7After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, My brothers,* you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. 8And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; 9and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. 10Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? 11On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.
12 The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles.
13After they finished speaking, James replied, My brothers,* listen to me.
14Simeon has related how God first looked favourably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name.
15This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written,
16 After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen;
from its ruins I will rebuild it,
and I will set it up,
17 so that all other peoples may seek the Lord
even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called.
Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things 18known from long ago.*
19Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, 20but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled* and from blood. 21For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues.
9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Fathers commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord and bless his name;
tell out his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations
and his wonders among all peoples.
10 Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is king.
He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it;
12 Let the fields be joyful and all that is in them;
let all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord.
13 For he comes, he comes to judge the earth;
with righteousness he will judge the world
and the peoples with his truth.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
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