The spreading to the Gentiles
Now there was
a certain man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the 1Italian 2cohort
and one who bfeared
God with all his household, giving many alms to the people and beseeching God continually.
saw clearly in a 1avision
around the 2bninth
hour of the day an cangel
of God coming in to him and saying to him, Cornelius.
he looked intently at him and became terrified and said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your aprayers
and your alms have ascended as a 1bmemorial
now send men to Joppa and send for a certain Simon, who is surnamed Peter;
man is lodging with a certain Simon, a atanner
, whose house is by the sea.
when the angel who was speaking to him went away, he called two of his household servants and a devout soldier of those who waited on him;
relating all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
on the next day as they were journeying and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the ahousetop
around the 2sixth
he became very 1hungry
and wanted to 2eat
. And while they were preparing, a 3atrance
came upon him;
he beheld 1heaven aopened
, and a certain 2vessel
like a great sheet descending, being let down by four corners onto the earth,
which were all the four-footed 1animals
and reptiles of the earth and birds of heaven.
a voice came to him: Rise up, Peter; slay and 1eat
Peter said, By no means, Lord, for I have 1anever
eaten anything bcommon
a voice came
to him again a second time: The 1things
that God has acleansed
, do not make common.
this occurred three times; and immediately the vessel was taken up into heaven.
as Peter was utterly perplexed in himself as to
what the 1avision
which he had seen might be, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made diligent inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate.
they called out and inquired whether Simon, who is surnamed Peter, was lodging there.
while Peter was pondering over the vision, the aSpirit
said to him, Behold, there are
three men seeking you.
rise up, go down and go with them, doubting nothing, because 1I
have sent them.
Peter went down to the men and said, Behold, I am he whom you seek; what is the cause for which you have come?
they said, Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who afears
God and is bwell
attested to by the whole nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a choly
angel to send for you to come
to his house and hear dwords
he called them in and lodged them.
And on the next day he rose up and went away with them; and 1asome
of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.
on the next day they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius was awaiting them, having called together his relatives and intimate friends.
when Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and afalling
at his feet, worshipped him.
Peter raised him up, saying, Rise up; I myself am also a aman
as he talked with him, he entered and found many who had come together.
he said to them, You understand that it is unlawful for a man who is
a Jew to join himself to or come near one of aanother
race; yet God has shown me that I should not call any 1man bcommon
, even without objection I came when I had been sent for. I ask therefore, For what reason have you sent for me?
Cornelius said, Four days ago to this hour I was praying at the ninth hour in my house, and behold, a man stood before me ain
he said, Cornelius, your prayer has been aheard
and your alms have been bremembered
therefore to Joppa and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; this man is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.
I sent men
at once to you, and you have done nobly in coming. Now therefore we all are present before God to hear all the things that have been commanded to you by the Lord.
opening his mouth, Peter said, In truth I perceive that God is not a arespecter
nation he who bfears
Him and works crighteousness
word which He sent to the sons of Israel in announcing the gospel of apeace
through Jesus Christ (this One is bLord
yourselves know, 1the
word which has been spoken throughout the whole of Judea, beginning from aGalilee
after the baptism which John proclaimed:
, the One from aNazareth
, how God banointed
Him with the Holy cSpirit
and with dpower
, who went about doing good and healing all those who were being eoppressed
by the devil, for God was fwith
we are awitnesses
of all the things which He did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom also they bdid
away with by hanging Him
on a ctree
One, 1God araised
on the bthird
day; and He has made Him 2cmanifest
to all the people, but to awitnesses
appointed beforehand by God, to us, ones who bate
and drank with Him after 1He
rose from the dead.
He has acharged
us to proclaim to the people and solemnly btestify
that this is the One who was designated by God to be the 1cJudge
of the dliving
and the dead.
this One all the aprophets
testify that through His bname
everyone who cbelieves
into Him will receive 1dforgiveness
The Gentile believers' baptism in the Holy Spirit
Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy aSpirit 1fell
upon all those 2hearing
the believers who were
of the acircumcision
many as had accompanied Peter, were amazed, because on the cGentiles
also the 1dgift
of the Holy Spirit had been 2poured
they heard them 1aspeaking
in tongues and 2magnifying
God. Then Peter answered,
The Gentile believers' water baptism
anyone forbid the water so that these would not be abaptized
, who have received the Holy Spirit even 1bas
he charged them to be 1baptized 2in
of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.