|And after a great contention had taken place, Peter rose up and said to them: “Noble brothers, you know that, in recent days, God has chosen from among us, by my mouth, Gentiles to hear the word of the Gospel and to believe.
|And God, who knows hearts, offered testimony, by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as to us.
|And he distinguished nothing between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
|Now therefore, why do you tempt God to impose a yoke upon the necks of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
|But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe in order to be saved, in the same manner also as them.”
|Then the entire multitude was silent. And they were listening to Barnabas and Paul, describing what great signs and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles through them.
|And after they had been silent, James responded by saying: “Noble brothers, listen to me.
|Simon has explained in what manner God first visited, so as to take from the Gentiles a people to his name.
|And the words of the Prophets are in agreement with this, just as it was written:
|‘After these things, I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. And I will rebuild its ruins, and I will raise it up,
|so that the rest of men may seek the Lord, along with all the nations over whom my name has been invoked, says the Lord, who does these things.’
|To the Lord, his own work has been known from eternity.
|Because of this, I judge that those who were converted to God from among the Gentiles are not to be disturbed,
|but instead that we write to them, that they should keep themselves from the defilement of idols, and from fornication, and from whatever has been suffocated, and from blood.
|For Moses, from ancient times, has had in each city those who preach him in the synagogues, where he is read on every Sabbath.”