Cornelius, a devout man,
Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Cesarea, called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian [band], Acts 10:2 [A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. Acts 10:3 He saw in a vision evidently, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in to him, and saying to him, Cornelius. Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Thy prayers and thy alms are come up for a memorial before God.
being commanded by an angel, sendeth for Peter:
Acts 10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for [one] Simon, whose surname is Peter: Acts 10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea-side: he will tell thee what thou oughtest to do. Acts 10:7 And when the angel who spoke to Cornelius had departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; Acts 10:8 And when he had declared all [these] things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
Acts 10:9 On the morrow, as they were going on their journey, and drew nigh to the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour: Acts 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
who by a vision,
Acts 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Acts 10:12 In which were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping animals, and fowls of the air. Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. Acts 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
is taught not to despise the Gentiles.
Acts 10:15 And the voice [spoke] to him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common. Acts 10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received again into heaven. Acts 10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men who were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and were standing before the gate, Acts 10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, lodged there.
Acts 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men seek thee. Acts 10:20 Arise therefore, and go down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Acts 10:21 Then Peter went down to the men who were sent to him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what [is] the cause for which ye have come? Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words from thee. Acts 10:23 Then he called them in, and lodged [them]. And on the morrow Peter went with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. Acts 10:24 And on the morrow they entered into Cesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. Acts 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshiped [him]. Acts 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up: I myself also am a man. Acts 10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that had come together. Acts 10:28 And he said to them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come to one of another nation; but God hath shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Acts 10:29 Therefore I came [to you] without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, Acts 10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Acts 10:32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he lodgeth in the house of [one] Simon a tanner, by the sea-side: who, when he cometh, will speak to thee. Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou hast come. Now therefore we are all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee from God.
As he preacheth Christ to Cornelius and his company,
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, In truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts 10:36 The word which [God] sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) Acts 10:37 That word, [I say], ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; Acts 10:38 That God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Acts 10:40 Him God raised the third day, and showed him openly; Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, [even] to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained by God [to be] the Judge of the living and the dead. Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets testimony, that through his name whoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
the Holy Ghost falleth on them,
Acts 10:44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them who heard the word. Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision who believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak in languages and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
and they are baptized.
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they requested him to tarry certain days.