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Acts 15 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Council at Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:1 - Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:2 - And when Paul and Barnabas had [fn]great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:3 - Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:4 - When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:5 - But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:6 - The apostles and the elders came together to [fn]look into this [fn]matter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:7 - After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that [fn]in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:8 - “And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:9 - and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:10 - “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:11 - “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:12 - All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James's Judgment

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:13 - After they had stopped speaking, [fn]James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:14 - “Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:15 - “With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:16 - ‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:17 - SO THAT THE REST OF [fn]MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:19 - “Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:20 - but that we write to them that they abstain from [fn]things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:21 - “For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since [fn]he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:22 - Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:23 - and they [fn]sent this letter by them, “The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:24 - “Since we have heard that some [fn]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:25 - it seemed good to us, having [fn]become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:26 - men who have [fn]risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:27 - “Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:28 - “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:29 - that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; [fn]if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:30 - So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the [fn]congregation together, they delivered the letter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:31 - When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its [fn]encouragement.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:32 - Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, [fn]encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:33 - After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:34 - [[fn]But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:35 - But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:36 - After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:37 - Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:38 - But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them [fn]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:39 - And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:40 - But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:41 - And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: not a little
Literally: see about
Literally: word
Literally: from days of old
Or, Jacob
Or, tent
Gr anthropoi
Literally: upon whom My name is called
Or, does these things which were known
Literally: the pollutions of
I.e. the books of Moses, Gen through Deut
Literally: wrote by their hand
Literally: from us
Or, met together
Literally: given over
Literally: from which keeping yourselves free
Or, multitude
Or, exhortation
Or, exhorted
Early mss do not contain this v
Literally: from

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