The Book of Acts – Chapter 11
܀ ܦܪܟܣܣ ܕܫܠܝ̈ܚܐ ܀
1 And it was reported to the legates and the brethren in Judaea, that the gentiles also had received the word of God.
2 And when Simon went up to Jerusalem, they who were of the circumcision contended with him,
3 saying; that he had gone in to be with uncircumcised persons, and had eaten with them.
4 And Simon began to address them methodically:
5 As I was in Joppa, praying, I saw in vision, that a certain vessel descended, which was like a sheet, and it was tied at its four corners; and it descended from heaven and came to me.
6 And I looked upon it, and I saw that in it were fourfooted animals, and reptiles of the earth, and fowls of heaven.
7 And I heard a voice, which said to me:
Simon, arise slay and eat.
8 And I said:
Far be it, my Lord. For never hath any thing polluted or unclean entered my mouth.
9 And again, a voice from heaven said to me:
What God hath cleansed, make thou not unclean.
10 And this was done three times:
and the whole was taken up to heaven.
11 And at the same instant, three men, who were sent to me by Cornelius from Caesarea, came and stood at the gate of the court where I lodged.
12 And the Spirit said to me:
Go with them, without hesitation.
And these six brethren went also with me, and we entered the man’s house.
13 And he related to us, how he had seen an angel in his house, who stood and said to him:
Send to the city of Joppa, and bring Simon who is called Cephas;
14 and he will utter to thee discourses, by which thou wilt live, thou and all thy house.
15 And when I there commenced speaking, the Holy Spirit overshadowed them, as it did us from the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of our Lord, when he said:
John baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
17 If then God equally gave the gift to the Gentiles that believed in our Lord Jesus Messiah, as he did to us:
who was I, that I could forbid God?
18 And when they heard these words, they desisted; and they glorified God and said:
Now to the Gentiles also doth God give repentance unto life.
19 And they who were dispersed, by the oppression which occurred on account of Stephen, travelled as far as Phenicia, and even to the country of Cyprus, and to Antioch, speaking the word to none except to Jews only.
20 And there were some of them from Cyprus and from Cyrene, who went up to Antioch, and spoke to the Greeks, and preached concerning our Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them; and many believed, and turned to the Lord.
22 And this came to the ears of the sons of the community at Jerusalem:
and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 And when he came there, and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced:
and he entreated them, that with all their heart, they would adhere to our Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and was full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith.
And many people were added to our Lord.
25 And he went away to Tarsus, to seek for Saul.
26 And when he had found him, he brought him with him to Antioch.
And a whole year they met together in the community, and instructed many people.
From that time forth, the disciples were first called little Christs, at Antioch.
27 In those days came prophets thither from Jerusalem.
28 And one of them whose name was Agabus, stood up and informed them, by the Spirit, that there would be a great famine in all the country.
And that famine occurred in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29 And moreover the disciples, each of them according to his several ability, determined to send to the relief of the brethren who dwelt in Judaea.
30 And they sent, by the hand of Barnabas and Saul, unto the Elders there.
1 Esdras 3 KJVA
1 Now when Darius reigned, he made a great feast unto all his subjects, and unto all his household, and unto all the princes of Media and Persia, 2 And to all the governors and captains and lieutenants that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty and seven provinces. 3 And when they had eaten and drunken, and being satisfied were gone home, then Darius the king went into his bedchamber, and slept, and soon after awaked. 4 Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the king’s body, spake one to another; 5 Let every one of us speak a sentence: he that shall overcome, and whose sentence shall seem wiser than the others, unto him shall the king Darius give great gifts, and great things in token of victory: 6 As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to sleep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and an headtire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck: 7 And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin. 8 And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it under king Darius his pillow; 9 And said that, when the king is risen, some will give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the three princes of Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him shall the victory be given, as was appointed. 10 The first wrote, Wine is the strongest. 11 The second wrote, The king is strongest. 12 The third wrote, Women are strongest: but above all things Truth beareth away the victory. 13 Now when the king was risen up, they took their writings, and delivered them unto him, and so he read them: 14 And sending forth he called all the princes of Persia and Media, and the governors, and the captains, and the lieutenants, and the chief officers; 15 And sat him down in the royal seat of judgment; and the writings were read before them. 16 And he said, Call the young men, and they shall declare their own sentences. So they were called, and came in. 17 And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind concerning the writings. Then began the first, who had spoken of the strength of wine; 18 And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong is wine! it causeth all men to err that drink it: 19 It maketh the mind of the king and of the fatherless child to be all one; of the bondman and of the freeman, of the poor man and of the rich: 20 It turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt: 21 And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man remembereth neither king nor governor; and it maketh to speak all things by talents: 22 And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out swords: 23 But when they are from the wine, they remember not what they have done. 24 O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth to do thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace.
1 Esdras 3 KJVA