Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.
Acts 15:1 And there came certayne fro Iewry, and taughte the brethren: Excepte ye be circumcysed after the maner of Moses, ye can not be saued. Acts 15:2 Now wha there rose a discesion, and Paul and Barnabas had set them selues harde agaynst them, they ordeyned, that Paul and Barnabas and certayne other of them shulde go vp to Ierusalem vnto the Apostles and Elders, aboute this questio. Acts 15:3 And they were broughte on their waye by ye cogregacion, & wente thorow Phenices and Samaria, and declared the conuersacion of the Heythen, and brought greate ioye vnto all the brethren. Acts 15:4 Whan they came to Ierusale, they were receaued of ye cogregacion, & of the Apostles, and of the Elders, & they tolde how greate thinges God had done with the. Acts 15:5 Then rose there vp certayne of the secte of ye Pharises (which beleued) and sayde: They must be circumcysed and comaunded, to kepe the lawe of Moses.
The Apostles consult about it,
Acts 15:6 But the Apostles and Elders came together, to reason vpon this matter. Acts 15:7 Now whan there was moch disputinge Peter rose vp, and sayde vnto the: Ye men and brethren, ye knowe that a good whyle agoo, God chose amonge vs, yt the Heythe by my mouth shulde heare the worde of the Gospell, and beleue. Acts 15:8 And God the knower of hertes bare wytnesse ouer the, and gaue the the holy goost, like as vnto vs, Acts 15:9 & put no dyfference betwixte vs & them, and purified their hertes thorow fayth. Acts 15:10 Now therfore why tempte ye God, with layenge vpon ye disciples neckes the yocke, which nether or fathers ner we were able to beare? Acts 15:11 But we beleue to be saued thorow the grace of the LORDE Iesu Christ, like as they also.
Acts 15:12 Then all ye multitude helde their peace, and gaue audience vnto Paul and Barnabas, which tolde how greate tokens and wonders God had done by the amoge the Heythen.
Acts 15:13 Afterwarde whan they helde their peace, Iames answered, and sayde: Ye men and brethren, herke vnto me, Acts 15:14 Simo hath tolde, how God at the first vysited to receaue a people vnto his name from amonge the Heythen. Acts 15:15 And vnto this agree ye wordes of the prophetes, as it is wrytte: Acts 15:16 After this wyl I returne and wyl buylde agayne ye tabernacle of Dauid, that is fallen downe, and that which is fallen in decaye therof, wyl I buylde agayne, and wyl set it vp, Acts 15:17 that the residue of men maye seke after the LORDE: & also the Heythen vpo whom my name is named, sayeth the LORDE, which doth all these thinges. Acts 15:18 Knowne vnto God are all his workes from the begynnynge of ye worlde. Acts 15:19 Wherfore my sentence is, that they which from amonge the Heythen are turned vnto God, be not disquyeted, Acts 15:20 but to wryte vnto them, that they absteyne them selues from fylthynesse of Idols, from whordome, and from strangled, and bloude. Acts 15:21 For Moses hath of olde tyme in euery cite them that preach him: and he is red in the synagoges euery Sabbath daye.
and send their determination by letters to the churches.
Acts 15:22 And the Apostles and Elders with the whole congregacion thoughte it good, to chose out men of them, and to sende them vnto Antioche with Paul and Barnabas, namely Iudas, whose syrname was Barsabas, and Sylas (which were chefe men amoge the brethre) Acts 15:23 and gaue the letters in their handes after this maner: We the Apostles and Elders & brethren, wysh health vnto the brethre of the Heythe which are at Antioche, and Syria and Celicia. Acts 15:24 For so moch as we haue herde that certayne of oures are departed, and haue troubled you, and combred youre myndes, sayenge: ye must be circumcysed, and kepe ye lawe (to whom we gaue no soch commaundemet) Acts 15:25 it semed good vnto vs, beynge gathered together with one accorde, to chose out men, and to sende them vnto you, with oure beloued Barnabas and Paul, Acts 15:26 men that haue ioperded their lyues for ye name of oure LORDE Iesus Christ. Acts 15:27 Therfore haue we sent Iudas and Sylas, which shal also tell you the same with wordes. Acts 15:28 For it pleased the holy goost and vs, to laye no charge vpon you, more then these necessary poyntes: Acts 15:29 That ye absteyne from the offeringes of Idols, and from bloude, and from strangled, and from whordome. From the which yf ye absteyne youre selues, ye shal do well. Fare ye well. Acts 15:30 Whan these were sent forth, they came vnto Antioche, and gathered the multitude together, and delyuered the epistle. Acts 15:31 Whan they had red it, they were glad of that cosolacion. Acts 15:32 As for Iudas & Sylas (which were prophetes also) they exorted ye brethre with moch preachinge, and stregthed them. Acts 15:33 And whan they had taried there for a season, they were let go of the brethren in peace vnto the Apostles. Acts 15:34 Notwithstondinge Sylas thoughte it good to byde there styll. Acts 15:35 But Paul and Barnabas cotynued at Antioche, teachinge and preachinge the worde of the LORDE, with other many.
Paul and Barnabas, thinking to visit the brethren together, fall at strife, and depart asunder.
Acts 15:36 Neuertheles after certayne dayes Paul sayde vnto Barnabas: let vs go agayne, and vyset oure brethren thorow all the cities (wherin we haue shewed the worde of the LORDE) how they do. Acts 15:37 But Barnabas gaue councell, that they shulde take with the Ihon, whose syrname was Marke. Acts 15:38 Howbeit Paul thoughte it mete, not to take him with them, which departed from them in Pamphilia, and wente not with them vnto the worke. Acts 15:39 And so sharpe was the strife betwene them, that they departed asunder ye one fro the other, and Barnabas toke Marke vnto him, and sayled vnto Cypers. Acts 15:40 But Paul chose Sylas, and departed, beynge comytted of the brethren vnto the grace of God. Acts 15:41 He wente thorow Syria and Celicia, stablishynge the congregacions.