Acts 9-12

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Acts 9

But Saul, yet breathing threatening and slaughter against the disciples of Yahshua, went to the high priest, 2 and asked of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any that were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus: and suddenly there shone all around him a light out of heaven: 4 and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? 5 And he said, Who are you, Sovereign? And he said, I am Yahshua whom you persecute: 6 but rise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do. 7 And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but beholding no man. 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing; and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.


10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and Yahshua said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Yahshua. 11 And Yahshua said to him, Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judah for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus: for behold, he prays; 12 and he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 But Ananias answered, Master, I have heard from many of this man, how much evil he did to your saints at Jerusalem: 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call upon your name. 15 But Yahshua said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 for I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 17 And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Master, even Yahshua, who appeared to you in the way which you came, has sent me, that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 18 And straightaway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.


And he was certain days with the disciples that were at Damascus. 20 And immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed Yahshua, that he is the Son of Elohim. 21 And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in Jerusalem made havoc of them that called on this name? and he had come here for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests. 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews that dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the Messiah.


23 And when many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to kill him: 24 but their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates also day and night that they might kill him: 25 but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.


26 And when he was come to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples: and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen Yahshua in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Yahshua. 28 And he was with them going in and going out at Jerusalem, 29 preaching boldly in the name of Yahshua: and he spoke and disputed against the Grecian Jews; but they were seeking to kill him. 30 And when the brethren knew it, they brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.


31 So the assembly throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being edified; and, walking in the fear of Yahweh and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was multiplied.


32 And it came to pass, as Peter went throughout all parts, he came down also to the saints that dwelt at Lydda. 33 And there he found a certain man named Eneas, who had kept his bed eight years; for he was palsied. 34 And Peter said to him, Eneas, Yahshua the Messiah heals you: arise, and make your bed. And straightway he arose. 35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to Yahshua.


36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and love which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she fell sick, and died: and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38 And as Lydda was near unto Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, entreating him, Delay not to come on unto us. 39 And Peter arose and went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa: and many believed on Yahshua. 43 And it came to pass, that he remained many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.



Acts 10

Now there was a certain man in Cesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2 a devout man, and one that feared Elohim with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to Elohim always. 3 He saw in a vision openly, as it were about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of Elohim coming in to him, and saying to him, Cornelius. 4 And he, fastening his eyes upon him, and being afraid, said, What is it, Master? And he said to him, Your prayers and your alms are gone up for a memorial before Elohim. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and bring one Simon, who is surnamed Peter: 6 he lodges with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. 7 And when the angel that spoke to him was departed, he called two of his household-servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; 8 and having rehearsed all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.


9 Now on the next day, as they were on their journey, and drew near to the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour: 10 and he became hungry, and desired to eat: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance; 11 and he beholds the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth: 12 in which were all manner of fourfooted beasts and creeping things of the earth and birds of the heaven. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Master; for I have never eaten anything that is common and unclean. 15 And a voice came to him again the second time, What Yahweh has cleansed, make not you common. 16 And this was done three times: and straightway the vessel was received up into heaven.


17 Now while Peter was much perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men that were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood before the gate, 18 and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there. 19 And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men seek you. 20 But arise, and go down, and go with them, nothing doubting: for I have sent them. 21 And Peter went down to the men, and said, Behold, I am he whom you seek: what is the cause of your coming? 22 And they said, Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man and one that fears Elohim, and well reported of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned of Elohim by a holy angel to send for you into his house, and to hear words from you. 23 So he called them in and lodged them.


And on the next day he arose and went forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And on the next day they entered into Cesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kinsmen and his near friends. 25 And when it came to pass that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and finds many come together; 28 and he said to them, You yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to join himself or come to one of another nation; and yet to me has Yahweh showed that I should not call any man common or unclean: 29 therefore also I came without gainsaying, when I was sent for. I ask therefore with what intent you sent for me. 30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago, until this hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel, 31 and says, Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are had in remembrance in the sight of Yahweh. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call to you Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he lodges in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have well done that you have come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of Yahweh, to hear all things that have been commanded you of the Master. 34 And Peter opened his mouth, and said,


Of a truth I perceive that Yahweh is no respecter of persons: 35 but in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is acceptable to him. 36 The word which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Yahshua the Messiah (he is Sovereign of all) 37 that saying you yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 even Yahshua of Nazareth, how Yahweh anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for Yahweh was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom also they killed, hanging him on a tree. 40 Him Yahweh raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses that were chosen before of Yahweh, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he charged us to preach to the people, and to testify that this is he who is ordained of Yahweh to be the Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believes on him shall receive remission of sins.


44 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify Yahweh. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Yahshua the Messiah. Then they prayed him to stay certain days.



Acts 11

Now the apostles and the brethren that were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of Yahweh. 2 And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, 3 saying, You went in to men uncircumcised, and did eat with them. 4 But Peter began, and expounded the matter to them in order, saying, 5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw 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 upon which when I had fastened my eyes, I considered, and saw the fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things and birds of the heaven. 7 And I heard also a voice saying to me, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. 8 But I said, Not so, Master: for nothing common or unclean has ever entered into my mouth. 9 But a voice answered the second time out of heaven, What Yahweh has cleansed, make not you common. 10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, immediately three men stood before the house in which we were, having been sent from Cesarea to me. 12 And the Spirit bid me go with them, making no distinction. And these six brethren also accompanied me; and we entered into the man’s house: 13 and he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, Send to Joppa, and bring Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 who shall speak to you words, by which you shall be saved, you and all your house. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Teacher, how he said, John indeed baptized with water; but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit. 17 If then Yahweh gave to them the like gift as he did also to us, when we believed on the Sovereign Yahshua the Messiah, who was I, that I could withstand Yahweh? 18 And when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified Yahweh, saying, Then to the Gentiles also has Yahweh granted repentance to life.


19 They therefore that were scattered abroad upon the tribulation that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phoenecia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one save only to Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were come to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Sovereign Yahshua. 21 And the hand of Yahweh was with them: and a great number that believed turned to Yahweh. 22 And the report concerning them came to the ears of the assembly which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas as far as Antioch: 23 who, when he was come, and had seen the grace of Yahweh, was glad; and he exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would hold fast unto Yahweh: 24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and much people were added to Yahweh. 25 And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul: 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that even for a whole year they were gathered together with the assembly, and taught much people; and the disciples were first called “refuse” in Antioch.


27 Now in these days there came down prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be a great famine over all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius. 29 And the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren that dwelt in Judea: 30 which also they did, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.



Acts 12

Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the assembly. 2 And he killed Jacob the brother of John with the sword. 3 And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And those were the days of unleavened bread. 4 And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the assembly to Yahweh for him. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and guards before the door kept the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of Yahweh stood by him, and a light shined in the cell: and he struck Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, Gird yourself, and bind on your sandals. And he did so. And he says to him, Cast your garment about you, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed; and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision. 10 And when they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and straightway the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a truth, that Yahweh has sent forth his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Miriam the mother of John whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda. 14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but ran in, and told that Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said to her, You are mad. But she confidently affirmed that it was even so. And they said, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. 17 But he, beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared to them how Yahweh had brought him forth out of the prison. And he said, Tell these things to Jacob, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went to another place. 18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what had become of Peter. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.


20 Now he was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: and they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was fed from the king’s country. 21 And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration to them. 22 And the people shouted, saying, The voice of a mighty one, and not of a man. 23 And immediately an angel of Yahweh struck him, because he gave not Elohim the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the spirit.


24 But the word of Yahweh grew and multiplied.


25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministration, taking with them John whose surname was Mark.


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