1 THE apostles and the brethren throughout Judaea heard that the Gentiles also had received the message of God.
2 When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision criticized him,
3 saying, "You went into the houses of uncircumcised men and ate with them."
4 But Peter began and explained consecutively all that had happened. He said,
5 "I was in the city of Joppa and was praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. Something like a great sheet was descending, lowered from heaven by the four corners, and it came to where I was.
6 I looked at it attentively and saw the fourfooted animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the reptiles and the birds of the air.
7 Then I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter, kill and eat.'
8 I said, 'By no means, Lord, for never has anything common or unclean entered my mouth.'
9 The voice spoke again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not think common.'
10 This happened three times and then everything was drawn up again into heaven.
11 Immediately three men came to the house in which we were. They had been sent from Caesarea to me.
12 The Spirit directed me to go with them without any questioning. These six brethren also went with me, and we entered the man's house.
13 He related to us how he had seen in his house an angel who stood and said, 'Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.
14 He will speak to you words by which you and your whole household will be saved.'
15 When I began speaking the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as on us at the beginning,
16 and I remembered the words of the Lord how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
17 If then God gave to them the same gift that he gave to us on believing in the Lord Jesus, who was I that I could oppose God?"
18 On hearing this they ceased their criticism and gave glory to God, saying, "Then even to the Gentiles God has granted the change of heart that leads to life."
19 Those who were scattered abroad by the persecution that arose in connection with Stephen went as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message to none but Jews.
20 Some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, and they on reaching Antioch spoke also to the Greeks, telling them the good news of the Lord Jesus.
21 The hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number believed and turned to the Lord.
22 Word came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem regarding these men, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 When he arrived and saw the grace of God he was delighted, and he encouraged all to be firmly faithful to the Lord.
24 For he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. A considerable number were added to the Lord.
25 Barnabas went away to Tarsus to look up Saul,
26 and upon finding him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a large company, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called "Christians."
27 In those days some prophets went down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 One of them named Agabus arose and foretold through the Holy Spirit that a great famine was going to occur over all the inhabited world.
29 Then the disciples determined, each according to his means, to send something for the help of the brethren who were living in Judaea.
30 This they did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.