v[See ver. 17 above]
aq[See ver. 34 above]

Acts 10

Peter and Cornelius

1At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of a  what was known as the Italian Cohort, 2a devout man b  who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. 3 c  About the ninth hour of the day
That is, 3 p.m.
e  he saw clearly in a vision f  an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.”
4And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms g  have ascended h  as a memorial before God. 5And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. 6He is lodging i  with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” 7When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, 8and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Peter’s Vision

9The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city j  Peter went up k  on the housetop about l  the sixth hour
That is, noon
to pray.
10And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into n  a trance 11and saw o  the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13And there came a voice to him: Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; p  for I have never eaten anything that is q  common or r  unclean.” 15And the voice came to him again a second time, s  What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

17Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what t  the vision that he had seen might mean, behold u  the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood at the gate 18and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. 19And while Peter was pondering v  the vision w  the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20Rise and go down and x  accompany them without hesitation
Or  accompany them, making no distinction
for I have sent them.”
21And Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” 22And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and z  God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by aa  a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and ab  to hear what you have to say.” 23So he invited them in to be his guests.

The next day he rose and went away with them, and ac  some of ad  the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.
24And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and ae  fell down at his feet and af  worshiped him. 26But Peter lifted him up, saying ag  “Stand up; I too am a man.” 27And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. 28And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew ah  to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but ai  God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. 29So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”

30And Cornelius said aj  Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at ak  the ninth hour
That is, 3 p.m.
and behold am  a man stood before me in bright clothing
31and said, ‘Cornelius an  your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

Gentiles Hear the Good News

34So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that ao  God ap  shows no partiality, 35but aq  in every nation anyone who fears him and ar  does what is right is acceptable to him. 36As for as  the word that he sent to Israel, at  preaching good news of au  peace through Jesus Christ ( av  he is Lord of all), 37you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, aw  beginning ax  from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38how ay  God anointed Jesus of Nazareth az  with the Holy Spirit and with ba  power. He went about doing good and healing all bb  who were oppressed by the devil bc  for God was with him. 39And bd  we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. be  They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40but bf  God raised him on bg  the third day and made him to bh  appear, 41 bi  not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as bj  witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And bk  he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify bl  that he is the one appointed by God to be judge bm  of the living and the dead. 43 bn  To him bo  all the prophets bear witness that bp  everyone who believes in him receives bq  forgiveness of sins br  through his name.”

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles

44While Peter was still saying these things, bs  the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45And the believers from among bt  the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because bu  the gift of the Holy Spirit bv  was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they were hearing them bw  speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 bx  Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit by  just as we have?” 48And he bz  commanded them ca  to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

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