When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, [agreeing] that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
The following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
After greeting them, he related one by one what God did among the Gentiles through his ministry.
When they heard it, they glorified God and said, "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law.
But they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, by telling them not to circumcise their children or to walk in our customs.
So what is to be done? They will certainly hear that you've come.
Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have obligated themselves with a vow.
Take these men, purify yourself along with them, and pay for them to get their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that what they were told about you amounts to nothing, but that you yourself are also careful about observing the law.
With regard to the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter containing our decision that they should keep themselves from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality."
Peter said to them, "You know it's forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner. But God has shown me that I must not call any person common or unclean.
saying, "You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them!"
He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.
So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God's household,
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.
The whole building is being fitted together in Him and is growing into a holy sanctuary in the Lord,
in whom you also are being built together for God's dwelling in the Spirit.
the Gentiles are co-heirs, members of the same body, and partners of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
They say: Keep to yourself, don't come near me, for I am too holy for you! These practices are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all day long.
And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!"
Stay away from every form of evil.
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.
Who was it you dreaded and feared, so that you lied and didn't remember Me or take it to heart? Have I not kept silent for such a long time and you do not fear Me?
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant approached him and she said, "You were with Jesus the Galilean too."
But he denied it in front of everyone: "I don't know what you're talking about!"
When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene!"
And again he denied it with an oath, "I don't know the man!"
After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, "You certainly are one of them, since even your accent gives you away."
Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, "I do not know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed,
and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.