Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.
Acts 15:1 Then came certayne from Iewrye, and taughte the brethren: excepte ye be circumcised after the maner of Moyses, ye can not be saued. Acts 15:2 And when there was rysen dissention and disputyng not a lytle vnto Paul and Barnabas against them. They determyned that Paule and Barnabas, and certayne other of them, should ascende to Hierusalem vnto the Apostles and elders about this question. Acts 15:3 And after they were brought on theyr waye by the congregacyon, they passed ouer Phenices and Samaria declarynge the conuersyon of the Gentyls, and they brought great ioye vnto all the brethren. Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Ierusalem, they were receyued of the congregacyon, and of þe Apostles and elders. And they declared what thynges God had done by them. Acts 15:5 Then arose there vp certayne that were of the secte of the Pharises which dyd beleue, saying, þt it was nedefull, to circumcyse them and to enioyne them to kepe the lawe of Moyses.
The Apostles consult about it,
Acts 15:6 And the Apostles and elders came together to reason of thys matter. Acts 15:7 And when there was muche disputynge, Peter rose vp, and sayde vnto them: Ye men and brethren ye knowe howe that a good whyle a go, God chose amonge vs that the gentils by my mouth shoulde heare the worde of the Gospell, and beleue. Acts 15:8 And God which knoweth þe herte bare them wytnes, and gaue vnto them the holy ghost, euen as he dyd vnto vs: Acts 15:9 and he put no difference betwene them and vs, but with fayth purified theyr hertes. Acts 15:10 Now therfore why tempte ye God, that ye woulde put a yoke on the disciples neckes, which neyther our fathers nor we were able to beare. Acts 15:11 But we beleue that through the grace of the Lorde Iesu Christ, we shalbe saued, as they do.
Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude was peased, and gaue audience to Barnabas and Paul which told what sygnes and wondres God had shewed among the gentyls by them.
Acts 15:13 And when they helde theyr peace, Iames aunswered, saiynge: Men and brethren herken vnto me. Acts 15:14 Simon told, how God at the beginnynge dyd visite the gentyls, and receyued of them people vnto hys name. Acts 15:15 And to this agreeth the wordes of the Prophetes, as it is wryten. Acts 15:16 After thys I wyll returne, and wyll buyld agayne the tabernacle of Dauid which is fallen doune, and that whiche is fallen in dekeye of it, wyll I buylde agayne, & I wyll set it vp, Acts 15:17 that the resydue of men myghte seke after the Lorde, and also the gentyls vpon whome my name is named (sayth the Lorde) which doth all these thynges: Acts 15:18 knowen vnto God are all hys workes from the beginning of the worlde. Acts 15:19 Wherfore my sentence is that we trouble not them whiche from among the gentyls are turned to God, Acts 15:20 but that we write vnto them, that they abstayne them selues from fylthynes of ymages, from fornicacyon, from stranglyde and from bloude. Acts 15:21 For Moses of olde tyme hath in euerye cytie that preache hym, and he is reade in the synagoges euerye 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 owne companye to Antioche wt Paule and Barnabas. They sent Iudas called also Barsabas and Sylas, whiche were chiefe men among the brethren, Acts 15:23 and gaue them letters in theyr handes after thys maner. The Apostles, elders, and brethren sende gretynges vnto the brethren whiche are of the gentyls in Antioche, Syria, and Celicia. Acts 15:24 For as muche as we haue hearde that certayne whiche departe from vs, haue troubled you with wordes, and combred your myndes, saiynge: Ye must be circumcysed, and kepe the lawe, to whom we gaue no suche commaundement. Acts 15:25 It semed therfore to vs a good thynge, when we were come together with one accord to sende chosen men vnto you, with our beloued Barnabas and Paule, Acts 15:26 men that haue ieoperded theyr lyues for the name of our Lorde Iesu Christ. Acts 15:27 We haue sent therfore Iudas & Sylas, whiche shall also tell you, the same thinges by mouth. Acts 15:28 For it semed good to the holye ghost & to vs, to put no greuous thyng to you more then these necessarye thynges, Acts 15:29 that is to saye that ye abstayne from thynges offered to ymages, from bloude, from strangled and fornicacion. From which yf ye kepe your selues ye shall do well. So fare ye well. Acts 15:30 When they were departed, they came to Antioche, and gathered the multitude together, and delyuered the Epistle. Acts 15:31 When they had reade it, they reioysed of that consolacion. Acts 15:32 And Iudas and Sylas beynge prophetes, exhorted the brethren with muche preachyng, and 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 Notwithstandynge it pleased Sylas to abyde there styll. Acts 15:35 Paule and Barnabas contynued in Antioche teachynge and preachynge the worde of the Lorde with other manye.
Paul and Barnabas, thinking to visit the brethren together, fall at strife, and depart asunder.
Acts 15:36 But after a certayne space, Paule sayd vnto Barnabas: Let vs go agayn and visite our brethren in euery citie where we haue shewed the worde of the Lorde, and se howe they do. Acts 15:37 And Barnabas gaue counsell to take with them: Iohn called also Marke. Acts 15:38 But Paule thoughte it not mete to take hym vnto theyr companye whiche departed from them at Pamphilia, and went not with them to the worke. Acts 15:39 And the dissencyon was so sharpe betwene them, that they departed a sunder one from þe other, so that Barnabas toke Marke and sayled vnto Cypers. Acts 15:40 And Paule chose Sylas and departed, delyuered of the brethren vnto the grace of God. Acts 15:41 And he went throughe al Ciria and Cilicia, stablyshynge the congregacions, commaundyng to kepe the preceptes of þe Apostles and elders.