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Acts 15:1
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(a)Some men came down from Judea and began teaching (b)the brethren, "Unless you are (c)circumcised according to (d)the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
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Acts 15:2
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And when Paul and Barnabas had [a]great dissension and (e)debate with them, (f)the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the (g)apostles and elders concerning this issue.
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Acts 15:3
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Therefore, being (h)sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both (i)Phoenicia and Samaria, (j)describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all (k)the brethren.
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Acts 15:4
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When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and (l)the apostles and the elders, and they (m)reported all that God had done with them.
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Acts 15:5
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But some of (n)the sect of the (o)Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to (p)circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."
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Acts 15:6
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(q)The apostles and the elders came together to [b]look into this [c]matter.
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Acts 15:7
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After there had been much (r)debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, you know that [d]in the early days (s)God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of (t)the gospel and believe.
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Acts 15:8
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And God, (u)who knows the heart, testified to them (v)giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;
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Acts 15:9
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and (w)He made no distinction between us and them, (x)cleansing their hearts by faith.
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Acts 15:10
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Now therefore why do you (y)put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which (z)neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
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Acts 15:11
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But we believe that we are saved through (aa)the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
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Acts 15:12
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All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were (ab)relating what (ac)signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
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Acts 15:13
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After they had stopped speaking, [e](ad)James answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.
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Acts 15:14
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(ae)Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
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Acts 15:15
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With this the words of (af)the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
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Acts 15:16
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(ag) After these things (ah)I will return, And I will rebuild the [f] tabernacle of David which has fallen , And I will rebuild its ruins , And I will restore it ,
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Acts 15:17
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(ai) So that the rest of [g] mankind may seek the Lord , And all the Gentiles [h](aj) who are called by My name ,'
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Acts 15:18
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(ak) Says the Lord, who [i](al) makes these things known from long ago .
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Acts 15:19
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Therefore it is (am)my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,
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Acts 15:20
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but that we write to them that they abstain from [j](an)things contaminated by idols and from (ao)fornication and from (ap)what is strangled and from blood.
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Acts 15:21
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For (aq)Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since [k]he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."
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Acts 15:22
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Then it seemed good to (ar)the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to (as)Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and (at)Silas, leading men among (au)the brethren,
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Acts 15:23
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and they [l]sent this letter by them, "(av)The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to (aw)the brethren in (ax)Antioch and (ay)Syria and (az)Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, (ba)greetings.
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Acts 15:24
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"Since we have heard that (bb)some [m]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have (bc)disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,
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Acts 15:25
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(bd)it seemed good to us, having [n]become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
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Acts 15:26
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men who have [o](be)risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Acts 15:27
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"Therefore we have sent (bf)Judas and (bg)Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.
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Acts 15:28
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"For (bh)it seemed good to (bi)the Holy Spirit and to (bj)us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:
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Acts 15:29
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that you abstain from (bk)things sacrificed to idols and from (bl)blood and from (bm)things strangled and from (bn)fornication; [p]if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell."
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Acts 15:30
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So when they were sent away, (bo)they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the [q]congregation together, they delivered the letter.
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Acts 15:31
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When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its [r]encouragement.
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Acts 15:32
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(bp)Judas and (bq)Silas, also being (br)prophets themselves, [s]encouraged and strengthened (bs)the brethren with a lengthy message.
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Acts 15:33
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After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren (bt)in peace to those who had (bu)sent them out.
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Acts 15:34
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[[t]But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]
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Acts 15:35
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But (bv)Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and (bw)preaching with many others also, (bx)the word of the Lord.
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Acts 15:36
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After some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brethren in (by)every city in which we proclaimed (bz)the word of the Lord, and see how they are."
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Acts 15:37
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Barnabas wanted to take (ca)John, called Mark, along with them also.
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Acts 15:38
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But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had (cb)deserted them [u]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
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Acts 15:39
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And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took (cc)Mark with him and sailed away to (cd)Cyprus.
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Acts 15:40
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But Paul chose (ce)Silas and left, being (cf)committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.
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Acts 15:41
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And he was traveling through (cg)Syria and (ch)Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
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