ActsChapter 10

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1 Now a certain man in Cæsarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of the band called the Italian 2 (devout and fearing :God with all his :house, giving much alms to the people, and praying to :God always), 3 saw in a vision openly, as if about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of :God coming in unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius. 4 And he, fixing his eyes upon him, and being affrighted, said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Thy :prayers and thine :alms are gone up for a memorial before :God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and fetch one Simon, who is surnamed Peter: 6 HE lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea. 7 And when the angel that spake to him was departed, he called two of the household-servants, and a devout soldier of those waiting on him continually; 8 and having rehearsed all things to them, he sent them to :Joppa. 9 Now on the morrow, as they were on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour: 10 and he became hungry, and desired to taste food: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance; 11 and he beholdeth the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as if a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth: 12 wherein were all the four-footed beasts and creeping things of the earth and birds of the heaven. 13 And a voice came unto him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. 14 But :Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten aught :common and unclean. 15 And a voice came unto him again the second time, What things :God hath cleansed, make not THOU common. 16 And this was done thrice: and straightway the vessel was received up into heaven. 17 Now while :Peter was perplexed in himself what the vision be which he had seen, lo, the men :sent by :Cornelius, having made inquiry for the house of Simon, stood before the gate, 18 and called and asked whether Simon, :surnamed Peter, were lodging there. 19 And while :Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said, Lo, two men seek thee. 20 But arise, and get down, and go with them, nothing doubting: because I have sent them. 21 And Peter went down unto the men, and said, Lo, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? 22 And they said, Cornelius a centurion, a man righteous and fearing :God, and well reported of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned by a holy angel to send for thee into his :house, and to hear words from thee. 23 He therefore called them in and lodged them. And on the morrow he arose and went forth with them, and certain of the brethren :from Joppa went with him. 24 And on the morrow he entered into :Cæsarea. And :Cornelius was awaiting them, having called together his :kinsmen and near :friends. 25 And when it came to pass that :Peter entered, :Cornelius met him, and fell down at his :feet, and worshiped him. 26 But :Peter raised him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and findeth many come together: 28 and he said unto them, YE know how unlawful it is for [a man] a Jew to join himself or come unto one of another nation; and yet to me hath :God shown to call no man common or unclean: 29 wherefore also I came without gainsaying, when sent for. I ask therefore for what reason ye sent for me. 30 And :Cornelius said, Four days ago, until this :hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my :house; and lo, a man stood before me in bright apparel, 31 and saith, Cornelius, thy :prayer is heard, and thine alms are remembered before :God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; HE lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea. 33 Forthwith therefore I sent unto thee; and THOU hast done well to come. Now therefore WE are all here present before :God, to hear all things commanded thee of the Lord. 34 And :Peter opened his :mouth, and said, Of a truth I apprehend that :God is no respecter of †persons: 35 but in every nation who feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. 36 He sent the word unto the sons of Israel, preaching †good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)— 37 that saying YE know, which was published throughout all :Judæa, beginning from :Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 Jesus :of Nazareth, how :God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all those oppressed of the devil; for :God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree. 40 HIM :God raised the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses :chosen before of :God, to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he charged us to preach to the people, and to testify that this is he :ordained of :God as Judge of living and dead. 43 To him all the prophets witness, that through his :name every one that believeth unto him receiveth remission of sins. 44 While :Peter yet spake these :words, the Holy :Spirit fell on all that heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, who came with :Peter, because that on the nations also was poured out the gift of the Holy :Spirit. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify :God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can anyone forbid the water, that these should not be :baptized, who have received the Holy :Spirit as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then asked they him to tarry certain days.

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