Wayahudi. 28 Wakakaa huko na wale wanafunzi kwa muda mrefu.

Baraza La Yerusalemu

15 Watu wengine walikuja Antiokia kutoka Yudea wakawa wakiwa fundisha ndugu walioamini kwamba, “Kama hamkutahiriwa kufuatana na desturi iliyofundishwa na Musa hamwezi kuokolewa.” Paulo na Barnaba walikuwa na mabishano makali nao wakipinga mafundisho haya. Ikaamuliwa kwamba Paulo na Barnaba na waamini wengine waende Yerusalemu wakawaulize mitume na wazee juu ya jambo hili. Kwa hiyo, wakiwa wametumwa na kanisa, njiani walipitia makanisa ya Foenike na Samaria wakatoa taarifa jinsi watu wa mataifa men gine walivyokuwa wakimgeukia Bwana. Habari hizi ziliwafurahisha sana hao ndugu. Walipofika Yerusalemu walipokelewa na kanisa, mitume na wazee; nao wakatoa taarifa kuhusu mambo yote ambayo Mungu aliyafanya kwa kuwatumia wao. Lakini baadhi ya waamini waliokuwa wakishikilia desturi za Mafarisayo wakasema, “Ni lazima watahiriwe na wafundishwe kushika sheria ya Musa.”

Mitume na wazee wa kanisa wakakutana kushauriana juu ya jambo hili. Baada ya majadiliano marefu, Petro akasimama na kusema, “Ndugu zangu, mnajua kwamba siku za mwanzo Mungu alini chagua ili kwa midomo yangu watu wa mataifa mengine wapate kusi kia Habari Njema na kuamini. Na Mungu ambaye anajua mioyo ya watu alishuhudia kwamba anawakubali watu wa mataifa kwa kuwapa Roho Mtakatifu kama alivyotupa na sisi. Mungu hakutofautisha kati yetu na wao, bali alitakasa mioyo yao kwa sababu waliamini. 10 Sasa basi, mbona mnataka kumjaribu Mungu kwa kuwatwika hawa ndugu wanafunzi mzigo wa sheria ambao baba zetu na sisi tumesh indwa kuubeba? 11 Sisi tunaamini ya kuwa tunaokolewa kwa neema ya Bwana wetu Yesu, kama na wao wanavyookolewa.” 12 Baraza lote likakaa kimya; wakawasikiliza Paulo na Barnaba wakieleza jinsi Mungu alivyowatumia kutenda ishara na maajabu kwa watu wa mataifa. 13 Walipomaliza maelezo yao, Yakobo akasema, “Ndugu zangu, nisikilizeni. 14 Simoni amekwisha kutueleza jinsi, kwa mara ya kwanza, Mungu amejichagulia waamini kutoka kwa watu wa mataifa. 15 Hata maneno ya manabii yanakubaliana kabisa na jambo hili. Kama ilivyoandikwa: 16 ‘ Baada ya mambo haya nitarudi, nami nitajenga upya nyumba ya Daudi ambayo imeanguka. Nitajenga tena magofu yake na kuisimamisha, 17 ili binadamu wengine wote wamtafute Bwana, pamoja na watu wa mataifa yote ambao wanaitwa kwa jina langu; 18 asema Bwana, ambaye ametufahamisha mambo hayo tangu kale.’

19 “Kwa hiyo uamuzi wangu ni kwamba, tusiwasumbue watu wa mataifa wanaomgeukia Mungu kwa desturi zetu; 20 badala yake, tuwaandikie barua tuwaambie wajiepushe na uchafu wa ibada za sanamu, na zinaa na waache kula nyama ya wanyama walionyongwa au kunywa damu. 21 Kwa maana sheria za Musa zimekuwa zikihubiriwa katika kila mji na kusomwa katika masinagogi kila sabato tangu vizazi vya awali.”

Barua Kwa Waamini Wa Mataifa Mengine

22 Mitume na wazee na kanisa zima wakakubaliana. Wakachagua watu waongozane na Paulo na Barnaba kwenda Antiokia. Walimchagua Yuda aitwaye Barsaba na Sila. Hawa wawili walikuwa viongozi wal ioheshimiwa miongoni mwa ndugu wote. 23 Wakatumwa na barua ifu atayo: “Sisi mitume na wazee, ndugu zenu, tunawasalimu ninyi wa mataifa mlioamini huko Antiokia, Siria na Kilikia. 24 Kwa kuwa tumesikia kwamba kuna baadhi ya watu kati yetu waliokuja huko bila kibali chetu kutatanisha mawazo yenu kwa maneno yao, 25 tumeona ni vyema, kwa kauli moja, kuwachagua watu waje huko pamoja na wapendwa wetu Barnaba na Paulo, 26 ambao wamehatarisha maisha yao kwa ajili ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. 27 Tumewatuma hawa ndugu, Yuda na Sila, wawaeleze kwa mdomo mambo haya tunayow aandikia. 28 Kwa maana Roho Mtakatifu ameona vyema na sisi tume kubaliana tusiwatwike mzigo mkubwa zaidi ya mambo yafuatayo ambayo ni ya lazima: 29 kwamba msile cho chote kilichotolewa sadaka katika ibada za sanamu, kunywa damu, nyama ya wanyama wal ionyongwa; na muepukane na uasherati. Mkijitenga na mambo haya mtakuwa mmefanya vyema. Kwaherini.”

30 Wale wajumbe walipokwisha kuagwa, wakaondoka wakaenda Antiokia, wakakusanya ushirika wote wa waamini, wakawapa ile barua. 31 Nao watu walipokwisha kuisoma, wakafurahishwa sana na ujumbe wake wa kutia moyo. 32 Yuda na Sila, ambao walikuwa mana bii wa kawapa ushauri mwingi wa kuwatia moyo na kuwajenga katika imani. 33 Wakakaa Antiokia kwa muda na kisha waamini wakawaaga. Wakarudi kwa amani kwa wale waliowatuma. [ 34 Lakini Sila aliona ni vema kukaa huko.] 35 Lakini Paulo na Barnaba walibaki Anti okia pamoja na wengine wengi wakifundisha na kuhubiri neno la

Paulo Na Barnaba Wanatengana

36 Baada ya siku chache Paulo alimwambia Barnaba, “Twende tukawatembelee ndugu katika miji yote ambamo tulihubiri neno la Bwana tuone jinsi waamini wanavyoendelea.” 37 Barnaba alitaka wamchukue Yohana Marko waende naye. 38 Lakini Paulo aliona si vizuri kumchukua kwa sababu aliwahi kuwakimbia walipokuwa huko Pamfilia, akakataa kuendelea kufanya kazi nao. 39 Pakatokea ubishi mkali kati ya Paulo na Barnaba juu ya jambo hili, wakaten gana. Barnaba akamchukua Yohana Marko akaenda naye Kipro. 40 Paulo akamchagua Sila akaondoka baada ya ndugu kuwatakia neema ya Bwana. 41 Naye akapitia Siria na Kilikia wakaimarisha makanisa ya huko.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu (SNT)

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The Council at Jerusalem

15 Certain people(A) came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers:(B) “Unless you are circumcised,(C) according to the custom taught by Moses,(D) you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem(E) to see the apostles and elders(F) about this question. The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia(G) and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted.(H) This news made all the believers very glad. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.(I)

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party(J) of the Pharisees(K) stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”(L)

The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.(M) God, who knows the heart,(N) showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them,(O) just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them,(P) for he purified their hearts by faith.(Q) 10 Now then, why do you try to test God(R) by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke(S) that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace(T) of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders(U) God had done among the Gentiles through them.(V) 13 When they finished, James(W) spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon[a] has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.(X) 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:

16 “‘After this I will return
    and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
    and I will restore it,
17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
    even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things’[b](Y)
18     things known from long ago.[c](Z)

19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols,(AA) from sexual immorality,(AB) from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.(AC) 21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”(AD)

The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers

22 Then the apostles and elders,(AE) with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch(AF) with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas,(AG) men who were leaders among the believers. 23 With them they sent the following letter:

The apostles and elders, your brothers,

To the Gentile believers in Antioch,(AH) Syria(AI) and Cilicia:(AJ)

Greetings.(AK)

24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.(AL) 25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 men who have risked their lives(AM) for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas(AN) to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit(AO) and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.(AP) You will do well to avoid these things.

Farewell.

30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas,(AQ) who themselves were prophets,(AR) said much to encourage and strengthen the believers. 33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace(AS) to return to those who had sent them. [34] [d] 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached(AT) the word of the Lord.(AU)

Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas

36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns(AV) where we preached the word of the Lord(AW) and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark,(AX) with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them(AY) in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas(AZ) and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.(BA) 41 He went through Syria(BB) and Cilicia,(BC) strengthening the churches.(BD)

Footnotes

  1. Acts 15:14 Greek Simeon, a variant of Simon; that is, Peter
  2. Acts 15:17 Amos 9:11,12 (see Septuagint)
  3. Acts 15:18 Some manuscripts things’— / 18 the Lord’s work is known to him from long ago
  4. Acts 15:34 Some manuscripts include here But Silas decided to remain there.
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