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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Acts 11:9–26

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9 “But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘aWhat God has cleansed, no longer 1consider unholy.’

10 “This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into 1the sky.

11 “And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from aCaesarea.

12 “aThe Spirit told me to go with them 1bwithout misgivings. cThese six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house.

13 “And he reported to us how he had seen the angel 1standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here;

14 and he will speak awords to you by which you will be saved, you and ball your household.’

15 “And as I began to speak, athe Holy Spirit fell upon them just bas He did upon us at the beginning.

16 “And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, aJohn baptized with water, but you will be baptized 1with the Holy Spirit.’

17 “Therefore if aGod gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, bwho was I that I could 1stand in God’s way?”

18 When they heard this, they 1quieted down and aglorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the brepentance that leads to life.”

The Church at Antioch

19 aSo then those who were scattered because of the 1persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way 2to bPhoenicia and cCyprus and dAntioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.

20 But there were some of them, men of aCyprus and bCyrene, who came to cAntioch and began speaking to the 1dGreeks also, 2epreaching the Lord Jesus.

21 And athe hand of the Lord was with them, and ba large number who believed turned to the Lord.

22 The 1news about them 2reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent aBarnabas off 3to bAntioch.

23 Then when he arrived and 1witnessed athe grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with 2resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;

24 for he was a good man, and afull of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And bconsiderable 1numbers were 2brought to the Lord.

25 And he left for aTarsus to look for Saul;

26 and when he had found him, he brought him to aAntioch. And for an entire year they 1met with the church and taught considerable 2numbers; and bthe disciples were first called cChristians in aAntioch.

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