Acts 11

Gentile Salvation Defended

1 The apostles and the
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles had welcomed God’s message also.
2 When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who stressed circumcision
Lit those of the circumcision
argued with him, c
3 saying, “You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them!” d

4 Peter began to explain to them in an orderly sequence, saying: 5 “I e was in the town of Joppa praying, and I saw, in a visionary state, an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came to me. 6When I looked closely and considered it, I saw the four-footed animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky. 7 Then I also heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat!’

8 “‘No, Lord!’ I said. ‘For nothing common or ritually
unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
unclean has ever entered my mouth!’
9 But a voice answered from heaven a second time, ‘What God has made
clean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
clean, you must not call common.’

10 “Now this happened three times, and then everything was drawn up again into heaven. 11At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were. 12 Then the Spirit told me to accompany them with no doubts at all. These six brothers accompanied me, and we went into the man’s house. h 13He reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send
Other mss add men
to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is also named Peter.
14 He will speak a message
Lit speak words
to you that you and all your household k will be saved by.’

15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us at the beginning. l 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ m 17 Therefore, if God gave them the same gift that He also gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?” n

18When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, “So God has granted repentance resulting in life
Or repentance to life
even to the Gentiles!” p

The Church in Antioch

19 Those who had been scattered as a result of the persecution that started because of Stephen made their way as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, q speaking the message to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, Cypriot and Cyrenian men, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Hellenists,
Other mss read Greeks
In this context, a non-Jewish person who spoke Gk
proclaiming the good news about the Lord Jesus. t
21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. u 22 Then the report about them was heard by the church that was at Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to travel
Other mss omit to travel
as far as Antioch.
23 When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart, w 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit x and of faith. And large numbers of people were added y to the Lord. 25 Then he
Other mss read Barnabas
went to Tarsus to search for Saul,
26 and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught large numbers. The disciples aa were first called Christians at Antioch. ab

Famine Relief

27 In those days some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. ac 28 Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine throughout the Roman world.
Or the whole world
This took place during the time of Claudius.
Emperor a.d. 41-54; there was a famine a.d. 47-48.
29 So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. ag 30They did this, sending it to the elders ah by means of Barnabas and Saul.
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