Acts 10:1-23 Bible in Basic English

Peter and Cornelius

10 1  Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, the captain of the Italian band of the army; 2  A serious-minded man, fearing God with all his family; he gave much money to the poor, and made prayer to God at all times. 3  He saw in a vision, clearly, at about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of the Lord coming to him and saying to him, Cornelius! 4  And he, looking on him in fear, said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your prayers and your offerings have come up to God, and he has kept them in mind. 5  Now send men to Joppa, and get one Simon, named Peter, 6  Who is living with Simon, a leather-worker, whose house is by the sea. 7  And when the angel who said these words to him had gone away, he sent for two of his house-servants, and a God-fearing man of the army, one of those who were waiting on him at all times; 8  And having given them an account of everything, he sent them to Joppa.

9  Now the day after, when they were on their journey and were near the town, Peter went up to the top of the house for prayer, about the sixth hour: 10  And he was in need of food: but while they were getting it ready, a deep sleep came on him; 11  And he saw the heavens opening, and a vessel coming down, like a great cloth let down on the earth, 12  In which were all sorts of beasts and birds. 13  And a voice came to him, saying, Come, Peter; take them for food. 14  But Peter said, No, Lord; for I have never taken food which is common or unclean. 15  And the voice came to him a second time, What God has made clean, do not you make common. 16  And this was done three times: and then the vessel was taken back into heaven. 17  Now while Peter was in doubt as to the purpose of this vision, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made search for Simon's house, came to the door, 18  To see if Simon, named Peter, was living there.

19  And, while Peter was turning the vision over in his mind, the Spirit said to him, See, three men are looking for you. 20  Go down, then, and go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them. 21  And Peter went down to the men, and said, I am the man you are looking for: why have you come? 22  And they said, Cornelius, a captain, an upright and God-fearing man, respected by all the nation of the Jews, had word from God by an angel to send for you to his house, and to give hearing to your words. 23  So he took them in for the night. And the day after, he went with them, taking some of the brothers from Joppa with him.

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