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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it was heard by the Apostles and by the brethren who were in Judea that Gentiles had also received the word of God.
And when Shimeon came up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision were contending with him,
As they were saying that he had entered into the presence of the uncircumcised and had eaten with them.
And Shimeon interjected, in order to say to them:
“When I was praying at Joppa, I saw in a vision a garment descending which was like a linen and was tied at the four corners, and it was coming down from the sky and it came unto me.
I stared at it and I saw beasts in it, four footed animals and creeping things of The Earth and birds of the sky.
And I heard a voice that said to me, 'Shimeon, arise, slay and eat.'
And I said, 'Never, my Lord, because what is polluted or defiled has never entered my mouth.'
And again a voice said to me from Heaven: 'Whatever God has purified, you shall not make defiled.'
This happened three times, and everything was taken up to Heaven.
At that moment, three men who were sent to me from Cornelius of Qesaria came and stood at the gate of the courtyard where I was dwelling.
And The Spirit said to me, 'Go with them without doubting.' And these six brothers also came with me and we entered the man's house.
He related to us how he had seen an Angel in his house, who stood and said to him, 'Send to Joppa the city and bring Shimeon who is called Kaypha,
And he will speak with you words by which you will receive life, you and all your household.'
And as I was continuing to speak there, The Spirit of Holiness rested upon them as when upon us from the first.”
And I was reminded of the word of Our Lord, which he had said: 'Yohannan baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in The Spirit of Holiness.'
If God therefore has equally given The Gift to those Gentiles who have believed in our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, as also to us, who am I that I would be qualified to forbid God?”
And when they heard these words, they were silent; and then they praised God and they were saying, “Perhaps God has given a restoration to life to the Gentiles also.”
19But those who were scattered by the suffering which occurred concerning Estephanos had reached Phoenicia and the region of Cyprus and unto Antiakia, when they were speaking the word with no one but the Jews.
20Some of them there were from Cyprus and from Qorina who went in to the Antiochenes, and they were speaking with the Hellenists and preaching concerning our Lord Yeshua.
21And the hand of THE LORD JEHOVAH was with them, and many believed and were turned to THE LORD JEHOVAH.
22And this was heard by the ears of the members of the Church of Jerusalem and they sent BarNaba to the Antiochenes.
23And when he had come there and had seen the grace of God, he rejoiced and he was exhorting them that with all their heart they would cleave to Our Lord.
24For he was a good man, and he was filled with The Spirit of Holiness and with faith, and many people were added to Our Lord.
25And he was going to Tarsus to seek Shaul;
26And when he found him, he brought him with him to Antiakia, and they were assembling together for a full year with the church and they taught many people. From that time, the disciples were first called Christians by the Antiochenes.
27And in those days Prophets came there from Jerusalem.
28And one of them stood up whose name was Agabus and instructed them by The Spirit that a great famine would occur in the whole land and that this famine would be in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29But the disciples set aside, according to what each one of them had, to send for the service of the brethren who dwelt in Judea;
30They sent by the hand of BarNaba and Shaul to the Elders who were there.