2:7 On the contrary, when they saw 1 that I was entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised 2 just as Peter was to the circumcised 3
2:9 and when James, Cephas, 4 and John, who had a reputation as 5 pillars, 6 recognized 7 the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me 8 the right hand of fellowship, agreeing 9 that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10
1 tn The participle ἰδόντες (idontes) has been taken temporally to retain the structure of the passage. Many modern translations, because of the length of the sentence here, translate this participle as a finite verb and break the Greek sentences into several English sentences (NIV, for example, begins new sentences at the beginning of both vv. 8 and 9).
2 tn Grk “to the uncircumcision,” that is, to the Gentiles.
3 tn Grk “to the circumcision,” a collective reference to the Jewish people.
4 sn Cephas. This individual is generally identified with the Apostle Peter (L&N 93.211).
6 sn Pillars is figurative here for those like James, Peter, and John who were leaders in the Jerusalem church.
8 tn Grk “me and Barnabas.”
9 tn Grk “so,” with the ἵνα (Jina) indicating the result of the “pillars” extending the “right hand of fellowship,” but the translation “they gave…the right hand of fellowship so that we would go” could be misunderstood as purpose here. The implication of the scene is that an agreement, outlined at the end of v. 10, was reached between Paul and Barnabas on the one hand and the “pillars” of the Jerusalem church on the other.
10 tn Grk “to the circumcision,” a collective reference to the Jewish people.