So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul--
men who have risked their lives1 for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas2 to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.
It seemed good to the Holy Spirit3 and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.4 You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
Judas and Silas,5 who themselves were prophets,6 said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
After spending some time there, they were sent off by the brothers with the blessing of peace7 to return to those who had sent them.a35
But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached8 the word of the Lord.9