World English Bible
Acts 15 (WEBP)
 Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers,§ “Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can’t be saved.”
 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul, Barnabas, and some others of them to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.
 They, being sent on their way by the assembly, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the brothers.
 When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly and the apostles and the elders, and they reported everything that God had done with them.
 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter.
 When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News and believe.
 God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us.
 He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
 Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,° just as they are.”
 All the multitude kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders God had done among the nations through them.
 After they were silent, James answered, “Brothers, listen to me.
 Simeon has reported how God first visited the nations to take out of them a people for his name.
 This agrees with the words of the prophets. As it is written,
 ‘After these things I will return. I will again build the tabernacle of David, which has fallen. I will again build its ruins. I will set it up
 that the rest of men may seek after the Lord: all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who does all these things.’†
 “All of God’s works are known to him from eternity.
 Therefore my judgment is that we don’t trouble those from among the Gentiles who turn to God,
 but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood.
 For Moses from generations of old has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers.§
 They wrote these things by their hand: “The apostles, the elders, and the brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: greetings.
 Because we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, ‘You must be circumcised and keep the law,’ to whom we gave no commandment;
 it seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same things by word of mouth.
 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things:
 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell.”
 So, when they were sent off, they came to Antioch. Having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter.
 When they had read it, they rejoiced over the encouragement.
 Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many words and strengthened them.
 After they had spent some time there, they were dismissed in peace from the brothers to the apostles.
 But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return now and visit our brothers in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, to see how they are doing.”
 Barnabas planned to take John, who was called Mark, with them also.
 But Paul didn’t think that it was a good idea to take with them someone who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia, and didn’t go with them to do the work.
 Then the contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus,
 but Paul chose Silas and went out, being commended by the brothers to the grace of God.
 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies.
Acts 15:1 The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”
Acts 15:11 TR adds “Christ”
Acts 15:17 Amos 9:11-12
Acts 15:22 The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”
Acts 15:34 Some manuscripts add: But it seemed good to Silas to stay there.
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Acts 15 (KJVS)
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Young’s Literal Translation
Acts 15 (YLT)
 And certain having come down from Judea, were teaching the brethren-‘If ye be not circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye are not able to be saved;’
 there having been, therefore, not a little dissension and disputation to Paul and Barnabas with them, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, to go up unto the apostles and elders to Jerusalem about this question,
 they indeed, then, having been sent forward by the assembly, were passing through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the nations, and they were causing great joy to all the brethren.
 And having come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, they declared also as many things as God did with them;
 and there rose up certain of those of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying-‘It behoveth to circumcise them, to command them also to keep the law of Moses.’
 And there were gathered together the apostles and the elders, to see about this matter,
 and there having been much disputing, Peter having risen up said unto them, ‘Men, brethren, ye know that from former days, God among us did make choice, through my mouth, for the nations to hear the word of the good news, and to believe;
 and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us,
 and did put no difference also between us and them, by the faith having purified their hearts;
 now, therefore, why do ye tempt God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
 but, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, even as also they.’
 And all the multitude did keep silence, and were hearkening to Barnabas and Paul, declaring as many signs and wonders as God did among the nations through them;
 and after they are silent, James answered, saying, ‘Men, brethren, hearken to me;
 Simeon did declare how at first God did look after to take out of the nations a people for His name,
 and to this agree the words of the prophets, as it hath been written:
 After these things I will turn back, and I will build again the tabernacle of David, that is fallen down, and its ruins I will build again, and will set it upright-
 that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the nations, upon whom My name hath been called, saith the Lord, who is doing all these things.
 ‘Known from the ages to God are all His works;
 wherefore I judge: not to trouble those who from the nations do turn back to God,
 but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood;
 for Moses from former generations in every city hath those preaching him-in the synagogues every sabbath being read.’
 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, chosen men out of themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas-Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren-
 having written through their hand thus: ‘The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren, who are of the nations, greeting;
 seeing we have heard that certain having gone forth from us did trouble you with words, subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to keep the law, to whom we did give no charge,
 it seemed good to us, having come together with one accord, chosen men to send unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul-
 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ-
 we have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they by word are telling the same things.
 ‘For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, no more burden to lay upon you, except these necessary things:
 to abstain from things offered to idols, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom; from which keeping yourselves, ye shall do well; be strong!’
 They then, indeed, having been let go, went to Antioch, and having brought the multitude together, did deliver the epistle,
 and they having read, did rejoice for the consolation;
 Judas also and Silas, being themselves also prophets, through much discourse did exhort the brethren, and confirm,
 and having passed some time, they were let go with peace from the brethren unto the apostles;
 and it seemed good to Silas to remain there still.
 And Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and proclaiming good news-with many others also-the word of the Lord;
 and after certain days, Paul said unto Barnabas, ‘Having turned back again, we may look after our brethren, in every city in which we have preached the word of the Lord-how they are.’
 And Barnabas counselled to take with them John called Mark,
 and Paul was not thinking it good to take him with them who withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and did not go with them to the work;
 there came, therefore, a sharp contention, so that they were parted from one another, and Barnabas having taken Mark, did sail to Cyprus,
 and Paul having chosen Silas, went forth, having been given up to the grace of God by the brethren;
 and he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.