11 1Now the apostles and the brethren that were in Judaea heard that
the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2And when Peter was come
up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,
3saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
4But Peter began, and expounded the matter unto them in order,
5I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a
vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from
heaven by four corners; and it came even unto me:
6upon which when I had
fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw the fourfooted beasts of the earth
and wild beasts and creeping things and birds of the heaven.
7And I heard
also a voice saying unto me, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.
8But I said, Not
so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.
9But a voice answered the second time out of heaven, What God hath
cleansed, make not thou common.
10And this was done thrice: and all were
drawn up again into heaven.
11And behold, forthwith three men stood
before the house in which we were, having been sent from Caesarea unto me.
12And the Spirit bade me go with them, making no distinction. And these
six brethren also accompanied me; and we entered into the man's house:
13and he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and
saying, Send to Joppa, and fetch Simon, whose surname is Peter;
shall speak unto thee words, whereby thou shalt be saved, thou and all thy
15And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as
on us at the beginning.
16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he
said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy
17If then God gave unto them the like gift as he did also
unto us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could
18And when they heard these things, they held their peace,
and glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also hath God granted
repentance unto life.
19They therefore that were scattered abroad upon
the tribulation that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, and
Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none save only to Jews.
there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were come
to Antioch, spake unto the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number that believed turned
unto the Lord.
22And the report concerning them came to the ears of the
church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas as far as
23who, when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, was
glad; and he exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave
unto the Lord:
24for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and
of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
25And he went forth to
Tarsus to seek for Saul;
26and when he had found him, he brought him unto
Antioch. And it came to pass, that even for a whole year they were gathered
together with the church, and taught much people, and that the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch.
27Now in these days there came down
prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
28And there stood up one of them
named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be a great famine
over all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius.
disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto
the brethren that dwelt in Judea:
30which also they did, sending it to
the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.