Acts 15:20

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

But that wee write vnto them, that they abstaine from pollutions of Idoles, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 15:20

  • But we write unto them that they abstain from pollution of idols nowadays time money would be the idol and from fornication while people fornicate now more than ever they don't want to get married and from things strangled and from blood the Lord allows us to eat meat but if it strangled then the blood stays in and blood is life and that must be poured out because God shed his blood for us
  • I see 3 simple commands for non-Jews from the 1st councel of the Christian Church: 1 Abstain from all forms of idolatry anything can be made into a god such as money, self, possessions, etc... , 2 Reject all lustful thinking and attachments, and, 3 Do not consume anything that has blood blood is life .
  • Idolatry blood drinking are not too big of problems in Church. Strangled Meats though, they will have to start calling their local meat markets to find out. Fornacation? Some report, lots of Pastors viewing porn, and average church goer hook ups, but I hope is just exaggerated. These are the first 4 basics. Then the next 2 basics are Hear moses read 1 on the Sabbath 2 . 4 2 Most Christians meet on the first day of the week, not the 7th, and moses May be quoted, but may not be regularly read.
  • Some people say that this verse only accounts for biblical times and cannot not be applied to the 21st Century But Hebrew 13 8 says God is the same yesterday today and forever

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