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English Majority Text Version 2009

New Testament



11:1Now the apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that even the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
11:2And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision were contending with him,
11:3saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!"
11:4But Peter, beginning [to speak,] was setting forth to them in order, saying,
11:5"I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel coming down like a great sheet, being lowered by the four corners from heaven; and it came as far as me;
11:6on which, looking intently, I was contemplating, and I saw the four-footed [animals] of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the birds of the air.
11:7And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Arise, Peter; kill and eat.'
11:8"But I said, 'By no means, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has ever entered into my mouth.'
11:9"But the voice answered me a second [time] from heaven, 'What God has made clean, you must not make common.'
11:10"And this was done three times, and again all things[ ]were drawn up into heaven.
11:11And behold, immediately three men stood before the house in which I was, having been sent from Caesarea to me.
11:12And the Spirit said to me to go with them, without wavering. Now these six brothers also went with me, and we entered into the house of the man.
11:13And he related to us how he had seen the angel in his house, standing and saying to him, 'Send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter,
11:14'who will speak words to you by which you and all your household shall be saved.'
11:15"And when I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as also on us in the beginning.
11:16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
11:17"If then God has given to them the same gift as He gave to us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder God?"
11:18And hearing these things, they remained silent, and [they] glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted even to the Gentiles repentance unto life."
11:19Then those who were scattered because of the tribulation coming about over Stephen, went about as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews only.
11:20But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, entering into Antioch spoke to the Greek speaking Jews, preaching the good news of the Lord Jesus.
11:21And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed,[ ]and turned to the Lord.
11:22And the word about them was heard in the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent forth Barnabas to go as far as Antioch;
11:23who, arriving and seeing the grace of God, was glad, and encouraged them all with purpose of heart to continue with the Lord,
11:24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a considerable crowd was added to the Lord.
11:25And Barnabas went forth to Tarsus to seek out Saul,
11:26and having found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came about that for a whole year they assembled with the church and instructed many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
11:27Now in these days prophets went down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
11:28And rising up, one of them named Agabus, foretold by the Spirit of a great famine about to happen in all the world, which also came to pass in the time of Claudius Caesar.
11:29Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined as a ministry to send relief to the brothers dwelling in Judea;
11:30which they also did, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries