The Council at Jerusalem
15 1 Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren , "Unless e you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses , you cannot e be saved ." 2 And when Paul and Barnabas had great e 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 . 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 . 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. 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 ."
6 The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter . 7 After there had been much debate , Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren e , you know that 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 . 8 "And God , who knows the heart , testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit , just as He also did to us; 9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith . 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 ? 11 "But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus , in the same way as they also are." 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 . 13 After they had stopped speaking , James answered , saying , "Brethren e , listen to me. 14 " Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name . 15 "With this the words of the Prophets agree , just as it is written , 16 ' AFTER THESE THINGS I will return , AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN , AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS , AND I WILL RESTORE IT, 17 SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE Lord , AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME ,' 18 SAYS THE Lord , WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO . 19 "Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles , 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood . 21 "For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath ."