And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And as he talked with him.—The word implies a conversation of some length; possibly, as the sequel seems to show, leading to the resolve that each should state separately how they, who had previously been strangers to each other, had thus been brought together.
fell down at his feet, and worshipped him—In the East this way of showing respect was customary not only to kings, but to others occupying a superior station; but among the Greeks and Romans it was reserved for the gods. Peter, therefore, declines it as due to no mortal [Grotius]. "Those who claim to have succeeded Peter, have not imitated this part of his conduct" [Alford] (therein only verifying 2Th 2:4, and compare Re 19:10; 22:9).As he talked with him; they went talking together into the house, probably of the goodness of God, that they should be directed so happily unto one another; for they could not but see and acknowledge God in it.
he went in; to Cornelius's house, at the door, and through the porch, to some interior room and apartment in it:
and found many that were come together; besides his family, many of his relations and intimate friends, whom he had got together on this occasion, that they might receive some advantage, as well as himself.And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 10:27. καὶ συνομιλῶν αὐτῷ: “and as he talked with him,” R.V.; only here in N.T., not in LXX (but συνόμιλος, Symm. Job 19:19), cf. Acts 20:11 for similar use of the simple verb ὁμιλέω, which is also used in a similar sense in LXX and in Josephus (so too in Xen.), and also in modern Greek (Kennedy).—εἰσῆλθε, i.e., into the room, in distinction to Acts 10:25 of entrance into the house, or it may signify the completion of his entering in (so De Wette, Weiss).27. And as he talked with him, he went in] So that the previous part of the interview had been without. The action of Cornelius in thus coming forth to meet Peter is in the spirit of that other centurion in the Gospel, who said (Luke 7:6), “I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof.” The Greek word here rendered “talked” indicates the communication made during an interview of some length. The subsequent remarks of St Peter shew us that he had been told many things by Cornelius, which are not specially mentioned, but comprehended under this word “talked.”
and found (findeth) many, &c.] For the character of Cornelius had won him many attached friends.Acts 10:27. Συνομιλῶν, talking with them) familiarly.—εἰσῆλθε, he went in) into the inner part of the house.—πολλοὐς, many) A joyous harvest of souls to be reaped.Verse 27. - Findeth for found, A.V.; many come for many that were come, A.V.
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