Acts 15:33

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.[a]

Acts 15:33 in Other Translations

KJV
33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
ESV
33 And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.
NLT
33 They stayed for a while, and then the believers sent them back to the church in Jerusalem with a blessing of peace.
MSG
33 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.
CSB
33 After spending some time there, they were sent back in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.

Acts 15:33 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 15:33

And after they had tarried there a space
How long is not certain; the Arabic version renders it "a year"; and it is probable enough, they might stay there so long, till things were thoroughly settled, which were thrown into great disorder and confusion, by the pleaders for circumcision:

they were let go in peace;
that is, they were dismissed, and went away with the leave and consent of the church; who returned them thanks for the service and good offices they had done them, and wished them all peace, prosperity, and happiness, both in soul and body, and great success in their ministrations wherever they went: and as they were dismissed in peace, they left the church in perfect peace; an end being put to the controversy about circumcision, which was raised among them; and the members of the church being agreed in their sentiments, and heartily united in their affections to one another: and thus Judas and Silas were honourably dismissed

from the brethren,
at Antioch,

to the Apostles,
at Jerusalem; the Alexandrian copy, and Beza's ancient copy, the Vulgate Latin, and Ethiopic versions, read, "to them that sent them"; and so include, with the apostles, the elders, and brethren at Jerusalem, who wrote the letter to the church at Antioch, and sent it by them; and it was proper that they should return to them, and give them an account of the success of it, how it was received, and what good it had done.

Acts 15:33 In-Context

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.
35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Samuel 1:17; Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50; Acts 16:36; 1 Corinthians 16:11

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts include here "But Silas decided to remain there."