Webster Bible Translation
Cornelius Sends for Peter
1There was a certain man in Cesarea, called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much 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 to him, Cornelius. 4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Thy prayers and thy alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea-side: he will tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 7And when the angel who spoke to Cornelius had departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; 8And when he had declared all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
9On 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: 10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to 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 four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping animals, 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 to him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received again into heaven.
Peter Summoned to Caesarea
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 inquiry for Simon's house, and were standing before the gate, 18And called, and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, lodged there. 19While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20Arise therefore, and go down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21Then Peter went down to the men who were sent to him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause for which ye have come? 22And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth 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 from thee. 23Then he called them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Peter at Caesarea
24And on the morrow they entered into Cesarea. 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 worshiped 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 had come together. 28And he said to them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come to one of another nation; but God hath shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29Therefore I came to you without gainsaying, 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 thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he lodgeth in the house of one Simon a tanner, by the sea-side: who, when he cometh, will speak to thee. 33Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou hast come. Now therefore we are all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee from God.
The Gentiles Hear the Good News
34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, In truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38That God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil; for God was with him. 39And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree. 40Him God raised the third day, and showed him openly; 41Not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. 43To him give all the prophets testimony, that through his name whoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit
44While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them who heard the word. 45And they of the circumcision who believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. 46For they heard them speak in languages and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47Can any man 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. Then they requested him to tarry certain days.