Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns1 where we preached the word of the Lord 2 and see how they are doing."
Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark,3 with them,
but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them4 in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.
They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
but Paul chose Silas5 and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.641
He went through Syria7 and Cilicia,8 strengthening the churches.9