1. There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion
of the band called the Italian band, 2. A devout man, and one that
feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and
prayed to God alway.
3. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an
angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it,
Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up
for a memorial before God.
5. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname
is Peter: 6. He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by
the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he
called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them
that waited on him continually; 8. And when he had declared all
these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9. On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto
the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth
hour: 10. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11. And saw heaven opened,
and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet
knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12. Wherein
were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts,
and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing
that is common or unclean.
15. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into
17. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had
seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had
made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18. And
called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged
19. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
20. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.
21. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from
Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause
wherefore ye are come? 22. And they said, Cornelius the centurion,
a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the
nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for
thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter
went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near
25. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at
his feet, and worshipped him.
26. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were
28. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing
for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another
nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common
29. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was
sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? 30.