Acts of the Followers 11-14

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    11 [1-10] And the followers and the Christians from Judea heard that the other peoples had also heard the Word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were of the Jews argued with him, saying, “You went to those who are not of us, and ate with them.” But Peter went over the story from the beginning, and explained it to them in order, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying and in a trance when I saw in a vision something like a large sheet come down, which was let down from heaven by its four corners; and it came down to me. And when I looked at it, I thought about it, and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, insects, and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, No, Christ; I have never eaten anything common or bad for me. But the voice from heaven said to me again, ‘What God says is good, don’t call evil.’ And this happened three times: and it was all taken back up into heaven again.

      [11-18] And suddenly there were three people, who had already come to the house where I was, and who were sent from Caesarea to me. And the Spirit wanted me to go with them, without doubting anything. Besides this, these six Christians came with me, and we went in to the person’s house, who told us how he had seen an angel in his house, which said, ‘Send to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose nickname is Peter; Who will tell you words, by which you and all your house will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as it did on us at the beginning. Then I remembered the words of Christ, who said, The truth is, John baptized with water; but you’ll be baptized with the Holy Spirit. So then, as God gave them the same gift, who believed on Yeshua the Christ, as we ourselves got; who was I that I could go against God? When they heard this, they didn’t say anything else, but praised God, saying, “Then God has also given to the other peoples a chance to change their ways to have life without end.”

      [19-30] Now those, who were scattered out from the discrimination that rose up after Stephen was killed, traveled as far as Phenice, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the Word only to the Jews. And some of them were those of Cyprus and Cyrene, who after coming to Antioch, spoke to the Grecians, preaching about Christ Yeshua. And the hand of God was with them: and many people believed, and turned to God. Then news of this came to the church that was in Jerusalem: and they sent out Barnabas, to go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen God’s grace, was happy, and encouraged them all, that they should cling to God with all their hearts. He was a good person, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and many people came to God through him. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus, to look Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And then for a whole year they gathered with the church, and taught all the people. And the followers were first called Christians in Antioch. And in these days great preachers came from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up, and said by the spirit that there would be a great drought throughout the whole world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the followers, everyone as they were able, decided to send relief to the Christians who lived in Judea: Which they did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

    12 [1-10] Now about that time Herod the ruler used his power to trouble some of the church. And he beheaded James, the brother of John with the sword. And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he tried to take Peter also, during the celebration days of unleavened bread. And when he arrested him, and put him in prison, he ordered four troops of guards to keep him; intending after Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison: but the church didn’t stop praying to God for him. And the night before Herod was to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two guards, held with two chains: and the doorkeepers kept the prison tight. And the angel of God came to him, and a bright light shined in the prison: and the messenger hit Peter on the side, and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off from his hands. Then the angel said, “Get dressed, and put on your sandals.” And so he did. And then the angel said, “Throw your coat around you, and follow Me.” And he went out, and followed along; and didn’t know that what was happening by the angel was really true; but thought that he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guards of the prison, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened up for them all by themselves. And they went out, going down the street; and then the angel was gone.

       [11-19] And when Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure, that God has sent the messenger, and has taken me out of Herod’s hands, saving me from what the Jews were hoping for.” And when he had thought about it, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John, whose nickname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to listen carefully. And when she knew Peter’s voice, she didn’t open the gate, being so happy, but ran in, and told them that Peter was at the gate. And they said to her, “You’re crazy.” But she kept on telling them the same thing. Then they said, “It’s his spirit.” But Peter kept knocking: and when they opened the door, and saw him, they were amazed. But Peter, waving to them with his hands to be quiet, told them how God had brought him out of the prison. And they said, “Go tell this to James, and the followers. So he left, and went there. Now as soon as it was day, the guards were very upset, and didn’t know what happened to Peter. And when Herod called for him, and they couldn’t find him, he questioned the guards, and ordered them to be killed. So Peter went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.

     [20-25] Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with One heart to him, having made Blastus, the ruler’s own private assistant, their friend, wanted peace; because their country was supported by food from the ruler’s country. And on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his public throne, and made a speech to them. And the people shouted out, saying, “It’s the voice of a god, and not of a man.” And suddenly the angel of God struck him, because he didn’t give God due respect: and he was eaten of worms, and died. But the Word of God grew more and more. And Barnabas and Saul came back from Jerusalem, when they had completed their ministry, and took along John, whose nickname was Mark.

    13 [1-13] Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain great preachers and teachers; Barnabas, Simeon that was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the governor, and Saul. As they ministered to God, and went without food to pray, the Holy Spirit said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I’ve called them.” And when they had gone without food and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, went to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were at Salamis, they preached the Word of God in the place of worships of the Jews: and they also had John to help them. And when they had gone past the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false preacher, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, who was a careful person and called for Barnabas and Saul, because he wanted to hear the Word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (this is the meaning of his name) refused to accept them, looking for a way to turn the deputy away from the faith. Then Saul, (who is also called Paul,) filled with the Holy Spirit, set his eyes on him, and said, “You sneaky and lying, child of the devil, you enemy of everything good, won’t you stop twisting the right ways of God? And now, the hand of God is on you, and you’ll be blind, not seeing the sun for a while.” And suddenly a mist of darkness fell on him; and he went about looking for someone to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what happened, believed, being amazed at the Word of God. Now when Paul and the others left from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John left them and went back to Jerusalem.

      [14-22] But when they went from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the place of worship on a Day of Worship, and sat down. And after the reading of the Word of God and the great preachers, the rulers of the place of worship ask them, saying, “Do you all have any word of encouragement for the people? If so, say so. Then Paul stood up, and waving with his hand, said, “People of Israel, and you who honor and respect God, pay attention. The God of this people of Israel chose our ancestors, and uplifted the people when they lived as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with great strength brought them out of it. And God put up with their ways for forty years in the countryside. And when God had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, their land was divided to them by lot. And after that God gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel, the great preacher came. And later when they wanted a ruler: God gave them Saul, the child of Kish, from the family of Benjamin, for forty years. And when God had removed him, God lifted up David to be their ruler; of whom also God said, “David the child of Jesse, I’ve found is someone after my own heart, which will fulfill all My will.

      [23-37] God has raised up a descendant of this person, as promised to Israel, a Savior, Yeshua: When John had first preached before the Christ’s coming, the baptism of a changed life, to all the people of Israel. And as John finished his work, he asked, “Who do you think I am? I’m not the One you’re looking for. But, there comes One after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to undo.” You people, children of the family of Abraham, and whoever among you respects God, the Word of how to be saved is sent to you now. Those who live at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they didn’t know Yeshua was the Christ, nor even the voices of the great preachers which are read every Day of Worship, they’ve made to come true by passing judgment on the Christ. And even though they found no reason for a death sentence, they still wanted Pilate to put Yeshua to death. And they did everything that was written about the Christ, who they took down from the cross and laid in a tomb. But God raised the Christ from the dead: Who was seen for a long time by those who came up with Yeshua from Galilee to Jerusalem.  And we are the witnesses of Christ to the people, and tell you this happy news. The promise which was made to the ancestors, God has made happen for all of us, who are their children, through this person.  God has brought Yeshua back to life again; as it’s also written in the second song, “You’re My Child, today I have born you.” And about God raising the Christ from the dead, no more to return to death, God said in this way, “I’ll give you the true promises of David.” Which is why God also said this in another song, “You won’t let your Holy One rot in the grave.” But David, after having served his own people by the will of God, died, and was laid with his ancestors, and rotted in his grave. But the Christ didn’t rot, whom God brought back to life.

      [38-43] So we want you to know, dear people and loved ones, that through this person, who we’ve preached to you, you can be saved from your sins: And through Christ, all that believe are made right from everything, from which you couldn’t be made right by the Word of God which was given to Moses. So beware, in case what was spoken of in the great preachers comes on you: “See, you who hate others, wonder and die! I’ll do something in your days, something you’ll never believe, even if someone tells it to you.” And when the Jews had gone out of the place of worship, the other peoples begged them to preach this to them the next Day of Worship. Now when the people left, many of the Jews and religious converts followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, proved to them that they should stay in God’s grace.

      [44-52] When the next day of Worship came, almost the whole city came together to hear the Word of God. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous, and spoke against what Paul was saying, contradicting him and disrespecting God. Then Paul and Barnabas, having no fear, said, “It was necessary that the Word of God was first spoken to you: but seeing you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, we turn to the other peoples. The Christ has told us, saying, ‘I’ve made you to be a light to the other peoples, that you would teach all people how to be saved, even to the farthest parts of the world.’” And when the other peoples heard this, they were happy, and praised the Word of God: and whoever was set apart for everlasting life believed in the Christ. And the Word of the Christ was published throughout the whole region. But the Jews stirred up the dedicated and honorable women, and the leading men of the city, and made the people prejudiced against Paul and Barnabas, and forced them to leave out of their coasts. But they shook the dust off of their feet as a witness against them, and came to Iconium. And the followers were joyful, and filled with the Holy Spirit.

    14 [1-7] And then in Iconium, they went both together into the Jews’ place of worship, and spoke, so that a great crowd both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the other peoples, and made them turn against the Christians. But they stayed a long time speaking without fear in Christ, who gave witness to the Word of God’s grace, letting signs and amazing things be done by their hands. But the crowd of the city was divided, part of them agreeing with the Jews, and part with the followers. And when an attack was planned by both the other peoples, and also by the Jews, along with their rulers, to abuse them shamefully, and kill them, they became aware of it, and ran away to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the region that lies around them: So they preached the New Word there.

      [8-18] And there was someone at Lystra, sitting helpless, being a cripple in their feet from their mother’s womb, who had never walked: This person heard Paul speak, who firmly watching them, knew that this person had faith to be healed, and said with a loud voice, “Stand on your feet.” And suddenly this person jumped up and walked. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they hollered out, saying in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of human beings.” And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the leading speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter for their city, brought a cow and a wreath to the gates, and would have sacrificed the cow with the people. But when the followers, Barnabas and Paul, heard about it, they tore their clothes, and ran in among the people, hollering out, and saying, “People, why are you doing this? We’re human beings just like you and have a human nature, and preach to you so that you will turn from these empty practices to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in it: Who in the past let all nations act in their own ways. In the same way, God left us a witness. God is good, giving us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and happiness.” And with these stories they barely kept the people from worshiping them.

     [19-28] And certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium came, who won over the people to stone Paul, and they threw him out of the city, thinking he was dead. But as the followers stood around him, he got up, and went back into the city: and the next day he went with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the New Word to that city, and had taught many, they came back through Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, proving the souls of the followers, and encouraging them to stay in the faith, and telling them that we must go through many troubles to come into the realm of God. And when they had set apart elders for every church, and had prayed willingly going without food, they entrusted them to God, on whom they believed. And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. And when they had preached the Word in Perga, they went down into Attalia, where they then sailed to Antioch, where they were praised for God’s grace to them, for the work they’d done. And when they had come, and had gathered the church together, they went over everything that God had done with them, and how they had opened the door of faith to the other peoples. And there they stayed long time with the followers.

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