Acts 10:24-48 American Standard Version

24  And on the morrow they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kinsmen and his near friends. 25  And when it came to pass that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. 26  But Peter raised him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27  And as he talked with him, he went in, and findeth many come together: 28  and he said unto them, Ye yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to join himself or come unto one of another nation; and [yet] unto me hath God showed that I should not call any man common or unclean: 29  wherefore also I came without gainsaying, when I was sent for. I ask therefore with what intent ye sent for me. 30  And Cornelius said, Four days ago, until this hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel, 31  and saith, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32  Send therefore to Joppa, and call unto thee Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side. 33  Forthwith therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God, to hear all things that have been commanded thee of the Lord.

Peter's Address in Cornelius' House

34  And 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 acceptable to him. 36  The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all.)— 37  that saying ye yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judaea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38  [even] Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit 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 country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree. 40  Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, 41  not to all the people, but unto witnesses that were chosen before of God, [even] to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42  And he charged us to preach unto the people, and to testify that this is he who is ordained of God [to be] the Judge of the living and the dead. 43  To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believeth on him shall receive remission of sins.

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Ghost

44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word. 45  And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. 46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47  Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? 48  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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