Choose a new font size and typeface

Customize your font sizeIncrease your font sizeDecrease your font sizeReturn to default font size

Choose a Bible text color
Read the Bible in blackRead the Bible in dark blueRead the Bible in blue

Customize your text type
Arial font
Trebuchet MS font
Georgia font
Times New Roman font

Customize your Hebrew text type
SBL Hebrew font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Customize your Greek text type
Gentium font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Close font preferences
The Blue Letter Bible
Copy Cite Print
Version Selector Up Arrow

Cite this page

MLA format Copy link to clipboard

Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs.

APA format Copy link to clipboard
Chicago format Copy link to clipboard
Close
Version Selector Up Arrow

Share this page using one of these tools:

facebook twitter

googleplus pinterest

reddit tumblr linkedin


Or email this page to a friend:

BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search CSB
KJVNKJVNLTNIVESVCSBNASB
Version Selector Up Arrow NETRSVASVYLTDBYWEBHNV
RVR60VULWLCLXXmGNTTR  
 [?]

Advanced Options

Search a pre-defined list


OR Select a range of biblical books

From:

To:


OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

LexiConc
 [?]
 

Advanced Options

Exact Match
Beginning of the Word
Any Part of the Word
Theological FAQs
 [?]
 
Multi-Verse Retrieval
x
Search CSB
KJVNKJVNLTNIVESVCSBNASB
Version Selector Up Arrow NETRSVASVYLTDBYWEBHNV
RVR60VULWLCLXXmGNTTR  

Line-By-Line Order:
Line-By-Line Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Line-By-Line Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Line-By-Line Separate Line  Separate Line
Line-By-Line Verse Only  Verse Only
Line-By-Line Reference Only  Reference Only
Reference Delimiters:
No Reference Delimiters  None — Jhn 1:1 KJV
Square Reference Delimiters  Square — [Jhn 1:1 KJV]
Curly Reference Delimiters  Curly — {Jhn 1:1 KJV}
Parenthesis Reference Delimiters  Parens — (Jhn 1:1 KJV)
Paragraph Order:
Paragraph Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Paragraph Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Paragraph Reference-Only  Reference-Only
Number Delimiters:*
No Verse Numbers  No Number
No Verse Delimeters  No Delimiter — 15
Square Verse Delimiters  Square — [15]
Curly Verse Delimiters  Curly — {15}
Parenthesis Verse Delimiters  Parens — (15)
Other Options:
Abbreviate Books  Abbreviate Books
Quotes Around Verses  Quotes around Verses
Remove Square Brackets  Remove Square Brackets
 
Sort Canonically  Sort Canonically

* 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order'

Let's Connect
x

Connect on Facebook Connect on Twitter Connect on Instagram Connect on Pinterest Connect on YouTube

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Daily Devotionals
x

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans
x

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one’s mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Acts 15 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

toggle collapse
Listen to the Bible
Dispute in Antioch

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:1 -

Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:2 -

After Paul and Barnabas had engaged them in serious argument and debate, Paul and Barnabas and some others were appointed to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem about this issue.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:3 -

When they had been sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the brothers and sisters.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:4 -

When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:5 -

But some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

The Jerusalem Council

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:6 -

The apostles and the elders gathered to consider this matter.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:7 -

After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them: “Brothers and sisters, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you,[fn] that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the gospel message and believe.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:8 -

“And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he also did to us.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:9 -

“He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:10 -

“Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:11 -

“On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way they are.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:12 -

The whole assembly became silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul describe all the signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:13 -

After they stopped speaking, James responded: “Brothers and sisters, listen to me.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:14 -

“Simeon[fn] has reported how God first intervened to take from the Gentiles a people for his name.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:15 -

“And the words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written:

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:16 -

“After these things I will return

and rebuild David’s fallen tent.

I will rebuild its ruins

and set it up again,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:17 -

“so the rest of humanity

may seek the Lord —

even all the Gentiles

who are called by my name —

declares the Lord

who makes these things 

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:18 -

“known from long ago.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:19 -

“Therefore, in my judgment, we should not cause difficulties for those among the Gentiles who turn to God,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:20 -

“but instead we should write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from blood.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:21 -

“For since ancient times, Moses has had those who proclaim him in every city, and every Sabbath day he is read aloud in the synagogues.”

The Letter to the Gentile Believers

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:22 -

Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to select men who were among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men among the brothers.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:23 -

They wrote:

“From the apostles and the elders, your brothers,

To the brothers and sisters among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:

Greetings.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:24 -

“Since we have heard that some without our authorization went out from us and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts,[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:25 -

“we have unanimously decided to select men and send them to you along with our dearly loved Barnabas and Paul,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:26 -

“who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:27 -

“Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will personally report the same things by word of mouth.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:28 -

“For it was the Holy Spirit’s decision ​— ​and ours ​— ​not to place further burdens on you beyond these requirements:

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:29 -

“that you abstain from food offered to idols, from blood, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. You will do well if you keep yourselves from these things.

Farewell.”

The Outcome of the Jerusalem Letter

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:30 -

So they were sent off and went down to Antioch, and after gathering the assembly, they delivered the letter.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:31 -

When they read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:32 -

Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and sisters and strengthened them with a long message.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:33 -

After spending some time there, they were sent back in peace by the brothers and sisters to those who had sent them.[fn][fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:35 -

But Paul and Barnabas, along with many others, remained in Antioch, teaching and proclaiming the word of the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas Part Company

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:36 -

After some time had passed, Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit the brothers and sisters in every town where we have preached the word of the Lord and see how they’re doing.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:37 -

Barnabas wanted to take along John Mark.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:38 -

But Paul insisted that they should not take along this man who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:39 -

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed off to Cyprus.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:40 -

But Paul chose Silas and departed, after being commended by the brothers and sisters to the grace of the Lord.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:41 -

He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

CSB Footnotes
Other mss read us
Simon (Peter)
Other mss read says the Lord who does all these things. Known to God from long ago are all his works.
Other mss add by saying, ‘Be circumcised and keep the law,’
Other mss read the brothers to the apostles
Other mss add v. 34: But Silas decided to stay there.
Lit  John who was called Mark
BLB Footnotes for the CSB
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The CSB related footnote for 15:33 states:
Other mss add v. 34: But Silas decided to stay there.  

CSB

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017
by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

CSB Front Matter also provided.

View Desktop Site

'View Desktop Site' currently only works on tablets and phones.

 
 
Home
Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search CSB
KJVNKJVNLTNIVESVCSBNASB
Version Selector Up Arrow NETRSVASVYLTDBYWEBHNV
RVR60VULWLCLXXmGNTTR  

Search a pre-defined list


OR Select a range of biblical books

From:

To:


OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups:
'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

Your Bible Version is the CSB
Go to Top
Link to This PageCite This Page
Version Selector Up Arrow
Version Selector Up Arrow

Cite this page

MLA format Copy link to clipboard

Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs.

APA format Copy link to clipboard
Chicago format Copy link to clipboard
Close
Share this pageFollow the BLB
Version Selector Up Arrow

Share this page using one of these tools:

facebooktwitter

googlepluspinterest

reddittumblrlinkedin


Or email this page to a friend:

Version Selector Up Arrow

Follow the Blue Letter Bible on:

facebooktwitter

pinterestgoogle+


Or subscribe to our Newsletter:

Printable Page
 
 
Left Context Bar Edge 1Left Context Bar BackgroundLeft Context Bar Edge 2Previous BookPrevious ChapterQuick NavNext ChapterNext BookCopy VersesCopy OptionsShow StrongsFormat by Verse or ParagraphListen to the BibleRed Letter OnRight Context Bar Edge 2Right Context Bar BackgroundRight Context Bar Edge 1
Line-By-Line Order:
Line-By-Line Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Line-By-Line Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Line-By-Line Separate Line  Separate Line
Line-By-Line Verse Only  Verse Only
Line-By-Line Reference Only  Reference Only
Reference Delimiters:
No Reference Delimiters  None — Jhn 1:1 KJV
Square Reference Delimiters  Square — [Jhn 1:1 KJV]
Curly Reference Delimiters  Curly — {Jhn 1:1 KJV}
Parenthesis Reference Delimiters  Parens — (Jhn 1:1 KJV)
Paragraph Order:
Paragraph Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Paragraph Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Paragraph Reference-Only  Reference-Only
Number Delimiters:*
No Verse Numbers  No Number
No Verse Delimeters  No Delimiter — 15
Square Verse Delimiters  Square — [15]
Curly Verse Delimiters  Curly — {15}
Parenthesis Verse Delimiters  Parens — (15)
Other Options:
Abbreviate Books  Abbreviate Books
Quotes Around Verses  Quotes Around Verses
Remove Square Brackets  Remove Square Brackets
 
Select All Verses
Clear All Verses

* 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order'

Loading...

Interlinear
Bibles
Cross-Refs
Commentaries
Dictionaries
Miscellaneous
Verse Tools Arrow
Login to your account

Email / username or password was incorrect!

Check your email for password retrieval

 

Complete the form below to register  [?]

Error: That Email is already registered

Error: Please provide a valid Email

Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters

Error: Passwords do not match

Error: Please provide a valid first name

Error: That username is already taken

Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores

[ Cancel ]← Login to Your Account

Passwords should have at least 6 characters.
Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores.

Thank you for registering. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided.

Error: That Email / Username is not registered

Enter Your Email or UsernameUsername or Email Address

 

← Return to Login

Close LoginCLOSE
Tap to Close