Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members a and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers,
with the following letter: "The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers b of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings.
Since we have heard that certain persons who have gone out from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to disturb you and have unsettled your minds, c25
we have decided unanimously to choose representatives d and send them to you, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.
For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials:
that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled e and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."
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