Then some of the believers who belonged to the party(A) of the Pharisees(B) stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”(C)

The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.(D) God, who knows the heart,(E) showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them,(F) just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them,(G) for he purified their hearts by faith.(H) 10 Now then, why do you try to test God(I) by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke(J) that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace(K) of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

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