1 Now the apostles and athe brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, 1athose who were circumcised took issue with him, 3 saying, “aYou 1went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 But Peter began speaking 1and proceeded to explain to them ain orderly sequence, saying, 5 “aI was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw ba vision, an 1object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from 2the sky; and it came right down to me, 6 and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it 1I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the 2crawling creatures and the birds of the 3air. 7 “I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; 1kill and eat.’ 8 “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing 1unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 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.”
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.
27 Now 1at this time asome prophets came down from Jerusalem to bAntioch. 28 One of them named aAgabus stood up and began to indicate 1by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine ball over the 2world. 3And this took place in the reign of cClaudius. 29 And in the proportion that any of athe disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the 1relief of bthe brethren living in Judea. 30 aAnd this they did, sending it 1in charge of bBarnabas and Saul to the celders.
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