Acts 11:25
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New International Version
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,

New Living Translation
Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul.

English Standard Version
So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,

Berean Study Bible
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,

Berean Literal Bible
And he went forth to Tarsus to seek Saul,

New American Standard Bible
And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;

King James Bible
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

Christian Standard Bible
Then he went to Tarsus to search for Saul,

Contemporary English Version
Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul.

Good News Translation
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he went to Tarsus to search for Saul,

International Standard Version
Then Barnabas left for Tarsus to look for Saul.

NET Bible
Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul,

New Heart English Bible
Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was going to Tarsus to seek Shaul;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Barnabas left Antioch to go to the city of Tarsus to look for Saul.

New American Standard 1977
And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus to seek Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.

King James 2000 Bible
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, to seek Saul:

American King James Version
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

American Standard Version
And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch.

Darby Bible Translation
And he went away to Tarsus to seek out Saul.

English Revised Version
And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus, to seek Saul:

Weymouth New Testament
Then Barnabas paid a visit to Tarsus to try to find Saul.

World English Bible
Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul.

Young's Literal Translation
And Barnabas went forth to Tarsus, to seek for Saul,
Study Bible
The Church at Antioch
24Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. So for a full year they met together with the church and taught large numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement),

Acts 9:11
"Get up!" the Lord told him. "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.

Treasury of Scripture

Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

to Tarsus.

Acts 9:11,27,30 And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is …

Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …







(25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus.--The act is every way significant. It indicates the assurance that Saul would approve of the work which had been going on at Antioch, and the confident belief that he was the right person to direct and organise it. It probably implies also some intercourse with the Apostle, by letter or message, since his departure from Jerusalem. In the absence of any direct record, we can only infer that Saul had remained at Tarsus, carrying on his occupation as a tent-maker (Acts 18:3), and preaching the gospel there and in the neighbouring cities of Cilicia (see Note on Acts 15:41) "to the Jew first and also to the Gentile." It is clear that he must have heard of the grace of God that had been manifested at Antioch with great joy, and accepted the invitation to join in the work there with a ready gladness.

Verse 25. - And he went forth for then departed Barnabas, A.V. and T.R.; to seek for, for for to seek, A.V. Observe the remarkable providence which had made use of the violence of the Hellenist Jews at Jerusalem to drive Saul to Tarsus, where he would be close at hand to take up the work so unexpectedly prepared for him at Antioch. "It was in the spring of the year A.D. , or just ten years after the Crucifixion, that Barnabas proceeded to Tarsus, found Saul, and brought him to Antioch" (Lewin, 1:96). From Seleucia to the port of Tarsus would be about a twelve hours' sail; or, by land, a journey of about eighty miles would bring him to Tarsus from Antioch. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus,.... "In Cilicia" to seek Saul; who had been sent thither by the brethren that he might escape the rage of the Grecians, who sought to slay him, Acts 9:29. Ac 11:25, 26. Barnabas, Finding the Work in Antioch Too Much for Him, Goes to Tarsus for Saul—They Labor There Together for a Whole Year with Much Success, and Antioch Becomes the Honored Birthplace of the Term Christian.

25. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul—Of course, this was after the hasty despatch of Saul to Tarsus, no doubt by Barnabas himself among others, to escape the fury of the Jews at Jerusalem. And as Barnabas was the first to take the converted persecutor by the hand and procure his recognition as a disciple by the brethren at Jerusalem (Ac 9:27), so he alone seems at that early period to have discerned in him those peculiar endowments by virtue of which he was afterwards to eclipse all others. Accordingly, instead of returning to Jerusalem, to which, no doubt, he sent accounts of his proceedings from time to time, finding that the mine in Antioch was rich in promise and required an additional and powerful hand to work, he leaves it for a time, takes a journey to Tarsus, "finds Saul" (seemingly implying—not that he lay hid [Bengel], but that he was engaged at the time in some preaching circuit—see on [1996]Ac 15:23), and returns with him to Antioch. Nor were his hopes disappointed. As co-pastors, for the time being, of the Church there, they so labored that the Gospel, even in that great and many-sided community, achieved for itself a name which will live and be gloried in as long as this world lasts, as the symbol of all that is most precious to the fallen family of man:—"The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." This name originated not within, but without, the Church; not with their Jewish enemies, by whom they were styled "Nazarenes" (Ac 24:5), but with the heathen in Antioch, and (as the form of the word shows) with the Romans, not the Greeks there [Olshausen]. It was not at first used in a good sense (as Ac 26:28; 1Pe 4:16 show), though hardly framed out of contempt (as De Wette, Baumgarten, etc.); but as it was a noble testimony to the light in which the Church regarded Christ—honoring Him as their only Lord and Saviour, dwelling continually on His name, and glorying in it—so it was felt to be too apposite and beautiful to be allowed to die.11:25-30 Hitherto the followers of Christ were called disciples, that is, learners, scholars; but from that time they were called Christians. The proper meaning of this name is, a follower of Christ; it denotes one who, from serious thought, embraces the religion of Christ, believes his promises, and makes it his chief care to shape his life by Christ's precepts and example. Hence it is plain that multitudes take the name of Christian to whom it does not rightly belong. But the name without the reality will only add to our guilt. While the bare profession will bestow neither profit nor delight, the possession of it will give both the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Grant, Lord, that Christians may forget other names and distinctions, and love one another as the followers of Christ ought to do. True Christians will feel for their brethren under afflictions. Thus will fruit be brought forth to the praise and glory of God. If all mankind were true Christians, how cheerfully would they help one another! The whole earth would be like one large family, every member of which would strive to be dutiful and kind.
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