Acts 15:32
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New International Version
Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

New Living Translation
Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith.

English Standard Version
And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.

New American Standard Bible
Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.

King James Bible
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and strengthened them with a long message.

International Standard Version
Then Judas and Silas, who were also prophets, said a lot to encourage and strengthen the brothers.

NET Bible
Both Judas and Silas, who were prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with a long speech.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And with a bountiful message they strengthened the brethren and established them who were followers of Yehuda and Shila because they also were Prophets.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Judas and Silas, who were also prophets, spoke a long time to encourage and strengthen the believers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words and confirmed them.

King James 2000 Bible
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and strengthened them.

American King James Version
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words, and confirmed them.

American Standard Version
And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, with many words comforted the brethren, and confirmed them.

Darby Bible Translation
And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with much discourse, and strengthened them.

English Revised Version
And Judas and Silas, being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.

Weymouth New Testament
And Judas and Silas, being themselves also Prophets, gave them a long and encouraging talk, and strengthened them in the faith.

World English Bible
Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers with many words, and strengthened them.

Young's Literal Translation
Judas also and Silas, being themselves also prophets, through much discourse did exhort the brethren, and confirm,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:22-35 Being warranted to declare themselves directed by the immediate influence of the Holy Ghost, the apostles and disciples were assured that it seemed good unto God the Holy Spirit, as well as to them, to lay upon the converts no other burden than the things before mentioned, which were necessary, either on their own account, or from present circumstances. It was a comfort to hear that carnal ordinances were no longer imposed on them, which perplexed the conscience, but could not purify or pacify it; and that those who troubled their minds were silenced, so that the peace of the church was restored, and that which threatened division was removed. All this was consolation for which they blessed God. Many others were at Antioch. Where many labour in the word and doctrine, yet there may be opportunity for us: the zeal and usefulness of others should stir us up, not lay us asleep.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 32. - Being themselves also prophets for being prophets also themselves, A.V. Being themselves also prophets, exhorted, etc. Observe the connection of exhortation with prophecy, and compare the explanation of the name of Barnabas in Acts 4:36, note. Confirmed them; ἐπεστήριξαν, as ver. 41 and Acts 14:22; Acts 18:23. Nothing is so unsettling as controversy; but the preaching of these "chief men" brought back men's minds to the solid faith and hope of the gospel. How rich the Church of Antioch was at this time, with Paul and Barnabas, Judas and Silas, and probably Titus, and some, if not all, of those mentioned in Acts 13:1, for their teachers.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Judas and Silas being also prophets themselves,.... As well as Paul and Barnabas, and others, that were at Antioch; see Acts 13:1 and by prophets are meant, not only such who had the gift of foretelling things to come; though such there were, and these might have that gift; but such who were able to explain the prophecies of the Old Testament, give the true sense of the Scriptures, and open them to the edification of others; wherefore having such gifts, they made use of them; Beza's ancient copy adds, "full of the Holy Ghost":

and exhorted the brethren with many words; which does not so much design the prolixity of their discourses, and the frequency of their ministrations, though they might preach both long and often; as the richness of the matter of them, as the Syriac version suggests, rendering it, "with a rich word"; with copiousness, fulness, and abundance of Gospel truths, with which they comforted the brethren, giving them many useful instructions and exhortations:

and confirmed them; in the doctrines of the Gospel, and particularly in their Christian liberty, and freedom from the law of Moses, in which the false teachers had endeavoured to stagger them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. Judas and Silas, being prophets themselves—that is, inspired teachers.

exhorted the brethren with many words—"much discourse."

and confirmed them—opening up, no doubt, the great principle involved in the controversy now settled, of gratuitous salvation, or the purification of the heart by faith alone (as expressed by Peter, Ac 15:9, 11), and dwelling on the necessity of harmony in principle and affection between the Gentile disciples and their Jewish brethren.

Acts 15:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Believers at Antioch Rejoice
31When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message. 33After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out.…
Cross References
Acts 13:1
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.

Acts 15:1
Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."

Acts 15:3
The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad.

Acts 15:22
Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.

Acts 15:27
Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.

Acts 15:31
The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
Treasury of Scripture

And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words, and confirmed them.

being.

Acts 2:17,18 And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour …

Acts 11:23,27 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets …

Matthew 23:34 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and …

Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets …

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given …

1 Corinthians 12:28,29 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, …

1 Corinthians 14:3,29,32 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, …

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

exhorted.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Acts 18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over …

Acts 20:2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, …

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it …

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of …

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the …

2 Thessalonians 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

Titus 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

1 Peter 5:1,12 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

confirmed.

Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Daniel 11:1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm …

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless …

Ephesians 4:12,13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for …

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

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