Modern Literal Version
[Acts 11]

     11:1 Now the apostles and the brethren who are in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 11:2 And when Peter went-up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision were arguing with him, 11:3 saying, You entered to men having uncircumcision and ate together with them.

     11:4 But Peter began and was expounding the matter to them afterwards, saying, 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying and I saw a vision while in a trance, a certain vessel descending, like a great sheet being dropped down from heaven by the four edges, and it came up-to me. 11:6 Having stared into that sheet, I was considering, and I saw the four footed mammals of the earth and other beasts and reptiles and birds of the heaven.

     11:7 Now I heard a voice saying to me, After you have stood up Peter; sacrifice and eat.

     11:8 But I said, Not-so, Lord, because everything that is common or unclean has never entered into my mouth.

     11:9 But a voice answered me the second-time from heaven, What God cleansed, you, do not make common.11:10 Now this happened on three-times and all were pulled up again into heaven. 11:11 And behold, promptly three men stood at the house in which I was, having been sent from Caesarea to me. 11:12 But the Spirit said for me to go together with them, making no distinction. Now these six brethren also came together with me, and we entered into the man's house. 11:13 And he reported to us how he had seen the messenger who stood in his house and said to him, Send men to Joppa and send for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; 11:14 who will be speaking the words to you in which you will be saved, you and all your house.

     11:15 Now while* I was beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, just-like upon us also at the beginning. 11:16 Now I was reminded of the declaration of the Lord, how he said, John indeed immersed* in water, but you* will be immersed* in the Holy Spirit.

     11:17 Therefore, if God gave to them the equal gift like he also did to us after we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, now who was I, that I am able to forbid God? 11:18 But having heard these things, they were quiet and glorifying God, saying, Consequently*, God gave also repentance to the Gentiles into life.

     {40-41 AD. Antioch, Phoenicia, Cyprus, etc. The Good-news extended to all the Gentiles. Jan., 41 AD Claudius becomes Emperor.}

     11:19 Therefore indeed, those who were dispersed from the affliction which happened upon Stephen, went to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except only to theJews. 11:20 Now there were some of them, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, entered into Antioch, and were also speaking to the Grecian Jews, proclaiming the good-news of the Lord Jesus. 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.

     {42 AD. Jerusalem to Antioch. Herod Agrippa receives kingdom of Judea & Samaria.}

     11:22 Now the word concerning them was heard in the ears of the congregation* which was in Jerusalem. And they sent Barnabas to go through the area to Antioch; 11:23 who came* and having seen the favor of God, rejoiced and was encouraging all with purpose of heart to remain in the Lord,11:24 because he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a considerable crowd was added to the Lord.

     {43-44 AD. Claudius goes to Britain.}

     11:25 Now Barnabas went forth to Tarsus to seek Saul; 11:26 and having found him, he led him to Antioch. Now it happened a whole year for them to be gathered together with him in the congregation* and to teach a considerable crowd. And the disciples were first divinely-called Christians, in Antioch.

     11:27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 11:28 Now there stood up one of them, Agabus by name, and he signified through the Spirit that a great famine is about to be upon the whole inhabited-earth; which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. {47 A.D.}11:29Now the disciples, just-as was anyone's prosperity, each of them determined to send a service of relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea; 11:30 which they also did*, having sent it to the elders through the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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