Acts 11-13 Revised Standard Version

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Peter's Report to the Church at Jerusalem

11 1  Now the apostles and the brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, 3  saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?" 4  But Peter began and explained to them in order: 5  "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me. 6  Looking at it closely I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7  And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' 8  But I said, 'No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' 9  But the voice answered a second time from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not call common.' 10  This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11  At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare'a. 12  And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13  And he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon called Peter; 14  he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.' 15  As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16  And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 17  If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?" 18  When they heard this they were silenced. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life."

The Church at Antioch

19  Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoeni'cia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews. 20  But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyre'ne, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21  And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number that believed turned to the Lord. 22  News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23  When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose; 24  for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord. 25  So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; 26  and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.

27  Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28  And one of them named Ag'abus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world; and this took place in the days of Claudius. 29  And the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea; 30  and they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12 1  About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. 2  He killed James the brother of John with the sword; 3  and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4  And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

5  So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Peter Delivered from Prison

6  The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison; 7  and behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his hands. 8  And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your mantle around you and follow me." 9  And he went out and followed him; he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel left him. 11  And Peter came to himself, and said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting." 12  When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13  And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. 14  Recognizing Peter's voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and told that Peter was standing at the gate. 15  They said to her, "You are mad." But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel!" 16  But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. 17  But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Tell this to James and to the brethren." Then he departed and went to another place. 18  Now when day came, there was no small stir among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 19  And when Herod had sought for him and could not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesare'a, and remained there.

The Death of Herod

20  Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and they came to him in a body, and having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. 21  On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and made an oration to them. 22  And the people shouted, "The voice of a god, and not of man!" 23  Immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died. 24  But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25  And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, bringing with them John whose other name was Mark.

Barnabas and Saul Begin Their First Missionary Journey

13 1  Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyre'ne, Man'a-en a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3  Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

The Apostles Preach in Cyprus

4  So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleu'cia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5  When they arrived at Sal'amis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. 6  When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. 7  He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8  But El'ymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. 9  But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10  and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 11  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. 12  Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas at Antioch of Pisidia

13  Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphyl'ia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem;

14  but they passed on from Perga and came to Antioch of Pisid'ia. And on the sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15  After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it." 16  So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: "Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen. 17  The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18  And for about forty years he bore with them in the wilderness. 19  And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years. 20  And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21  Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22  And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; of whom he testified and said, 'I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' 23  Of this man's posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. 24  Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25  And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' 26  "Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27  For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning him. 28  Though they could charge him with nothing deserving death, yet they asked Pilate to have him killed. 29  And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. 30  But God raised him from the dead; 31  and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32  And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33  this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, 'Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee.' 34  And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he spoke in this way, 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' 35  Therefore he says also in another psalm, 'Thou wilt not let thy Holy One see corruption.' 36  For David, after he had served the counsel of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption; 37  but he whom God raised up saw no corruption. 38  Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39  and by him every one that believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40  Beware, therefore, lest there come upon you what is said in the prophets: 41  'Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish; for I do a deed in your days, a deed you will never believe, if one declares it to you.'"

42  As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next sabbath. 43  And when the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44  The next sabbath almost the whole city gathered together to hear the word of God. 45  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted what was spoken by Paul, and reviled him. 46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47  For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, 'I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.'" 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of God; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49  And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the region. 50  But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51  But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and went to Ico'nium. 52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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