10:1And there was a certain man in Cesarea, by name Cornelius, a centurion from a band called Italian,
10:2pious, and fearing God with all his house, doing also many kind acts to the people, and beseeching God always,
10:3he saw in a vision manifestly, as it were the ninth hour of the day, a messenger of God coming in unto him, and saying to him, `Cornelius;'
10:4and he having looked earnestly on him, and becoming afraid, said, `What is it, Lord?' And he said to him, `Thy prayers and thy kind acts came up for a memorial before God,
10:5and now send men to Joppa, and send for a certain one Simon, who is surnamed Peter,
10:6this one doth lodge with a certain Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea; this one shall speak to thee what it behoveth thee to do.'
10:7And when the messenger who is speaking to Cornelius went away, having called two of his domestics, and a pious soldier of those waiting on him continually,
10:8and having declared to them all things, he sent them to Joppa.
10:9And on the morrow, as these are proceeding on the way, and are drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour,
10:10and he became very hungry, and wished to eat; and they making ready, there fell upon him a trance,
10:11and he doth behold the heaven opened, and descending unto him a certain vessel, as a great sheet, bound at the four corners, and let down upon the earth,
10:12in which were all the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the heaven,
10:13and there came a voice unto him: `Having risen, Peter, slay and eat.'
10:14And Peter said, `Not so, Lord; because at no time did I eat anything common or unclean;'
10:15and there is a voice again a second time unto him: `What God did cleanse, thou, declare not thou common;'
10:16and this was done thrice, and again was the vessel received up to the heaven.
10:17And as Peter was perplexed in himself what the vision that he saw might be, then, lo, the men who have been sent from Cornelius, having made inquiry for the house of Simon, stood at the gate,
10:18and having called, they were asking if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, doth lodge here?
10:19And Peter thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, `Lo, three men do seek thee;
10:20but having risen, go down and go on with them, nothing doubting, because I have sent them;'
10:21and Peter having come down unto the men who have been sent from Cornelius unto him, said, `Lo, I am he whom ye seek, what is the cause for which ye are present?'
10:22And they said, `Cornelius, a centurion, a man righteous and fearing God, well testified to, also, by all the nation of the Jews, was divinely warned by a holy messenger to send for thee, to his house, and to hear sayings from thee.'
10:23Having called them in, therefore, he lodged them, and on the morrow Peter went forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa went with him,
10:24and on the morrow they did enter into Cesarea; and Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kindred and near friends,
10:25and as it came that Peter entered in, Cornelius having met him, having fallen at his feet, did bow before him;
10:26and Peter raised him, saying, `Stand up; I also myself am a man;'
10:27and talking with him he went in, and doth find many having come together.
10:28And he said unto them, `Ye know how it is unlawful for a man, a Jew, to keep company with, or to come unto, one of another race, but to me God did shew to call no man common or unclean;
10:29therefore also without gainsaying I came, having been sent for; I ask, therefore, for what matter ye did send for me?'
10:30And Cornelius said, `Four days ago till this hour, I was fasting, and at the ninth hour praying in my house, and, lo, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
10:31and he said, Cornelius, thy prayer was heard, and thy kind acts were remembered before God;
10:32send, therefore, to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; this one doth lodge in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea, who having come, shall speak to thee;
10:33at once, therefore, I sent to thee; thou also didst do well, having come; now, therefore, are we all before God present to hear all things that have been commanded thee by God.'
10:34And Peter having opened his mouth, said, `Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons,
10:35but in every nation he who is fearing Him, and is working righteousness, is acceptable to Him;
10:36the word that he sent to the sons of Israel, proclaiming good news -- peace through Jesus Christ (this one is Lord of all,)
10:37ye -- ye have known; -- the word that came throughout all Judea, having begun from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached;
10:38Jesus who is from Nazareth -- how God did anoint him with the Holy Spirit and power; who went through, doing good, and healing all those oppressed by the devil, because God was with him;
10:39and we -- we are witnesses of all things that he did, both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, -- whom they did slay, having hanged upon a tree.
10:40`This one God did raise up the third day, and gave him to become manifest,
10:41not to all the people, but to witnesses, to those having been chosen before by God -- to us who did eat with him, and did drink with him, after his rising out of the dead;
10:42and he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify fully that it is he who hath been ordained by God judge of living and dead --
10:43to this one do all the prophets testify, that through his name every one that is believing in him doth receive remission of sins.'
10:44While Peter is yet speaking these sayings, the Holy spirit fell upon all those hearing the word,
10:45and those of the circumcision believing were astonished -- as many as came with Peter -- because also upon the nations the gift of the Holy Spirit hath been poured out,
10:46for they were hearing them speaking with tongues and magnifying God. Then answered Peter,
10:47`The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit did receive -- even as also we?'
10:48he commanded them also to be baptized in the name of the Lord; then they besought him to remain certain days.
11:1And the apostles and the brethren who are in Judea heard that also the nations did receive the word of God,
11:2and when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision were contending with him,
11:3saying -- `Unto men uncircumcised thou didst go in, and didst eat with them!'
11:4And Peter having begun, did expound to them in order saying,
11:5`I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw in a trance a vision, a certain vessel coming down, as a great sheet by four corners being let down out of the heaven, and it came unto me;
11:6at which having looked stedfastly, I was considering, and I saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of heaven;
11:7and I heard a voice saying to me, Having risen, Peter, slay and eat;
11:8and I said, Not so, Lord; because anything common or unclean hath at no time entered into my mouth;
11:9and a voice did answer me a second time out of the heaven, What God did cleanse, thou -- declare not thou common.
11:10`And this happened thrice, and again was all drawn up to the heaven,
11:11and, lo, immediately, three men stood at the house in which I was, having been sent from Cesarea unto me,
11:12and the Spirit said to me to go with them, nothing doubting, and these six brethren also went with me, and we did enter into the house of the man,
11:13he declared also to us how he saw the messenger in his house standing, and saying to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter,
11:14who shall speak sayings by which thou shalt be saved, thou and all thy house.
11:15`And in my beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit did fall upon them, even as also upon us in the beginning,
11:16and I remembered the saying of the Lord, how he said, John indeed did baptize with water, and ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit;
11:17if then the equal gift God did give to them as also to us, having believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, I -- how was I able to withstand God?'
11:18And they, having heard these things, were silent, and were glorifying God, saying, `Then, indeed, also to the nations did God give the reformation to life.'
11:19Those, indeed, therefore, having been scattered abroad, from the tribulation that came after Stephen, went through unto Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none except to Jews only;
11:20and there were certain of them men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who having entered into Antioch, were speaking unto the Hellenists, proclaiming good news -- the Lord Jesus,
11:21and the hand of the Lord was with them, a great number also, having believed, did turn unto the Lord.
11:22And the account was heard in the ears of the assembly that is in Jerusalem concerning them, and they sent forth Barnabas to go through unto Antioch,
11:23who, having come, and having seen the grace of God, was glad, and was exhorting all with purpose of heart to cleave to the Lord,
11:24because he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith, and a great multitude was added to the Lord.
11:25And Barnabas went forth to Tarsus, to seek for Saul,
11:26and having found him, he brought him to Antioch, and it came to pass that they a whole year did assemble together in the assembly, and taught a great multitude, the disciples also were divinely called first in Antioch Christians.
11:27And in those days there came from Jerusalem prophets to Antioch,
11:28and one of them, by name Agabus, having stood up, did signify through the Spirit a great dearth is about to be throughout all the world -- which also came to pass in the time of Claudius Caesar --
11:29and the disciples, according as any one was prospering, determined each of them to send for ministration to the brethren dwelling in Judea,
11:30which also they did, having sent unto the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
12:1And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly,
12:2and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword,
12:3and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food --
12:4whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.
12:5Peter, therefore, indeed, was kept in the prison, and fervent prayer was being made by the assembly unto God for him,
12:6and when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night was Peter sleeping between two soldiers, having been bound with two chains, guards also before the door were keeping the prison,
12:7and lo, a messenger of the Lord stood by, and a light shone in the buildings, and having smitten Peter on the side, he raised him up, saying, `Rise in haste,' and his chains fell from off his hands.
12:8The messenger also said to him, `Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals;' and he did so; and he saith to him, `Put thy garment round and be following me;'
12:9and having gone forth, he was following him, and he knew not that it is true that which is done through the messenger, and was thinking he saw a vision,
12:10and having passed through a first ward, and a second, they came unto the iron gate that is leading to the city, which of its own accord did open to them, and having gone forth, they went on through one street, and immediately the messenger departed from him.
12:11And Peter having come to himself, said, `Now I have known of a truth that the Lord did sent forth His messenger, and did deliver me out of the hand of Herod, and all the expectation of the people of the Jews;'
12:12also, having considered, he came unto the house of Mary, the mother of John, who is surnamed Mark, where there were many thronged together and praying.
12:13And Peter having knocked at the door of the porch, there came a damsel to hearken, by name Rhoda,
12:14and having known the voice of Peter, from the joy she did not open the porch, but having run in, told of the standing of Peter before the porch,
12:15and they said unto her, `Thou art mad;' and she was confidently affirming it to be so, and they said, `It is his messenger;'
12:16and Peter was continuing knocking, and having opened, they saw him, and were astonished,
12:17and having beckoned to them with the hand to be silent, he declared to them how the Lord brought him out of the prison, and he said, `Declare to James and to the brethren these things;' and having gone forth, he went on to another place.
12:18And day having come, there was not a little stir among the soldiers what then was become of Peter,
12:19and Herod having sought for him, and not having found, having examined the guards, did command them to be led away to punishment, and having gone down from Judea to Cesarea, he was abiding there.
12:20And Herod was highly displeased with the Tyrians and Sidonians, and with one accord they came unto him, and having made a friend of Blastus, who is over the bed-chambers of the king, they were asking peace, because of their country being nourished from the king's;
12:21and on a set day, Herod having arrayed himself in kingly apparel, and having sat down upon the tribunal, was making an oration unto them,
12:22and the populace were shouting, `The voice of a god, and not of a man;'
12:23and presently there smote him a messenger of the Lord, because he did not give the glory to God, and having been eaten of worms, he expired.
12:24And the word of God did grow and did multiply,
12:25and Barnabas and Saul did turn back out of Jerusalem, having fulfilled the ministration, having taken also with them John, who was surnamed Mark.