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Acts 11

Peter, being accused for going in to the Gentiles,

Acts 11:1 And the apostles & brethre that were in Iurie, hearde that ye heathe had also receaued the worde of God. Acts 11:2 And when Peter was come vp to Hierusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended agaynst hym, Acts 11:3 Saying: Thou wentest in to men vncircucised, & diddest eate with them. Acts 11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the begynnyng, and expounded it by order vnto them, saying:

maketh his defence,

Acts 11:5 I was in the citie of Ioppa praying, and in a traunce I sawe a vision, a certayne vessell descende, as it had ben a great sheete, let downe from heauen by the foure corners, and it came to me. Acts 11:6 Upon the which whe I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, & sawe fourefooted beastes of the earth, and wylde beastes, and wormes, and foules of the ayre. Acts 11:7 And I hearde a voyce, saying vnto me: aryse Peter, slay, and eate. Acts 11:8 But I sayde, Not so Lorde: For nothyng common or vncleane hath at any tyme entred into my mouth. Acts 11:9 But the voyce aunswered me agayne from heaue: Make them not comon which God hath cleansed. Acts 11:10 And this was done three tymes: And all were taken vp agayne into heauen. Acts 11:11 And beholde, immediatly there were three men, alredy come vnto the house where I was, sent from Cesarea vnto me. Acts 11:12 And the spirite sayde vnto me, that I shoulde go with the, without doubting. Moreouer, these sixe brethren accompanyed me, & we entred into the mans house: Acts 11:13 And he shewed vs, howe he had seene an Angel in his house, which stoode and sayde vnto hym: Sende men to Ioppa, and call for Simon, whose sirname is Peter: Acts 11:14 He shal tell thee wordes, wherby both thou and all thyne house shalbe saued. Acts 11:15 And as I began to speake, the holy ghost fell on them, as he dyd on vs at the begynnyng. Acts 11:16 Then came it to my remembraunce, howe that the Lorde sayde: Iohn baptized with water, but ye shalbe baptized with the holy ghost. Acts 11:17 For as much then, as God gaue them the lyke gyft as he dyd vnto vs, when we beleued on the Lorde Iesus Christ: what was I, that I shoulde haue withstande God?

which is accepted.

Acts 11:18 When they hearde these thynges, they helde their peace, and glorified God, saying: Then hath God also to ye Gentiles, graunted repentaunce vnto lyfe.

The Gospel being spread into Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, Barnabas is sent to confirm them.

Acts 11:19 They also which were scattered abrode through the affliction that arose about Steuen, walked throughout vnto Phenices, and Cypers, and Antioche, preachyng the worde to no man, but vnto the Iewes only. Acts 11:20 And some of the were men of Cypers, and Cyrenes, which when they were come to Antioche, spake vnto ye Grekes, and preached the Lorde Iesus. Acts 11:21 And the hande of the Lorde was with them, and a great number beleued and turned vnto the Lorde.

Acts 11:22 Then tydynges of these thinges came vnto the cares of the Churche, which was in Hierusale: And they sent foorth Barnabas, that he shoulde go vnto Antioche. Acts 11:23 Which when he came, and had seene the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they woulde cleaue vnto the Lorde. Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the holy ghost, and of fayth: And much people was added vnto the Lorde. Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seeke Saul.

The disciples there are first called Christians.

Acts 11:26 And when he had founde hym, he brought hym vnto Antioche. And it came to passe, that a whole yere they had their couersation with the Church there, & taught much people: in so much, that the disciples of Antioche, were the first that were called Christians.

They send relief to the brethren in Judaea in the time of famine.

Acts 11:27 And in those dayes, came prophetes from Hierusalem vnto Antioche. Acts 11:28 And there stoode vp one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirite, that there shoulde be great dearth throughout all the worlde: which came to passe in the dayes of Claudius Cesar. Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, euery man accordyng to his abilitie, purposed to sende succour vnto the brethren which dwelt in Iurie. Acts 11:30 Which thyng they also dyd, and sent it to the elders by the handes of Barnabas and Saul.

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