1Now the apostles and 1the brethren who were throughoutJudeaheard that the Gentilesalso had received the word of God.
And whenPetercame up to Jerusalem, a2those who were circumcisedtookissue with him,
3saying, "3You bwent to uncircumcisedmen and ate with them."
But Peterbegan speaking cand proceeded to explain to them 4in orderlysequence, saying,
"5I was in the city of Joppapraying; and in a trance I saw6a vision, an dobjectcomingdownlike a greatsheetlowered by fourcorners from ethe sky; and it cameright down to me,
and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it fI saw the four-footedanimals of the earth and the wildbeasts and the gcrawlingcreatures and the birds of the hair.
"I alsoheard a voicesaying to me, 'Get up, Peter; ikill and eat.'
"But I said, 'By nomeans, Lord, for nothingjunholyorunclean has everentered my mouth.'
"But a voice from heavenanswered a secondtime, '7WhatGod has cleansed, no longer kconsiderunholy.'
10"Thishappenedthreetimes, and everything was drawnback up into lthe sky.
"And behold, at that momentthreemenappeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from 8Caesarea.
"9The Spirittold me to go with them m10withoutmisgivings. 11Thesesixbrethrenalsowent with me and we entered the man'shouse.
"And he reported to us how he had seen the angelnstanding in his house, and saying, 'Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also calledPeter, broughthere;
and he will speak12words to you by which you will be saved, you and 13all your household.'
"And as I began to speak, 14the HolySpiritfell upon them just15as He did upon us at the beginning.
"And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, '16Johnbaptized with water, but you will be baptizedowith the HolySpirit.'17"Thereforeif17Godgave to them the samegift as He gave to us also after believing in the LordJesusChrist, 18who was I that I couldpstand in God'sway?"
When they heardthis, they qquieteddown and 19glorifiedGod, saying, "Wellthen, God has granted to the Gentilesalso the 20repentance that leads to life."
1921Sothenthose who were scatteredbecause of the rpersecution that occurred in connection with Stephenmade their waysto 22Phoenicia and 23Cyprus and 24Antioch, speaking the word to nooneexcept to Jewsalone.
But there were some of them, men of 25Cyprus and 26Cyrene, whocame to 27Antioch and began speaking to the t28Greeksalso, u29preaching the LordJesus.
And 30the hand of the Lord was with them, and 31a largenumber who believedturned to the Lord.
The vnewsabout them wreached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent32Barnabasoffxto 33Antioch.
Then when he arrived and ywitnessed34the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with zresoluteheart to remain true to the Lord;
for he was a goodman, and 35full of the HolySpirit and of faith. And 36considerableaanumbers were bbbrought to the Lord.
And he left for 37Tarsus to look for Saul;
and when he had found him, he brought him to 38Antioch. And for an entireyear they ccmet with the church and taughtconsiderableddnumbers; and 39the disciples were firstcalled40Christians in 41Antioch.
27Noweeat thistime42some prophetscamedown from Jerusalem to 43Antioch.
28One of them named44Agabusstood up and began to indicateffby the Spirit that there wouldcertainly be a greatfamine45allover the ggworld. hhAnd thistookplace in the reign of 46Claudius.
And in the proportion that any of 47the discipleshadmeans, each of them determined to send a contribution for the iirelief of 48the brethrenliving in Judea.
3049And this they did, sending it jjin charge of 50Barnabas and Saul to the 51elders.