The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers
22Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers,23with the following letter: “The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings.24Since we have heard that certain persons who have gone out from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to disturb you and have unsettled your minds,25we have decided unanimously to choose representatives and send them to you, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,26who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.27We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.28For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials:29that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”30So they were sent off and went down to Antioch. When they gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.31When its members read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation.32Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.33After they had been there for some time, they were sent off in peace by the believers to those who had sent them.3435But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, and there, with many others, they taught and proclaimed the word of the Lord.