)the brethren in (C)Antioch and (D)Syria and (E)Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, (F)greetings.

24 “Since we have heard that (G)some [b]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have (H)disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, 25 (I)it seemed good to us, having [c]become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have [d](J)risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 “Therefore we have sent (K)Judas and (L)Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 “For (M)it seemed good to (N)the Holy Spirit and to (O)us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from (P)things sacrificed to idols and from (Q)blood and from (R)things strangled and from (S)fornication; [e]if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 15:23 Lit wrote by their hand
  2. Acts 15:24 Lit from us
  3. Acts 15:25 Or met together
  4. Acts 15:26 Lit given over
  5. Acts 15:29 Lit from which keeping yourselves free

23 having written through their hand thus: `The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren, who [are] of the nations, greeting;

24 seeing we have heard that certain having gone forth from us did trouble you with words, subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to keep the law, to whom we did give no charge,

25 it seemed good to us, having come together with one accord, chosen men to send unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul --

26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ --

27 we have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they by word are telling the same things.

28 `For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, no more burden to lay upon you, except these necessary things:

29 to abstain from things offered to idols, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom; from which keeping yourselves, ye shall do well; be strong!'

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