Acts 11

Peter Reports to the Church

1Now the apostles and a  the brothers
Or  brothers and sisters
who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem c  the circumcision party
Or  Jerusalem, those of the circumcision
criticized him, saying,
3 e  “You went to uncircumcised men and f  ate with them.” 4But Peter began and explained it to them in order: 5 g  I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. 6Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7And I heard a voice saying to me, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9But the voice answered a second time from heaven, What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12And the Spirit told me to go with them h  making no distinction. i  These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14 j  he will declare to you a message by which k  you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15As I began to speak l  the Holy Spirit fell on them m  just as on us at the beginning. 16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, n  John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17If then o  God gave p  the same gift to them as he gave to us q  when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ r  who was I s  that I could stand in God’s way?” 18When they heard these things they fell silent. And they t  glorified God, saying u  Then to the Gentiles also God has v  granted w  repentance that leads to life.”

The Church in Antioch

19 x  Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists
Or Greeks (that is, Greek-speaking non-Jews)
also, z  preaching the Lord Jesus.
21And aa  the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed ab  turned to the Lord. 22The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he came and saw ac  the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord ad  with steadfast purpose, 24for he was a good man ae  full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people af  were added to the Lord. 25So Barnabas went to ag  Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called ah  Christians.

27Now in these days ai  prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28And one of them named aj  Agabus stood up and foretold ak  by the Spirit that there would be a great al  famine over all the world (this took place in the days of am  Claudius). 29So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability an  to send relief to ao  the brothers
Or  brothers and sisters
living in Judea.
30 aq  And they did so, sending it to ar  the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

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