Acts   chapter 10

   1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called
  Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian
   2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his
  house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed
  to God alway.
   3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour
  of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and
  saying unto him, Cornelius.
   4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and
  said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy
  prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial
  before God.
   5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon,
  whose surname is Peter:
   6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is
  by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou
  oughtest to do.
   7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was
  departed, he called two of his household servants,
  and a devout soldier of them that waited on him
   8 And when he had declared all these things unto
  them, he sent them to Joppa.
   9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and
  drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the
  housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
  10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten:
  but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
  11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel
  descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet
  knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
  12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of
  the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and
  fowls of the air.
  13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill,
  and eat.
  14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never
  eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
  15 And the voice spake unto him again the second
  time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou
  16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received
  up again into heaven.
  17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this
  vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men
  which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for
  Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
  18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was
  surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
  19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said
  unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
  20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with
  them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
  21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent
  unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he
  whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are
  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 an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and
  to hear words of thee.
  23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on
  the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain
  brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
  24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea.
  And Cornelius waited for them, and had called
  together his kinsmen and near friends.
  25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and
  fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
  26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself
  also am a man.
  27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found
  many that were come together.
  28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an
  unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep
  company, or come unto one of another nation; but God
  hath shewed me that I should not call any man common
  or unclean.
  29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as
  soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what
  intent ye have sent for me?
  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
  31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and
  thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of
  32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon,
  whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of
  one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he
  cometh, shall speak unto thee.
  33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou
  hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are
  we all here present before God, to hear all things
  that are commanded thee of God.
  34 Then 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 accepted with him.
  36 The word which God sent unto the children of
  Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord
  of all:)
  37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published
  throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after
  the baptism which John preached;
  38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
  Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and
  healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God
  was with him.
  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:
  40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him
  41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen
  before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with
  him after he rose from the dead.
  42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and
  to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to
  be the Judge of quick and dead.
  43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through
  his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive
  remission of sins.
  44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost
  fell on all them which heard the word.
  45 And they of the circumcision which believed were
  astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that
  on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the
  Holy Ghost.
  46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and
  magnify God. Then answered Peter,
  47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
  baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well
  as we?
  48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name
  of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain
  days. Acts chapter 11


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