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Acts 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Cornelius Calls for Peter

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:1 - At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:2 - He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:3 - One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:4 - Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:5 - Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:6 - He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:7 - When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:8 - He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

Peter’s Vision

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:9 - About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:10 - He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:11 - He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:12 - It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:13 - Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:14 - “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:15 - The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:16 - This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:17 - While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:18 - They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:19 - While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three[fn] men are looking for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:20 - So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:21 - Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:22 - The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:23 - Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along.

Peter at Cornelius’s House

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:24 - The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:25 - As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:26 - But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:27 - While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:28 - He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:29 - So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:30 - Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:31 - and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:32 - Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:33 - So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:34 - Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:35 - but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:36 - You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:37 - You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:38 - how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:39 - “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:40 - but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:41 - He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:42 - He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:43 - All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:44 - While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:45 - The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:46 - For they heard them speaking in tongues[fn] and praising God. Then Peter said,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:47 - “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:48 - So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
NIV Footnotes
One early manuscript two; other manuscripts do not have the number.
Or other languages

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