Acts (Author Luke)

10:1But a certain man in Caesarea, -- by name Cornelius, a centurion of the band called Italic,

10:2pious, and fearing God with all his house, both giving much alms to the people, and supplicating God continually,

10:3-- saw plainly in a vision, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius.

10:4But he, having fixed his eyes upon him, and become full of fear, said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Thy prayers and thine alms have gone up for a memorial before God.

10:5And now send men to Joppa and fetch Simon, who is surnamed Peter.

10:6He lodges with a certain Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.

10:7And when the angel who was speaking to him had departed, having called two of his household and a pious soldier of those who were constantly with him,

10:8and related all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

10:9And on the morrow, as these were journeying and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the house to pray, about the sixth hour.

10:10And he became hungry and desired to eat. But as they were making ready an ecstasy came upon him:

10:11and he beholds the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as a great sheet, bound by the four corners and let down to the earth;

10:12in which were all the quadrupeds and creeping things of the earth, and the fowls of the heaven.

10:13And there was a voice to him, Rise, Peter, slay and eat.

10:14And Peter said, In no wise, Lord; for I have never eaten anything common or unclean.

10:15And there was a voice again the second time to him, What God has cleansed, do not *thou* make common.

10:16And this took place thrice, and the vessel was straightway taken up into heaven.

10:17And as Peter doubted in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold also the men who were sent by Cornelius, having sought out the house of Simon, stood at the gate,

10:18and having called some one, they inquired if Simon who was surnamed Peter was lodged there.

10:19But as Peter continued pondering over the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men seek thee;

10:20but rise up, go down, and go with them, nothing doubting, because *I* have sent them.

10:21And Peter going down to the men said, Behold, *I* am he whom ye seek: what is the cause for which ye come?

10:22And they said, Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man, and fearing God, and borne witness to by the whole nation of the Jews, has been divinely instructed by a holy angel to send for thee to his house, and hear words from thee.

10:23Having therefore invited them in, he lodged them. And on the morrow, rising up he went away with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa went with him.

10:24And on the morrow they came to Caesarea. But Cornelius was looking for them, having called together his kinsmen and his intimate friends.

10:25And when Peter was now coming in, Cornelius met him, and falling down did him homage.

10:26But Peter made him rise, saying, Rise up: *I* myself also am a man.

10:27And he went in, talking with him, and found many gathered together.

10:28And he said to them, *Ye* know how it is unlawful for a Jew to be joined or come to one of a strange race, and to *me* God has shewn to call no man common or unclean.

10:29Wherefore also, having been sent for, I came without saying anything against it. I inquire therefore for what reason ye have sent for me.

10:30And Cornelius said, Four days ago I had been fasting unto this hour, and the ninth I was praying in my house, and lo, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

10:31and said, Cornelius, thy prayer has been heard, and thy alms have come in remembrance before God.

10:32Send therefore to Joppa and fetch Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he lodges in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea who when he is come will speak to thee.

10:33Immediately therefore I sent to thee, and *thou* hast well done in coming. Now therefore *we* are all present before God to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

10:34And Peter opening his mouth said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons,

10:35but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

10:36The word which he sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (*he* is Lord of all things,)

10:37*ye* know; the testimony which has spread through the whole of Judaea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached --

10:38Jesus who was of Nazareth: how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power; who went through all quarters doing good, and healing all that were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

10:39*We* also are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they also slew, having hanged him on a cross.

10:40This man God raised up the third day and gave him to be openly seen,

10:41not of all the people, but of witnesses who were chosen before of God, *us* who have eaten and drunk with him after he arose from among the dead.

10:42And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that *he* it is who was determinately appointed of God to be judge of living and dead.

10:43To him all the prophets bear witness that every one that believes on him will receive through his name remission of sins.

10:44While Peter was yet speaking these words the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were hearing the word.

10:45And the faithful of the circumcision were astonished, as many as came with Peter, that upon the nations also the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out:

10:46for they heard them speaking with tongues and magnifying God. Then Peter answered,

10:47Can any one forbid water that these should not be baptised, who have received the Holy Spirit as we also did?

10:48And he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord. Then they begged him to stay some days.

11:1And the apostles and the brethren who were in Judaea heard that the nations also had received the word of God;

11:2and when Peter went up to Jerusalem, they of the circumcision contended with him,

11:3saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised and hast eaten with them.

11:4But Peter began and set forth the matter to them in order, saying,

11:5I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in an ecstasy I saw a vision, a certain vessel descending like a great sheet, let down by four corners out of heaven, and it came even to me:

11:6on which having fixed mine eyes, I considered, and saw the quadrupeds of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the heaven.

11:7And I heard also a voice saying to me, Rise up, Peter, slay and eat.

11:8And I said, In no wise, Lord, for common or unclean has never entered into my mouth.

11:9And a voice answered the second time out of heaven, What God has cleansed, do not *thou* make common.

11:10And this took place thrice, and again all was drawn up into heaven;

11:11and lo, immediately three men were at the house in which I was, sent to me from Caesarea.

11:12And the Spirit said to me to go with them, nothing doubting. And there went with me these six brethren also, and we entered into the house of the man,

11:13and he related to us how he had seen the angel in his house, standing and saying to him, Send men to Joppa and fetch Simon, who is surnamed Peter,

11:14who shall speak words to thee whereby *thou* shalt be saved, thou and all thy house.

11:15And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them even as upon us also at the beginning.

11:16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John baptised with water, but *ye* shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit.

11:17If then God has given them the same gift as also to us when we had believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who indeed was *I* to be able to forbid God?

11:18And when they heard these things they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then indeed God has to the nations also granted repentance to life.

11:19They then who had been scattered abroad through the tribulation that took place on the occasion of Stephen, passed through the country to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one but to Jews alone.

11:20But there were certain of them, Cyprians and Cyrenians, who entering into Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, announcing the glad tidings of the Lord Jesus.

11:21And the Lord's hand was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.

11:22And the report concerning them reached the ears of the assembly which was in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go through as far as Antioch:

11:23who, having arrived and seeing the grace of God, rejoiced, and exhorted all with purpose of heart to abide with the Lord;

11:24for he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith; and a large crowd of people were added to the Lord.

11:25And he went away to Tarsus to seek out Saul.

11:26And having found him, he brought him to Antioch. And so it was with them that for a whole year they were gathered together in the assembly and taught a large crowd: and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

11:27Now in these days prophets went down from Jerusalem to Antioch;

11:28and one from among them, by name Agabus, rose up and signified by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine over all the inhabited earth, which also came to pass under Claudius.

11:29And they determined, according as any one of the disciples was well off, each of them to send to the brethren who dwelt in Judaea, to minister to them;

11:30which also they did, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

12:1At that time Herod the king laid his hands on some of those of the assembly to do them hurt,

12:2and slew James, the brother of John, with the sword.

12:3And seeing that it was pleasing to the Jews, he went on to take Peter also: (and they were the days of unleavened bread:)

12:4whom having seized he put in prison, having delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep, purposing after the passover to bring him out to the people.

12:5Peter therefore was kept in the prison; but unceasing prayer was made by the assembly to God concerning him.

12:6And when Herod was going to bring him forth, that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards before the door kept the prison.

12:7And lo, an angel of the Lord came there, and a light shone in the prison: and having smitten the side of Peter, he roused him up, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off his hands.

12:8And the angel said to him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did so. And he says to him, Cast thine upper garment about thee and follow me.

12:9And going forth he followed him and did not know that what was happening by means of the angel was real, but supposed he saw a vision.

12:10And having passed through a first and second guard, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city, which opened to them of itself; and going forth they went down one street, and immediately the angel left him.

12:11And Peter, being come to himself, said, Now I know certainly that the Lord has sent forth his angel and has taken me out of the hand of Herod and all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12:12And having become clearly conscious in himself, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was surnamed Mark, where were many gathered together and praying.

12:13And when he had knocked at the door of the entry, a maid came to listen, by name Rhoda;

12:14and having recognised the voice of Peter, through joy did not open the entry, but running in, reported that Peter was standing before the entry.

12:15And they said to her, Thou art mad. But she maintained that it was so. And they said, It is his angel.

12:16But Peter continued knocking: and having opened, they saw him and were astonished.

12:17And having made a sign to them with his hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord had brought him out of prison; and he said, Report these things to James and to the brethren. And he went out and went to another place.

12:18And when it was day there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, what then was become of Peter.

12:19And Herod having sought him and not found him, having examined the guards, commanded them to be executed. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea and stayed there.

12:20And he was in bitter hostility with the Tyrians and Sidonians; but they came to him with one accord, and, having gained Blastus the king's chamberlain, sought peace, because their country was nourished by the king's.

12:21And on a set day, clothed in royal apparel and sitting on the elevated seat of honour, Herod made a public oration to them.

12:22And the people cried out, A god's voice and not a man's.

12:23And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give the glory to God, and he expired, eaten of worms.

12:24But the word of God grew and spread itself.

12:25And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled the service entrusted to them, taking also with them John, surnamed Mark.

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