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11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the
Gentiles had also received the word of God.
11:2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the
11:3 Saying, You went in to men uncircumcised and did eat with them.
11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded
it by order unto them, saying,
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,
11:7-9 Arise, Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord, for nothing
for the Gentiles
to eat, but not then for those of Israel).or
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.
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;
11:14 Who shall tell thee words whereby thou and all thy house shall
11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us
at the beginning.
11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John
with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto
us who believed on the Lord.Emmanuel
what was I, that I could withstand God.(2Chronicles
A gift is just
that, a gift.
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
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.
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.
11:21 And the hand of the Lord
was with them. And a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.
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
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.
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.
11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul.
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
11:27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
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.
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.
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
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.
12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to
take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread.
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
of word 'Easter' is 'pascha' meaning 'Passover').to
bring him forth to the people..(?)
12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without
ceasing of the church unto God for him.
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.
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.
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
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
and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
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.
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.
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.
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
and there abode.
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
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.
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).
12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
12:25 And Barnabas
and Saul returned
from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry and took with them
John whose surname