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32 Then Judas and Silas, who were both prophets, spoke to them affirming words[a] that strengthened the believers.[b]

33 After the four men spent some time there, the church sent them off in peace to return to the apostles in Jerusalem.[c] 34–35 However, only Judas departed;[d] Paul, Barnabas, and Silas stayed in Antioch, where they and many others preached and taught the wonderful message of the word of God.

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  1. Acts 15:32 The Aramaic is “an abundant word” or “a rich word.”
  2. Acts 15:32 The ministry of the New Testament prophet is to strengthen the church.
  3. Acts 15:33 Or “sent them with peace back to those who sent them.”
  4. Acts 15:34 The most reliable Greek manuscripts do not mention Silas remaining in Antioch. However, many manuscripts include this information, such as the Aramaic, codices D and C, the Harklean Syriac Version of AD 616, the Sahidic Version of the second to third centuries, and the St. Ephraim of Syria version of the fourth century. Regardless, v. 40 indicates that Silas did remain behind. An argument could be made that copyists inserted the data in v. 34 to explain the presence of Silas from v. 40.

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