The Return to Antioch in Syria

21 They preached the gospel(A) in that city and won a large number(B) of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium(C) and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.(D) “We must go through many hardships(E) to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders[a](F) for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting,(G) committed them to the Lord,(H) in whom they had put their trust. 24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,(I) 25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch,(J) where they had been committed to the grace of God(K) for the work they had now completed.(L) 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them(M) and how he had opened a door(N) of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.(O)

The Council at Jerusalem

15 Certain people(P) came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers:(Q) “Unless you are circumcised,(R) according to the custom taught by Moses,(S) you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem(T) to see the apostles and elders(U) about this question. The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia(V) and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted.(W) This news made all the believers very glad. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.(X)

Footnotes

  1. Acts 14:23 Or Barnabas ordained elders; or Barnabas had elders elected

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