Cornelius, a devout man,
Acts 10:1 And there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of that which is called the Italian band: Acts 10:2 A religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people and always praying to God. Acts 10:3 This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him and saying to him: Cornelius. Acts 10:4 And he, beholding him. being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord? And he said to him: Thy prayers and thy alms are ascended for a memorial in the sight of God.
being commanded by an angel, sendeth for Peter:
Acts 10:5 And now send men to Joppe: and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed Peter. Acts 10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. He will tell thee what thou must do. Acts 10:7 And when the angel who spoke to him was departed, he called two of his household servants and a soldier who feared the Lord, of them that were under him. Acts 10:8 To whom when he had related all, he sent them to Joppe.
Acts 10:9 And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey and drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the house to pray, about the sixth hour. Acts 10:10 And being hungry, he was desirous to taste somewhat. And as they were preparing, there came upon him an ecstasy of mind.
who by a vision,
Acts 10:11 And he saw the heaven opened and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great linen sheet let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth: Acts 10:12 Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts and creeping things of the earth and fowls of the air. Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him: Arise, Peter. Kill and eat. Acts 10:14 But Peter said: Far be it from me. For I never did eat any thing that is common and unclean.
is taught not to despise the Gentiles.
Acts 10:15 And the voice spoke to him again the second time: That which God hath cleansed, do not thou call common. Acts 10:16 And this was done thrice. And presently the vessel was taken up into heaven. Acts 10:17 Now, whilst Peter was doubting within himself what the vision that he had seen should mean, behold the men who were sent from Cornelius, inquiring for Simon's house, stood at the gate. Acts 10:18 And when they had called, they asked if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
Acts 10:19 And as Peter was thinking of the vision, the Spirit said to him: Behold three men seek thee. Acts 10:20 Arise, therefore: get thee down and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Acts 10:21 Then Peter, going down to the men, said: Behold, I am he whom you seek. What is the cause for which you are come? Acts 10:22 Who said: Cornelius, a centurion, a just man and one that feareth God, and having good testimony from all the nation of the Jews, received an answer of an holy angel, to send for thee into his house And to hear words of thee. Acts 10:23 Then bringing them in, he lodged them. And the day following, he arose and went with them: and some of the brethren from Joppe accompanied him. Acts 10:24 And the morrow after, he entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, having called together his kinsmen and special friends. Acts 10:25 And it came to pass that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him and falling at his feet adored. Acts 10:26 But Peter lifted him up, saying: Arise: I myself also am a man. Acts 10:27 And talking with him, he went in and found many that were come together. Acts 10:28 And he said to them: you know how abominable it is for a man that is a Jew to keep company or to come unto one of another nation: but God hath shewed to me, to call no man common or unclean. Acts 10:29 For which cause, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, for what cause you have sent for me? Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said: Four days ago, unto this hour, I was praying in my house, at the ninth hour and behold a man stood before me in white apparel and said: Acts 10:31 Cornelius, thy prayer is heard and thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Acts 10:32 Send therefore to Joppe: and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side. Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee: and thou hast done well in coming. Now, therefore, all we are present in thy sight to hear all things whatsoever are commanded thee by the Lord.
As he preacheth Christ to Cornelius and his company,
Acts 10:34 And Peter opening his mouth, said: in very deed I perceive that God is not a respecter of persons. Acts 10:35 But in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh justice is acceptable to him. Acts 10:36 God sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all). Acts 10:37 You know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached. Acts 10:38 Jesus of Nazareth: how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost 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 that he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem: whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree. Acts 10:40 Him God raised up the third day and gave him to be made manifest, Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him, after he arose again from the dead. Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that it is he who was appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead. Acts 10:43 To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.
the Holy Ghost falleth on them,
Acts 10:44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word. Acts 10:45 And the faithful of the circumcision, who came with Peter, were astonished for that the grace of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also. Acts 10:46 For they heard them speaking with tongues and magnifying God. Acts 10:47 Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?
and they are baptized.
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they desired him to tarry with them some days.