Acts 11




1 Now the apostles and brethren that were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, those that were of the circumcision contended with him, saying,
3 Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised and didst eat with them.
4 But Peter began and laid the matter in order before them,
5 saying, I was praying in the city of Joppa; and in a trance I saw a vision, some thing like a large sheet descending from heaven, let down by the four corners; and it came close to me.
6 And looking stedfastly upon it, I observed four-footed creatures and wild beasts, and reptiles, and fowls of the air.
7 And I heard a voice saying to me, Rise, Peter, kill and eat.
8 But I said, By no means, Lord: for nothing polluted or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.
9 And the voice answered me a second time from heaven, What God hath cleansed do not thou call polluted.
10 And this was done thrice: and then they were all drawn up again to heaven.
11 And behold at that very time there came three men to the house where I was, sent from Cesarea to me.
12 And the Spirit ordered me to go with them, doubting nothing. And these six brethren also came with me, and we entred into the man's house;
13 and he told us how he had seen an angel in his house, standing and saying to him, Send men to Joppa, and fetch hither Simon,
14 whose sirname is Peter, who will tell thee things, by which thou shalt be saved and all thy family.
15 And when I began to speak, the holy Spirit fell on them, even as it did upon us at the beginning.
16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the holy Spirit.
17 As therefore God gave to them the like gift that He did to us, upon our believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I should be able to withstand God?
18 And when they heard these things they acquiesced, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God given to the Gentiles also repentance unto life.
19 Now they that were dispersed by the trouble, which arose about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but the Jews only.
20 But some of them were Cyprians, and Cyrenians, who when they came to Antioch, discoursed with the Grecians also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
22 And the report of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem; and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 Who, when he was come, and saw the grace of God, rejoiced, and exhorted them all with steadiness of heart to adhere to the Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the holy Spirit, and of faith: and many were added unto the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus, to seek Saul: and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch.
26 And they assembled in the church a whole year, and taught much people: and the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.
27 And in these days came down prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 And one of them, named Agabus, stood up and signified by the Spirit, that there would be a great famine over all the earth: which accordingly came to pass in the reign of Claudius Cesar.
29 And each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea.
30 Which they also did, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.