The Jerusalem Council

1 Some people came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the custom that Moses handed down, you cannot be saved."

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."

1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

1 Some men(A) came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised(B) according to the custom prescribed by Moses,(C) you cannot be saved!”

1 Then some men came down from Judea and started to teach the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the Law of Moses, you can't be saved."

2 So, as a dire disturbance and a serious discussion had been created between Paul and Barnabas and them, they decided that Paul and Barnabas and some others from their number should go up to Jerusalem to confer with the apostles and elders about this question.

2 And when Paul and Barnabas had 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.

2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

2 But after Paul and Barnabas had engaged them in serious argument and debate, the church arranged for Paul and Barnabas and some others of them to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem concerning this controversy.(D)

2 Paul and Barnabas had quite a dispute and argument with them. So Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to confer with the apostles and elders about this question.

3 So they were endorsed and sent on by the church, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told of the conversion of the heathen and brought great rejoicing to all the brothers.

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.

3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

3 When they had been sent on their way by the church,(E) they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, explaining in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they created great joy among all the brothers.

3 They were sent on their way by the church, and as they were going through Phoenicia and Samaria they told of the conversion of the gentiles and brought great joy to all the brothers.

4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported what God had done through them as instruments.

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.

4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

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.(F)

4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, the apostles, and the elders, and they reported everything that God had done through them.

5 But some members of the Pharisaic party, who had become believers, arose and said that such converts must be circumcised and told to keep the law of Moses.

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."

5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

5 But some of the believers from 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!”

5 But some believers from the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "The gentiles must be circumcised and ordered to keep the Law of Moses."

6 Now the apostles and elders met to consider this matter.

6 The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.

6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

6 Then the apostles and the elders assembled to consider this matter.

6 So the apostles and the elders met to look into this claim.

7 After a lengthy discussion Peter got up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God chose among you that through me the heathen should hear the message of the good news and believe it.

7 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, 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.

7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

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

7 After a lengthy debate, Peter stood up and told them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days, God chose me to be the one among you through whom the gentiles would hear the message of the gospel and believe.

8 And God who knows men's hearts testifies for them by giving them the Holy Spirit, as He did us,

8 "And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

8 And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving(b) the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us.(G)

8 God, who knows everyone's heart, showed them he approved by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.

9 and in this way He put no difference between us and them, because He cleansed their hearts by faith.

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

9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

9 He made no distinction between us and them,(H) cleansing their hearts by faith.(I)

9 He made no distinction between them and us, because of their faith-cleansed hearts.

10 Then why do you now try to test God by putting on these disciples' necks a yoke which neither our forefathers nor we could bear?

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?

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

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

10 So why do you test God by putting on the disciples' neck a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we could carry?

11 In fact, we believe that it is through the favor of the Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."

11 "But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

11 On the contrary, we believe we are saved through the grace(K) of the Lord Jesus in the same way they are.”

11 We certainly believe that it is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, that we are saved, just as they are."

12 By this he quieted the whole congregation, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul tell of the signs and wonders which God had done through them among the heathen.

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.

12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

12 Then the whole assembly fell silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul describing all the signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.(L)

12 The whole crowd was silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul tell about all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the gentiles.

13 When they finished, James responded as follows: "Brothers, listen to me.

13 After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.

13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

13 After they stopped speaking, James responded: “Brothers, listen to me!

13 After Paul and Barnabas had finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me:

14 Symeon has told how God at first graciously visited the heathen to take from among them a people to bear His name.

14 "Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.

14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

14 Simeon(c) has reported how God first intervened to take from the Gentiles a people for His name.(M)

14 Simeon has explained how God first showed his concern for the gentiles by taking from among them a people for his name.

15 The words of the prophets are in accord with this, as it is written:

15 "With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

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

15 This agrees with the words of the prophets. As it is written,

16 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen dwelling; I will rebuild its ruins and set it up again,

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,

16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

16 After these things I will returnand rebuild David’s fallen tent.I will rebuild its ruinsand set it up again,

16 ""After this, I will come back and set up David's fallen tent again. I will restore its ruined places and set it up again

17 So that the rest of mankind may earnestly seek the Lord, Yes, all the heathen who are called by my name, says the Lord,

17 SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'

17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

17 so the rest of humanitymay seek the Lord—even all the Gentileswho are called by My name,declares the Lord who does these things,

17 so that the rest of the people may search for the Lord, including all the gentiles who are called by my name,' declares the Lord. "He is the one who has been doing these things

18 who has been making this known from ages past.'

18 SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

18 known from long ago.(d)(N)(e)

18 that have been known from long ago.'

19 So I give it as my opinion, we ought not to put difficulties in the way of the heathen who turn to God,

19 "Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

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

19 "Therefore, I have decided that we should not trouble these gentiles who are turning to God.

20 but we should write them to abstain from everything that is contaminated by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from tasting blood.

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.

20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

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

20 Instead, we should write to them to keep away from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from anything strangled, and from blood.

21 For Moses from the ancient generations has had his preachers in every town, and on every sabbath has been read aloud in the synagogues."

21 "For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

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.”(P)

21 After all, Moses has had people to proclaim him in every city for generations, and on every Sabbath his books are read aloud in the synagogues."

The Letter From The Council

22 Then the apostles and elders in cooperation with the whole church passed a resolution to select and send some men of their number with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch. These were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers.

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,

22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

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,(Q) both leading men among the brothers.

22 Then the apostles, the elders, and the whole church decided to choose some of their men to send with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch. These were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, who were leaders among the brothers.

23 They sent this letter by them: "The apostles and elders as brothers send greeting to the brothers from among the heathen in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia.

23 and they 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.

23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:

23 They wrote this letter to be delivered by them:(f) From the apostles and the elders, your brothers, To the brothers among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:(R) Greetings.

23 They wrote this letter for them to deliver: "From: The apostles and the elders, your brothers To: Their gentile brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia.

24 As we have heard that some of our number have disturbed you by their teaching, by continuing to unsettle your minds,

24 "Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,

24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:

24 Because we have heard that some without our authorization went out from us(S) and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts,(g)(T)

24 Greetings. We have heard that some men, coming from us without instructions from us, have said things to trouble you and have unsettled you.

25 we have passed a unanimous resolution to select and send messengers to you with our beloved brothers Barnabas and Paul,

25 it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

25 we have unanimously(U) decided to select men and send them to you along with our dearly loved Barnabas and Paul,

25 So we have unanimously decided to choose men and send them to you with our dear Barnabas and Paul,

26 who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

26 who have risked their lives(V) for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

26 who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.

27 So we send Judas and Silas to you, to bring you the same message by word of mouth.

27 "Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.

27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

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

27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas to tell you the same things by word of mouth.

28 For the Holy Spirit and we have decided not to lay upon you any burden but these essential requirements,

28 "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:

28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

28 For it was the Holy Spirit’s decision—and ours—to put no greater burden on you than these necessary things:(W)

28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place on you any burden but these essential requirements:

29 that you abstain from everything that is offered to idols, from tasting blood, from the meat of animals that have been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves free from these things, you will prosper. Good-by."

29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell."

29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

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

29 to keep away from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from anything strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you avoid these things, you will do well. Goodbye."

The Letter Is Delivered To Antioch

30 So the messengers were sent out, and they went down to Antioch, called a meeting of the congregation, and delivered the letter.

30 So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.

30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:

30 Then, being sent off, they went down to Antioch, and after gathering the assembly, they delivered the letter.

30 So the men were sent on their way and arrived in Antioch. They gathered the congregation together and delivered the letter.

31 When they had read it, they were delighted with the encouragement it brought them.

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

31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

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

31 When the people read it, they were pleased with how the letter encouraged them.

32 Now Judas and Silas, as they were prophets themselves, in a lengthy talk encouraged and strengthened the brothers.

32 Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.

32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

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

32 Then Judas and Silas, who were also prophets, said a lot to encourage and strengthen the brothers.

33 After spending some time there, they were sent back with a greeting to those who sent them.

33 After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out.

33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.

33 After spending some time there, they were sent back in peace(Z) by the brothers to those who had sent them.(i)(j)

33 After staying there for some time, they were sent back with a greeting from the brothers to those who had sent them.

34 Omitted Text.

34 [But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]

34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.

34 But Paul and Barnabas, along with many others, remained in Antioch teaching and proclaiming the message of the Lord.(AA)

34 Both Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch to teach and proclaim the word of the Lord, as did many others.

35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed on at Antioch, and with many others continued to teach the Lord's message and to tell the good news.

35 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

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

35 A few days later, Paul told Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they're doing."

Paul And Barnabas Disagree And Part Company

36 Some days after this Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in every town where we preached the Lord's message, to see how they are."

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."

36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.

36 Barnabas wanted to take along John Mark.(k)

36 Barnabas wanted to take along John, who was called Mark,

37 But Barnabas persisted in wanting to take along John who was called Mark.

37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also.

37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

37 But Paul did not think it appropriate to take along this man who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work.

37 but Paul did not think it was right to take along the man who had deserted them in Pamphylia and who had not gone with them into the work.

38 Paul, however, did not consider such a man fit to take along with them, the man who deserted them in Pamphylia and did not go on with them to the work.

38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.

38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

38 There was such a sharp disagreement that they parted company, and Barnabas took Mark(AC) with him and sailed off to Cyprus.

38 The disagreement was so sharp that they parted ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus,

39 The disagreement was so sharp that they separated, and Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus.

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.

39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

39 Then Paul chose Silas and departed, after being commended to the grace of the Lord by the brothers.(AD)

39 while Paul chose Silas and left after the brothers had entrusted him to the grace of the Lord.

40 But Paul selected Silas and set out, after the brothers had committed him to the favor of the Lord.

40 But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.

40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

40 He traveled through Syria(AE) and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

40 He went through Syria and Cilicia and strengthened the churches.

41 He journeyed on through Syria and Cilicia and continued to strengthen the churches.

41 And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

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