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Acts 11

 

 

Introduction
1Peter, being accused for going in to the Gentiles,
5makes his defence;
18which is accepted.
19The gospel being spread in Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, Barnabas is sent to confirm them.
26The disciples there are first called Christians.
27They send relief to the brethren in Judea in time of famine.

Verse 1
And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
the apostles
8:14,15; Galatians 1:17-22
the Gentiles
10:34-38; 14:27; 15:3; Genesis 49:10; Psalms 22:27; 96:1-10; Isaiah 11:10; 32:15; Isaiah 35:1,2; 42:1,6; 49:6; 52:10; 60:3; 62:2; Jeremiah 16:19; Hosea 2:23; Amos 9:11,12; Micah 5:7; Zephaniah 2:11; 3:9; Zechariah 2:11; 8:20-23; Malachi 1:11; Matthew 8:11; Mark 16:5; Luke 2:32; Romans 15:7-12

Verse 2
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,
they
10:9,45; 15:1,5; 21:20-23; Galatians 2:12-14

Verse 3
Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
10:23,28,48; Luke 15:2; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 John 1:10

Verse 4
But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,
14:27; Joshua 22:21-31; Proverbs 15:1; Luke 1:3

Verse 5
I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:
was
10:9-18
in a
22:17; 2 Corinthians 12:1-3
and it
Jeremiah 1:11-14; Ezekiel 2:9; Amos 7:4-7; 8:2

Verse 6
Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
fastened
3:4; Luke 4:20

Verse 8
But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
common
Mark 7:2; Romans 14:14
unclean
Leviticus 10:10; 11:47; Ezra 9:11,12; Hosea 9:3; Romans 14:14; 1 Corinthians 7:14

Verse 9
But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
What
10:28,34,35; 15:9; 1 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 9:13,14

Verse 10
And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.
three
Numbers 24:10; John 13:38; 21:17; 2 Corinthians 12:8

Verse 11
And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
9:10-12; 10:17,18; Exodus 4:14,27

Verse 12
And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:
the Spirit
8:29; 10:19,20; 13:2,4; 15:7; 16:6,7; John 16:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; Revelation 22:17
nothing
Matthew 1:20
these
10:23,45

Verse 13
And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
he shewed
10:3-6,22,30-32; 12:11; Hebrews 1:14
to Joppa
9:43

Verse 14
Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
words
10:6,22,32,33,43; 16:31; Psalms 19:7-11; Mark 16:16; John 6:63,68; 12:50; John 20:31; Romans 1:16,17; 10:9,10; 1 John 5:9-13
all
2:39; 16:15,31; Genesis 17:7; 18:19; Psalms 103:17; 112:2; 115:13,14; Proverbs 20:7; Isaiah 61:8,9; Jeremiah 32:39; Luke 19:10

Verse 15
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
as I
10:34-44
the Holy Ghost
10:45,46; 19:6
as on
2:2-12; 4:31

Verse 16
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
remembered
20:35; Luke 24:8; John 14:26; 16:4; 2 Peter 3:1
how
1:5; 19:2-4; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26,33
but
Proverbs 1:23; Isaiah 44:3-5; Ezekiel 36:25; Joel 2:28; 3:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Titus 3:5,6

Verse 17
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
as God
15; 15:8,9; Matthew 20:14,15; Romans 9:15,16,23,24; 11:34-36
what
10:47; Job 9:12-14; 33:13; 40:2,8,9; Daniel 4:35; Romans 9:20-26

Verse 18
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
they held
Leviticus 10:19,20; Joshua 22:30
and glorified
15:3; 21:20; Isaiah 60:21; 61:3; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 1:24
hath
1; 13:47,48; 14:27; 22:21,22; Romans 3:29,30; 9:30; 10:12,13; 15:9-16; Galatians 3:26,27; Ephesians 2:11-18; 3:5-8
granted
3:19,26; 5:31; 20:21; 26:17-20; Jeremiah 31:18-20; Ezekiel 36:26; Zechariah 12:10; Romans 10:12,13; 15:9,16; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Timothy 2:25,26; James 1:16,17

Verse 19
Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
they
8:1-4
Phenice
15:3; 21:2
Cyprus
4:36; 13:4; 15:39; 21:16
Antioch
26; 15:22,35
to none
3:26; 13:46; Matthew 10:6; John 7:35

Verse 20
And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
Cyrene
2:10; 6:9; 13:1; Matthew 27:32
the Grecians
6:1; 9:29
preaching
8:5,35; 9:20; 17:18; 1 Corinthians 1:23,24; 2:2; Ephesians 3:8

Verse 21
And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
the hand
2 Chronicles 30:12; Ezra 7:9; 8:18; Nehemiah 2:8,18; Isaiah 53:1; 59:1; Luke 1:66
and a
24; 2:47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 1 Corinthians 3:6,7; 1 Thessalonians 1:5
turned
9:35; 15:19; 26:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10

Verse 22
Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
A. M. 4047. A.D. 43. tidings
1; 8:14; 15:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:6
and they
4:36,37; 9:27; 13:1-3; 15:22,35-39

Verse 23
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
seen
Mark 2:5; Colossians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:3,4; 2 Timothy 1:4,5; 2 Peter 1:4-9; 3 John 1:4
and exhorted
13:43; 14:22; John 8:31,32; 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:2-5; Hebrews 10:19-26,32-39; 2 Peter 3:17,18; 1 John 2:28
purpose
Psalms 17:3; Proverbs 23:15,28; Daniel 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:17; 2 Timothy 3:10
cleave
Deuteronomy 10:20; 30:20; Joshua 22:5; 23:8; Matthew 16:24; 1 Corinthians 15:58

Verse 24
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
he was
24:16; 2 Samuel 18:27; Psalms 37:23; 112:5; Proverbs 12:2; 13:22; 14:14; Matthew 12:35; Matthew 19:17; Luke 23:50; John 7:12; Romans 5:7
full
6:3,5,8; Romans 15:15
and much
21; 5:14; 9:31

Verse 25
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
to Tarsus
9:11,27,30; 21:39

Verse 26
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
that
13:1,2
with the church
14:23,27; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 11:18; 14:23
taught
Matthew 28:19
were
26:28; Isaiah 65:15; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 3:15; 1 Peter 4:14; 1 John 2:27; Revelation 3:18

Verse 27
And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
prophets
2:17; 13:1; 15:32; 21:4,9; Matthew 23:34; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:32; Ephesians 4:11

Verse 28
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
Agabus
21:10
great
This was probably the famine which took place in the fourth year of Claudius, which continued for several years, and in which, says Josephus, "many died for want of food."
Genesis 41:30,31,38; 1 Kings 17:1-16; 2 Kings 8:1,2
Claudius
Claudius Caesar succeeded C. Caligula, A.D. 41; and after a reign of upwards of 13 years, he was poisoned by his wife Agrippina, and succeeded by Nero.
Luke 2:1; 3:1

Verse 29
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
every
Ezra 2:69; Nehemiah 5:8; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:2-4,12-14; 1 Peter 4:9-11
to send
2:44,45; 4:34; Ecclesiastes 11:1,2; Luke 12:29-33; Romans 15:25-27; 1 Corinthians 13:5; 16:1; 2 Corinthians 9:1,2; Galatians 2:10; Hebrews 13:5,6

Verse 30
Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
to the
14:23; 15:4,6,23; 16:4; 20:17; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1
by
12:25; 1 Corinthians 16:3,4; 2 Corinthians 8:17-21

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Acts 11:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/acts-11.html.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
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