Cornelius, a devout man,
Acts 10:1 Fvrthermore there was a certaine man in Cesarea called Cornelius, a captaine of the band called the Italian band, Acts 10:2 A deuoute man, and one that feared God with all his housholde, which gaue much almes to the people, and prayed God continually. Acts 10:3 He sawe in a vision euidently (about the ninth houre of the day) an Angel of God coming in to him, and saying vnto him, Cornelius. Acts 10:4 But when hee looked on him, hee was afrayd, and sayd, What is it, Lord? And he sayd vnto him, Thy prayers & thine almes are come vp into remembrance before God.
being commanded by an angel, sendeth for Peter:
Acts 10:5 Nowe therefore send men to Ioppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter. Acts 10:6 Hee lodgeth with one Simon a Tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to doe. Acts 10:7 And when the Angel which spake vnto Cornelius, was departed, he called two of his seruants, and a souldier that feared God, one of them that waited on him, Acts 10:8 And tolde them all things, and sent them to Ioppa.
Acts 10:9 On the morow as they went on their iourney, and drew neere vnto the citie, Peter went vp vpon the house to pray, about the sixt houre. Acts 10:10 Then waxed hee an hungred, and would haue eaten: but while they made some thing ready, he fell into a trance.
who by a vision,
Acts 10:11 And hee sawe heauen opened, and a certaine vessell come downe vnto him, as it had bene a great sheete, knit at the foure corners, & was let downe to the earth. Acts 10:12 Wherein were all maner of foure footed beastes of the earth, and wilde beastes and creeping things, and foules of the heauen. Acts 10:13 And there came a voyce to him, Arise, Peter: kill, and eate. Acts 10:14 But Peter sayd, Not so, Lord: for I haue neuer eaten any thing that is polluted, or vncleane.
is taught not to despise the Gentiles.
Acts 10:15 And the voyce spake vnto him againe the second time, The things that God hath purified, pollute thou not. Acts 10:16 This was so done thrise: and the vessell was drawen vp againe into heauen. Acts 10:17 Nowe while Peter douted in himselfe what this vision which he had seene, meant, beholde, the men which were sent from Cornelius, had inquired for Simons house, and stoode at the gate, Acts 10:18 And called, and asked, whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
Acts 10:19 And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit sayde vnto him, Beholde, three men seeke thee. Acts 10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee downe, and goe with them, and doute nothing: For I haue sent them. Acts 10:21 Then Peter went downe to the men, which were sent vnto him from Cornelius, and sayd, Beholde, I am he whome ye seeke: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? Acts 10:22 And they sayd, Cornelius the captaine, a iust man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Iewes, was warned from heauen by an holy Angel, to send for thee into his house, and to heare thy wordes. Acts 10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them, and the next day, Peter went foorth with them, and certaine brethren from Ioppa accompanied him. Acts 10:24 And the day after, they entred into Cesarea. Nowe Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsemen, and special friends. Acts 10:25 And it came to passe as Peter came in, that Cornelius met him, and fell downe at his feete, and worshipped him. Acts 10:26 But Peter tooke him vp, saying, Stand vp: for euen I my selfe am a man. Acts 10:27 And as he talked with him, he came in, and found many that were come together. Acts 10:28 And he sayd vnto them, Ye know that it is an vnlawfull thing for a man that is a Iewe, to company, or come vnto one of another nation: but God hath shewed me, that I should not call any man polluted, or vncleane. Acts 10:29 Therefore came I vnto you without saying nay, when I was sent for. I aske therefore, for what intent haue ye sent for me? Acts 10:30 Then Cornelius sayd, Foure dayes agoe, about this houre, I fasted, & at the ninth houre I prayed in mine house, and beholde, a man stood before me in bright clothing, Acts 10:31 And sayd, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine almes are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Acts 10:32 Send therefore to Ioppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter (he is lodged in the house of Simon a Tanner by the sea side) who when he commeth, shall speake vnto thee. Acts 10:33 Then sent I for thee immediately, and thou hast well done to come. Nowe therefore are we all here present before God, to heare all things that are commanded thee of God.
As he preacheth Christ to Cornelius and his company,
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and sayd, Of a trueth I perceiue, that God is no accepter of persons. Acts 10:35 But in euery nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousnesse, is accepted with him. Acts 10:36 Ye know the worde which God hath sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Iesus Christ, which is Lord of all: Acts 10:37 Euen the worde which came through all Iudea, beginning in Galile, after the baptisme which Iohn preached. Acts 10:38 To wit, howe God anointed Iesus of Nazareth with the holy Ghost, and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the deuill: for God was with him. Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Iewes, and in Hierusalem, whom they slewe, hanging him on a tree. Acts 10:40 Him God raysed vp the third day, and caused that he was shewed openly: Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but vnto the witnesses chosen before of God, euen to vs which did eate and drinke with him, after he arose from the dead. Acts 10:42 And he commanded vs to preach vnto the people, and to testifie, that it is he that is ordained of God a iudge of quicke and dead. Acts 10:43 To him also giue all the Prophets witnesse, that through his Name all that beleeue in him, shall receiue remission of sinnes.
the Holy Ghost falleth on them,
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these wordes, the holy Ghost fell on al them which heard the word. Acts 10:45 So they of the circumcision which beleeued, were astonied, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was powred out the gift of the holy Ghost. Acts 10:46 For they heard them speake with tongues, and magnifie God. Then answered Peter, Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which haue receiued the holy Ghost, as well as we?
and they are baptized.
Acts 10:48 So he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tary certaine dayes.