Peter defends his having received the Gentiles into the Church.
Many are converted at Antioch.
1 And the apostles and brethren who were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles
also had received the word of God.
2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they who were of the circumcision,
disputed against him,
3 Saying: Why didst thou go in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with
4 But Peter began and declared to them the matter in order, saying:
5 I was in the city of Joppe praying, and I saw in an ecstasy of mind a
vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners, and it came even to me.
6 Into which looking I considered, and saw four-footed creatures of the
earth, and beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air:
7 And I heard also a voice, saying to me: Arise, Peter, kill and eat.
8 And I said: Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered
into my mouth.
9 And the voice answered the second time from heaven: What God hath made
clean, call not thou common.
10 And this was done three times: and all were taken up again into heaven.
11 And behold immediately there were three men come to the house wherein
I was, sent to me from Cęsarea.
12 And the spirit said to me, that I should go with them, nothing doubting.
And these six brethren went with me also, and we entered into the man's house.
13 And he told us, how he had seen an Angel in his house, standing and
saying to him: Send to Joppe, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter,
14 Who shall speak to thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall
15 And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them, as upon
us also in the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said: *John indeed baptized
with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17 If then God gave them the same grace, as to us also who have believed
in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?
18 When they had heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified
God, saying: God then hath also to the Gentiles given repentance unto life.
19 And they indeed, who had been dispersed, by the persecution that arose
on occasion of Stephen, went about as far as Phœnice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the
20 But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had entered
into Antioch, spoke also to the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believing,
was converted to the Lord.*
22 And the report of these things came to the ears of the church that was
at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch.
23 Who when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced: and exhorted
them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith. And
a great multitude was added to the Lord.
25 And Barnabas went to Tarsus, to seek Saul: whom, when he had found,
he brought to Antioch.*
26 And they conversed there in the church a whole year: and they taught
a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians.
27 And in these days there came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 And one of them, named Agabus, rising up, signified by the spirit, that
there should be a great famine over the whole world, which came to pass under Claudius.
29 And the disciples, every man according to his ability, resolved to send
relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea:
30 Which also they did, sending it to the ancients by the hands
of Barnabas and Saul.*
16: Matthew iii. 11.; Mark i. 8.; Luke iii. 16.; John i. 26.; Acts i. 5.;
Acts xix. 4.
21: about the year A.D. 41.
25: about the year A.D. 41.
30: about the year A.D. 42.