11 I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep.
12 But the hired hand, and whoever is not a shepherd, to whom the sheep do not belong, he sees the wolf approaching, and he departs from the sheep and flees. And the wolf ravages and scatters the sheep.
13 And the hired hand flees, because he is a hired hand and there is no concern for the sheep within him.
14 I am the good Shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me,
15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for my sheep.
16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold, and I must lead them. They shall hear my voice, and there shall be one sheepfold and one shepherd.
17 For this reason, the Father loves me: because I lay down my life, so that I may take it up again.
18 No one takes it away from me. Instead, I lay it down of my own accord. And I have the power to lay it down. And I have the power to take it up again. This is the commandment that I have received from my Father."
1 Now the Apostles and brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God.
2 Then, when Peter had gone up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision argued against him,
3 saying, "Why did you enter to uncircumcised men, and why did you eat with them?"
4 And Peter began to explain to them, in an orderly manner, saying:
5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw, in an ecstasy of mind, a vision: a certain container descending, like a great linen sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners. And it drew near to me.
6 And looking into it, I considered and saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the flying things of the air.
7 Then I also heard a voice saying to me: 'Rise up, Peter. Kill and eat.'
8 But I said: 'Never, lord! For what is common or unclean has never entered into my mouth.'
9 Then the voice responded a second time from heaven, 'What God has cleansed, you shall not call common.'
10 Now this was done three times. And then everything was taken up again into heaven.
11 And behold, immediately there were three men standing near the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea.
12 Then the Spirit told me that I should go with them, doubting nothing. And these six brothers went with me also. And we entered into the house of the man.
13 And he described for us how he had seen an Angel in his house, standing and saying to him: 'Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter.
14 And he shall speak to you words, by which you shall be saved with your whole house.'
15 And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, just as upon us also, in the beginning.
16 Then I remembered the words of the Lord, just as he himself said: 'John, indeed, baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
17 Therefore, if God gave them the same grace, as also to us, who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I would be able to prohibit God?"
18 Having heard these things, they were silent. And they glorified God, saying: "So has God also given to the Gentiles repentance unto life."