Acts 15:32

32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.

Acts 15:32 in Other Translations

32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.
32 Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith.
32 Judas and Silas, good preachers both of them, strengthened their new friends with many words of courage and hope.
32 Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and strengthened them with a long message.

Acts 15:32 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 15:32

And Judas and Silas being also prophets themselves
As well as Paul and Barnabas, and others, that were at Antioch; see ( Acts 13:1 ) and by prophets are meant, not only such who had the gift of foretelling things to come; though such there were, and these might have that gift; but such who were able to explain the prophecies of the Old Testament, give the true sense of the Scriptures, and open them to the edification of others; wherefore having such gifts, they made use of them; Beza's ancient copy adds, "full of the Holy Ghost":

and exhorted the brethren with many words;
which does not so much design the prolixity of their discourses, and the frequency of their ministrations, though they might preach both long and often; as the richness of the matter of them, as the Syriac version suggests, rendering it, "with a rich word"; with copiousness, fulness, and abundance of Gospel truths, with which they comforted the brethren, giving them many useful instructions and exhortations:

and confirmed them;
in the doctrines of the Gospel, and particularly in their Christian liberty, and freedom from the law of Moses, in which the false teachers had endeavoured to stagger them.

Acts 15:32 In-Context

30 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.
33 After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.

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