22Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers, (Ac 1:23; Ac 15:1; Ac 15:2; 1Pe 5:12)23with the following letter: “The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the brothers
1. Or brothers and sisters; also verses 32, 33, 36
 who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings. (Ac 15:22; Ac 23:26; Jas 1:1; 2Jo 1:10)24Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you
1. Some manuscripts some persons from us have troubled you
 with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, (Ac 15:1; Ga 1:7; Ga 2:4; Ga 5:10; Ga 5:12; Tit 1:10)25it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (Ac 1:14; 2Pe 3:15)26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ac 9:23; Ac 14:19; Ac 20:24; Ac 21:13; 2Co 4:11; 1Jo 3:16)27We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. (Ac 15:22; Ac 15:32)28For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: (Joh 16:13; Ac 5:32; Ac 15:8; Ac 15:10; Ac 15:19; 1Co 7:40; Re 2:24)29that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.” (Ac 15:20; Ac 21:25; 1Co 8:1; 1Co 8:4; 1Co 8:7; 1Co 8:10; 1Co 10:19; Re 2:14; Re 2:20)30So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.31And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.32And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words. (Ac 13:1; Ac 14:22; Ac 15:1)33And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.
1. Some manuscripts insert verse 34: But it seemed good to Silas to remain there
36And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” (Ac 13:4; Ac 13:13; Ac 13:51; Ac 14:6; Ac 14:24; Ac 15:32)37Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. (Ac 12:12)38But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. (Ac 13:13)39And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, (Ac 17:16; Col 4:10)40but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. (Ac 11:23; Ac 14:26; Ac 15:1; Ac 15:11; Ro 16:20)41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. (Ac 15:32; Ac 16:5)