Judas and Silas, good preachers both of them, strengthened their new friends with many words of courage and hope.
Then it was time to go home. They were sent off by their new friends with laughter and embraces all around to report back to those who had sent them.
Paul and Barnabas stayed on in Antioch, teaching and preaching the Word of God. But they weren't alone. There were a number of teachers and preachers at that time in Antioch.
After a few days of this, Paul said to Barnabas, "Let's go back and visit all our friends in each of the towns where we preached the Word of God. Let's see how they're doing."
Barnabas wanted to take John along, the John nicknamed Mark.
But Paul wouldn't have him; he wasn't about to take along a quitter who, as soon as the going got tough, had jumped ship on them in Pamphylia.
Tempers flared, and they ended up going their separate ways: Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus;
Paul chose Silas and, offered up by their friends to the grace of the Master,
went to Syria and Cilicia to build up muscle and sinew in those congregations.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)