Acts 15:22-41 Darby’s Translation

22  Then it seemed good to the apostles and to the elders, with the whole assembly, to send chosen men from among them with Paul and Barnabas to Antioch, Judas called Barsabas and Silas, leading men among the brethren, 23  having by their hand written [thus]: The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to the brethren who are from among [the] nations at Antioch, and [in] Syria and Cilicia, greeting: 24  Inasmuch as we have heard that some who went out from amongst us have troubled you by words, upsetting your souls, [saying that ye must be circumcised and keep the law]; to whom we gave no commandment; 25  it seemed good to us, having arrived at a common judgment, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26  men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27  We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves also will tell you by word [of mouth] the same things. 28  For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29  to abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication; keeping yourselves from which ye will do well. Farewell. 30  They therefore, being let go, came to Antioch, and having gathered the multitude delivered to [them] the epistle. 31  And having read it, they rejoiced at the consolation. 32  And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with much discourse, and strengthened them. 33  And having passed some time [there], they were let go in peace from the brethren to those who sent them. 34   35  And Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and announcing the glad tidings, with many others also, of the word of the Lord.

Paul Separates from Barnabas and Begins the Second Missionary Journey

36  But after certain days Paul said to Barnabas, Let us return now and visit the brethren in every city where we have announced the word of the Lord, [and see] how they are getting on. 37  And Barnabas proposed to take with [them] John also, called Mark; 38  but Paul thought it not well to take with them him who had abandoned them, [going back] from Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39  There arose therefore very warm feeling, so that they separated from one another; and Barnabas taking Mark sailed away to Cyprus; 40  but Paul having chosen Silas went forth, committed by the brethren to the grace of God. 41  And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.


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