Ma’asei HaShlikhim 11 – מעשי השליחים יא


1And the Shlikhim and the brethren who were in Y’hudah heard that the Goyim also had received D’var HaElohim.  2And when Shimon had come up to Yerushalayim, those who upheld the circumcision contended with him, 3saying he had entered into the houses of uncircumcised men and had eaten with them.  4Then Shimon explained these things again and again, saying, 5“As I was praying in Yafoh, I saw in a vision something like a linen cloth descending from heaven, and it was tied at its four corners; and it came even to me.  6And as I looked at it, I saw that there were in it four-footed beasts and creeping things of the earth, and birds of the air.  7Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Shimon, arise, kill and eat.’  8And I said, ‘Elohim  forbid,  My Adon;  for  never  has anything defiled and unclean entered  my  mouth.’  9But again the voice from heaven said to me, ‘What Elohim has cleansed do not call unclean.’  10This happened three times; then everything was lifted up into heaven.  11And in that very hour, three men who were sent to me by Cornelius from Keysarya came and stood at the gate of the courtyard where I was staying.  12And HaRu’akh said to me, ‘Go with them, doubting nothing.’ And these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.  13And he related to us how he had seen a Malakh in his house who stood and said to him, ‘Send to the city of Yafoh and bring Shimon who is called Kefa; 14and he shall speak to you words by which you and all of your household shall be saved.’  15And as I began to speak, The Ru’akh HaKodesh came on them, as on us at the beginning.  16Then I remembered that word of Adoneinu, when He said, ‘Yokhanan indeed immersed with water; but you shall be immersed with The Ru’akh HaKodesh.’  17Now, therefore, if Elohim has equally given the gifts to the Goyim who believe in Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, just as He gave to us, who am I that I should dispute Elohim?”  18When they heard these words, they held their peace and glorified Elohim, saying, “Perhaps Elohim has also granted to the Goyim repentance to life.”

19Now those who had been dispersed by the persecution which occurred on account of Tzefan-Yah traveled as far as Fenikiya and even to the land of Cyprus and to Antioch, declaring HaDavar to none but to the Yehudim only.  20But there were some men among them from Cyprus and from Cyrene; these men entered into Antioch and spoke to the Greeks and declared concerning Adoneinu Yeshua.  21And the hand of  יהוה  was with them; and a great number trusted, and turned to  יהוה .  Then22 tidings of these things came to the attention of the members of the congregation at Yerushalayim; and they sent Bar-Naba to Antioch.  23When he came there and saw the compassion of Elohim, he was glad, and he pleaded with them that they should follow Adoneinu with all their hearts.  24For he was a good man, and full of The Ru’akh HaKodesh and of absolute trust; and many people were added to Adoneinu.  25Then Bar-Naba departed to Tarsus to seek for Sha’ul.  26And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for the whole year they assembled together in the congregation and taught a great many people. At that time was the first time that the talmidim were called ‘Kristianay.’

27And in those days came prophets from Yerushalayim to Antioch.  28And one of them, named Agabus, stood up and foretold by HaRu’akh that a great famine was to come throughout the land, the famine which occurred in the days of Claudius Caesar.  29Then the talmidim, each one according to his ability, determined to set something aside for relief to the brethren who dwelt in Y’hudah.  30This they did, and sent it there to the elders by the hands of Bar-Naba and Sha’ul.

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