Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.
Acts 15:1 And certaine men which came downe from Iudea, taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saued. Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissention and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certeine other of them, should goe vp to Hierusalem vnto the Apostles and Elders about this question. Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the Church, they passed thorow Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conuersion of the Gentiles: and they caused great ioy vnto all the brethren. Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Hierusalem, they were receiued of the Church, and of the Apostles, and Elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. Acts 15:5 But there rose vp certaine of the sect of the Pharisees which beleeued, saying, that it was needfull to circumcise them, and to comand them to keepe the Law of Moses.
The Apostles consult about it,
Acts 15:6 And the Apostles & Elders came together for to consider of this matter. Acts 15:7 And when there had bene much disputing, Peter rose vp, and said vnto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while agoe, God made choise among vs, that the Gentiles by my mouth should heare the worde of the Gospel, and beleeue. Acts 15:8 And God which knoweth the hearts, bare them witnes, giuing them the holy Ghost, euen as he did vnto vs, Acts 15:9 And put no difference between vs & them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15:10 Now therfore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke vpon the necke of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to beare? Acts 15:11 But we beleeue that through the grace of the Lord Iesus Christ, we shal be saued euen as they.
Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gaue audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
Acts 15:13 And after they had helde their peace, Iames answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken vnto me. Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visite the Gentiles to take out of them a people for his Name. Acts 15:15 And to this agree the words of the Prophets, as it is written, Acts 15:16 After this I will returne, and wil build againe the Tabernacle of Dauid, which is fallen downe: and I will build againe the ruines thereof, and I will set it vp: Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seeke after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, vpon whom my Name is called, sayth the Lord, who doeth all these things. Acts 15:18 Knowen vnto God are all his workes fro the beginning of the world. Acts 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 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. Acts 15:21 For Moses of olde time hath in euery citie them that preach him, being read in the Synagogues euery Sabbath day.
and send their determination by letters to the churches.
Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the Apostles and Elders with the whole Church, to send chosen men of their owne company to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas: [namely], Iudas surnamed Barsabas, & Silas, chiefe men among the brethren, Acts 15:23 And wrote letters by them after this maner, The Apostles and Elders, and brethren, send greeting vnto the brethren, which are of the Gentiles in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia. Acts 15:24 Forasmuch as we haue heard, that certaine which went out from vs, haue troubled you with words, subuerting your soules, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keepe the Law, to whom we gaue no such commandement: Acts 15:25 It seemed good vnto vs, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men vnto you, with our beloued Barnabas and Paul, Acts 15:26 Men that haue hazarded their liues for the Name of our Lord Iesus Christ. Acts 15:27 Wee haue sent therefore Iudas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the holy Ghost, and to vs, to lay vpon you no greater burden then these necessarie things; Acts 15:29 That ye abstaine from meates offered to idoles, and from blood, & from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keepe your selues, yee shall doe well. Fare ye well. Acts 15:30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they deliuered the Epistle. Acts 15:31 Which when they had read, they reioyced for the consolation. Acts 15:32 And Iudas and Silas, being Prophets also themselues, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them: Acts 15:33 And after they had taried there a space, they were let goe in peace from the breehren vnto the Apostles. Acts 15:34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still. Acts 15:35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
Paul and Barnabas, thinking to visit the brethren together, fall at strife, and depart asunder.
Acts 15:36 And some dayes after, Paul said vnto Barnabas, Let vs go againe and visit our brethren, in euery city where we haue preached the word of the Lord, [and see] how they doe. Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them Iohn, whose surname was Marke. Acts 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them; who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the worke. Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharpe betweene them, that they departed asunder one from the other: & so Barnabas tooke Marke, & sailed vnto Cyprus. Acts 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren vnto the grace of God. Acts 15:41 And he went thorow Syria and Cilicia, confirming the Churches.