Bible: Acts 15:22-40

15:22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided 1  to send men chosen from among them, Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, 2  leaders among the brothers, to Antioch 3  with Paul and Barnabas. 15:23 They sent this letter with them: 4 

From the apostles 5  and elders, your brothers, 6  to the Gentile brothers and sisters 7  in Antioch, 8  Syria, 9  and Cilicia, greetings! 15:24 Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused 10  you, upsetting 11  your minds 12  by what they said, 13  15:25 we have unanimously 14  decided 15  to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 who 16  have risked their lives 17  for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18  15:27 Therefore we are sending 19  Judas and Silas 20  who will tell you these things themselves in person. 21  15:28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us 22  not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 23  15:29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols 24  and from blood and from what has been strangled 25  and from sexual immorality. 26  If you keep yourselves from doing these things, 27  you will do well. Farewell. 28 

15:30 So when they were dismissed, 29  they went down to Antioch, 30  and after gathering the entire group 31  together, they delivered the letter. 15:31 When they read it aloud, 32  the people 33  rejoiced at its encouragement. 34  15:32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 35  15:33 After 36  they had spent some time there, 37  they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 15:34 [[EMPTY]] 38  15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 39  teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 40  the word of the Lord. 41 

Paul and Barnabas Part Company

15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 42  and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 43  to see how they are doing.” 44  15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 45  that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 46  and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 47  a sharp disagreement, 48  so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 49  Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 50  15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 51  to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 52 

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