Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea
heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised
believers criticized him,
saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and
eat with them?"
Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step,
"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a
trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large
sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four
corners; and it came close to me.
As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals,
beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air.
I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Get up, Peter; kill
But I replied, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing profane
or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
But a second time the voice answered from heaven, 'What
God has made clean, you must not call profane.'
This happened three times; then everything was pulled up
again to heaven.
At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea,
arrived at the house where we were.
The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a
distinction between them and us. These six brothers also
accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.
He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his
house and saying, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is
he will give you a message by which you and your entire
household will be saved.'
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them
just as it had upon us at the beginning.
And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said,
'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with
the Holy Spirit.'
If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when
we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I
could hinder God?"
When they heard this, they were silenced. And they
praised God, saying, "Then God has given even to
the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life."
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded
and they were created.
He established them forever and ever; he fixed their
bounds, which cannot be passed.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all
fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all
rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike, old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone
is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all
his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to
him. Praise the LORD!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first
heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea
was no more.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down
out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"See, the home of God is among mortals. He will
dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be
no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away."
And the one who was seated on the throne said,
"See, I am making all things new." Also he
said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy
Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and
the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I
will give water as a gift from the spring of the water
When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of
Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in
If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify
him in himself and will glorify him at once.
Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You
will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say
to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.'
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if
you have love for one another."