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Acts 11

ESV 1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. MSG 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." ESV 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, MSG 2 When Peter got back to Jerusalem, some of his old associates, concerned about circumcision, called him on the carpet: ESV 3 "You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them." MSG 3 "What do you think you're doing rubbing shoulders with that crowd, eating what is prohibited and ruining our good name?" ESV 4 But Peter began and explained it to them in order: MSG 4 So Peter, starting from the beginning, laid it out for them step-by-step: ESV 5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. MSG 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. ESV 6 Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. MSG 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. ESV 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' MSG 7 "Then I heard a voice: 'Go to it, Peter - kill and eat.' ESV 8 But I said, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' MSG 8 I said, 'Oh, no, Master. I've never so much as tasted food that wasn't kosher.' ESV 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, 'What God has made clean, do not call common.' MSG 9 The voice spoke again: 'If God says it's okay, it's okay.' ESV 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. MSG 10 This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the sky. ESV 11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. MSG 11 "Just then three men showed up at the house where I was staying, sent from Caesarea to get me. ESV 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. MSG 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. ESV 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; MSG 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. ESV 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.' MSG 14 He'll tell you something that will save your life - in fact, you and everyone you care for.' ESV 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. MSG 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. ESV 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' MSG 16 I remembered Jesus' words: 'John baptized with water; you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' ESV 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?" MSG 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?" ESV 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life." MSG 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!" ESV 19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. MSG 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. ESV 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. MSG 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. ESV 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. MSG 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. ESV 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. MSG 22 When the church in Jerusalem got wind of this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check on things. ESV 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, MSG 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. ESV 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. MSG 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. ESV 25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, MSG 25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. ESV 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. MSG 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. ESV 27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. MSG 27 It was about this same time that some prophets came to Antioch from Jerusalem. ESV 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). MSG 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.) ESV 29 So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. MSG 29 So the disciples decided that each of them would send whatever they could to their fellow Christians in Judea to help out. ESV 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul. MSG 30 They sent Barnabas and Saul to deliver the collection to the leaders in Jerusalem.

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