Acts 10

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the company called the Italian, 2a devout man and one that feared God with all his house, who gave many alms to the people and prayed to God always. 3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4And when he looked on him, he was afraid and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms {lit. thine acts of mercy} are come up for a memorial before God. 5And now send men to Joppa and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter; 6he lodges with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side; he shall tell thee what it behooves thee to do. 7And when the angel who spoke unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants and a devout soldier of those that waited on him continually; 8and when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

9On 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; 10and he became very hungry and would have eaten; but while they made ready, he fell into a rapture of understanding 11and saw the heaven opened and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners and let down to the earth, 12in which were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and reptiles and fowls of the air. 13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter, kill and eat. 14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15And the voice spoke unto him again the second time, That which God has cleansed, do not call common. 16This was done three times, and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men who were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house and stood before the gate 18and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

19While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20Arise therefore and get thee down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them. 21Then Peter went down to the men who were sent unto him from Cornelius and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek; what is the cause for which ye are come? 22And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man and one that fears God and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a holy angel to send for thee into his house and to hear words of thee. 23Then he called them in and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24And the next day they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. 26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27And as he talked with him, he went in and found many that were come together. 28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an abominable thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company or come unto one of another nation; but God has showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29Therefore I came unto you without doubting, as soon as I was sent for; I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? 30And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing 31and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32Send therefore to Joppa, and call here Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side, who, when he comes, shall speak unto thee. 33Immediately therefore I sent to thee, and thou hast done well to come. Now therefore we are all here present before God to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

34Then Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons; 35but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. 36The word which God sent unto the sons of Israel, preaching the gospel: peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37that word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. 39And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of Judea and in Jerusalem, whom they slew hanging him on a tree. 40This same one God raised up the third day and showed him openly, 41not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And he commanded us to preach unto the people and to testify that it is he who is ordained of God to be the Judge of living and dead. 43Unto him all the prophets give witness, that whosoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins through his name.

44While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. 45And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, that also on the Gentiles the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out. 46For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47Can anyone forbid water that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they begged him to tarry certain days.