Bible: Acts 15:6-19

15:6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate 1  about this matter. 15:7 After there had been much debate, 2  Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 3  God chose 4  me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 5  of the gospel 6  and believe. 7  15:8 And God, who knows the heart, 8  has testified 9  to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 10  15:9 and he made no distinction 11  between them and us, cleansing 12  their hearts by faith. 15:10 So now why are you putting God to the test 13  by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke 14  that neither our ancestors 15  nor we have been able to bear? 15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through 16  the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” 17 

15:12 The whole group kept quiet 18  and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs 19  and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 15:13 After they stopped speaking, 20  James replied, 21 Brothers, listen to me. 15:14 Simeon 22  has explained 23  how God first concerned himself 24  to select 25  from among the Gentiles 26  a people for his name. 15:15 The 27  words of the prophets agree 28  with this, as it is written,

15:16After this 29  I 30  will return,

and I will rebuild the fallen tent 31  of David;

I will rebuild its ruins and restore 32  it,

15:17 so that the rest of humanity 33  may seek the Lord,

namely, 34  all the Gentiles 35  I have called to be my own,’ 36  says the Lord, 37  who makes these things 15:18 known 38  from long ago. 39 

15:19Therefore I conclude 40  that we should not cause extra difficulty 41  for those among the Gentiles 42  who are turning to God,

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