Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.
Acts 15:1 And, certain persons, coming down from Judea, began to teach the brethrenExcept ye be circumcised according to the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved. Acts 15:2 And, when Paul and Barnabas had had no little dissension and discussion with them, it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and certain others from among them should go up unto the Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem concerning this question, Acts 15:3 They, therefore, being set forward by the Assembly, began passing through Phoenicia and Samaria, fully relating the conversion of them of the nations, and were causing great joy unto all the brethren. Acts 15:4 And, having arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the Assembly and the Apostles and the Elders; and they recounted all things God had done with them. Acts 15:5 But there [had] stood forth some of those who, from the sect of Pharisees, had believed, sayingIt is needful to be circumcising them, also to charge them to be keeping the law of Moses.
The Apostles consult about it,
Acts 15:6 And the Apostles and Elders were gathered together to see about this matter. Acts 15:7 And, when much discussion had arisen, Peter standing up, said unto themBrethren! Ye yourselves, well know that, in days long past, amongst you, God chose that, through my mouth, the nations should hear the word of the glad tidings, and believe. Acts 15:8 And, the heart-observing God, bare witness,unto them, giving the Holy Spirit, just as, even unto us; Acts 15:9 and made no distinction at all betwixt us and them, by their faith, purifying their hearts. Acts 15:10 Now, therefore, why are ye proving God, that ye should put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which, neither our fathers, nor we, have been able to bear. Acts 15:11 But, through the favour of the Lord Jesus, we believe we shall be saved, in like manner as, even they.
Acts 15:12 And all the throng held their peace, and began to hearken unto Barnabas and Paul relating how many signs and wonders God had done among the nations, through them.
Acts 15:13 And, after they held their peace, James answered, sayingBrethren! hearken unto me. Acts 15:14 Symeon, hath fully told how God, first visited, to take out of the nations, a people for his name. Acts 15:15 And, with this, agree the words of the prophets, according as it is written Acts 15:16 After these things, will I return, and will rebuild the tent of David that hath fallen, and, the ruins thereof, will I rebuild, and will set it up again: Acts 15:17 That the residues of men may seek out the Lord, and all the nations upon whom my name hath been called, saith the Lord that doeth these things, Acts 15:18 Known from age-past times. Acts 15:19 Wherefore, I, judge, not to be troubling them who, from the nations, are turning unto God; Acts 15:20 but to write unto them, to abstain from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood. Acts 15:21 For, Moses, out of ancient generation, hath, in every city, them who proclaim him; seeing, that in the synagogues, every sabbath, he is read.
and send their determination by letters to the churches.
Acts 15:22 Then, seemed it good unto the Apostles and the Elders with the whole Assembly to send chosen men from among them unto Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas,even Judas who is called Barsabbas, and Silas, men taking a lead among the brethren: Acts 15:23 writing through their handThe Apostles and the Elder Brethren, unto the brethren throughout Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, who are from among the nations, wish joy! Acts 15:24 Inasmuch as we had heard that, certain from among us, had troubled you with words, dismantling your souls,unto whom we had given no instructions, Acts 15:25 It seemed good unto us, coming to be of one accord, that we should choose men and send them unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Acts 15:26 men who have given up their lives in behalf of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 15:27 We have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, who also, themselves, by word of mouth, can tell you the same things. Acts 15:28 For it hath seemed good unto the Holy Spirit and unto us, no greater burden, to be laying upon you, than these necessary things: Acts 15:29 To be abstaining from idol sacrifices, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication,From which, if ye keep yourselves, ye shall prosper. Fare ye well. Acts 15:30 They, therefore, being let go, came down unto Antioch; and, having gathered together the throng, delivered the letter, Acts 15:31 and, when they read it, they rejoiced for the consolation. Acts 15:32 And, both Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, with much discourse, consoled and confirmed the brethren. Acts 15:33 And, when they had spent a time, they were let go, in peace, from the brethren, unto them who had sent them. Acts 15:34 [Absent] Acts 15:35 But, Paul and Barnabas, tarried in Antioch, teaching and telling the joyful tidings,along with many others also,of the word of the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas, thinking to visit the brethren together, fall at strife, and depart asunder.
Acts 15:36 And, after certain days, Paul, said unto BarnabasLet us now return, and visit the brethren in every city in which we have declared the word of the Lord, and see how they are. Acts 15:37 And, Barnabas, was minded to take with them John also, called Mark; Acts 15:38 but Paul deemed it right, as to him who had withdrawn from them, back from Pamphylia, and had not gone with them unto the work, not to be taking with them, this, man. Acts 15:39 And there arose an angry feeling, so that they separated one from the other: and, Barnabas, taking Mark, sailed away unto Cyprus, Acts 15:40 whereas, Paul, choosing Silas, went forth, committed unto the favour of the Lord by the brethren, Acts 15:41 and proceeded to pass through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.