Acts 15:1-21 Darby’s Translation

The Council at Jerusalem

15 1  And certain persons, having come down from Judaea, taught the brethren, If ye shall not have been circumcised according to the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2  A commotion therefore having taken place, and no small discussion on the part of Paul and Barnabas against them, they arranged that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others from amongst them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question. 3  They therefore, having been set on their way by the assembly, passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, relating the conversion of [those of] the nations. And they caused great joy to all the brethren. 4  And being arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, and related all that God had wrought with them. 5  And some of those who were of the sect of the Pharisees, who believed, rose up from among [them], saying that they ought to circumcise them and enjoin them to keep the law of Moses.

6  And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter. 7  And much discussion having taken place, Peter, standing up, said to them, Brethren, ye know that from the earliest days God amongst you chose that the nations by my mouth should hear the word of the glad tidings and believe. 8  And the heart-knowing God bore them witness, giving [them] the Holy Spirit as to us also, 9  and put no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith. 10  Now therefore why tempt ye God, by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11  But we believe that we shall be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same manner as they also. 12  And all the multitude kept silence and listened to Barnabas and Paul relating all the signs and wonders which God had wrought among the nations by them. 13  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, listen to me: 14  Simon has related how God first visited to take out of [the] nations a people for his name. 15  And with this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written: 16  After these things I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which is fallen, and will rebuild its ruins, and will set it up, 17  so that the residue of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is invoked, saith [the] Lord, who does these things 18  known from eternity. 19  Wherefore I judge, not to trouble those who from the nations turn to God; 20  but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood. 21  For Moses, from generations of old, has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.


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