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Acts 15

Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.

Acts 15:1 And certayne men which came downe taught the brethren excepte ye be circumcysed after the maner of Moses, ye cannot be saued. Acts 15:2 So when ther was rysen dissencion & disputyng not a lyttel vnto Paul and Barnabas agaynst them, they determined that Paule and Barnabas, and certayne other of them, shulde go vp to Ierusalem vnto the Apostles and elders about thys questyon. Acts 15:3 And after they were brought on their waye by the congregacion, they passed ouer Phenices and Samaria, declaryng the conuersion of the Gentyls, and they brought greate ioye vnto all the brethren. Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Ierusalem, they were receaued of the congregacion & of the Apostles and elders. And they declared all thynges þt God had done by them. Acts 15:5 Then rose vp certayne of the secte of the Pharyses, which dyd beleue, saying, that it was nedfull to circumcyse them, and to commaunde them to kepe the lawe of Moses.

The Apostles consult about it,

Acts 15:6 And the Apostles & elders came together, to reason of thys matter. Acts 15:7 And when ther was moche disputyng, Peter rose vp, & sayde vnto them: Ye men & brethren, ye knowe how þe a good whyle agoo, God dyd chose amonge vs, þt the Gentyls by my mouth shuld heare the worde of the Gospell, and beleue. Acts 15:8 And God which knoweth the hertes, bare them wytnes, and gaue vnto them the holy goost, euen as he dyd vnto vs, Acts 15:9 and put no difference betwene vs and them seynge þt with fayth he purified theyr hertes. Acts 15:10 Now therfore, why tempte ye God, to put on þe disciples neckes þe yoke which nether our fathers nor we were able to beare, Acts 15:11 But we beleue, that thorow the grace of the Lorde Iesu Christ, we shalbe saued, as they do.

Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude was peased & gaue audience to Barnabas & Paul, which tolde what sygnes & wondres God had shewed amonge the Gentyls by them.

Acts 15:13 And when they helde their peace, Iames answered, sayng: Men & brethren, herken vnto me. Acts 15:14 Simeon tolde, how God at þe beginning dyd visit þe gentyls, to receaue of them a people in his name. Acts 15:15 And to this agree þe wordes of the prophetes, as it is written: Acts 15:16 After this I wyll returne, and wyll buylde agayne the tabernacle of Dauid, which is fallen downe and that which is fallen in decaye of it, wyll I buylde agayne, and I wyll set it vp, Acts 15:17 that the resydue of men myght seke after the Lord & also the Gentyls vpon whom my name is named sayth the Lorde, which doth all these thynges: Acts 15:18 knowen vnto God are all hys workes from the begynning of þe world. Acts 15:19 Wherfore my sentence is, that we trouble not them: which from amonge the Gentyls, are turned to God: Acts 15:20 but that we wryte vnto them, that they absteyne them selues from filthynes of ymages, and from fornicacyon, and from straunglyd, and from bloude. Acts 15:21 For Moses of olde tyme hath in euery cytie them þt preache hym, in the synagoges, when he is redd euery Saboth daye.

and send their determination by letters to the churches.

Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the Apostles and elders with the whole congregacion, to sende chosen men of theyr awne company to Antioche wt Paul and Barnabas, They sent Iudas (whose syrname was Barsabas) and Sylas, which were chefe men amonge the brethren, Acts 15:23 and gaue them leters in theyr handes after thys maner. The Apostles, and elders and brethren send gretynges vnto the brethren which are of the Gentyls in Antioche, Syria and Cylicia. Acts 15:24 For as moche as we haue hearde, that certayne which departed from vs, haue troubled you with wordes, and combred youre myndes saying: Ye must be circumcysed, and kepe the lawe, to whom we gaue no soch commaundement. Acts 15:25 It semed therfore to vs a good thynge, when we were come together with one accorde, to sende chosen men vnto you, with oure beloued Barnabas and Paul, Acts 15:26 men that haue ieoparded their lyues for the name of oure Lorde Iesus Christ. Acts 15:27 We haue sent therfore Iudas and Sylas, which shall also tell you the same thinges by mouth. Acts 15:28 For it semed good to the holy ghost and to vs, to charge you with no more then these necessary thynges: Acts 15:29 that is to saye, that ye abstayne from thynges offered to ymages, and from bloud, and from straungled and from fornicacyon. From which yf ye kepe youre selues, ye shall do well. So fare ye well. Acts 15:30 When they therfore were departed, they cam to Antioche and gathered the multytude together, & deliuered þe pistle. Acts 15:31 Which when they had red, they reioysed of þe consolacyon. Acts 15:32 And Iudas & Sylas being Prophetes, exhorted the brethren with moch preachynge, & strengthed them. Acts 15:33 And after they had taryed there a space, they were let go in peace of the brethren vnto the Apostles. Acts 15:34 Not withstandyng it pleased Sylas, to abyde there styll Acts 15:35 Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioche, teachynge & preachynge 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 But after a certayne space, Paul sayd vnto Barnabas: Let vs go agayne, and visite oure brethren in euery cytie where we haue shewed þe word of þe Lord, & se how they do. Acts 15:37 And Barnabas gaue counsell to take with them Iohn, whose syrname was Marcke. Acts 15:38 But Paul wold not take him vnto their company which departed from them at Pamphilia, & went not with them to the worcke. Acts 15:39 And the contencion was so sharpe betwene them: that they departed asunder one from the other & so Barnabas toke Marcke, and sayled vnto Cypers. Acts 15:40 And Paul chose Sylas, & departed, beynge commytted of the brethren vnto the grace of God. Acts 15:41 And he went thorow Cyria and Cylicia, stablisshinge the congregacions.

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