Acts 10:2
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New International Version
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

New Living Translation
He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.

English Standard Version
a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

New American Standard Bible
a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.

King James Bible
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was a devout man and feared God along with his whole household. He did many charitable deeds for the Jewish people and always prayed to God.

International Standard Version
He was a devout man who feared God, as did everyone in his home. He gave many gifts to the poor among the people and always prayed to God.

NET Bible
He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people and prayed to God regularly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he was righteous and was a worshiper of God, he and his whole house, and he did great charitable work among the people and always prayed to God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He and everyone in his home were devout and respected God. Cornelius gave many gifts to poor Jewish people and always prayed to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
a devout man and one that feared God with all his house, who gave many alms to the people and prayed to God always.

King James 2000 Bible
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

American King James Version
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

American Standard Version
a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people, and always praying to God.

Darby Bible Translation
pious, and fearing God with all his house, [both] giving much alms to the people, and supplicating God continually,

English Revised Version
a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

Webster's Bible Translation
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

Weymouth New Testament
He was religious and God-fearing--and so was every member of his household. He was also liberal in his charities to the people, and continually offered prayer to God.

World English Bible
a devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God.

Young's Literal Translation
pious, and fearing God with all his house, doing also many kind acts to the people, and beseeching God always,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-8 Hitherto none had been baptized into the Christian church but Jews, Samaritans, and those converts who had been circumcised and observed the ceremonial law; but now the Gentiles were to be called to partake all the privileges of God's people, without first becoming Jews. Pure and undefiled religion is sometimes found where we least expect it. Wherever the fear of God rules in the heart, it will appear both in works of charity and of piety, neither will excuse from the other. Doubtless Cornelius had true faith in God's word, as far as he understood it, though not as yet clear faith in Christ. This was the work of the Spirit of God, through the mediation of Jesus, even before Cornelius knew him, as is the case with us all when we, who before were dead in sin, are made alive. Through Christ also his prayers and alms were accepted, which otherwise would have been rejected. Without dispute or delay Cornelius was obedient to the heavenly vision. In the affairs of our souls, let us not lose time.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Who for which, A.V. A devout man (εὐσεβής); and in ver. 7. It is an interesting question as to what was the precise religions status of Cornelius, whether he was a proselyte in any technical sense. But the whole narrative, in which he is spoken of simply as a Gentile and uncircumcised, seems to indicate that, though he had learnt from the Jews to worship the true God, and from the Jewish Scriptures read or heard in the synagogue to practice those virtues which went up for a memorial before God, yet he was in no sense a proselyte. It is pleasant to think that there may have been many such in the different countries where the Jews were dispersed (comp. Acts 13:16, and probably Acts 11:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A devout man,.... A truly religious person, who had forsaken the Roman idolatry and superstition, in which he was brought up:

and one that feared God: the one only living and true God, the God of Israel; he had the fear of God wrought in his heart, which is a part of the covenant of grace, a blessing of it, and the beginning of wisdom; he was truly a gracious man, a converted person, and who from an internal principle worshipped God externally:

with all his house; he brought up his family in a religious way, as every good man should; and which was very remarkable in a Gentile, a soldier, and an officer:

which gave much alms to the people; to the Jews that dwelt at Caesarea, and therefore was of good report among them, and much beloved by them, Acts 10:22 he had regard to both tables of the law, both to the worship of God, and the love of the neighbour: and prayed to God always; every day, at the usual times of prayer; prayed privately in his closet, and with his family, as well as attended public service of this kind.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. A devout man, &c.—an uncircumcised Gentile proselyte to the Jewish faith, of whom there were a very great number at this time; a distinguished proselyte, who had brought his whole household establishment under the hallowing influence of the Jewish faith and the regular observance of its principal seasons of worship.

gave much alms to the people—that is, the Jewish people, on the same principle as another centurion before him (Lu 7:5); thinking it no "great thing," if they had "sown unto him spiritual things, that they should reap his carnal things" (1Co 9:11).

prayed to God alway—at the stated daily seasons. (See on [1984]Ac 10:3).

Acts 10:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Cornelius Sends for Peter
1Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, 2a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. 3About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, "Cornelius!"…
Cross References
Luke 7:4
When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,

Acts 10:22
The men replied, "We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say."

Acts 10:35
but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

Acts 11:14
He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'

Acts 13:16
Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: "Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!

Acts 13:26
"Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
Treasury of Scripture

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

devout.

Acts 10:7,22 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called …

Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every …

Acts 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation …

Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief …

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city …

Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good …

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …

one.

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

Acts 13:16,26 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, …

1 Kings 8:43 Hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that …

2 Chronicles 6:33 Then hear you from the heavens, even from your dwelling place, and …

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Psalm 102:15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings …

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this …

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory …

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble …

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only …

with.

Acts 10:7 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called …

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord …

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day …

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that …

Psalm 101:6-8 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell …

which.

Acts 10:4,22,31 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? …

Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Isaiah 58:7,8 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Luke 7:4,5 And when they came to Jesus, they sought him instantly, saying, That …

Romans 15:26,27 For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain …

2 Corinthians 9:8-15 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always …

and prayed.

Acts 9:11 And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is …

Psalm 25:5,8,9 Lead me in your truth, and teach me: for you are the God of my salvation; …

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and …

Psalm 86:3 Be merciful to me, O Lord: for I cry to you daily.

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

Psalm 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with …

Proverbs 2:3-5 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding…

Daniel 6:10,16,20 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

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