Acts 15:20

“But that wee write vnto them, that they abstaine from pollutions of Idoles, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

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Other Translations

But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood.
- King James Version

but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but that we write unto them, that they abstain from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But that we give them orders to keep themselves from things offered to false gods, and from the evil desires of the body, and from the flesh of animals put to death in ways against the law, and from blood.
- Basic English Bible

but to write to them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
- Darby Bible

But that we write to them that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from lewdness, and from things strangled, and from blood.
- Webster's Bible

Yet let us send them written instructions to abstain from things polluted by connexion with idolatry, from fornication, from meat killed by strangling, and from blood.
- Weymouth Bible

but that we write to them that they abstain from the pollution of idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood.
- World English Bible

to be not disesid, but to write to hem, that thei absteyne hem fro defoulingis of maumetis, and fro fornicacioun, and stranglid thingis, and blood.
- Wycliffe Bible

but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 15:20


15:20 To abstain from fornication - Which even the philosophers among the heathens did not account any fault. It was particularly frequent in the worship of their idols, on which account they are here named together. And from things strangled - That is, from whatever had been killed, without pouring out the blood. When God first permitted man to eat flesh, he commanded Noah, and in him all his posterity, whenever they killed any creature for food, to abstain from the blood thereof. It was to be poured upon the ground as water: doubtless in honour of that blood which was in due time poured out for the sin of the world.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 15:20


Ac 15:20 That they abstain. Four items are mentioned, which are all embraced in the apostolic letter as things forbidden. They were four common customs of the Gentile world, and matters on which there should be a clear understanding. From the pollutions of idols. The first does not mean only to refrain from worshiping idols, or eating meat offered in idol sacrifice, but from all the pollutions of the system of idolatry. Licentiousness and drunkenness received a sanction from religion. See Lecky's "European Morals", chap. V., and Conybeare and Howson's "Paul", chap. IV. [From] fornication. Chastity was the exception instead of the rule among Gentiles at this period. [From] things strangled. Because in strangling the blood was retained in the flesh. [From] blood. The use of blood was prohibited by the Mosaic law (Le 17:14 De 12:16,23), and for wise reasons this prohibition was extended to Gentiles. The Roman epicures were wont to drown fowls in wine and then use the flesh. It was a common thing to drink wine mingled with blood. The only way to strike at these savage practices was to prohibit its use.

Discussion for Acts 15

  • Sharon
    Peter had the 'Keys to the Kingdom,' as God had chosen Peter to stand before all and give the plan of Salvation. His message, Acts 2:38-39. Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. If you aren't baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost you are not heaven ready.
  • Tyler replying to Bible Reader Kirk's comment
    Let me politely ask you an even more powerful question. Which are you going to believe? Are you going to believe unholy and ungodly ghost stories or the Holy Word of God? God Bless! May God guide you, protect you, and watch over you on your search/journey for his truth.
  • Brenda
    Pray always for the Lord to know you, ask for the Holy Spirit to teach you the word, read the same chapter over and over and pray each time for the word to get into your soul, above all else pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven and to teach you. Don't let go of him hold fast to the hem of his garment through prayer and reading the bible.
  • Douglas G Wells
    What good getting saved if does not take hold in the soul
  • CDann27
    Acts 15; Gentiles are directed to abstain from these 4 things, idols, fornication, blood
  • A disciple
    God who knows the hearts has received us and purified our hearts by faith, giving us the Holy Ghost. "Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" The Holy Spirit is given to them that obey Him: does this one sentence then mean that we are not obliged to keep the commandments of God? What is the context?

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