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17 ‘So, then,’ Peter concluded, ‘if God gave them the same gift as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus the Messiah, who was I to stand in the way of God?’

18 When they heard this, they had nothing more to say. They praised God.

‘Well, then,’ they declared, ‘God has given the Gentiles, too, the repentance that leads to life!’

Taking Root – and a Name! – in Antioch

19 The people who had been scattered because of the persecution that came about over Stephen went as far afield as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word only to Jewish people.

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