Bible: Acts 15:30-16:5

15:30 So when they were dismissed, 1  they went down to Antioch, 2  and after gathering the entire group 3  together, they delivered the letter. 15:31 When they read it aloud, 4  the people 5  rejoiced at its encouragement. 6  15:32 Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech. 7  15:33 After 8  they had spent some time there, 9  they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 15:34 [[EMPTY]] 10  15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 11  teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 12  the word of the Lord. 13 

Paul and Barnabas Part Company

15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 14  and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 15  to see how they are doing.” 16  15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 17  that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 18  and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 19  a sharp disagreement, 20  so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 21  Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 22  15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 23  to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 24  15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 25  the churches.

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16:1 He also came to Derbe 26  and to Lystra. 27  A disciple 28  named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 29  but whose father was a Greek. 30  16:2 The brothers in Lystra 31  and Iconium 32  spoke well 33  of him. 34  16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 35  to accompany him, and he took 36  him and circumcised 37  him because of the Jews who were in those places, 38  for they all knew that his father was Greek. 39  16:4 As they went through the towns, 40  they passed on 41  the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 42  for the Gentile believers 43  to obey. 44  16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 45 

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