Acts 10:1-23 Darby’s Translation

Peter and Cornelius

10 1  But a certain man in Caesarea,—by name Cornelius, a centurion of the band called Italic, 2  pious, and fearing God with all his house, [both] giving much alms to the people, and supplicating God continually, 3  —saw plainly in a vision, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius. 4  But he, having fixed his eyes upon him, and become full of fear, said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Thy prayers and thine alms have gone up for a memorial before God. 5  And now send men to Joppa and fetch Simon, who is surnamed Peter. 6  He lodges with a certain Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. 7  And when the angel who was speaking to him had departed, having called two of his household and a pious soldier of those who were constantly with him, 8  and related all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

9  And on the morrow, as these were journeying and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the house to pray, about the sixth hour. 10  And he became hungry and desired to eat. But as they were making ready an ecstasy came upon him: 11  and he beholds the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as a great sheet, [bound] by [the] four corners [and] let down to the earth; 12  in which were all the quadrupeds and creeping things of the earth, and the fowls of the heaven. 13  And there was a voice to him, Rise, Peter, slay and eat. 14  And Peter said, In no wise, Lord; for I have never eaten anything common or unclean. 15  And [there was] a voice again the second time to him, What God has cleansed, do not thou make common. 16  And this took place thrice, and the vessel was straightway taken up into heaven. 17  And as Peter doubted in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold also the men who were sent by Cornelius, having sought out the house of Simon, stood at the gate, 18  and having called [some one], they inquired if Simon who was surnamed Peter was lodged there.

19  But as Peter continued pondering over the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men seek thee; 20  but rise up, go down, and go with them, nothing doubting, because I have sent them. 21  And Peter going down to the men said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause for which ye come? 22  And they said, Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man, and fearing God, and borne witness to by the whole nation of the Jews, has been divinely instructed by a holy angel to send for thee to his house, and hear words from thee. 23  Having therefore invited them in, he lodged them. And on the morrow, rising up he went away with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa went with him.


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