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Acts 11


 1 Now (1) the Apostles and the brethren that were in Judea, heard, that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.


(1) Peter being without cause reprehended of the unskillful and ignorant, doth not object that he ought not be judged of any, but openly giveth an account of his doing.


 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they of the circumcision (*) contended against him,


(*) For they could not yet comprehend this secret, which was hid from the Angelís themselves, even from the creation of the world, Ephesians 3:8; Colossians 1:26 .


 3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and hast eaten with them.


 4 Then Peter began, and expounded the thing in order to (*) them, saying,


(*) He purgeth his fact before the Church.


 5 I was in the city of Joppa, praying, and in a trance I saw this vision, A certain vessel coming down as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by the four corners, and it came to me.


 6 Toward the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the heaven.


 7 Also I heard a voice, saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.


 8 And I said, God forbid, Lord, for nothing polluted or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.


 9 But the voice answered me the second time from heaven, The things that God hath purified, pollute thou not.


 10 And this was done three times, and all were taken up again into heaven.


 11 Then behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.


 12 And the Spirit said unto me, that I should go with them, without doubting. Moreover these six brethren came with me, and we entered into the manís house. 


 13 And he shewed us, how he had seen an Angel in his house, which stood and said to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter.


 14 He shall speak words unto thee, whereby both thou and thy house shall be saved.


 15 And as I began to speak, the holy Ghost fell on them, (*) even as upon us at the beginning.


(*) Acts 2:4; Acts 3:6 .


 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, (*) John baptized with water, but ye shall be (♣) baptized with the holy Ghost.


(*) Acts 1:5; Acts 19:4; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26 .

(♣) That is, endued with the graces of the holy Ghost.


 17 For as much then as God gave them a like gift, as he did unto us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could let God (*) ?


(*) Not to give them the holy Ghost.


 18  (2) When they heard these things, (*) they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted (♣) repentance unto life.


(2) Such as ask a question of the truth which they know not, ought to be quietly heard, and must also quietly yield to the declaration thereof.

(*) Their modesty declareth that they were not ashamed to unsay that whereof they had unjustly blamed Peter.

(♣) This repentance dependeth upon faith.


 19  ∂ (3) And they which were (*) scattered abroad because of the (♣) affliction that arose about Stephen, went throughout till they came unto Phenice, and Cyprus, and (a) Antioch, preaching the word to no man, but unto the Jews only.


(3) The scattering abroad of Church of Jerusalem is the cause of the gathering together of many other Churches.

(*) Acts 8:1 .

(♣) Or, trouble.
(a) He speaketh of Antioch which was in Syria and bordered upon Cilicia.


 20  (4) Now some of them were men of Cyprus and of Cyrene, which when they were come into Antioch, spake unto the (*) Grecians, and preached the Lord Jesus.


(4) The Church of Antioch, the new Jerusalem of the Gentiles was extraordinarily called.

(*) He meaneth not the Jews which being scattered abroad in divers countries were called by this name, but the Grecians which were Gentiles.


 21 And the (*) hand of the Lord was with them, so that a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.


(*) The power and virtue.


 22  (5) Then tidings of those things came unto the ears of the Church, which was in Jerusalem, and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go unto (*) Antioch.


(5) The Apostles do not rashly condemn an extraordinary vocation, but yet they judge it by the effects.

(*) This was the most famous city of Syria, and bordered upon Cilicia.


 23 Who when he was come and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted all, that with purpose of heart they would continue to (*) cleave unto the Lord.


(*) Or, continue with the Lord.


 24 For he was a good man, and full of the holy Ghost, and faith. And much people joined themselves unto the Lord.


 25  ∂ (6) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus to seek Saul;


(6) There was no contention amongst the Apostles either of usurping, or of holding places and degree.


 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass that a whole year they were conversant with the Church, and taught much people, in so much that the disciples were first called (*) Christians in Antioch.


(*) Where as before they were called disciples, now they are named Christians.


 27  (7) In those days also came Prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.


(7) God doth so wrap up his Church with the wicked, in his scourges and plagues which he sendeth upon the earth, that notwithstanding he provideth for it conveniently.


 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the (*) Spirit, that there should be great famine throughout all the world, which also came to pass under Claudius Caesar.


(*) This prophecy was an occasion to the Antiochians to relieve the necessity of their brethren in Jerusalem.


 29  (8) Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, (*) purposed to send (b) succor unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea.


(8) All Congregations or Churches make one body.

(*) To signify that it came of a charitable mind towards them.
(b) That is, that thereof the Deacons might succor the poor, for it behooved to have all these things done orderly, and decently, and therefore it is said, that they sent these things to the Elders, that is, to the governors of the Church.


 30 Which thing they also did and sent it to the Elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.






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