Acts 11 ©

1 Peter comes to Jerusalem, where he is accused that he went in to the uncircumcised. 4 Whereupon for his defense he relates all that had happened concerning that matter. 18 Which apology is accepted. 19 The dispersed believers preach Christ even unto Phenice, Cyprus and Antioch, to the Jews, and some also to the Greeks. 21 So that many believed. 22 Which the Church of Jerusalem understanding, send Barnabas to Antioch to strengthen them. 25 Who travels to Tarsus to seek Saul, and brings him to Antioch. 26 Where the disciples are first called Christians. 27 Agabus foretells the famine. 29 Wherefore the brethren send relief by Saul and Barnabas to the brethren at Jerusalem.


AND the apostles and 1brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.


And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, 2they that were of the circumcision contended with him,


Saying, Thoua wentest in to men 3uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.


4But Peter 5rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,


Ib was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:


Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.


And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.


But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothingc common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.


But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.


And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.


And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.


Andd the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:


And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;


Who shall tell thee 6words, 7whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.


And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us 8at the beginning.


Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, Johne indeed baptized with water; but yef shall be baptized 9with the Holy Ghost.


Forasmuchg then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could 10withstand God?


When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles 11granted repentance unto life.


¶Nowh they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose 12about Stephen travelled as far as 13Phenice, and 14Cyprus, and 15Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews 16only.


And some 17of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the 18Grecians, 19preaching 20the Lord Jesus.


Andi21the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.


¶Then 22tidings of these things 23came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth 24Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.


Who, when he came, and had seen 25the grace of God, was glad, andj exhorted them all, that with 26purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.


For he was a good man, and fullk of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.


Thenl departed Barnabas to 27Tarsus, for to seek Saul:


And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called 28Christians first in Antioch.


¶And in these days came 29prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.


And there stood up one of them named Agabus,m and 30signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass 31in the days of Claudius Caesar.


Then the 32disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send 33relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:


Which also they did, andn sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.