Acts 11 New Matthew Bible (NMB)
Peter explains the reason why he went in to the heathen. Barnabas and Paul preach to the heathen. Agabus prophesies of the famine to come.
11 And the apostles and the brethren that were throughout Judea heard that the heathen had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, 3 saying, You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!
4 Then Peter began and explained the matter in order to them, saying, 5 I was in the city of Joppa, praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel descend, like a large linen cloth let down from heaven by the four corners; and it came to me. 6 When I looked into it, I considered and saw four-footed animals of the earth, and wild beasts and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, Arise, Peter; kill and eat. 8 And I said, God forbid, Lord, for nothing common or unclean has at any time entered into my mouth. 9 But the voice answered me again from heaven: Do not judge common those things that God has cleansed.
10 And this was done three times, and everything was taken up again into heaven.
11 And behold, immediately three men came to the house where I was, sent from Caesarea to me. 12 And the Spirit said to me that I should go with them, without doubting. Moreover, the six brethren accompanied me. And we entered into the man’s house. 13 And he described to us how he had seen an angel in his house, who stood and said to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, named also Peter. 14 He will speak words to you whereby both you and all your house shall be saved.
15 And as I began to preach, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as he did on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the words of the Lord, how he said John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 17 Inasmuch then as God gave them the same gift as he did to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I should have withstood God?
18 When they heard this, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then God has granted repentance unto life to the Gentiles also.
19 Those who were scattered abroad through the affliction that arose about Stephen walked throughout till they came to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they came to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks and preached the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
22 Reports of these things came to the ears of the congregation that was in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they should continually cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus, to seek Saul. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came about that for a whole year they were with the congregation there, and taught many people. And the disciples of Antioch were the first that were called Christian.
27 In those days, prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them, named Agabus, stood up and signified by the Spirit that there would be great dearth throughout all the world, which came to pass in the days of the Emperor Claudius. 29 Then the disciples, everyone according to his ability, determined to send aid to the brethren who dwelt in Judea. 30 Which thing they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.