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1. The debate
a. The dispute
certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and
ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with
determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go
Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
3. And being
brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and
declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto
4. And when
they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of
and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
5. But there
rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That
it was needful
to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6. And the
apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
b. The decision
12. Then all
the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul,
miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13. And after
they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren,
hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of
them a people
for his name.
15. And to
this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is
and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17. That the
residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon
whom my name
is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the
turned to God:
20. But that
we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from
and from things strangled, and from blood.
c. The action taken
Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to
men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely,
Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders
greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and
as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled
words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the
law: to whom
we gave no such commandment:
25. It seemed
good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men
unto you with
our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26. Men that
have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27. We have
sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things
28. For it
seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater
these necessary things;
29. That ye
abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things
from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.
Fare ye well.
2. Paul and
Barnabas at Antioch
Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching
the word of the
Lord, with many others also.
3. Paul rebukes
2:11-21 Vs.11-13 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him
to the face,
because he was to be blamed.
12. For before
that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when
they were come,
he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the
13. And the
other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also
was carried away
with their dissimulation.