The Book of Acts – Chapter 15***
1 And certain men came down from Judaea, and taught the brethren, that unless ye be circumcised, in accordance with the rite of the law, ye cannot have life.
2 And Paul and Barnabas had much trouble and disputation with them.
And it resulted, that Paul and Barnabas, and others with them, went up to the legates and Elders at Jerusalem, because of this matter.
3 And the community waited on them, and sent them away; and they travelled through all Phenicia and the territory of the Samaritans, narrating the conversion of the Gentiles, and causing great joy to all the brethren.
4 And when they came to Jerusalem, they were received by the community, and by the Elders, and by the legates; and they recounted all that God had wrought by them.
5 And some who from the sect of the Pharisees had believed, rose up and said:
It is necessary for you to circumcise them, and to command them to observe the law of Moses.
6 And the legates and Elders assembled, to look into this matter.
7 And when there had been much discussion, Simon arose and said to them:
Men, brethren, ye know that, from the earlier days, God chose that from my mouth the gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and should believe.
8 And God, who knoweth what is in hearts, bore testimony concerning them, and gave the Holy Spirit to them, even as to us.
9 And he made no distinction between them and us; because he purified their hearts by faith.
10 And now, why tempt ye God, by putting a yoke on the necks of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we could bear?
11 But we believe, that we as well as they, are to have life by the grace of our Lord Jesus Messiah.
12 And the whole assembly were silent, and listened to Paul and Barnabas, who related how God by their hands had wrought signs and prodigies among the Gentiles.
13 And after they ceased, James arose and said:
Men, brethren, hearken to me.
14 Simon hath related to you, how God hath begun to elect a people for his name from among the gentiles.
15 And with this the words of the prophets accord, as it is written:
16 After these things I will return, and will set up the tabernacle of David that had fallen; and will build that which was in ruins in it, and will raise it up:
17 so that the residue of men may seek the Lord, and all the nations on whom my name is called; saith the Lord, who doth all these things.
18 Known, from of old, are the works of God.
19 Therefore I say to you, let them not crush those who from among the gentiles have turned unto God.
20 But let word be sent to them, that they keep aloof from the defilement of a sacrifice [to idols], and from whoredom, and from what is strangled, and from blood.
21 For in every city, from former ages, Moses hath heralds in the synagogues, who read him every sabbath.
22 Then the legates and Elders, with all the community, chose men from among themselves, and sent them to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Jude, who was called Barsabas, and Silas, men who were chiefs among the brethren.
23 And they wrote a letter by them, thus:
The legates and Elders and brethren, to them that are in Antioch, and in Syria, and in Cilicia, brethren who are from the Gentiles, greeting:
24 We have heard, that some have gone from us and disquieted you, by discourses, and have subverted your minds, by saying,
That ye must be circumcised and keep the law; things which we have not commanded them.
25 Therefore we all have thought fit, when assembled, to choose and send men to you, with our beloved Paul and Barnabas,
26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Messiah.
27 And we have sent with them Jude and Silas, that they may tell you the same things orally.
28 For it was pleasing to the Holy Spirit, and to us, that there should not be laid upon you any additional burden, besides these necessary things:
29 that ye keep aloof from a sacrifice [to idols], and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from whoredom.
And if ye keep yourselves from these, ye will do well.
Be ye steadfast in the Lord.
30 And they who were sent, came to Antioch, and assembled all the people, and delivered the letter.
31 And when they had read [it], they rejoiced and were comforted.
32 And with abundant discourse they strengthened the brethren; and the associates of Jude and Silas established them, because they also were prophets.
33 And when, they had been there some time, the brethren dismissed them in peace to the legates.
34 * But it was the pleasure of Silas to remain there.]
35 Paul also and Barnabas remained at Antioch; and they taught and proclaimed, with many others, the word of God.
36 And after [some] days, Paul said to Barnabas:
Let us return, and visit the brethren in every city, in which we have preached the word of God; and let us see what they are doing.
37 And Barnabas was disposed to take John, who was surnamed Mark.
38 But Paul was not willing to take him with them; because he left them when they were in Pamphylia, and went not with them.
39 In, consequence of this strife, they separated from each other:
and Barnabas took Mark, and they travelled by sea and went to Cyprus.
40 But Paul chose Silas for his companion, and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God.
41 And he travelled through Syria, and through Cilicia, and strengthened the communities.
* This verse is removed to the margin in the editions of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
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*** This doctrinal dispute was an unusual phenomena. Before Christ the church was unified. Paul addresses issue religiously.
Greek and Western thought was largely to blame.
1 Esdras 7 KJVA
1 Then Sisinnes the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions following the commandments of king Darius, 2 Did very carefully oversee the holy works, assisting the ancients of the Jews and governors of the temple. 3 And so the holy works prospered, when Aggeus and Zacharias the prophets prophesied. 4 And they finished these things by the commandment of the Lord God of Israel, and with the consent of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. 5 And thus was the holy house finished in the three and twentieth day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of Darius king of the Persians 6 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and others that were of the captivity, that were added unto them, did according to the things written in the book of Moses. 7 And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they offered an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; 8 And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the number of the chief of the tribes of Israel. 9 The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in their vestments, according to their kindreds, in the service of the Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses: and the porters at every gate. 10 And the children of Israel that were of the captivity held the passover the fourteenth day of the first month, after that the priests and the Levites were sanctified. 11 They that were of the captivity were not all sanctified together: but the Levites were all sanctified together. 12 And so they offered the passover for all them of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. 13 And the children of Israel that came out of the captivity did eat, even all they that had separated themselves from the abominations of the people of the land, and sought the Lord. 14 And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days, making merry before the Lord, 15 For that he had turned the counsel of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the works of the Lord God of Israel.
1 Esdras 7 KJVA