The believing brothers
To the grace of the Lord.”
Παῦλος δὲ ἐπιλεξάμενος Σιλᾶν ἐξῆλθεν, παραδοθεὶς τῇ χάριτι τοῦ Κυρίου ὑπὸ τῶν ἀδελφῶν·
The author of Acts indicated that Paul (Παῦλος δὲ) then chose (ἐπιλεξάμενος) Silas (Σιλᾶν). They departed (ἐξῆλθεν), as the believing brothers (ὑπὸ τῶν ἀδελφῶν) commended (παραδοθεὶς) them to the grace of the Lord (τῇ χάριτι τοῦ Κυρίου). Paul then took Silas as his traveling missionary companion. This was the same Silas that had come up from Jerusalem to Antioch to deliver the message about the requirements for the gentile Christians. Silas had been one of the leading men (ἄνδρας ἡγουμένους) among the brothers (ἐν τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς) believing in Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, according to chapter 15:22. He also stayed in Antioch, instead of going back to Jerusalem, since it seemed good (ἔδοξε) that Silas (δὲ τῷ Σίλᾳ) remained there (ἐπιμεῖναι αὐτοῦ), in verse 15:34. Paul and Silas left there with the good graces and wishes of the emerging Christian community in Antioch. Do you like to travel with good people that you like?