Great dissension ariseth touching circumcision.
Acts 15:1 And certain having come down from Judea, were teaching the brethren'If ye be not circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye are not able to be saved;' Acts 15:2 there having been, therefore, not a little dissension and disputation to Paul and Barnabas with them, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, to go up unto the apostles and elders to Jerusalem about this question, Acts 15:3 they indeed, then, having been sent forward by the assembly, were passing through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the nations, and they were causing great joy to all the brethren. Acts 15:4 And having come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, they declared also as many things as God did with them; Acts 15:5 and there rose up certain of those of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying'It behoveth to circumcise them, to command them also to keep the law of Moses.'
The Apostles consult about it,
Acts 15:6 And there were gathered together the apostles and the elders, to see about this matter, Acts 15:7 and there having been much disputing, Peter having risen up said unto them, 'Men, brethren, ye know that from former days, God among us did make choice, through my mouth, for the nations to hear the word of the good news, and to believe; Acts 15:8 and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us, Acts 15:9 and did put no difference also between us and them, by the faith having purified their hearts; Acts 15:10 now, therefore, why do ye tempt God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Acts 15:11 but, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, even as also they.'
Acts 15:12 And all the multitude did keep silence, and were hearkening to Barnabas and Paul, declaring as many signs and wonders as God did among the nations through them;
Acts 15:13 and after they are silent, James answered, saying, 'Men, brethren, hearken to me; Acts 15:14 Simeon did declare how at first God did look after to take out of the nations a people for His name, Acts 15:15 and to this agree the words of the prophets, as it hath been written: Acts 15:16 After these things I will turn back, and I will build again the tabernacle of David, that is fallen down, and its ruins I will build again, and will set it upright Acts 15:17 that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the nations, upon whom My name hath been called, saith the Lord, who is doing all these things. Acts 15:18 'Known from the ages to God are all His works; Acts 15:19 wherefore I judge: not to trouble those who from the nations do turn back to God, Acts 15:20 but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood; Acts 15:21 for Moses from former generations in every city hath those preaching himin the synagogues every sabbath being read.'
and send their determination by letters to the churches.
Acts 15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, chosen men out of themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and BarnabasJudas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren Acts 15:23 having written through their hand thus: 'The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren, who [are] of the nations, greeting; Acts 15:24 seeing we have heard that certain having gone forth from us did trouble you with words, subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to keep the law, to whom we did give no charge, Acts 15:25 it seemed good to us, having come together with one accord, chosen men to send unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul Acts 15:26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Acts 15:27 we have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they by word are telling the same things. Acts 15:28 'For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, no more burden to lay upon you, except these necessary things: Acts 15:29 to abstain from things offered to idols, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom; from which keeping yourselves, ye shall do well; be strong!' Acts 15:30 They then, indeed, having been let go, went to Antioch, and having brought the multitude together, did deliver the epistle, Acts 15:31 and they having read, did rejoice for the consolation; Acts 15:32 Judas also and Silas, being themselves also prophets, through much discourse did exhort the brethren, and confirm, Acts 15:33 and having passed some time, they were let go with peace from the brethren unto the apostles; Acts 15:34 and it seemed good to Silas to remain there still. Acts 15:35 And Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and proclaiming good newswith many others alsothe 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 Barnabas, 'Having turned back again, we may look after our brethren, in every city in which we have preached the word of the Lordhow they are.' Acts 15:37 And Barnabas counselled to take with [them] John called Mark, Acts 15:38 and Paul was not thinking it good to take him with them who withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and did not go with them to the work; Acts 15:39 there came, therefore, a sharp contention, so that they were parted from one another, and Barnabas having taken Mark, did sail to Cyprus, Acts 15:40 and Paul having chosen Silas, went forth, having been given up to the grace of God by the brethren; Acts 15:41 and he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.