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10 At Caesareal there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing;m he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoonn he had a vision.o He distinctly saw an angelp of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offeringq before God.r 5 Now send men to Joppas to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner,t whose house is by the sea.”
7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.u
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roofv to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.w 11 He saw heaven openedx and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”a
17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision,b the men sent by Corneliusc found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision,d the Spirit saide to him, “Simon, threea men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”f
22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man,g 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.”h 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.
Peter at Cornelius’s House
The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believersi from Joppa went along.j 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea.k Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”l
27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people.m 28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile.n But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.o 29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothesp stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritismq 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.r 36 You know the messages God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good newst of peaceu through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.v 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—38 how God anointedw Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healingx all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.y
39 “We are witnessesz of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross,a 40 but God raised him from the deadb on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people,c but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ated and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the peoplee and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.f 43 All the prophets testify about himg that everyoneh who believesi in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”j
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came onk all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peterl were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured outm even on Gentiles.n 46 For they heard them speaking in tonguesb o and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water.p They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”q 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.r Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
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