15:1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
15:1 Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

15:2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.
15:2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders.

15:3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoeni'cia and Sama'ria, reporting the conversion of the Gentiles, and they gave great joy to all the brethren.
15:3 So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers.

15:4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.
15:4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.

15:5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up, and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses."
15:5 But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, "It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses."

15:6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
15:6 The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter.

15:7 And after there had been much debate, Peter rose and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days God made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
15:7 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers.

15:8 And God who knows the heart bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us;
15:8 And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us;

15:9 and he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith.
15:9 and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us.

15:10 Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
15:10 Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?

15:11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."
15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."

15:12 And all the assembly kept silence; and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
15:12 The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles.

15:13 After they finished speaking, James replied, "Brethren, listen to me.
15:13 After they finished speaking, James replied, "My brothers, listen to me.

15:14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15:14 Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name.

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

15:16 `After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up,
15:16 'After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; from its ruins I will rebuild it, and I will set it up,

15:17 that the rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,
15:17 so that all other peoples may seek the Lord--even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called. Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things

15:18 says the Lord, who has made these things known from of old.'
15:18 known from long ago.'

15:19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God,
15:19 Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God,

15:20 but should write to them to abstain from the pollutions of idols and from unchastity and from what is strangled and from blood.
15:20 but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood.

15:21 For from early generations Moses has had in every city those who preach him, for he is read every sabbath in the synagogues."
15:21 For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues."

15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsab'bas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,
15:22 Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers,

15:23 with the following letter: "The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cili'cia, greeting.
15:23 with the following letter: "The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings.

15:24 Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions,
15:24 Since we have heard that certain persons who have gone out from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to disturb you and have unsettled your minds,

15:25 it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
15:25 we have decided unanimously to choose representatives and send them to you, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

15:26 men who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:26 who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.
15:27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.

15:28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
15:28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials:

15:29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."
15:29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."

15:30 So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.
15:30 So they were sent off and went down to Antioch. When they gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.

15:31 And when they read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation.
15:31 When its members read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation.

15:32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words and strengthened them.
15:32 Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

15:33 And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brethren to those who had sent them.
15:33 After they had been there for some time, they were sent off in peace by the believers to those who had sent them.

15:34 (But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.)
15:34

15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and there, with many others, they taught and proclaimed the word of the Lord.

15:36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Come, let us return and visit the brethren in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are."
15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are doing."

15:37 And Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.
15:37 Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.

15:38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphyl'ia, and had not gone with them to the work.
15:38 But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work.

15:39 And there arose a sharp contention, so that they separated from each other; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus,
15:39 The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.

15:40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.
15:40 But Paul chose Silas and set out, the believers commending him to the grace of the Lord.

15:41 And he went through Syria and Cili'cia, strengthening the churches.
15:41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.