Acts 15:32

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 Then, being sent off, they went down to Antioch, and after gathering the assembly, they delivered the letter.
31 When they read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.
32 Both Judas and Silas, who were also prophets themselves, encouraged the brothers and strengthened them with a long message.
33 After spending some time there, they were sent back in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.