Acts Chapter 15
1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught thebrethrenand saidExcept ye be circumcised after the mannerof Mosesye cannot be saved.
2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension anddisputation with themthey determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain other of themshould go up to Jerusalem unto theapostles and elders about this question.
3 And being brought on their way by the churchthey passedthrough Phenice and Samariadeclaring the conversion of theGentilesand they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
4 And when they were come to Jerusalemthey were received ofthe churchand of the apostles and eldersand they declaredall things that God had done with them.
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees whichbelievedsayingThat it was needful to circumcise themandto command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider ofthis matter.
7 And when there had been much disputingPeter rose upandsaid unto themMen and brethrenye know how that a goodwhile ago God made choice among usthat the Gentiles by mymouth should hear the word of the gospeland believe.
8 And Godwhich knoweth the heartsbare them witnessgivingthem the Holy Ghosteven as he did unto us
9 And put no difference between us and thempurifying theirhearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye Godto put a yoke upon the neck ofthe discipleswhich neither our fathers nor we were able tobear
11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christwe shall be savedeven as they.
12 Then all the multitude kept silenceand gave audience toBarnabas and Pauldeclaring what miracles and wonders God hadwrought among the Gentiles by them.
13 And after they had held their peaceJames answeredsayingMen and brethrenhearken unto me
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit theGentilesto take out of them a people for his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophetsas it is written
16 After this I will returnand will build again the tabernacleof Davidwhich is fallen downand I will build again theruins thereofand I will set it up
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lordand all theGentilesupon whom my name is calledsaith the Lordwhodoeth all these things.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of theworld.
19 Wherefore my sentence isthat we trouble not themwhich fromamong the Gentiles are turned to God
20 But that we write unto themthat they abstain from pollutionsof idolsand from fornicationand from things strangledandfrom blood.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Pauland BarnabasnamelyJudas surnamed Barsabas and Silaschiefmen among the brethren
23 And they wrote letters by them after this mannerThe apostlesand elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren whichare of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
24 Forasmuch as we have heardthat certain which went out fromus have troubled you with wordssubverting your souls sayingYe must be circumcisedand keep the lawto whom wegave no such commandment
25 It seemed good unto usbeing assembled with one accordtosend chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our LordJesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silaswho shall also tellyou the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghostand to usto lay uponyou no greater burden than these necessary things
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idolsand from bloodand from things strangledand from fornicationfrom which ifye keep yourselvesye shall do well. Fare ye well.
30 So when they were dismissedthey came to Antiochand whenthey had gathered the multitude togetherthey delivered theepistle
31 Which when they had readthey rejoiced for the consolation.
32 And Judas and Silasbeing prophets also themselvesexhortedthe brethren with many wordsand confirmed them.
33 And after they had tarried there a spacethey were let go inpeace from the brethren unto the apostles.
34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antiochteaching andpreaching the word of the Lordwith many others also.
36 And some days after Paul said unto BarnabasLet us go againand visit our brethren in every city where we have preachedthe word of the LORDand see how they do.
37 And Barnabas determined to take with them Johnwhose surnamewas Mark.
38 But Paul thought not good to take him with themwho departedfrom them from Pamphyliaand went not with them to the work.
39 And the contention was so sharp between themthat theydeparted asunder one from the otherand so Barnabas tookMarkand sailed unto Cyprus
40 And Paul chose Silasand departedbeing recommended by thebrethren unto the grace of God.
41 And he went through Syria and Ciliciaconfirming thechurches.