OF THE APOSTLES
g. The Recognition by the Apostles and the Brothers in Judea
1 And the apostles and the abrothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those of the 1acircumcision disputed with him,
3 Saying, You went in to men who are uncircumcised and aate bwith them.
4 And Peter began, and he explained to them in sequence, saying,
5 I was in the city of Joppa apraying, and I saw in a trance a vision, a certain vessel like a great sheet descending, being let down by four corners out of heaven; and it came unto me.
6 Looking intently into it, I examined it and saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the reptiles and the birds of heaven.
7 And I also heard a voice saying to me, Rise up, Peter; slay and eat!
8 But I said, By no means, Lord, for no common or unclean thing has ever entered into my mouth.
9 And a voice answered a second time out of heaven, The things that God has cleansed, do not make common.
10 And this occurred three times, and everything was drawn up again into heaven.
11 And behold, at that moment three men stood at the house in which we were, having been sent from Caesarea to me.
12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, 1doubting nothing. And 2these asix brothers went with me also; and we entered into the man's house.
13 And he reported to us how he saw the angel standing in his house and saying, Send men to Joppa and send for Simon, who is surnamed Peter,
14 Who will speak words to you by which you shall be saved, you and all your 1house.
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy aSpirit fell on them just as also on us bin the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, aJohn baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
17 If therefore God has given to them the equal agift bas also to us who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, cwho was I that I could have forbidden God?
18 And when they heard these things, they became silent and aglorified God, saying, Then to the bGentiles also God has given crepentance unto 1life.
17. The Spreading to Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch
19 Those then who were 1ascattered by the tribulation which took place on account of Stephen passed through as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to 2no one except Jews only.
20 But there were some of them, 1men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and 2spoke also to the aGreeks, bannouncing the Lord Jesus as the gospel.
21 And the ahand of the Lord was with them, and a bgreat number who believed cturned to the Lord.
22 And the account concerning them was heard in the ears of the achurch which was in Jerusalem, and they 1sent out 2Barnabas to pass through as far as Antioch,
23 Who, when he arrived and saw the 1agrace of God, brejoiced and encouraged them all to 2remain with the Lord with cpurpose of heart;
24 For he was a good man and 1full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a aconsiderable 2number was badded to the Lord.
25 And he went forth to aTarsus to search for Saul;
26 And when he found him, he brought him to aAntioch. And it happened with them that for a whole year they were gathered in the bchurch and taught a considerable number and that the disciples were first called 1cChristians in Antioch.
18. The Communication between
the Church in Antioch and the Saints in Judea
27 And in these days 1aprophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 And one of them named aAgabus rose up and signified through the bSpirit that there was about to be a great cfamine over the whole inhabited earth, which occurred during the time of 1dClaudius.
29 And the 1disciples, according to how one was 2prospered, determined, each one of them, to asend things 3for bdispensing to the cbrothers dwelling in Judea,
30 Which also they did, sending it to the 1aelders through the hand of bBarnabas and 2Saul.