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15:2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and questioning with them, [the brethren] appointed that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
15:3 They therefore, being brought on their way by the church, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
15:6 And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider of this matter.
15:7 And when there had been much questioning, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Brethren, ye know that a good while ago God made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
15:9 and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
15:11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they.
15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:
15:14 Symeon hath rehearsed how first God visited the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
15:16 After these things I will return, And I will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen; And I will build again the ruins thereof, 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,
15:18 Saith the Lord, who maketh these things known from of old.
15:20 but that we write unto them, that they abstain from the pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
15:21 For Moses from generations of old hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.
15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
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 themselves also shall tell you the same things by word of 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 sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, it shall be well with you. Fare ye well.
15:30 So they, when they were dismissed, came down to Antioch; and having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle.
15:31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced for the consolation.
15:32 And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
15:34 [But it seemed good unto Silas to abide there.]
15:36 And after some days Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us return now and visit the brethren in every city wherein we proclaimed the word of the Lord, [and see] how they fare.
15:37 And Barnabas was minded to take with them John also, who was called Mark.
15:39 And there arose a sharp contention, so that they parted asunder one from the other, and Barnabas took Mark with him, and sailed away unto Cyprus;
15:40 but Paul choose Silas, and went forth, being commended by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.
15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.