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1 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that people who were not Jewish had accepted God's word. 1 The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 However, when Peter went to Jerusalem, the believers who insisted on circumcision began to argue with him. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him
3 They said, "You went to visit men who were uncircumcised, and you even ate with them." 3 and said, "You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them."
4 Then Peter began to explain to them point by point what had happened. He said, 4 Peter began and explained everything to them precisely as it had happened:
5 "I was praying in the city of Joppa when I fell into a trance. I saw something like a large linen sheet being lowered by its four corners from the sky. The sheet came near me. 5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.
6 I looked into the sheet very closely and saw tame animals, wild animals, reptiles, and birds. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air.
7 I also heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter! Kill these animals, and eat them.' 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'
8 "But I answered, 'I can't do that, Lord! I've never put anything impure or unclean into my mouth.' 8 "I replied, 'Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
9 "A voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Don't say that the things which God has made clean are impure.' 9 "The voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.'
10 This happened three times. Then everything was pulled back into the sky again. 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
11 "At that moment three men arrived at the house where we were staying. They had been sent from Caesarea to find me. 11 "Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.
12 The Spirit told me to go with them without any hesitation. Six believers [from Joppa] went with me, and we visited Cornelius' home. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man's house.
13 "He told us that he had seen an angel standing in his home. The angel told him, 'Send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man whose name is Simon Peter. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, 'Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.
14 He will give you a message that will save you and everyone in your home.' 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'
15 "When I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came to these people. This was the same thing that happened to us in the beginning. 15 "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
16 I remembered that the Lord had said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit.' 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
17 When they believed, God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. So who was I to interfere with God?" 17 So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?"
18 When the others heard this, they had no further objections. They praised God by saying, "Then God has also led people who are not Jewish to turn to him so that they can change the way they think and act and have eternal life." 18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life."
19 Some of the believers who were scattered by the trouble that broke out following Stephen's death went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and the city of Antioch. They spoke God's word only to Jewish people. 19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews.
20 But other believers, who were from Cyprus and Cyrene, arrived in Antioch. They started to spread the Good News about the Lord Jesus to Greeks. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.
21 The Lord's power was with his followers, and a large number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 21 The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 After the news about Antioch reached the church in Jerusalem, Barnabas was sent to Antioch. 22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 When he arrived there, he was pleased to see what God had done for them out of kindness. So he encouraged all the people to remain solidly committed to the Lord. 23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
24 Barnabas was a dependable man, and he was full of the Holy Spirit and faith. A large crowd believed in the Lord. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas left Antioch to go to the city of Tarsus to look for Saul. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
26 After finding Saul, Barnabas brought him back to Antioch. Barnabas and Saul met with the church in Antioch for a whole year and taught a large group of people. The disciples were called Christians for the first time in the city of Antioch. 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
27 At that time some prophets came from Jerusalem to the city of Antioch. 27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 One of them was named Agabus. Through the Spirit Agabus predicted that a severe famine would affect the entire world. This happened while Claudius was emperor. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)
29 All the disciples in Antioch decided to contribute whatever they could afford to help the believers living in Judea. 29 The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.
30 The disciples did this and sent their contribution with Barnabas and Saul to the leaders [in Jerusalem]. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.