10:1 There was a certain man in Cesarea, called Cornelius, a
centurion of the band called the Italian [band],
10:2 [A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house,
who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.
10:3 He saw in a vision evidently, about the ninth hour of the
day, an angel of God coming in to him, and saying to him,
10:4 And 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.
10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for [one] Simon, whose
surname is Peter:
10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the
sea-side: he will tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
10:7 And 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;
10:8 And when he had declared all [these] things to them, he
sent them to Joppa.
10:9 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:
10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance,
10:11 And 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:
10:12 In which were all manner of four-footed beasts of the
earth, and wild beasts, and creeping animals, and fowls of the
10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any
thing that is common or unclean.
10:15 And the voice [spoke] to him again the second time, What
God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.
10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received again
10:17 Now 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,
10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed
Peter, lodged there.
10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
10:20 Arise therefore, and go down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.
10:21 Then 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?
10:22 And 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.
10:23 Then he called them in, and lodged [them]. And on the
morrow Peter went with them, and certain brethren from Joppa
10:24 And on the morrow they entered into Cesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near
10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell
down at his feet, and worshiped [him].
10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up: I myself also am
10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that
had come together.
10:28 And 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.
10:29 Therefore I came [to you] without gainsaying, as soon as I
was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for
10:30 And 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,
10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thy alms are
had in remembrance in the sight of God.
10:32 Send 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
10:33 Immediately 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
10:34 Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, In truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.
10:36 The word which [God] sent to the children of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
10:37 That word, [I say], ye know, which was published
throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism
which John preached;
10:38 That 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.
10:39 And 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.
10:40 Him God raised the third day, and showed him openly;
10:41 Not 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.
10:42 And 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.
10:43 To him give all the prophets testimony, that through his
name whoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
10:44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Spirit
fell on all them who heard the word.
10:45 And 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.
10:46 For they heard them speak in languages and magnify God.
Then answered Peter,
10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the
Lord. Then they requested him to tarry certain days.