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Acts 11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

Acts 11:2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

Acts 11:3 Saying, You went in to men uncircumcised and did eat with them.

Acts 11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,

Acts 11:5,6 I was in the city of Joppa praying. And in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners and it came even to me. Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, 

Acts 11:7-9 Arise, Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord, for nothing common.(common for the Gentiles to eat, but not then for those of Israel).or unclean.(Peter was still adhering to the Old Testament ways of clean and unclean things to eat or avoid:.Leviticus 11:1-47; Deuteronomy 14:3-21).has at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God has cleansed, that call not you common.

Acts 11:10-13 And this was done three times and all were drawn up again into heaven. And behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was sent from Caesarea unto me. And the Spirit bade me go with them nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me and we entered into the man's house and he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa and call for Simon whose surname is Peter;

Acts 11:14 Who shall tell thee words whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Acts 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us who believed on the Lord.Emmanuel the Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God.(2Chronicles 20:6)?

A gift is just that, a gift.

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted.(original 'given' or 'granted').repentance unto life.

Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenice and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

Acts 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene which, when they were come to Antioch spake unto the Grecians preaching the Lord Emmanuel.

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them. And a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.

Acts 11:22,23 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem and they sent forth Barnabas that he should go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad and exhorted them all that with purpose of heart.(Barnes Notes:."purpose of heart means with a firm mind,  with a fixed and settled resolution, that they would make this their settled plan of life, their main object").they would cleave unto the Lord.

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith and much people was added unto the Lord.

Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians.(what is a Christian?).first in Antioch.

Acts 11:27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

Acts 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world. Which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

Comprised with.Barnes Notes: Claudius Caesar was the Roman emperor who began his reign 41 A.D. and reigned thirteen years. He was poisoned by one of his wives, Agrippina, who wished to raise her crackpot son Nero to the throne. During the reign of Claudius, no less than four different famines are mentioned by ancient writers, one of which was particularly severe in Judea and was the one which the writer here refers, saying that it would extend far. In fact, though the famine was particularly severe in Judea, yet it extended much farther. This prediction was uttered not long after the conversion of Saul's.low consciousness to God consciousness, the higher consciousness of life.

Acts 11:29,30 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea which also they did and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 12:1,2 Now about that time Herod the king.(this was Herod Agrippa-I).stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church and he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread.

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter.(original Greek of word 'Easter' is 'pascha' meaning 'Passover').to bring him forth to the people..(?)

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Acts 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

Acts 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him and a light shined in the prison and he smote Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Acts 12:8-10 And the angel said unto him, Gird yourself and bind on your sandals. And so he did. And he said unto him, Cast your garment about yourself and follow me. And he went out and followed him and wist not.(knew not).that it was true.(real).which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leads unto the city, which opened to them of its own accord. And they went out and passed on through one street and forthwith the angel departed from him.

Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself he said, Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent his angel and has delivered me out of the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing he came to the house of Mary the mother of John whose surnamewas Mark, where many were gathered together praying.

Acts 12:13-16 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter's voice she opened not the gate for gladness but ran in and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, You art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, it is his angel. But Peter continued knocking and when they had opened the door and saw him they were astonished.

Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go show these things unto James and to the brethren. And he departed and went into another place.

Acts 12:18,19 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter...And when Herod had sought for him and found him not, he examined the keepers and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea.(map).to Caesarea and there abode.

Acts 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon. But they came with one accord to him and having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace because their country was nourished by the king's country.

Acts 12:21,22 And upon a set day Herod arrayed in royal apparel sat upon his throne and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout saying, It is the voice of a god and not of a man.

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory and he was eaten of worms and gave up the ghost.(died; his soul no longer animating his physical body and thus being unable to interact with the environment).

Acts 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry and took with them John whose surname was Mark.


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