But I replied, "By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
But a second time the voice answered from heaven, "What God has made clean, you must not call profane.'
This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven.
At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were.
The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. a These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.
He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, "Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter;
he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.'
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning.
And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, "John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?"
When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, "Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life."
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