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1NOW [living] at Caesarea there was a man whose name was Cornelius, a centurion (captain) of what was known as the Italian Regiment,

2A devout man who venerated God {and} treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms to the people and prayed continually to God.

3About the ninth hour (about 3:00 p.m.) of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God entering and saying to him, Cornelius!

4And he, gazing intently at him, became frightened and said, What is it, Lord? And the angel said to him, Your prayers and your [generous] gifts to the poor have come up [as a sacrifice] to God {and} have been remembered by Him.

5And now send men to Joppa and have them call for {and} invite here a certain Simon whose surname is Peter;

6He is lodging with Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.

7When the angel who spoke to him had left, Cornelius called two of his servants and a God-fearing soldier from among his own personal attendants.

8And having rehearsed everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

9The next day as they were still on their way and were approaching the town, Peter went up to the roof of the house to pray, about the sixth hour (noon).

10But he became very hungry, and wanted something to eat; and while the meal was being prepared a trance came over him,

11And he saw the sky opened and something like a great sheet lowered by the four corners, descending to the earth.

12It contained all kinds of quadrupeds {and wild beasts} and creeping things of the earth and birds of the air.

13And there came a voice to him, saying, Rise up, Peter, kill and eat.

14But Peter said, No, by no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common {and} unhallowed or [ceremonially] unclean.

15And the voice came to him again a second time, What God has cleansed {and} pronounced clean, do not you defile {and} profane by regarding {and} calling common {and} unhallowed or unclean.

16This occurred three times; then immediately the sheet was taken up to heaven.

17Now Peter was still inwardly perplexed {and} doubted as to what the vision which he had seen could mean, when [just then] behold the messengers that were sent by Cornelius, who had made inquiry for Simon's house, stopped {and} stood before the gate.

18And they called out to inquire whether Simon who was surnamed Peter was staying there.

19And while Peter was earnestly revolving the vision in his mind {and} meditating on it, the [Holy] Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are looking for you!

20Get up and go below and accompany them without any doubt [about its legality] {or} any discrimination {or} hesitation, for I have sent them.

21Then Peter went down to the men and said, I am the man you seek; what is the purpose of your coming?

22And they said, Cornelius, a centurion (captain) who is just {and} upright {and} in right standing with God, being God-fearing {and} obedient and well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, has been instructed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house; and he has received in answer [to prayer] a warning to listen to {and} act upon what you have to say.

23So Peter invited them in to be his guests [for the night]. The next day he arose and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

24And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for {and} expecting them, and he had invited together his relatives and his intimate friends.

25As Peter arrived, Cornelius met him, and falling down at his feet he made obeisance {and} paid worshipful reverence to him.

26But Peter raised him up, saying, Get up; I myself am also a man.

27And as [Peter] spoke with him, he entered the house and found a large group of persons assembled;

28And he said to them, You yourselves are aware how it is not lawful {or} permissible for a Jew to keep company with or to visit {or} [even] to come near {or} to speak first to anyone of another nationality, but God has shown {and} taught me by words that I should not call any human being common {or} unhallowed or [ceremonially] unclean.

29Therefore when I was sent for, I came without hesitation {or} objection {or} misgivings. So now I ask for what reason you sent for me.

30And Cornelius said, This is now the fourth day since about this time I was observing the ninth hour (three o'clock in the afternoon) of prayer in my lodging place; [suddenly] a man stood before me in dazzling apparel,

31And he said, Cornelius, your prayer has been heard {and} harkened to, and your donations to the poor have been known {and} preserved before God [so that He heeds and is about to help you].

32Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is surnamed Peter; he is staying in the house of Simon the tanner by the seaside.

33So at once I sent for you, and you [being a Jew] have done a kind {and} courteous {and} handsome thing in coming. Now then, we are all present in the sight of God to listen to all that you have been instructed by the Lord to say.

34And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly {and} thoroughly I now perceive {and} understand that God shows no partiality {and} is no respecter of persons,

35But in every nation he who venerates {and} has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him {and} sure of being received and welcomed [by Him].

36You know the contents of the message which He sent to Israel, announcing the good news (Gospel) of peace by Jesus Christ, Who is Lord of all--

37The [same] message which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee after the baptism preached by John--

38How God anointed {and} consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength {and} ability {and} power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed {and} oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.

39And we are [eye and ear] witnesses of everything that He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And [yet] they put Him out of the way (murdered Him) by hanging Him on a tree;

40But God raised Him to life on the third day and caused Him to be manifest (to be plainly seen),

41Not by all the people but to us who were chosen (designated) beforehand by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.

42And He charged us to preach to the people and to bear solemn testimony that He is the God-appointed {and} God-ordained Judge of the living and the dead.

43To Him all the prophets testify (bear witness) that everyone who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him] receives forgiveness of sins through His name.

44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to the message.

45And the believers from among the circumcised [the Jews] who came with Peter were surprised {and} amazed, because the free gift of the Holy Spirit had been bestowed {and} poured out largely even on the Gentiles.

46For they heard them talking in [unknown] tongues (languages) and extolling {and} magnifying God. Then Peter asked,

47Can anyone forbid {or} refuse water for baptizing these people, seeing that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?

48And he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). Then they begged him to stay on there for some days.


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