1And certain men came down from Yehuḏah and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised, according to the practice of Mosheh, you are unable to be saved.”
2So when Sha’ul and Barnaḇa had no small dissension and dispute with them, they arranged for Sha’ul and Barnaḇa and certain others of them to go up to Yerushalayim, to the emissaries and elders, about this question.
3So, being sent on their way by the assembly, they passed through Phoenicia and Shomeron, relating the conversion of the nations. And they were causing great joy to all the brothers.
4And having arrived in Yerushalayim, they were received by the assembly and the emissaries and the elders. And they reported all that Elohim had done with them.
5And some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Torah of Mosheh.”
6And the emissaries and elders came together to look into this matter.
7And when there had been much dispute, Kĕpha rose up and said to them, “Men, brothers, you know that a good while ago Elohim chose among us, that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News and believe.
8“And Elohim, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Set-apart Spirit, as also to us,
9and made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by belief.
10Now then, why do you try Elohim by putting a yoke on the neck of the taught ones which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”
11But through the favour of the Master יהושע Messiah we trust to be saved, in the same way as they.
12And all the crowd was silent and were listening to Barnaḇa and Sha’ul declaring how many miracles and wonders Elohim did among the nations, through them.
13And after they were silent, Ya‛aqoḇ answered, saying, “Men, brothers, listen to me:
14“Shim‛on has declared how Elohim first visited the nations to take out of them a people for His Name.
15And the words of the prophets agree with this, as it has been written.”
16‘After this I shall return and rebuild the Booth of Dawiḏ which has fallen down. And I shall rebuild its ruins, and I shall set it up,
17so that the remnant of mankind shall seek יהוה, even all the nations on whom My Name has been called, says יהוה who is doing all this,’
18who has made this known from of old.# Amos 9:11, 12
19“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the nations who are turning to Elohim,
20but that we write to them to abstain from the defilements of idols,#See Exo. 22:20; Lev. 17:7; Deu. 32:17; Deu. 32:21; 1Cor. 10:14; 1Cor. 10:20, 21 and from whoring,#See Num. 25:1-3; Lev. 17:7 and from what is strangled,#See Gen. 9:4; Eze. 33:25 (Strangled - One way of eating meat with blood); Pro. 21:25 and from blood.#See Lev. 17:10-14
21For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.
22Then it seemed good to the emissaries and elders, with all the assembly, to send chosen men from among them to Antioch with Sha’ul and Barnaḇa: Yehuḏah being called Barsabba, and Silas, leading men among the brothers,
23having written by their hand this: The emissaries and the elders and the brothers, To the brothers who are of the nations in Antioch, and Suria, and Kilikia: Greetings.
24Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your lives, to whom we gave no command –
25it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnaḇa and Sha’ul,
26men who have given up their lives for the Name of our Master יהושע Messiah.
27We have therefore sent Yehuḏah and Silas, who are also confirming this by word of mouth.
28For it seemed good to the Set-apart Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessities:
29that you abstain from what is offered to idols, and blood, and what is strangled, and whoring.#See Acts 15:20 If you keep yourselves from these, you shall do well. Be strong!
30They, therefore, being sent off, went to Antioch. And having gathered the crowd together, they delivered the letter.
31And having read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.
32And Yehuḏah and Silas, being themselves also prophets, encouraged the brothers with many words and strengthened them.
33And having spent some time, they were sent back in peace from the brothers to the emissaries.
34But it seemed good to Silas to remain.
35And Sha’ul and Barnaḇa continued in Antioch, teaching and bringing, with many others also, the Good News: the Word of יהוה!
36And after some days Sha’ul said to Barnaḇa, “Let us now go back and visit our brothers in every city where we proclaimed the Word of יהוה, and see how they are.”
37And Barnaḇa purposed to take with them Yoḥanan called Marqos.
38But Sha’ul thought it not fit to take with them the one who withdrew from them in Pamphulia, and had not gone with them to the work.
39A sharp feeling therefore came to be, so that they parted from one another. And so Barnaḇa took Marqos and sailed to Cyprus.
40And Sha’ul chose Silas and went off, being committed by the brothers to the favour of Elohim.
41And he went through Suria and Kilikia, strengthening the assemblies.