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.

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.

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

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,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A devout man - Ευσεβης, from ευ, well, and σεβομαι, I worship. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater.

One that feared God - Φοβουμενος τον Θεον, One who was acquainted with the true God, by means of his word and laws; who respected these laws, and would not dare to offend his Maker and his Judge. This is necessarily implied in the fear of God.

With all his house - He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.

Gave much alms - His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of beneficence and charity.

Prayed to God alway - Felt himself a dependent creature; knew he had no good but what he had received; and considered God to be the fountain whence he was to derive all his blessings. He prayed to God alway; was ever in the spirit of prayer, and frequently in the act. What an excellent character is this! And yet the man was a Gentile! He was what a Jew would repute common and unclean: see Acts 10:28. He was, therefore, not circumcised; but, as he worshipped the true God, without any idolatrous mixtures, and was in good report among all the nation of the Jews, he was undoubtedly what was called a proselyte of the gate, though not a proselyte of justice, because he had not entered into the bond of the covenant by circumcision. This was a proper person, being so much of a Jew and so much of a Gentile, to form the connecting link between both people; and God chose him that the salvation of the Jews might with as little observation as possible be transmitted to the Gentiles. The choice of such a person, through whom the door of faith was opened to the heathen world, was a proof of the wisdom and goodness of God. The man who was chosen to this honor was not a profligate Gentile; nor yet a circumcised proselyte. He was a Gentile, amiable and pure in his manners; and, for his piety and charitableness, held in high estimation among all the nation of the Jews. Against such a person they could not, with any grace, be envious, though God should pour out upon him the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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devout.

Acts 10:7,22 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants...

Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

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

Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas...

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us...

Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelled there,

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout...

one.

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

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord...

Acts 13:16,26 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience...

1 Kings 8:43 Hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to you for...

2 Chronicles 6:33 Then hear you from the heavens, even from your dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calls to you for...

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God...

Psalm 102:15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory.

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand...

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

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God...

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you...

with.

Acts 10:7 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants...

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord...

Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed...

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD...

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

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning...

Psalm 101:6-8 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me...

which.

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

Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas...

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

Isaiah 58:7,8 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked...

Luke 7:4,5 And when they came to Jesus, they sought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this...

Romans 15:26,27 For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem...

2 Corinthians 9:8-15 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things...

and prayed.

Acts 9:11 And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul...

Psalm 25:5,8,9 Lead me in your truth, and teach me: for you are the God of my salvation; on you do I wait all the day...

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

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

*marg:

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 the whole heart.

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 house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem...

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

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

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 men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

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December 2 Morning
Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.--I JOHN 2:20. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power.--It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.--Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Thou anointest my head with oil.--The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Easter Monday
Text: Acts 10, 34-43. 34 And Peter opened his mouth, and said: Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. 36 The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)--37 that saying ye yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judaea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 even Jesus of Nazareth,
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

Whether Paul, when in Rapture, Saw the Essence of God?
Objection 1: It would seem that Paul, when in rapture, did not see the essence of God. For just as we read of Paul that he was rapt to the third heaven, so we read of Peter (Acts 10:10) that "there came upon him an ecstasy of mind." Now Peter, in his ecstasy, saw not God's essence but an imaginary vision. Therefore it would seem that neither did Paul see the essence of God. Objection 2: Further, the vision of God is beatific. But Paul, in his rapture, was not beatified; else he would never have returned
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether the World is to be Cleansed?
Objection 1: It would seem that there is not to be any cleansing of the world. For only that which is unclean needs cleansing. Now God's creatures are not unclean, wherefore it is written (Acts 10:15): "That which God hath cleansed, do not thou call common," i.e. unclean. Therefore the creatures of the world shall not be cleansed. Objection 2: Further, according to Divine justice cleansing is directed to the removal of the uncleanness of sin, as instanced in the cleansing after death. But there can
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

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.

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