The Book Of The Acts – Chapter 11
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And the apostles and brethren who were in Jihud heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of Aloha.
AND when Shemun had gone up to Urishlem, they who were of the circumcision contended with him, saying, that unto men uncircumcised he had entered, and had eaten with them.
And Shemun put forth in order to say to them,
That while praying in Joppa I saw a vision; a certain vessel descended which was like to a sheet, and bound at the four corners:
and it came down from heaven and came unto me.
And gazing at it I beheld in it animals of four feet, and reptiles of the earth, and fowls of the heaven.
And I heard a voice which said to me, Shemun, arise, slay, and eat.
And I said,
Not so, my Lord; for nothing hath entered my mouth that is unclean or profane.3
And again the voice said to me from heaven,
What Aloha hath cleansed make not thou to be polluted.
This was done three times, and every thing was taken up into heaven.
And at that moment three men, who had been sent to me by Cornelius from Cesarea, came and stood at the gate of the court where I was sojourning.
And the Spirit said to me,
Go with them without doubting.
And there went also with me these six brethren, and we entered into the man’s house.
And he related to us how he had seen in his house an angel, who stood and said to him,
Send to the city Joppa, and bring Shemun who is called Kipha, and he will speak with thee words by which thou wilt be saved, thou and all thy house.
And when I proceeded to speak there, the Spirit of Holiness overshadowed them, as upon us from the beginning.
And I remembered the word of our Lord, who said, Juhanon baptized you with waters, but you shall be baptized with the Spirit of Holiness.
If then Aloha equally hath given the gift to the Gentiles who have believed in our Lord Jeshu Meshiha as we, who was I, that I should be sufficient to prohibit Aloha ?
And when these words they had heard they were silent, and they praised Aloha, and said,
Now also unto the Gentiles Aloha hath given repentance unto life.
BUT they who had been dispersed by the tribulation that was concerning Estephanos went unto Punika, also to the region of Kypros and to Antiokia, but with any one not speaking the word unless only with the Jihudoyee.
But of them were men of Kypros and of Kyrine; these entered into Antiokia, and discoursed with the Javnoyee, and evangelized concerning our Lord Jeshu.
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and many believed, and were converted unto the Lord.
And this was heard by the ears of the sons of the community which was at Urishlem, and they sent Bar Naba to Antiokia.
And when he came thither, and beheld the grace of Aloha, he rejoiced, and entreated them with all their heart to cleave to our Lord.
For he was a good man, and full of the Spirit of Holiness and of faith, and there was added much people to our Lord.
And he went forth to Tarsos to seek for Shaol; and when he had found him he brought him with him to Antiokia.
And a whole year together they assembled in the community, and taught much people:
from thence first in Antiokia the disciples were called Christianee.
And in those days there came from Urishlem thither prophets.
And one of them arose whose name was Agabos:
and he made known to them by the Spirit that a great famine would be in all the land.
And that famine was in the days of Claudios Caesar.
Therefore the disciples, according as each of them had, determined to send for the service of those brethren who dwelt in Jihud; and they sent by the hand of Bar Naba and Shaol to the presbyters who were there.
3 Or, polluted.
The Book Of The Acts – Chapter 12
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BUT at that time Herodes the king, he who was surnamed Agripos, stretched forth hands upon some who were in the community, to ill-treat them.
And he killed with the sword Jakub the brother of Juhanon.
And when he saw that this pleased the Jihudoyee, he added to apprehend also Shemun Kipha.
And they were the days of the Phatiree.4
And he apprehended him and cast him into the house of the bound, and delivered him to sixteen soldiers to keep him, that after the Petscha he might deliver him to the people of the Jihudoyee.
And while Shemun was kept in the house of the bound, constant prayer was offered by the church on his behalf unto Aloha.
And in that night of the coming morning when he should be delivered up, while Shemun slept between two soldiers, and bound with two chains, and the others were watching the gates of the house of the bound, the angel of the Lord stood over him, and light shined in all the house.
And he smote him on his side, and said to him,
And the chains fell from his hands.
And the angel said to him, bind thy loins, and put on thy sandals.
And he did so.
And again he said to him,
Wrap thy mantle, and come after me.
And he went forth, and came after him; not knowing that what was done by the hand of the angel was reality, for he thought that he saw a vision.
And when he had passed the first and second guard, they came to the gate of iron, and it was opened to them of its own accord.5
And when they went forth and had passed one street, the angel departed from him.
Then acknowledged Shemun, and said,
Now know I in truth that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me from the hand of Herodes the king, and from that which the Jihudoyee had calculated against me.
And when he had understood, he came to the house of Mariam the mother of Juhanon, he who is surnamed Markos; because many brethren were assembled there and praying.
And he knocked at the gate of the court, and there came forth to answer him a damsel whose name was Roda.
And she knew the voice of Shemun; and for joy she opened not the gate, but returned with running, and said to them, Shemun, behold, stands at the gate of the court.
And they said to her,
Thou art altogether moved.
And she contended that it was so.
And they said,
It may be that it is his angel.
And Shemun knocked at the gate; and they went forth, and seeing him they were astonished.
And he beckoned to them with his hand to be silent; and entered, and showed them how the Lord had brought him out from the house of the bound.
And he said to them,
Show these to Jakub and to the brethren; and he departed and went to another place.
And when it was morning there was made a great tumult among the soldiers concerning Shemun, what was become of him ?
But Herodes when he inquired and found him not, condemned the guards, and commanded that they should die.
And he went forth from Jihud and came to Cesarea.
And because he was angry with the Tsuroyee and with the Tsaidonoyee, they gathered together and came to him by persuasion of Blestos the chamberlain of the king, and prayed of him that peace should be to them, because the sustenance of their country was from the kingdom of Herodes.
But upon a public day Herodes was clothed with the robe of royalty, and sat upon the tribunal, and he discoursed to an assembly.
But all the people exclaimed, and said,
These are the words 6 of a god, and not of a man.
And on this account, because he gave not the glory to Aloha, in that hour the angel of the Lord smote him, and he was corroded with worms, and died.
And the gospel of Aloha was proclaimed, and was great.
BUT Bar Naba and Shaol returned from Urishlem to Antiokia after they had accomplished their ministry; and they took with them Juhanon who was called Markos.
4 See the Gospels, page 384.
5 From the will of itself.
6 Benoth kolee, " voices."