Acts 10:9
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New International Version
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.

New Living Translation
The next day as Cornelius's messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon,

English Standard Version
The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

Berean Study Bible
The next day at about the sixth hour, as the men were approaching the city on their journey, Peter went up on the roof to pray.

Berean Literal Bible
Now on the next day as these are journeying and are approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

New American Standard Bible
On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

King James Bible
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop about noon.

International Standard Version
Around noon the next day, while they were on their way and coming close to the town, Peter went up on the roof to pray.

NET Bible
About noon the next day, while they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.

New Heart English Bible
Now on the next day as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the next day, when they were traveling on the road and came near to the city, Shimeon went up to the roof to pray at the sixth hour.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Around noon the next day, while Cornelius' men were on their way and coming close to Joppa, Peter went on the roof to pray.

New American Standard 1977
And on the next day, as they were on their way, and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

Jubilee Bible 2000
On the morrow, as they went on their journey and drew near unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour;

King James 2000 Bible
On the next day, as they went on their journey, and drew near unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

American King James Version
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

American Standard Version
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:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey, and drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the house to pray, about the sixth hour.

Darby Bible Translation
And on the morrow, as these were journeying and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the house to pray, about the sixth hour.

English Revised Version
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:

Webster's Bible Translation
On the morrow, as they were going on their journey, and drew nigh to the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour:

Weymouth New Testament
The next day, while they were still on their journey and were getting near the town, about noon Peter went up on the house-top to pray.

World English Bible
Now on the next day as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon.

Young's Literal Translation
And on the morrow, as these are proceeding on the way, and are drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour,
Study Bible
Peter's Vision
8He explained what had happened and sent them to Joppa. 9The next day at about the sixth hour, as the men were approaching the city on their journey, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 9:25
When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

2 Samuel 11:2
Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.

Psalm 55:17
Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.

Jeremiah 19:13
"The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be defiled like the place Topheth, because of all the houses on whose rooftops they burned sacrifices to all the heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods."'"

Jeremiah 32:29
"The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city will enter and set this city on fire and burn it, with the houses where people have offered incense to Baal on their roofs and poured out drink offerings to other gods to provoke Me to anger.

Zephaniah 1:5
"And those who bow down on the housetops to the host of heaven, And those who bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by Milcom,

Matthew 24:17
Let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house.

Acts 10:3
One day at about the ninth hour, he had a clear vision of an angel of God who came to him and said, "Cornelius!"

Acts 10:30
Cornelius answered: "Four days ago, I was in my house praying at this, the ninth hour. Suddenly a man in radiant clothing stood before me

Acts 11:5
"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision of something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came right down to me.
Treasury of Scripture

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

Peter.

Acts 10:8 And when he had declared all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Acts 11:5-10 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, …

1 Samuel 9:25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel …

Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven on the housetops; and them …

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have …

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, …

Mark 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

the sixth.

Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry …

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

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

Matthew 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

(9) As they went on their journey . . .--The distance from Csarea to Joppa was about thirty Roman miles.

To pray about the sixth hour.--As in Acts 3:1, we again find St. Peter observing the Jewish hours of prayer. The "hunger" mentioned in the next verse implies that up to that time he had partaken of no food, and makes it probable that it was one of the days, the second and fifth in the week, which the Pharisees and other devout Jews observed as fasts. The flat housetop of an Eastern house was commonly used for prayer and meditation (comp. Matthew 10:27; Matthew 24:17; Luke 17:31), and in a city like Joppa, and a house like that of the tanner, was probably the only place accessible for such a purpose.

Verse 9. - Now on for on, A.V.; were for went, A.V. The house top; the quietest and most retired place in an Eastern house (comp. 1 Samuel 9:25, 26). It is not inconsistent with this that the hour-top could also be made a place of special publicity, from its height and open space (see Luke 12:3). About the sixth hour. Noon, the second of the three hours of prayer among the Jews, called "the midday prayer." The last was the ninth hour (Acts 3:1) and the first the third hour, nine in the morning (Acts 2:15). See Psalm Iv. 17. On the morrow, as they went on their journey,.... From Caesarea to Joppa; Joppa is said to be six and thirty miles distant from Caesarea; so far Caesarea was from Lydda, but it seems to be further from Joppa; for according to Josephus (b), from Joppa to Antipatris were a hundred and fifty furlongs, which are almost nineteen miles, and from thence to Caesarea were twenty six miles; unless there was a nearer way by the sea shore, as there was a way by that from Caesarea to Joppa, of which the above author makes mention (c); wherefore they must either have set out the evening before, or early that morning, to get to Joppa by the sixth hour, or twelve o'clock at noon; as it seems they did, by what follows:

and drew nigh unto the city; that is, of Joppa, were but a little way distant from it:

Peter went up upon the housetop to pray; the roofs of houses in Judea were flat, and persons might walk upon them, and hither they often retired for devotion and recreation; See Gill on Matthew 10:27, Matthew 24:17, it was on the former count, namely for prayer, that Peter went up thither, and that he might, be private and alone, and undisturbed in the discharge of that duty. This being at a tanner's house, though not in his shop, brings to mind a canon of the Jews (d),

"a man may not enter into a bath, nor into a tanner's shop, near the Minchah,''

or time of prayer. Now this was about the sixth hour or twelve o'clock at noon, when Peter went up to pray; at which time the messengers from Cornelius were near the city of Joppa; this was another time of prayer used by the Jews, and is what they call the great Minchah, which began at the sixth hour and an half, and so was as is here said, about the sixth hour See Gill on Acts 3:1.

(b) Antiqu. l. 13. c. 13. (c) De Bello Jud. l. 5. c. 14. (d) Misn. Sabbat, c. 1. sect. 2.9-16. upon the housetop—the flat roof, the chosen place in the East for cool retirement.

the sixth hour—noon.10:9-18 The prejudices of Peter against the Gentiles, would have prevented his going to Cornelius, unless the Lord had prepared him for this service. To tell a Jew that God had directed those animals to be reckoned clean which were hitherto deemed unclean, was in effect saying, that the law of Moses was done away. Peter was soon made to know the meaning of it. God knows what services are before us, and how to prepare us; and we know the meaning of what he has taught us, when we find what occasion we have to make use of it.
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