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Chapter 15

Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brothers, and said, unless you are circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.

Acts 15:2 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.

Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the assembly, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, explaining the conversion of the nations: and they caused great joy to all the brothers.

Acts 15:4 So when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and by the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying, that it was necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.

Acts 15:6 Then the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.

Acts 15:7 After much dispute, Peter rose up, and said to them, men and brothers, you know that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the nations by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

Acts 15:8 And God, who knows the hearts, gave them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us;

Acts 15:9 and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Acts 15:10 Therefore now why tempt God, to put a burden on the back of the disciples, who neither our fathers nor we were able to carry?

Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we will be saved, just as they.

Acts 15:12 Then all of the multitude kept silent, and listened to Barnabas and Paul, explaining what miracles and wonders God had worked among the nations by them.

Acts 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, men and brothers, listen to me:

Acts 15:14 Simeon has declared how God at the first did visit the nations, to take out of them a people for His name.

Acts 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

Acts 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:

Acts 15:17 that the remnant of men might seek after the Lord, and all the nations, upon whom My name is called, says the Lord, who is doing all these things.

Acts 15:18 Known from God are all His works from the beginning of the age.

Acts 15:19 Therefore my sentence is that we do not cause trouble for them, who from among the nations are turning to God:

Acts 15:20 but that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from sexual immorality, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Acts 15:21 Therefore Moses from the old generation has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.

Acts 15:22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders with the entire assembly, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the brothers:

Acts 15:23 and they wrote letters by them after this manner; the apostles and elders and brothers send greeting to the brothers whom are of the nations in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.

Acts 15:24 Since as we have heard, that certain who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, You must be circumcised, and keep the Law: to who we gave no such commandment:

Acts 15:25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 15:26 Men that have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:27 Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will also tell you the same things by mouth.

Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Acts 15:29 that you abstain from foods offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from sexual immorality: from which if you keep yourselves, you will do well. Farewell.

Acts 15:30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antio15: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter:

Acts 15:31 which when they had read, they rejoiced for the encouragement.

Acts 15:32 Also Judas and Silas, being prophets themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words, and strengthened them.

Acts 15:33 After they had stayed there a while, they were let go in peace from the brothers to the apostles.

Acts 15:34 Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to stay there still.

Acts 15:35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

Acts 15:36 And some days after Paul said to Barnabas, let us go again and visit our brothers in every city where we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do.

Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

Acts 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who left them at Pamphylia, and did not continue with them in the work.

Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they left one another: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed to Cyprus;

Acts 15:40 and Paul chose Silas, and left, being recommended by the brothers to the grace of God. 41 So he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies.