aSome men came down from Judea and began teaching bthe brethren, "Unless you are ccircumcised according to dthe custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and adebate with them, bthe brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the capostles and elders concerning this issue.
Therefore, being asent on their way by the church, they were passing through both bPhoenicia and Samaria, cdescribing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all dthe brethren.
When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and athe apostles and the elders, and they breported all that God had done with them.
But some of athe sect of the bPharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to ccircumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."
aThe apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.
After there had been much adebate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days bGod made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of cthe gospel and believe.
"And God, awho knows the heart, testified to them bgiving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;
and aHe made no distinction between us and them, bcleansing their hearts by faith.
"Now therefore why do you aput God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which bneither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
"But we believe that we are saved through athe grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were arelating what bsigns and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
After they had stopped speaking, aJames answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.
"aSimeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
"With this the words of athe Prophets agree, just as it is written,
'aAFTER THESE THINGS bI will return,