CHAPTER 15 4. The Trouble concerning Circumcision
a. A Conference of the Apostles and Elders Held in Jerusalem
2 And when no little 1dissension and discussion with them came about through Paul and Barnabas, the brothers directed Paul and Barnabas and certain others among them to go up to the apostles and aelders in 2bJerusalem concerning this question.
3 They therefore, having been asent forward by the 1bchurch, passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, telling in detail about the turning of the cGentiles; and they brought great joy to all the dbrothers.
6 And the apostles and the elders were 1gathered together to see about this matter.
7 And when much discussion had taken place, Peter rose up and said to them, 1Men, brothers, you know that from the 2early days God achose from among you that through my mouth the bGentiles should hear the word of the cgospel and believe.
15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, even as it is written,
19 Therefore I judge that we do not harass those from the Gentiles who are aturning to God,
b. The Solution
22 It then seemed good to the apostles and the elders with the whole achurch to choose men from among them to send to Antioch together with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, who is called bBarsabbas, and cSilas, leading men among the brothers,
24 Since we have heard that certain ones who went out from among us have atroubled you with their words, unsettling your souls, to whom we gave no instruction,
27 Therefore we have sent Judas and aSilas, who themselves will report the same things by word of mouth.
29 To abstain from things that have been sacrificed to aidols and blood and things strangled and fornication, from which if you carefully keep yourselves, you will do well. May you be strong.
30 So when they had been sent away, they went down to Antioch; and when they had gathered the multitude together, they handed them the letter.
31 And when they read it, they rejoiced at the encouragement.
33 And when they had spent some time there, they were sent away with apeace from the brothers to those who had sent them.
34 1But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.