10In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment.G1161G2258G5100G435G1722G2542G3686G2883G1543G1537G4686G2564G2483 2He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.G2152G2532G5399G2316G4862G3956G846G3624G5037G4160G4183G1654G2992G2532G1189G2316G1275 3One afternoon about three o'clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. "Cornelius!" the angel said.G1492G1722G3705G5320G5616G1766G5610G2250G32G2316G1525G4314G846G2532G2036G846G2883 4Cornelius stared at him in terror. "What is it, sir?" he asked the angel. And the angel replied, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!G1161G816G846G1096G1719G2532G2036G5101G2076G2962G1161G2036G846G4675G4335G2532G4675G1654G305G1519G3422G1799G2316 5Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter.G2532G3568G3992G435G1519G2445G2532G3343G4613G3739G1941G4074 6He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore."G3778G3579G3844G5100G4613G1038G3739G3614G2076G3844G2281G3778G2980G4671G5101G4571G1163G4160 7As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants.G1161G5613G32G3588G2980G2883G565G5455G1417G846G3610G2532G2152G4757G4342G846G4342 8He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.G2532G1834G537G846G649G846G1519G2445 9The next day as Cornelius's messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon,G1161G1887G1565G3596G2532G1448G4172G4074G305G1909G1430G4336G4012G1623G5610 10and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.G1161G1096G4361G2532G2309G1089G1161G1565G3903G846G1968G1909G1611 11He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.G2532G2334G3772G455G2532G5100G4632G2597G1909G846G5613G3173G3607G1210G5064G746G2532G2524G1909G1093 12In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.G1722G3739G5225G3956G5074G1093G2532G2342G2532G2062G2532G4071G3772 13Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat them."G2532G1096G5456G4314G846G450G4074G2380G2532G5315 14"No, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean."G1161G4074G2036G3365G2962G3754G5315G3763G5315G3956G2839G2228G169 15But the voice spoke again: "Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean."G2532G5456G4314G846G3825G1537G1208G3739G2316G2511G2840G3361G4771G2840 16The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.G1161G5124G1096G1909G5151G2532G4632G353G3825G1519G3772 17Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon's house. Standing outside the gate,G1161G5613G4074G1280G1722G1438G5101G3705G3739G1492G302G1498G2400G2532G435G3588G649G575G2883G1331G4613G3614G2186G1909G4440 18they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there.G2532G5455G4441G1487G4613G3588G1941G4074G3579G1759 19Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Three men have come looking for you.G1161G4074G1760G4012G3705G4151G2036G846G2400G5140G435G2212G4571 20Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don't worry, for I have sent them."G450G235G2597G2532G4198G4862G846G1252G3367G1360G1473G649G846 21So Peter went down and said, "I'm the man you are looking for. Why have you come?"G1161G4074G2597G4314G435G3588G649G4314G846G575G2883G2036G2400G1473G1510G3739G2212G5101G156G1223G3739G3918 22They said, "We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message."G1161G2036G2883G1543G1342G435G2532G5399G2316G5037G3140G5259G3650G1484G2453G5537G5259G40G32G3343G4571G1519G846G3624G2532G191G4487G3844G4675 23So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.G3767G1528G846G1528G3579G1161G1887G4074G1831G4862G846G2532G5100G80G575G2445G4905G846 24They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.G2532G1887G1525G1519G2542G1161G2883G4328G846G2258G4779G846G4773G2532G316G5384 25As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him.G1161G5613G4074G1096G1525G2883G4876G846G4098G1909G4228G4352 26But Peter pulled him up and said, "Stand up! I'm a human being just like you!"G1161G4074G1453G846G1453G3004G450G2504G846G2504G1510G444 27So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.G2532G4926G846G1525G2532G2147G4183G4905 28Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.G5037G5346G4314G846G5210G1987G5613G2076G111G435G2453G2853G2228G4334G246G2532G2316G1166G1698G3367G3004G3367G444G2839G2228G169 29So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me."G1352G2532G2064G369G3343G4441G3767G5101G3056G3343G3165 30Cornelius replied, "Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o'clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me.G2532G2883G5346G5067G2250G575G2252G3522G3360G5026G5610G2532G1766G5610G4336G1722G3450G3624G2532G2400G435G2476G1799G3450G1722G2986G2066 31He told me, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!G2532G5346G2883G4675G4335G1522G2532G4675G1654G3415G1799G2316 32Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.'G3992G3767G1519G2445G2532G3333G4613G3739G1941G4074G3778G3579G1722G3614G4613G1038G3844G2281G3739G3854G2980G4671 33So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you."G1824G3767G3992G4314G4571G5037G4771G2573G4160G3854G3568G3767G3918G2249G3956G3918G1799G2316G191G3956G4367G4671G5259G2316 34Then Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.G1161G4074G455G4750G2036G1909G225G2638G3754G2316G2076G3756G4381 35In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.G235G1722G3956G1484G5399G846G2532G2038G1343G2076G1184G846 36This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.G3056G3739G649G5207G2474G2097G1515G1223G2424G5547G3778G2076G2962G3956 37You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism.G4487G5210G1492G1096G2596G3650G2449G756G575G1056G3326G908G3739G2491G2784 38And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.G5613G2316G5548G2424G575G3478G40G4151G2532G1411G846G3739G1330G2109G2532G2390G3956G2616G5259G1228G3754G2316G2258G3326G846 39"And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross,G2532G2249G2070G3144G3956G3739G4160G5037G1722G5561G2453G2532G1722G2419G3739G337G2910G1909G3586 40but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear,G5126G2316G1453G5154G2250G2532G1096G846G1717G1325 41not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.G3756G3956G2992G235G3144G4401G5259G2316G2254G3748G4906G2532G4844G846G3326G846G450G1537G3498 42And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.G2532G3853G2254G2784G2992G2532G1263G3754G2076G846G3588G3724G5259G2316G2923G2198G2532G3498 43He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name."G5129G3140G3956G4396G3140G1223G846G3686G3956G4100G1519G846G2983G859G266 44Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.G4074G2089G2980G5023G4487G40G4151G1968G1909G3956G191G3056 45The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too.G2532G1537G4061G4103G1839G3745G4905G4074G3754G1909G1484G2532G1632G1431G40G4151 46For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter asked,G1063G191G846G2980G1100G2532G3170G2316G5119G611G4074 47"Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?"G3385G1410G5100G2967G5204G5128G907G3361G907G3748G2983G40G4151G2532G2531G2249 48So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.G5037G4367G846G907G1722G3686G2962G5119G2065G846G1961G5100G2250
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