Visions 1 Now there was in Caesarea a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the cohort called Italian; 2
he was devout and God-fearing, as was all his household, giving much alms to the people and praying to God continually.
3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw distinctly in a vision an angel of God come in to him and say to him, "Cornelius."
4 And he, gazing at him in terror, said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Thy prayers and thy alms have gone
up and been remembered in the sight of God. 5 And now send men to Joppa and fetch one Simon, surnamed Peter; 6 he is
lodging with Simon, a tanner, who has a house by the seaside." 7 When the angel who was speaking to him had departed,
he called two of his servants, and a God-fearing soldier from among his personal attendants, 8 and after telling them the
whole story sent them to Joppa.
9 Now the next day, while they were still on their journey and were just drawing near to the city, Peter
went up to the roof to pray, about the sixth hour; 10 but he got very hungry, and wanted something to eat. But
while they were getting it ready, he fell into an ecstasy, 11 and saw heaven standing open and a certain vessel coming down
like a great sheet, let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth; 12 and in it were all the four-footed beasts and
creeping things of the earth, and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, "Arise, Peter, kill and eat."
14 But Peter said, "Far be it from me, Lord, for never did I eat anything common or unclean." 15* And there came a voice
a second time to him, "What God has cleansed, do not thou call common." 16 Now this happened three times, and straightway
the vessel was taken up to heaven.
17 Now while Peter was still wondering as to what the vision he had had might mean, behold, the men sent
by Cornelius stood at the door, inquiring for Simon's house; 18 and they called out to ask whether Simon, surnamed Peter,
was staying there. 19 But while Peter was pondering over the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are
looking for thee. 20 Arise, therefore, go down and depart with them without any hesitation, for I have sent them."
21 So Peter went down to the men and said, "Behold, I am the man you are asking for; what is the reason for your coming?"
22 And they said, "Cornelius, a centurion, a just and God-fearing man, to whom the whole nation of the Jews bear witness,
has been directed by a holy angel to fetch thee to his house and to hear words from thee." 23 So he invited them in
and entertained them.
Peter Meets Cornelius 24 And the next day he arose and started off with them, and
certain of the brethren from Joppa accompanying him. The following day he reached Caesarea. Now Cornelius was
waiting for them, having invited in his relatives and his intimate friends. 25 And as Peter entered, Cornelius met him
and, falling at his feet, made obeisance to him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, "Get up, I myself also am a man."
27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many assembled, 28 and he said to them, "You know it is not permissible
for a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean;
29 therefore I came without hesitation when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, why you have sent for me."
30 And Cornelius said, "Three
days ago, at this very hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in shining
garments, and said, 31 'Cornelius, thy prayer has been heard and thy alms have been remembered in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon, surnamed Peter; he is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.'
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee, and thou hast very kindly come. Now, therefore, we are all present in thy sight
to hear whatever has been commanded thee by the Lord."
Peter's Discourse 34 But Peter began, and said, "Now I really
understand that God is not a respecter of persons,35 but in every nation he who fears him and does what is right is
acceptable to him. 36 He sent his word to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (who is Lord
of all). 37 You know what took place throughout Judea; for he began in Galilee after the baptism preached by John: 38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and he went about doing good and healing all who were
in the power of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did in the country of the
Jews and in Jerusalem; and yet they killed him, hanging him on a tree. 40 But God raised him on the third day and caused
him to be plainly seen, not by all the people, 41 but by witnesses designated beforehand by God, that is, by us, who ate and
drank with him after he had risen from the dead. 42 And he charged us to preach to the people and to testify that he
it is who has been appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness,
that through his name all who believe in him may receive forgiveness of sins."
The Baptism 44 While
Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came upon all who were listening to his message. 45 And the faithful
of the circumcision, who had come with Peter, were amazed, because on the Gentiles also the grace of the Holy Spirit had been
poured forth; 46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and magnifying God. 47 Then Peter answered, "Can anyone refuse
the water to baptize these, seeing that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?" 48 And he ordered them to
be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they besought him to stay on there a few days.
15: The distinction made by the Mosaic Law between clean and unclean food is no longer to hold good.