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Acts 10 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:1 - At Caesare'a there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:2 - a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms liberally to the people, and prayed constantly to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:3 - About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:4 - And he stared at him in terror, and said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:5 - And now send men to Joppa, and bring one Simon who is called Peter;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:6 - he is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:7 - When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those that waited on him,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:8 - and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:9 - The next day, as they were on their journey and coming near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:10 - And he became hungry and desired something to eat; but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:11 - and saw the heaven opened, and something descending, like a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:12 - In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:13 - And there came a voice to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:14 - But Peter said, "No, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:15 - And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God has cleansed, you must not call common."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:16 - This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:17 - Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men that were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood before the gate
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:18 - and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:19 - And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:20 - Rise and go down, and accompany them without hesitation; for I have sent them."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:21 - And Peter went down to the men and said, "I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:22 - And they said, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house, and to hear what you have to say."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:23 - So he called them in to be his guests. The next day he rose and went off with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

Peter at Caesarea

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:24 - And on the following day they entered Caesare'a. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his kinsmen and close friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:25 - When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:26 - But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am a man."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:27 - And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:28 - and he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit any one of another nation; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:29 - So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:30 - And Cornelius said, "Four days ago, about this hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:31 - saying, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:32 - Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter; he is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the seaside.'
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:33 - So I sent to you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God, to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord."

Gentiles Hear Good News

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:34 - And Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:35 - but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:36 - You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:37 - the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:38 - how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:39 - And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:40 - but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:41 - not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:42 - And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:43 - To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:44 - While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:45 - And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:46 - For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:47 - "Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:48 - And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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