11 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted 1 the word of God. 2 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, 3 the circumcised believers 4 took issue with 5 him, 3 saying, “You went to 6 uncircumcised men and shared a meal with 7 them.” 4 But Peter began and explained it to them point by point, 8 saying, 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, 9 an object something like a large sheet descending, 10 being let down from heaven 11 by its four corners, and it came to me. 6 As I stared 12 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, 13 and wild birds. 14 7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; slaughter 15 and eat!’ 8 But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord, for nothing defiled or ritually unclean 16 has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice replied a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not consider 17 ritually unclean!’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again. 11 At that very moment, 18 three men sent to me from Caesarea 19 approached 20 the house where we were staying. 21 12 The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers 22 also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, 14 who will speak a message 23 to you by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 15 Then as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on 24 them just as he did 25 on us at the beginning. 26 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, 27 as he used to say, 28 ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 29 17 Therefore if God 30 gave them the same gift 31 as he also gave us after believing 32 in the Lord Jesus Christ, 33 who was I to hinder 34 God?” 18 When they heard this, 35 they ceased their objections 36 and praised 37 God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance 38 that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” 39
19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 40 went as far as 41 Phoenicia, 42 Cyprus, 43 and Antioch, 44 speaking the message 45 to no one but Jews. 20 But there were some men from Cyprus 46 and Cyrene 47 among them who came 48 to Antioch 49 and began to speak to the Greeks 50 too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 21 The 51 hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 52 turned 53 to the Lord. 22 A report 54 about them came to the attention 55 of the church in Jerusalem, 56 and they sent Barnabas 57 to Antioch. 58 23 When 59 he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 60 to the Lord with devoted hearts, 61 24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 62 were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. 63 So 64 for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 65 met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 66 Now it was in Antioch 67 that the disciples were first called Christians. 68
27 At that time 69 some 70 prophets 71 came down 72 from Jerusalem 73 to Antioch. 74 28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 75 and predicted 76 by the Spirit that a severe 77 famine 78 was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 79 (This 80 took place during the reign of Claudius.) 81 29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 82 decided 83 to send relief 84 to the brothers living in Judea. 30 They did so, 85 sending their financial aid 86 to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
12 About that time King Herod 1 laid hands on 2 some from the church to harm them. 3 2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 4 3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, 5 he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.) 6 4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads 7 of soldiers to guard him. Herod 8 planned 9 to bring him out for public trial 10 after the Passover. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly 11 praying to God for him. 12 6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, 13 Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while 14 guards in front of the door were keeping watch 15 over the prison. 7 Suddenly 16 an angel of the Lord 17 appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck 18 Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s 19 wrists. 20 8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt 21 and put on your sandals.” Peter 22 did so. Then the angel 23 said to him, “Put on your cloak 24 and follow me.” 9 Peter 25 went out 26 and followed him; 27 he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, 28 but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 After they had passed the first and second guards, 29 they came to the iron 30 gate leading into the city. It 31 opened for them by itself, 32 and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 33 when at once the angel left him. 11 When 34 Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 35 me from the hand 36 of Herod 37 and from everything the Jewish people 38 were expecting to happen.”
12 When Peter 39 realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, 40 where many people had gathered together and were praying. 13 When he knocked at the door of the outer gate, a slave girl named Rhoda answered. 41 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she did not open the gate, but ran back in and told 42 them 43 that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You’ve lost your mind!” 44 But she kept insisting that it was Peter, 45 and they kept saying, 46 “It is his angel!” 47 16 Now Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the door 48 and saw him, they were greatly astonished. 49 17 He motioned to them 50 with his hand to be quiet and then related 51 how the Lord had brought 52 him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 53
18 At daybreak 54 there was great consternation 55 among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 19 When Herod 56 had searched 57 for him and did not find him, he questioned 58 the guards and commanded that they be led away to execution. 59 Then 60 Herod 61 went down from Judea to Caesarea 62 and stayed there.
20 Now Herod 63 was having an angry quarrel 64 with the people of Tyre 65 and Sidon. 66 So they joined together 67 and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 68 Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 69 to help them, 70 they asked for peace, 71 because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country. 21 On a day determined in advance, Herod 72 put on his royal robes, 73 sat down on the judgment seat, 74 and made a speech 75 to them. 22 But the crowd 76 began to shout, 77 “The voice of a god, 78 and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 79 struck 80 Herod 81 down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 82 24 But the word of God 83 kept on increasing 84 and multiplying.
25 So Barnabas and Saul returned to 85 Jerusalem 86 when they had completed 87 their mission, 88 bringing along with them John Mark. 89
13 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: 1 Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, 2 Lucius the Cyrenian, 3 Manaen (a close friend of Herod 4 the tetrarch 5 from childhood 6 ) and Saul. 2 While they were serving 7 the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart 8 for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, after they had fasted 9 and 10 prayed and placed their hands 11 on them, they sent them off.
4 So Barnabas and Saul, 12 sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, 13 and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 14 5 When 15 they arrived 16 in Salamis, 17 they began to proclaim 18 the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 19 (Now they also had John 20 as their assistant.) 21 6 When they had crossed over 22 the whole island as far as Paphos, 23 they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 24 7 who was with the proconsul 25 Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul 26 summoned 27 Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear 28 the word of God. 8 But the magician Elymas 29 (for that is the way his name is translated) 30 opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul 31 away from the faith. 9 But Saul (also known as Paul), 32 filled with the Holy Spirit, 33 stared straight 34 at him 10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, 35 you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 36 11 Now 37 look, the hand of the Lord is against 38 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 39 and darkness came over 40 him, and he went around seeking people 41 to lead him by the hand. 12 Then when the proconsul 42 saw what had happened, he believed, 43 because he was greatly astounded 44 at the teaching about 45 the Lord.
13 Then Paul and his companions put out to sea 46 from Paphos 47 and came to Perga 48 in Pamphylia, 49 but John 50 left them and returned to Jerusalem. 51 14 Moving on from 52 Perga, 53 they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, 54 and on the Sabbath day they went into 55 the synagogue 56 and sat down. 15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 57 the leaders of the synagogue 58 sent them a message, 59 saying, “Brothers, 60 if you have any message 61 of exhortation 62 for the people, speak it.” 63 16 So Paul stood up, 64 gestured 65 with his hand and said,
“Men of Israel, 66 and you Gentiles who fear God, 67 listen: 17 The God of this people Israel 68 chose our ancestors 69 and made the people great 70 during their stay as foreigners 71 in the country 72 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 73 he led them out of it. 18 For 74 a period of about forty years he put up with 75 them in the wilderness. 76 19 After 77 he had destroyed 78 seven nations 79 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 80 20 All this took 81 about four hundred fifty years. After this 82 he gave them judges until the time of 83 Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled 84 forty years. 22 After removing him, God 85 raised up 86 David their king. He testified about him: 87 ‘I have found David 88 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 89 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 90 23 From the descendants 91 of this man 92 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 93 24 Before 94 Jesus 95 arrived, John 96 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 97 to all the people of Israel. 25 But while John was completing his mission, 98 he said repeatedly, 99 ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 100 26 Brothers, 101 descendants 102 of Abraham’s family, 103 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 104 the message 105 of this salvation has been sent to us. 27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 106 him, 107 and they fulfilled the sayings 108 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 109 him. 110 28 Though 111 they found 112 no basis 113 for a death sentence, 114 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had accomplished 115 everything that was written 116 about him, they took him down 117 from the cross 118 and placed him 119 in a tomb. 30 But God raised 120 him from the dead, 31 and 121 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 122 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 123 are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 124 33 that this promise 125 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 126 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 127 today I have fathered you.’ 128 34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 129 from the dead, never 130 again to be 131 in a state of decay, God 132 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 133 the holy and trustworthy promises 134 made to David.’ 135 35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 136 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 137 to experience 138 decay.’ 139 36 For David, after he had served 140 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 141 was buried with his ancestors, 142 and experienced 143 decay, 37 but the one 144 whom God raised up did not experience 145 decay. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 146 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by this one 147 everyone who believes is justified 148 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 149 you. 150 40 Watch out, 151 then, that what is spoken about by 152 the prophets does not happen to you:
41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 153
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 154
42 As Paul and Barnabas 155 were going out, 156 the people 157 were urging 158 them to speak about these things 159 on the next Sabbath. 43 When the meeting of the synagogue 160 had broken up, 161 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 162 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 163 them 164 to continue 165 in the grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. 166 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 167 and they began to contradict 168 what Paul was saying 169 by reviling him. 170 46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 171 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 172 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 173 of eternal life, we 174 are turning to the Gentiles. 175 47 For this 176 is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed 177 you to be a light 178 for the Gentiles, to bring salvation 179 to the ends of the earth.’” 180 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice 181 and praise 182 the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life 183 believed. 49 So the word of the Lord was spreading 184 through the entire region. 50 But the Jews incited 185 the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out 186 of their region. 51 So after they shook 187 the dust off their feet 188 in protest against them, they went to Iconium. 189 52 And the disciples were filled with joy 190 and with the Holy Spirit.