15:23 They sent this letter with them: 1
15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, 7 teaching and proclaiming (along with many others) 8 the word of the Lord. 9
15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 10 the churches.
1 tn Grk “writing by their hand” (an idiom for sending a letter).
2 tn Grk “The apostles.” The word “from” is not in the Greek text, but has been supplied to indicate the sender of the letter.
3 tn Grk “brothers,” but “your” is supplied to specify the relationship, since without it “brothers” could be understood as vocative in English.
4 tn Grk “to the brothers who are from the Gentiles.”
5 sn Antioch was a city in Syria (not Antioch in Pisidia).
6 tn Grk “and Syria,” but καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.
7 sn Antioch was a city in Syria (not Antioch in Pisidia).
8 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author.
9 sn The word of the Lord is a technical expression in OT literature, often referring to a divine prophetic utterance (e.g., Gen 15:1, Isa 1:10, Jonah 1:1). In the NT it occurs 15 times: 3 times as ῥῆμα τοῦ κυρίου (rJhma tou kuriou; Luke 22:61, Acts 11:16, 1 Pet 1:25) and 12 times as λόγος τοῦ κυρίου (logo" tou kuriou; here and in v. 36; Acts 8:25; 13:44, 48, 49; 16:32; 19:10, 20; 1 Thess 1:8, 4:15; 2 Thess 3:1). As in the OT, this phrase focuses on the prophetic nature and divine origin of what has been said.