Acts 15:22-41 Bible in Basic English

22  Then it seemed good to the Apostles and the rulers and all the church, to send men from among them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; Judas, named Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers: 23  And they sent a letter by them, saying, The Apostles and the older brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, may joy be with you: 24  Because we have knowledge that some who went from us have been troubling you with their words, putting your souls in doubt; to whom we gave no such order; 25  It seemed good to us, having come to an agreement together, to send these men to you, with our well loved Barnabas and Paul, 26  Men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27  And so we have sent Judas and Silas, who will say the same things to you themselves, by word of mouth. 28  For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to put on you nothing more than these necessary things; 29  To keep from things offered to false gods, and from blood, and from things put to death in ways which are against the law, and from the evil desires of the body; if you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. May you be happy. 30  So they, being sent away, came down to Antioch, and having got the people together, they gave them the letter. 31  And after reading it, they were glad of its comfort. 32  And Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, gave teaching to the brothers and made them strong in the faith. 33  And when they had been there for some time, they were sent back in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 34  [] 35  But Paul and Barnabas kept on in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of God, with a number of others.

Paul Separates from Barnabas and Begins the Second Missionary Journey

36  And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go back and see the brothers in every town where we have given the word of God, and see how they are. 37  And Barnabas had a desire to take with them John, named Mark. 38  But Paul was of the opinion that it was not right to take with them one who had gone away from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone on with the work. 39  And there was a sharp argument between them, so that they were parted from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and went by ship to Cyprus; 40  But Paul took Silas and went away with the blessing of the brothers. 41  And he went through Syria and Cilicia, making the churches stronger in the faith.


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