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

New Living Translation
In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.

English Standard Version
but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

New American Standard Bible
but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.

King James Bible
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him.

International Standard Version
Indeed, whoever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him in any nation.

NET Bible
but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But among all nations, whoever worships him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rather, whoever respects God and does what is right is acceptable to him in any nation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

King James 2000 Bible
But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.

American King James Version
But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.

American Standard Version
but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to him.

Darby Bible Translation
but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

English Revised Version
but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Weymouth New Testament
but that in every nation those who fear Him and live good lives are acceptable to Him.

World English Bible
but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

Young's Literal Translation
but in every nation he who is fearing Him, and is working righteousness, is acceptable to Him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:34-43 Acceptance cannot be obtained on any other ground than that of the covenant of mercy, through the atonement of Christ; but wherever true religion is found, God will accept it without regarding names or sects. The fear of God and works of righteousness are the substance of true religion, the effects of special grace. Though these are not the cause of a man's acceptance, yet they show it; and whatever may be wanting in knowledge or faith, will in due time be given by Him who has begun it. They knew in general the word, that is, the gospel, which God sent to the children of Israel. The purport of this word was, that God by it published the good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ. They knew the several matters of fact relating to the gospel. They knew the baptism of repentance which John preached. Let them know that this Jesus Christ, by whom peace is made between God and man, is Lord of all; not only as over all, God blessed for evermore, but as Mediator. All power, both in heaven and in earth, is put into his hand, and all judgment committed to him. God will go with those whom he anoints; he will be with those to whom he has given his Spirit. Peter then declares Christ's resurrection from the dead, and the proofs of it. Faith has reference to a testimony, and the Christian faith is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, on the testimony given by them. See what must be believed concerning him. That we are all accountable to Christ as our Judge; so every one must seek his favour, and to have him as our Friend. And if we believe in him, we shall all be justified by him as our Righteousness. The remission of sins lays a foundation for all other favours and blessings, by taking that out of the way which hinders the bestowing of them. If sin be pardoned, all is well, and shall end well for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - Acceptable to for accepted with, A.V. As regards the truth that God is no respecter of persons, which the present incident had brought home so vividly to Peter's apprehension, there can be no difficulty in understanding it. Cornelius was devout, he feared God, he was fruitful in prayer and almsgiving. God did not say to him, "All this would have been accepted in a Jew, but cannot be noticed in a Gentile." But, Gentile as he was, his prayers and alms went up for a memorial before God. If the things done were good in themselves, they were equally good whoever did them. God is no respecter of persons to accept or reject one or another, because of who he is, and not because of what he does (Ephesians 6:8). The rule is glory, honor, and peace to every one that worketh good, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile, for there is no respect of persons with God (Romans 2:10, 11). The word προσωπολήπτης (respecter of persons) occurs only here at all; προσωποληπτέω (to accept or respect persons), once only, in James 2:9; προσωποληψία (respect of persons), Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; James 2:1. The same idea is expressed by πρόσωπον λαμβάνειν, by which the LXX. render the Hebrew נָשָׂא פָּנִים, and by πρόσωπον θαυμάζειν, by which they also render it and the kindred phrase, חַדַר פָנִים (see Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 10:17, etc.). The first phrase occurs in Luke 20:21 and Galatians 2:6; the latter only in Jude 1:16, where it is rightly rendered in the R.V., "showing respect of persons." Another phrase is ἀπροσωπολήπτως (without respect of persons), 1 Peter 1:17, and βλέπειν εἰς πρόσωπον (to regard the person), Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:14.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But in every nation,.... In any Gentile nation in the Roman empire, and in any part, even in Scythia, or in the most uncultivated parts of the universe, as well as in Judea:

he that feareth him; God, not with a slavish fear, or with the fear of punishment to be inflicted by him, with a fear of hell and damnation, with which Cain, Pharaoh, Judas, and even the devils themselves have feared him; nor with an hypocritical fear; but with a godly filial fear; which is a new covenant blessing, springs from the love of God, is a grace implanted in the soul and regeneration, and includes all true religion, both external and internal; and faith among the rest, without which it is impossible to please God, or do works of righteousness acceptable in his sight, as it follows:

and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him; that is, he who from such principles, as the fear of the Lord; love to him, and faith in Christ, does works of righteousness, particularly alms, as Cornelius did, and which the Jews often call "righteousness"; See Gill on Matthew 6:1, such an one is acceptable, or well pleasing to God, let him be of what nation he will: it should be observed, that though God accepts of such who fear him, and work righteousness from a right principle, and to a right end, without any regard to their being circumcised, or not circumcised, or to their being of this or the other nation, yet their fear of him, and working righteousness, are not the ground of their acceptance; but are to be considered as descriptive of the persons, who are accepted by him in Christ; for there is no acceptance of persons or services, but in Christ Jesus: the Jews themselves say, that

"the godly of the nations of the world shall have their part and portion in the world to come. (n)''

(n) Maimon. apud Shebet Juda. Ed. Gent. p. 282.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. But in every nation—not (observe), in every religion; according to a common distortion of these words.

he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness—This being the well-known phraseology of the Old Testament in describing the truly godly man, within the pale of revealed religion, it cannot be alleged that Peter meant it to denote a merely virtuous character, in the heathen sense; and as Peter had learned enough, from the messengers of Cornelius and from his own lips, to convince him that the whole religious character of this Roman officer had been moulded in the Jewish faith, there can be no doubt that the apostle intended to describe exactly such saintship—in its internal spirituality and external fruitfulness—as God had already pronounced to be genuine and approved. And since to such "He giveth more grace," according to the law of His Kingdom (Jas 4:6; Mt 25:29), He sends Peter, not to be the instrument of his conversion, as this is very frequently called, but simply to "show him the way of God more perfectly," as before to the devout Ethiopian eunuch.

Acts 10:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Gentiles Hear the Good News
34Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36"The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)--…
Cross References
Acts 10:2
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

Acts 10:28
He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.

Romans 2:14
(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.
Treasury of Scripture

But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.

in.

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Isaiah 56:3-8 Neither let the son of the stranger, that has joined himself to the …

Romans 2:13,25-29 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers …

Romans 3:22,29,30 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to …

Romans 10:12,13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be …

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

Ephesians 2:13-18 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near …

Ephesians 3:6-8 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and …

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

Colossians 1:6,23-27 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth …

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, …

feareth.

Acts 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave …

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

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of …

Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 2:5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD …

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does …

is.

Genesis 4:5-7 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Hosea 8:13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of my offerings, and eat …

Luke 1:28 And the angel came in to her, and said, Hail, you that are highly …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Hebrews 11:4-6 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, …

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