Passage Lookup: Acts 15:6-29
New American Standard Version
The  apostles and the elders came together to look  into this matter. 
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.
"And God, who  knows the heart, testified to them giving  them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;
and He  made no distinction between us and them, cleansing  their hearts by faith.
"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?
"But we believe that we are saved through the  grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
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.
After they had stopped speaking, James   answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.
"Simeon  has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
"With this the words of the  Prophets agree, just as it is written,
`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,
So that the rest of mankind  may seek the Lord, And all the Gentiles who  are called by My name,'
Says the Lord, who makes  these things known from long ago.
"Therefore it is my  judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,
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.
"For Moses  from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he  is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."
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,
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. 
"Since we have heard that some  of  our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed  you with their words, unsettling your souls,
it  seemed good to us, having become  of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
men who have risked   their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Therefore we have sent Judas  and Silas,  who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.
"For it  seemed good to the  Holy Spirit and to us  to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:
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."
New American Standard Version
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