1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called
the Italian Regiment,
2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms
generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, Cornelius.
4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, lord? So he said to
him, Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.
6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what
you need to do.
7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his
household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him
8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on
the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
10 And he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell
into a trance
11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners,
descending to him and let down to the earth.
12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things,
and birds of the air.
13 And a voice came to him, Arise, Peter; kill and eat.
14 But Peter said, By no means, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or
15 And the voice spoke to him again the second time, What God has cleansed do not consider unclean.
16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.
17 Now while Peter was perplexed within himself what this vision which he had seen
meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's
house, and stood before the gate.
18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging
19 While Peter pondered concerning the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three
men are seeking you.
20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them without hesitating; for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and
said, Behold, I am he whom you seek. For what reason are you here?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good
reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to
summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.
23 Then he invited them in and lodged them. And on the next day Peter went away with
them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them,
and had called together his relatives and close friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and
26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, Stand up; I myself am also a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together.
28 Then he said to them, You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep
company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not
call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what
reason have you sent for me?
30 So Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I
prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 and said, Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the
sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa and summon Simon, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging
in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.
33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are
all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: In truth I perceive that God shows no
35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is acceptable to Him.
36 The Word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus
Christ (He is Lord of all);
37 that Word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from
Galilee after the immersion which John preached:
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went
about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with
39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in
Jerusalem, whom they did away with, hanging Him on a tree.
40 God raised Him up on the third day, and gave to Him to become manifest,
41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and
drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was
ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.
43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, everyone believing into Him
will receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon each one who
heard the Word.
45 And those of the circumcision who were believers, as many as came with Peter, were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had also been poured out on the Gentiles.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
47 Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be immersed, who have received the
Holy Spirit just as we have?
48 And he commanded them to be immersed in the name of the Lord. Then they asked
him to stay a few days.