THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Acts of the Apostles (Author Luke)

10:1¤ And there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of that which is called the Italian band:

10:2A religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people and always praying to God.

10:3This 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.

10:4And 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.

10:5And now send men to Joppe: and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed Peter.

10:6He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. He will tell thee what thou must do.

10:7And 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.

10:8To whom when he had related all, he sent them to Joppe.

10:9And 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.

10:10And being hungry, he was desirous to taste somewhat. And as they were preparing, there came upon him an ecstasy of mind.

10:11And 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:

10:12Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts and creeping things of the earth and fowls of the air.

10:13And there came a voice to him: Arise, Peter. Kill and eat.

10:14But Peter said: Far be it from me. For I never did eat any thing that is common and unclean.

10:15And the voice spoke to him again the second time: That which God hath cleansed, do not thou call common.

10:16And this was done thrice. And presently the vessel was taken up into heaven.

10:17Now, 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.

10:18And when they had called, they asked if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

10:19And as Peter was thinking of the vision, the Spirit said to him: Behold three men seek thee.

10:20Arise, therefore: get thee down and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

10:21Then Peter, going down to the men, said: Behold, I am he whom you seek. What is the cause for which you are come?

10:22Who 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.

10:23Then 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.

10:24And the morrow after, he entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, having called together his kinsmen and special friends.

10:25And it came to pass that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him and falling at his feet adored.

10:26But Peter lifted him up, saying: Arise: I myself also am a man.

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

10:28And 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.

10:29For which cause, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, for what cause you have sent for me?

10:30And 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

10:31and said: Cornelius, thy prayer is heard and thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

10:32Send therefore to Joppe: and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side.

10:33Immediately 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.

10:34And Peter opening his mouth, said: in very deed I perceive that God is not a respecter of persons.

10:35But in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh justice is acceptable to him.

10:36God sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all).

10:37You know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached.

10:38Jesus 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.

10:39And 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.

10:40Him God raised up the third day and gave him to be made manifest,

10:41Not 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.

10:42And 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.

10:43To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.

10:44While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word.

10:45And 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.

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

10:47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?

10:48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they desired him to tarry with them some days.

11:1¤ And the apostles and brethren, who were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.

11:2And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

11:3Saying: Why didst thou go in to men uncircumcised and didst eat with them?

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

11:5I was in the city of Joppe praying: and I saw in an ecstasy of mind a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners. And it came even unto me.

11:6Into which looking, I considered and saw fourfooted creatures of the earth and beasts and creeping things and fowls of the air.

11:7And I heard also a voice saying to me: Arise, Peter. Kill and eat.

11:8And I said: Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.

11:9And the voice answered again from heaven: What God hath made clean, do not thou call common.

11:10And this was done three times. And all were taken up again into heaven.

11:11And behold, immediately there were three men come to the house wherein I was, sent to me from Caesarea.

11:12And the Spirit said to me that I should go with them, nothing doubting. And these six brethren went with me also: and we entered into the man's house.

11:13And he told us how he had seen an angel in his house, standing and saying to him: Send to Joppe and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter,

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

11:15And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them, as upon us also in the beginning.

11:16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said: John indeed baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

11:17If then God gave them the same grace as to us also who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ: who was I, that could withstand God?

11:18Having heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying: God then hath also to the Gentiles given repentance, unto life.

11:19Now they who had been dispersed by the persecution that arose on occasion of Stephen went about as far as Phenice and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only.

11:20But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were entered into Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus.

11:21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believing, were converted to the Lord.

11:22And the tidings came to the ears of the church that was at Jerusalem, touching these things: and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch.

11:23Who, when he was come and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced. And he exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord.

11:24For he was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.

11:25And Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek Saul:

11:26Whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch. And they conversed there in the church a whole year: and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians.

11:27And in these days there came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch.

11:28And one of them named Agabus, rising up, signified by the Spirit that there should be a great famine over the whole world, which came to pass under Claudius.

11:29And the disciples, every man according to his ability, purposed to send relief to the brethren who dwelt in Judea.

11:30Which also they did, sending it to the ancients, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

12:1¤ And at the same time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church.

12:2And he killed James, the brother of John, With the sword.

12:3And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes.

12:4And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers, to be kept, intending, after the pasch, to bring him forth to the people.

12:5Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.

12:6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

12:7And behold an angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shined in the room. And he, striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: Arise quickly. And the chains fell off from his hands.

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

12:9And going out, he followed him. And he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel: but thought he saw a vision.

12:10And passing through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city which of itself opened to them. And going out, they passed on through one street. And immediately the angel departed from him.

12:11And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know in very deed that the Lord hath sent his angel and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12:12And considering, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where many were gathered together and praying.

12:13And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, whose name was Rhode.

12:14And as soon as she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for joy: but running in she told that Peter stood before the gate.

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

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

12:17But he, beckoning to them with his hand to hold their peace, told how the Lord had brought him out of prison. And he said: Tell these things to James and to the brethren. And going out, he went into another place.

12:18Now when day was come, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.

12:19And when Herod had sought for him and found him not, having examined the keepers, he commanded they should be put to death. And going down from Judea to Caesarea, he abode there.

12:20And he was angry with the Tyrians and the Sidonians. But they with one accord came to him: and, having gained Blastus who was the king's chamberlain, they desired peace, because their countries were nourished by him.

12:21And upon a day appointed, Herod being arrayed in kingly apparel, sat in the judgment seat and made an oration to them.

12:22And the people made acclamation, saying: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

12:23And forthwith an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and, being eaten up by worms, he gave up the ghost.

12:24But the word of the Lord increased and multiplied.

12:25And Barnabas and Saul, returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled their ministry, taking with them John who was surnamed Mark.



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