Cornelius is received into the Church. Peter's vision.
1 Now *there was a certain man in Cęsarea, named Cornelius, a centurion
of the band, which is called the Italian,
2 A religious man, and one that feared God, with all his house, giving
much alms to the people, and praying to God always:
3 He saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an Angel
of God coming in to him, and saying to him: Cornelius.
4 And he beholding him, being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord?
And he said to him: Thy prayers, and thy alms, have ascended for a memorial in the sight of God.
5 And now send men to Joppe, and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed
6 He lodgeth with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea side:
he shall tell thee what thou must do.
7 And when the Angel who spoke to him was departed, he called two of his
household servants, and a soldier, that feared the Lord, of them who were under him:
8 To whom, when he had related all, he sent them to Joppe.
9 And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey, and drawing
near to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the house to pray, about the sixth hour.
10 And being hungry, he was desirous to taste somewhat. And as they
were preparing, there came upon him an ecstasy of mind.
11 And he saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were
a great sheet, let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth,
12 In which were all manner of four-footed beasts, and creeping things
of the earth, and fowls 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 I never eaten any common
and unclean thing.
15 And the voice spoke to him again the second time: That which
God hath purified, do not thou call common.
16 And this was done thrice: and presently the vessel was taken up again
17 Now, whilst Peter was doubting within himself what the vision which
he had seen should mean, behold the men who were sent by Cornelius, inquiring for Simon's house, stood at the gate.
18 And when they had called, they asked, if Simon, who is surnamed Peter,
19 And as Peter was thinking on the vision, the Spirit said to him: Behold
three men seek thee.
20 Arise, therefore, go down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I
have sent them.
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?
22 They said, Cornelius, a centurion, a just man, and one that feareth
God, and that hath good testimony from all the nations of the Jews, received an answer of an holy Angel, to send for thee
into his house, and to hear words of thee.
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.
24 And the day after, he entered into Cęsarea. Now Cornelius was waiting
for them, having called together his kinsmen, and special friends.
25 And it came to pass, when Peter was come in, Cornelius met him, and
falling down at his feet, worshipped.
26 But Peter raised him up, saying: Arise, I myself also am a man.
27 And talking with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said to them: You know how abominable a thing it is for a man
that is a Jew, to keep company with, or to come to, one of another nation: but God hath shewed to me, to call no man common
29 Wherefore, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore,
for what cause you have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said: Four days ago, until this hour, I was praying in
my house at the ninth hour, and behold a man stood before me in white apparel, and said:
31 Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thy alms are remembered in the sight
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.
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.
34 Then Peter, opening his mouth, said: In truth, I perceive *that God
is no respecter of persons.
35 But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable
36 God sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus
Christ: (he is Lord of all).
37 You know the word which hath been published through all Judea: *for
it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
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.
39 And we are witnesses of all things, which he did in the land of the
Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree.
40 Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest,
41 Not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to
us, who eat and drank with him, after he arose again from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it
is he who hath been appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead.
43 *To him all the prophets give testimony, that through his name all receive
remission of sins, who believe in him.
44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell upon all
them that heard the word.
45 And the faithful of the circumcision, who had came with Peter, were
astonished because the grace of the Holy Ghost was also poured out upon the Gentiles.
46 For they heard them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God.
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?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then they entreated him to stay with them some days.
1: about the year A.D. 39.
34: Deuteronomy x. 17.; 2 Paralipomenon xix. 7.; Job xxxiv. 19.; Wisdom
vi. 8.; Ecclesiasticus xxxv. 15.; Romans ii. 11.; Galatians ii. 6.; Ephesians vi. 9.; Colossians iii. 25.; 1 Peter i. 17.
37: Luke iv. 14.
43: Jeremias xxxi. 34.; Micheas vii. 18.