Acts of the Apostles

Acts 15*

1. However, some people came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "They that are not circumcised according* to the Law, cannot attain eternal life."*
2. And there was great confusion and questioning of Paul and Barnabas, and so it came to pass that Paul and Barnabas and others with them, went up to the apostles and priests in Jerusalem, because of this question.
3. And the church sent them enthusiastically, and they returned through all of Phoenicia and also Samaria, while declaring the conversion of the nations, and they brought great joy to all the brethren.
4. And when they came to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the priests, and they declared to them everything God did among them.
5. There rose, however, people, those who believed in the learning of the Pharisees and said, "It is your duty to circumcise them and command them to observe the Law of Moses."

6. Then the apostles and the priests gathered to see about this manifestation.
7. And as there were many questions, Simon rose up and said to them, "Brethren,* you do know,* from the first, from my mouth, God chose that the nations should hear the manifestation of Hope and that they may believe.
8. "And God who knows what is in the hearts, confirmed* them, and gave them the holy Spirit like us.
9. "And he differentiated nothing between us and them, because He cleansed their hearts through faith.
10. "And now, why are you putting God to the test, like putting yokes on the heads of the disciples, which neither their ancestors, nor us were able to bear?
11. "Except, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we believe in the Resurrection* just like them."
12. And the whole synagogue quieted down, and they listened to Paul and Barnabas, and they reported all that God had done through their hands, signs and great deeds for the nation.
13. And after they finished*, James rose up and said, "Brethren,* listen to me.
14. "Simon has just declared to you how God began to chose from the nations people for his name.
15. "And hereto their words were fulfilled, as the prophets wrote,

16. " 'After this I shall return and raise the fallen abode of David,
And build up what fell off of it, and I shall raise it.
17. " 'As the rest of humanity search for the Lord,
And all the nations over whom my name is called,'*
Said the Lord, who make all these things.

18. "You know these from the [beginning of the] universe are the deeds of God.
19. "Because of this I say, do not be suspicious of those from the nations who return back to God.
20. "Except, we shall be their apostles, so they may be finished with the defilement of sacrifices and fornication and the strangled [animals,] and blood.
21. "For Moses, from the first centuries, in every city, had preachers in synagogues, who read him every Sabbath."
22. Then the apostles and the priests, together with all the church, chose some men from themselves and sent them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, [also] to Judas who is called Barsabbas and Shila*, men who were leaders among the brethren.
23. They wrote a letter in their hands thus, "Apostles and priests and brethren, to those who are in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, brethren from all nations, shalom*.
24. "We heard that some men of ours went out and were impertinent with words and put doubts in your hearts,* while saying, 'You should be circumcised and observe the Law,' these which we did not instruct them [to tell you.]
25. "Because of this we decided all of us, while gathered, to choose some men and send them with our beloved Paul and Barnabas,
26. "People who have devoted their souls on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27. "And we are sending with them Judas and Shila, that they may tell through manifestation* all these things.
28. "For it was according to the will of the holy Spirit and also us, that too much burden should not be placed* on you, except for the following restrictions.
29. "To distance yourselves from sacrifices and blood and strangled [animals,] and from fornication, as you guard yourselves from these things you will do well.* Remain faithful in our Lord."*
30. Those who were sent [as apostles] then, came to Antioch and gathered all the people and gave them the letter.
31. And as they read it, they rejoiced and took heart.
32. And through many manifestations, they strengthened the brothers, and they were upheld by Judas and Shila, because they too were prophets.
33. And as they were there some time,* the brethren released them in peace to the apostles.
34. Since it was the desire of Shila to remain there.
35. Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and they taught and preached, together with many others, the Manifestation of God.

36. And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brethren in every town where we preached the Manifestation of God and see what they are doing."
37. Barnabas, however, wished to bring along John, who was known as Mark.
38. Paul did not wish to bring him along, because he had left them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them.
39. Because of this however, they separated from each other. And Barnabas fetched Mark and went off and left for Cyprus.
40. Paul then chose Shila and went out, while he was commended by the brethren to the grace of God.
41. And he went back to Syria and Cilicia and he built churches.

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Footnotes:
*15 From this point on, Shila's narration begins. The literary style is consistent.
*15:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Through the feast or celebration of [the Law.]"
*15:1.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "You cannot Live."
*15:7.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men, our brothers."
*15:7.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "You know you."
*15:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Testified to."
*15:11 Lit. Ar. id.: "Salvation," or "Life eternal."
*15:13.1 Lit Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Quieted down."
*15:13.2 Lit Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men, our brothers."
*15:17 Lit Ar. expression retained: "Who are called by my name."
*15:22 Lit. Aramaic name: Silas in English
*15:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Peace." First time this abbreviated form is used in the New Testament. The common greeting is "Peace be unto you."
*15:24 Lit Ar. expression: "Joked with words and turned back your souls."
*15:27 Lit Ar. idiomatic figure of speech retained: "Demonstration," or: "in practical terms."
*15:28 Lit Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Consecrated."
*15:29.1 Lit Ar. expression: "You will become beautiful."
*15:29.2 Lit Ar. idiomatic expression: "Be truthful or confirmed in our Lord."
*15:33 Lit Ar. id.: "Season."