Acts 11 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Soon the news reached the apostles and other believers in Judea that the Gentiles had received the word of God. 1 The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 But when Peter arrived back in Jerusalem, some of the Jewish believers criticized him. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him
3 "You entered the home of Gentiles and even ate with them!" they said. 3 and said, "You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them."
4 Then Peter told them exactly what had happened. 4 Peter began and explained everything to them precisely as it had happened:
5 "One day in Joppa," he said, "while I was praying, I went into a trance and saw a vision. Something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners from the sky. And it came right down to 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 When I looked inside the sheet, I saw all sorts of small animals, wild animals, reptiles, and birds that we are not allowed to eat. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air.
7 And I heard a voice say, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.' 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'
8 "'Never, Lord,' I replied. 'I have never eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws. ' 8 "I replied, 'Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
9 "But the voice from heaven came again, 'If God says something is acceptable, don't say it isn't.' 9 "The voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.'
10 "This happened three times before the sheet and all it contained was pulled back up to heaven. 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
11 Just then three men who had been sent from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was staying. 11 "Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.
12 The Holy Spirit told me to go with them and not to worry about their being Gentiles. These six brothers here accompanied me, and we soon arrived at the home of the man who had sent for us. 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 an angel had appeared to him in his home and had told him, 'Send messengers to Joppa to find 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 tell you how you and all your household will be saved!' 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'
15 "Well, I began telling them the Good News, but just as I was getting started, the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as he fell on us at the beginning. 15 "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
16 Then I thought of the Lord's words when he said, 'John baptized with water, but 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 And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to argue?" 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, all their objections were answered and they began praising God. They said, "God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of turning from sin and receiving 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 Meanwhile, the believers who had fled from Jerusalem during the persecution after Stephen's death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the Good News, but only to 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 However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to Gentiles about the Lord 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 The power of the Lord was upon them, and large numbers of these Gentiles 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 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 When he arrived and saw this proof of God's favor, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true 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 good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And large numbers of people were brought to 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 went on to Tarsus to find Saul. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching great numbers of people. (It was there at Antioch that the believers were first 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 During this time, some prophets traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch. 27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings to predict by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign 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 believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could. 29 The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.
30 This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.