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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 15:36-41

We have seen one unhappy difference among the brethren, which was of a public nature, brought to a good issue; but here we have a private quarrel between two ministers, no less men than Paul and Barnabas, not compromised indeed, yet ending well. I. Here is a good proposal Paul made to Barnabas to go and review their work among the Gentiles and renew it, to take a circuit among the churches they had planted, and see what progress the gospel made among them. Antioch was now a safe and quiet... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 15:36-41

15:36-41 Some time after, Paul said to Barnabas, "Come now, let us go back and visit the brethren in every city in which we preached the word of the Lord, so that we may see how things are going with them." Barnabas wished to take John who was called Mark along with them; but Paul did not think it right to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. There was so sharp a difference of opinion that they were separated from each other and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 15:36

And some days after ,.... That Judas was gone to Jerusalem, and which they had spent in teaching and preaching the word of the Lord at Antioch: Paul said to Barnabas, let us go again and visit our brethren in every city, where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do ; by the "brethren in every city", the apostle means the believers in Syria, Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Lycaonia; where he and Barnabas had preached the Gospel with success; where churches were planted and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 15:36

Let us go - and visit our brethren in every city - This heavenly man projected a journey to Cyprus, Pamphylia, Pisidia, Lycaonia, Salamis, Paphos, Perga, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, Antioch in Pisidia, and elsewhere; for in all these places he had preached and founded Churches in the preceding year. He saw it was necessary to water the seed he had planted; for these were young converts, surrounded with impiety, opposition, and superstition, and had few advantages among themselves. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 15:36

Verse 36− 36.Let us visit our brethren. In this history we must first note how careful Paul was for the churches which he had ordained. He laboreth, indeed, at Antioch profitably, but because he remembered that he was an apostle ordained of God, and not the pastor of one particular place, he keepeth the course of his calling. Secondly, as it did not become him to be tied to one place, so he thinketh with himself, that he was bound to all whom he begat in the Lord; therefore, he will not suffer... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 15:36

After some days for some days after, A.V. ; return now for go again, A.V. ; the brethren for our brethren, A.V. and T.R.; wherein we proclaimed for where we have preached, A.V.; fare for do, A.V. After some days is hardly equivalent to μετά τινας ἡμέρας . The expression in Greek is quite indefinite as to time, and may cover months as well as days. That it does cover a considerable length of time we gather from the expression in Acts 15:33 , that Judas and Silas... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 15:36-41

The paroxysm. The proposal of two friends whose fast friendship was of many years' standing; of two brethren loving and beloved; of two apostles of Jesus Christ, who had long labored together to win souls to Christ and to advance the kingdom of God, and who had achieved together the most signal triumphs over the powers of darkness, who had suffered together, who had undergone the most appalling dangers together, who had stuck by one another under every circumstance of trial and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 15:36-41

Apostles at fault. When a grave and critical juncture had been safely passed without damage done to any, there arose a quarrel about an unimportant and insignificant matter, which had regrettable, not to say deplorable, results. The heart of the earnest and affectionate Paul yearned to know how their converts fared in "every city where they had preached the Word of the Lord" ( Acts 15:36 ). Barnabas immediately acquiesced in Paul's proposal to visit them; everything promised another... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 15:36-41

Beginning of the second missionary journey. The dissension of Paul and Barnabas, painful in itself, may yield useful matter of reflection. HUMAN INFIRMITY IS MATURE CHRISTIANS . 1. The fact of it. Paul judged severely of Mark on moral grounds. His desertion of him and Barnabas ( Acts 13:13 ) on a former occasion was to his mind a strong proof of inconstancy. But Mark had fallen away from them, not from Christ. And Barnabas would lean to the side of leniency and clemency... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 15:36-41

Contention amongst brethren. Importance of the record as showing: 1. The sincerity and simplicity of the Christian writers. An impostor would never have inserted such a fact. 2. The overruling grace of God. The treasure in earthen vessels. Infirmities in the agents magnifies him who, notwithstanding, accomplishes his proposes. Notice— I. THE TRUE PRINCIPLE OF CHRISTIAN WORK . Constant watchfulness and inspection. "See how they fare;" for encouragement and... read more

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