Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."
"Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,
for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us."
"This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.
"For this reason Moses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man.
Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.
Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas--Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,
And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;
"BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT."
Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised.
Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also.
But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day--