Acts 10:1-23 New American Standard Bible

Peter and Cornelius

10 1  Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius , a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort , 2  a devout man and one who feared God with all his household , and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually e . 3  About e the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, "Cornelius !" 4  And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed , he said , "What is it, Lord ?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God . 5  "Now dispatch some men to Joppa and send for a man named Simon , who is also called Peter ; 6  he is staying with a tanner named Simon , whose house is by the sea ." 7  When the angel who was speaking to him had left , he summoned two of his servants and a devout soldier of those who were his personal attendants , 8  and after he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa .

9  On the next day , as they were on their way and approaching the city , Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray . 10  But he became hungry and was desiring to eat ; but while they were making preparations , he fell into a trance ; 11  and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down , lowered by four corners to the ground , 12  and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air . 13  A voice came to him, "Get up, Peter , kill and eat !" 14  But Peter said , "By no means , Lord , for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean ." 15  Again a voice came to him a second time , " What God has cleansed , no longer consider unholy ." 16  This happened three times , and immediately the object was taken up into the sky . 17  Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold , the men who had been sent by Cornelius , having asked directions for Simon's house , appeared at the gate ; 18  and calling out, they were asking whether Simon , who was also called Peter , was staying there .

19  While Peter was reflecting on the vision , the Spirit said to him, "Behold , three men are looking for you. 20  "But get up, go downstairs and accompany e them without misgivings , for I have sent them Myself ." 21  Peter went down to the men and said , "Behold , I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for which you have come ?" 22  They said , "Cornelius , a centurion , a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews , was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you." 23  So he invited them in and gave them lodging . And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

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