Acts 15:41
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New International Version
He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

New Living Translation
Then he traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches there.

English Standard Version
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

New American Standard Bible
And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

King James Bible
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

International Standard Version
He went through Syria and Cilicia and strengthened the churches.

NET Bible
He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was traveling in Syria and in Qiliqia, and he was confirming the churches.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Paul went through the provinces of Syria and Cilicia and strengthened the churches.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

American King James Version
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

American Standard Version
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches, commanding them to keep the precepts of the apostles and the ancients.

Darby Bible Translation
And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.

English Revised Version
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Weymouth New Testament
and he passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the Churches.

World English Bible
He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the assemblies.

Young's Literal Translation
and he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the assemblies.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:36-41 Here we have a private quarrel between two ministers, no less than Paul and Barnabas, yet made to end well. Barnabas wished his nephew John Mark to go with them. We should suspect ourselves of being partial, and guard against this in putting our relations forward. Paul did not think him worthy of the honour, nor fit for the service, who had departed from them without their knowledge, or without their consent: see ch.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 41. - Syria and Cilicia (see ver. 23). This rather looks as if the "some days after" of ver. 36 did not cover a very long time, because the special mention of "the Churches of Syria and Cilicia" indicates that St. Paul's visit had some connection with the epistle addressed to them by the apostles and elders of the Church of Jerusalem (ver. 23), as we see from Acts 16:4 was the case. Confirming; as Acts 14:22; Acts 15:32; Acts 18:22 (T.R.). In the passive voice ἐπιστηρίζομαι means to "lean upon," as in 2 Samuel 1:6, LXX., and in classical Greek. Renan thus indicates their probable route: "They traveled by land northwards across the plain of Antioch, went through the 'Syrian Gates,' coasted the gulf of the Issus, crossed the northern branch of the Issus through the 'Amanean Gates,' then,, traversing Cilicia, went perhaps through Tarsus, crossed Mount Taurus through the 'Cilician Gates,' one of the most terrible passes in the world, and thus reached Lycaonia, going as far as Derbe, Lystra, and Iconium" ('St. Paul,' p. 123).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he went through Syria and Cilicia,.... Antioch was the metropolis of the former, and Tarsus, the apostle's native place, was in the latter; and in both these countries he had been before, and had been the instrument of converting many souls, and of planting churches, which he now visited, as he proposed to Barnabas to do: for it follows,

confirming the churches; in the Gospel, and the truths and ordinances of it, he had before instructed them in: of the church at Antioch; see Gill on Acts 11:26. And that there were also churches in Cilicia, is very manifest; and particularly there was one at Tarsus, the chief city in it. Herodian, of whom we read in Romans 16:11 and Jason, in Acts 17:5 who are reckoned among the seventy disciples, are said to be bishops or pastors of this church; See Gill on Luke 10:1. In the "second" century there was a church in that city, to which Ignatius wrote an epistle, still extant (o), in which he makes mention of Philo their deacon: in the "third" century Helenus presided over this church, and was present at a synod at Antioch, when Paulus Samosatenus was condemned for heresy (p): in the "fourth" century mention is made of several churches in Cilicia, and the bishops of them; there was a church at Apsis in Cilicia, Amphion was bishop of Epiphania, Theodorus of Mopsuestia, Cyriacus of Adanan, and Sylvanus of Tarsus, the metropolis; in which last place, in the beginning of this century, several martyrs suffered under Dioclesian, particularly Tharatus, Probus, and Andronicus: here the orthodox, in the times of Valens, would have convened a synod against the Arians, but were hindered by him; and in this century Diodorus, bishop of Tarsus, had the care of all the churches in Cilicia committed to him; in this age also we read of Antoninus, a presbyter of this church, afterwards made bishop of it: in the "fifth" century mention is made of the bishops of several churches in Cilicia, as of Mopsuesta, Irenopolis, Epiphania, Tarsus, Anazarbus, Sebaste, and others who were present at several councils held at different places in this century; in the "sixth" century, out of the cities of Cilicia, Jotapa, Pisidia, Pompeiopolis, Tarsus, Coricus, Anemurius, bishops are said to come to the synod at Rome and Constantinople: in the seventh century, Tarsus was the metropolitan church of Cilicia; and mention is made of the bishops of that and of other cities in this country, who assisted at the sixth council at Constantinople: in the "eighth" century, notice is taken of a Church at Sida in Cilicia (q); so long the Christian name was in those parts. Beza's ancient copy adds, "delivering the commandments of the elders"; and the Vulgate Latin version, "bidding" them to keep the commandments of the apostles and elders; see Acts 16:4, namely; the decrees of the assembly at Jerusalem; which seems very agreeable, since the letters were directed and sent to the brethren of the Gentiles in Syria and Cilicia, as well as in Antioch; see Acts 15:23.

(o) Ignat. Epist. p. 73, 81. (p) Euseb. Eccl. Hist. l. 7. c. 28. (q) Madgeburg. Hist. Eccl. cent. 4. c. 2. p. 2, 3. c. 3. p. 18. 22. 74. c. 7. p. 289. c. 9. p. 405, 481, c. 10. p. 570. cent. 5. c. 2. p. 3. c. 10. p. 585, 586. cent. 6. c. 2. p. 3. cent. 7. c. 2. p. 3. c. 7. p. 112. cent. 8. c. 2. p. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

41. and he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches—"It is very likely that Paul and Barnabas made a deliberate and amicable arrangement to divide the region of their first mission between them; Paul taking the continental, and Barnabas the insular, part of the proposed visitation. If Barnabas visited Salamis and Paphos, and if Paul (travelling westward), after passing through Derbe, Lystra, and Iconium, went as far as Antioch in Pisidia, the whole circuit of the proposed visitation was actually accomplished, for it does not appear that any converts had been made at Perga and Attalia" [Howson]. "This second missionary tour appears to have proceeded at first solely from the desire of visiting the churches already planted. In the end, however, it took a much wider sweep, for it brought the apostle to Europe" [Olshausen].

Acts 15:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Second Missionary Journey
40But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

Acts 6:9
Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)--Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia--who began to argue with Stephen.

Acts 15:23
With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.

Galatians 1:21
Then I went to Syria and Cilicia.
Treasury of Scripture

And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

through.

Acts 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner…

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took …

Acts 21:3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and …

Galatians 1:21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

confirming.

Acts 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the …

Acts 16:4,5 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees …

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