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Acts 11:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus, to seek Saul:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And he went away to Tarsus to seek out Saul.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He went away, however, unto Tarsus, to seek up Saul;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Barnabas went forth to Tarsus, to seek for Saul,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seeke Saul.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And he went forth to Tarsos to seek for Shaol;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And he went away to Tarsus, to seek for Saul.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
departed 1831
{1831} Prime
From G1537 and G2064; to issue (literally or figuratively).
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
Barnabas 921
{0921} Prime
Of Chaldee origin [H1247] and [H5029]; son of Nabas (that is, prophecy); Barnabas, an Israelite.
to 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
Tarsus, 5019
{5019} Prime
Perhaps the same as ταρσός [[tarsos]] (a flat basket); Tarsus, a place in Asia Minor.
for to seek 327
{0327} Prime
From G0303 and G2212; to search out.
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
Saul: 4569
{4569} Prime
Of Hebrew origin, the same as G4549; Saulus (that is, Shaul), the Jewish name of Paul.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Acts 11:25

_ _ Acts 11:25, Acts 11:26. Barnabas, finding the work in Antioch too much for him, goes to Tarsus for Saul — They labor there together for a whole year with much success, and Antioch becomes the honored birthplace of the term Christian.

_ _ Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul — Of course, this was after the hasty dispatch of Saul to Tarsus, no doubt by Barnabas himself among others, to escape the fury of the Jews at Jerusalem. And as Barnabas was the first to take the converted persecutor by the hand and procure his recognition as a disciple by the brethren at Jerusalem (Acts 9:27), so he alone seems at that early period to have discerned in him those peculiar endowments by virtue of which he was afterwards to eclipse all others. Accordingly, instead of returning to Jerusalem, to which, no doubt, he sent accounts of his proceedings from time to time, finding that the mine in Antioch was rich in promise and required an additional and powerful hand to work, he leaves it for a time, takes a journey to Tarsus, “finds Saul” (seemingly implying — not that he lay hid [Bengel], but that he was engaged at the time in some preaching circuit — see on Acts 15:23), and returns with him to Antioch. Nor were his hopes disappointed. As co-pastors, for the time being, of the Church there, they so labored that the Gospel, even in that great and many-sided community, achieved for itself a name which will live and be gloried in as long as this world lasts, as the symbol of all that is most precious to the fallen family of man: — “The disciples were called CHRISTIANS first in Antioch.” This name originated not within, but without, the Church; not with their Jewish enemies, by whom they were styled “Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5), but with the heathen in Antioch, and (as the form of the word shows) with the Romans, not the Greeks there [Olshausen]. It was not at first used in a good sense (as Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16 show), though hardly framed out of contempt (as De Wette, Baumgarten, etc.); but as it was a noble testimony to the light in which the Church regarded Christ — honoring Him as their only Lord and Savior, dwelling continually on His name, and glorying in it — so it was felt to be too apposite and beautiful to be allowed to die.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 11:19-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 11:25

(6) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

(6) There was no contention amongst the apostles, either with regard to usurping, or with regard to holding places of degree.

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to Tarsus:

Acts 9:11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought [him] to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Acts 9:30 [Which] when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a man [which am] a Jew of Tarsus, [a city] in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
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