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 2:8 (for he who empowered 4 Peter for his apostleship 5 to the circumcised 6 also empowered me for my apostleship to the Gentiles) 7 2:9 and when James, Cephas, 8 and John, who had a reputation as 9 pillars, 10 recognized 11 the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me 12 the right hand of fellowship, agreeing 13 that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 14 2:10 They requested 15 only that we remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.
[2:7] 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).
[2:9] 13 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.