Acts 15


15:1 And certain men who came down from Judea, taught the
 brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner
 of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension
 and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and
 Barnabas, and certain others of them, should go to Jerusalem to
 the apostles and elders about this question.
15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed
 through Phenice, and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the
 Gentiles: and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
15:4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by
 the church, and by the apostles and elders, and they declared
 all things that God had done with them.
15:5 But there rose certain of the sect of the Pharisees, who
 believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and
 to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.
15:6 And the apostles and elders came together to consider of
 this matter.
15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose and said
 to them, Men, brethren, ye know that a good while ago, God made
 choice among us, that the Gentiles, by my mouth should hear the
 word of the gospel, and believe.
15:8 And God, who knoweth the hearts, bore them witness, giving
 to them the Holy Spirit, even as [he did] to us:
15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their
 hearts by faith.
15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the
 neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were
 able to bear?
15:11 But we believe, that through the grace of the Lord Jesus
 Christ, we shall be saved even as they.
15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to
 Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had
 wrought by them among the Gentiles.
15:13 And after they held their peace, James answered, saying,
 Men, brethren, hearken to me.
15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first visited the
 Gentiles to take from among them a people for his name.
15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is
 written,
15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the
 tabernacle of David which is fallen down; and I will build
 again the ruins of it; and I will set it up:
15:17 That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all
 the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who
 doeth all these things.
15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the
 world.
15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, who
 from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
15:20 But that we write to them that they abstain from
 pollutions of idols, and [from] lewdness, and [from] things
 strangled, and [from] blood.
15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach
 him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.
15:22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole
 church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch,
 with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and
 Silas, chief men among the brethren:
15:23 And they wrote [letters] by them after this manner; The
 apostles, and elders, and brethren, [send] greeting to the
 brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, and Syria, and
 Cilicia.
15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain who went out from
 us, have troubled you with words, subverting your souls,
 saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law; to whom we
 gave no [such] commandment:
15:25 It seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to
 send chosen men to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul:
15:26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our
 Lord Jesus Christ.
15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who will also tell
 [you] the same things by mouth.
15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay
 upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
15:29 That ye abstain from things offered to idols, and from
 blood, and from things strangled, and from lewdness: from which
 if ye keep yourselves, ye will do well. Fare ye well.
15:30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and
 when they had convened the multitude, they delivered the
 epistle.
15:31 [Which] when they had read, they rejoiced for the
 consolation.
15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves,
 exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed [them].
15:33 And after they had tarried [there] a time, they were
 dismissed in peace from the brethren to the apostles.
15:34 Notwithstanding, it pleased Silas to abide there still.
15:35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and
 preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
15:36 And some days after, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go
 again and visit our brethren, in every city where we have
 preached the word of the Lord, [and see] how they do.
15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose
 surname was Mark.
15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who
 departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to
 the work.
15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they
 departed, separating one from the other: and so Barnabas took
 Mark, and sailed to Cyprus.
15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being commended by the
 brethren to the grace of God.
15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the
 churches.
 
 

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