Acts 10:24-48 Darby’s Translation

24  And on the morrow they came to Caesarea. But Cornelius was looking for them, having called together his kinsmen and [his] intimate friends. 25  And when Peter was now coming in, Cornelius met him, and falling down did [him] homage. 26  But Peter made him rise, saying, Rise up: I myself also am a man. 27  And he went in, talking with him, and found many gathered together. 28  And he said to them, Ye know how it is unlawful for a Jew to be joined or come to one of a strange race, and to me God has shewn to call no man common or unclean. 29  Wherefore also, having been sent for, I came without saying anything against it. I inquire therefore for what reason ye have sent for me. 30  And Cornelius said, Four days ago I had been [fasting] unto this hour, and the ninth [I was] praying in my house, and lo, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31  and said, Cornelius, thy prayer has been heard, and thy alms have come in remembrance before God. 32  Send therefore to Joppa and fetch Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he lodges in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea [who when he is come will speak to thee]. 33  Immediately therefore I sent to thee, and thou hast well done in coming. Now therefore we are all present before God to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

Peter's Address in Cornelius' House

34  And Peter opening his mouth said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, 35  but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. 36  The word which he sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (he is Lord of all things,) 37  ye know; the testimony which has spread through the whole of Judaea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached— 38  Jesus who [was] of Nazareth: how God anointed him with [the] Holy Spirit and with power; who went through [all quarters] doing good, and healing all that were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39  We also [are] witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they also slew, having hanged him on a cross. 40  This [man] God raised up the third day and gave him to be openly seen, 41  not of all the people, but of witnesses who were chosen before of God, us who have eaten and drunk with him after he arose from among [the] dead. 42  And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he it is who was determinately appointed of God [to be] judge of living and dead. 43  To him all the prophets bear witness that every one that believes on him will receive through his name remission of sins.

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Ghost

44  While Peter was yet speaking these words the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were hearing the word. 45  And the faithful of the circumcision were astonished, as many as came with Peter, that upon the nations also the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out: 46  for they heard them speaking with tongues and magnifying God. Then Peter answered, 47  Can any one forbid water that these should not be baptised, who have received the Holy Spirit as we also [did]? 48  And he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord. Then they begged him to stay some days.


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