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Acts 11 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The news traveled fast and in no time the leaders and friends back in Jerusalem heard about it - heard that the non-Jewish "outsiders" were now "in." 1 The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 When Peter got back to Jerusalem, some of his old associates, concerned about circumcision, called him on the carpet: 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him
3 "What do you think you're doing rubbing shoulders with that crowd, eating what is prohibited and ruining our good name?" 3 and said, "You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them."
4 So Peter, starting from the beginning, laid it out for them step-by-step: 4 Peter began and explained everything to them precisely as it had happened:
5 "Recently I was in the town of Joppa praying. I fell into a trance and saw a vision: Something like a huge blanket, lowered by ropes at its four corners, came down out of heaven and settled on the ground in front of 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 Milling around on the blanket were farm animals, wild animals, reptiles, birds - you name it, it was there. Fascinated, I took it all in. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air.
7 "Then I heard a voice: 'Go to it, Peter - kill and eat.' 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'
8 I said, 'Oh, no, Master. I've never so much as tasted food that wasn't kosher.' 8 "I replied, 'Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
9 The voice spoke again: 'If God says it's okay, it's okay.' 9 "The voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.'
10 This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the sky. 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
11 "Just then three men showed up at the house where I was staying, sent from Caesarea to get 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, no questions asked. So I went with them, I and six friends, to the man who had sent for me. 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 how he had seen an angel right in his own house, real as his next-door neighbor, saying, 'Send to Joppa and get Simon, the one they call 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'll tell you something that will save your life - in fact, you and everyone you care for.' 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'
15 "So I started in, talking. Before I'd spoken half a dozen sentences, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as he did on us the first time. 15 "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
16 I remembered Jesus' words: 'John baptized with water; you will be baptized with 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 So I ask you: If God gave the same exact gift to them as to us when we believed in the Master Jesus Christ, how could I object to 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 Hearing it all laid out like that, they quieted down. And then, as it sank in, they started praising God. "It's really happened! God has broken through to the other nations, opened them up to 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 Those who had been scattered by the persecution triggered by Stephen's death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, but they were still only speaking and dealing with their fellow Jews. 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 Then some of the men from Cyprus and Cyrene who had come to Antioch started talking to Greeks, giving them the Message of the Master Jesus. 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 God was pleased with what they were doing and put his stamp of approval on it - quite a number of the Greeks believed and turned to the Master. 21 The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 When the church in Jerusalem got wind of this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check on things. 22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 As soon as he arrived, he saw that God was behind and in it all. He threw himself in with them, got behind them, urging them to stay with it the rest of their lives. 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 He was a good man that way, enthusiastic and confident in the Holy Spirit's ways. The community grew large and strong in the Master. 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 went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
26 He found him and brought him back to Antioch. They were there a whole year, meeting with the church and teaching a lot of people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were for the first time called Christians. 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 It was about this same time that some prophets came to Antioch from Jerusalem. 27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 One of them named Agabus stood up one day and, prompted by the Spirit, warned that a severe famine was about to devastate the country. (The famine eventually came during the rule of Claudius.) 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 So the disciples decided that each of them would send whatever they could to their fellow Christians in Judea to help out. 29 The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.
30 They sent Barnabas and Saul to deliver the collection to the leaders in Jerusalem. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.