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16. The Spreading to the Gentiles

a. Cornelius's Vision

1 Now there was in aCaesarea a certain man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the 1Italian 2cohort,

2 1aDevout and one who bfeared God with all his household, giving many alms to the people and beseeching God continually.

3 He saw clearly in a 1avision around the 2bninth hour of the day an cangel of God coming in to him and saying to him, Cornelius.

4 And he looked intently at him and became terrified and said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your aprayers and your alms have ascended as a 1bmemorial before God.

5 And now send men to Joppa and send for a certain Simon, who is surnamed Peter;

6 This man is lodging with a certain Simon, a atanner, whose house is by the sea.

7 And when the angel who was speaking to him went away, he called two of his household servants and a devout soldier of those who waited on him;

8 And relating all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

b. Peter's Vision

9 And on the next day as they were journeying and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the ahousetop to 1bpray around the 2sixth hour.

10 And he became very 1hungry and wanted to 2eat. And while they were preparing, a 3atrance came upon him;

11 And he beheld 1heaven aopened, and a certain 2vessel like a great sheet descending, being let down by four corners onto the earth,

12 In which were all the four-footed 1animals and reptiles of the earth and birds of heaven.

13 And a voice came to him: Rise up, Peter; slay and 1eat!

14 But Peter said, By no means, Lord, for I have 1anever eaten anything bcommon and cunclean.

15 And a voice came to him again a second time: The 1things that God has acleansed, do not make common.

16 And this occurred three times; and immediately the vessel was taken up into heaven.

c. Peter's Visit

17 Now as Peter was utterly perplexed in himself as to what the 1avision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made diligent inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate.

18 And they called out and inquired whether Simon, who is surnamed Peter, was lodging there.

19 And while Peter was pondering over the vision, the aSpirit said to him, Behold, there are three men seeking you.

20 But rise up, go down and go with them, doubting nothing, because 1I have sent them.

21 And Peter went down to the men and said, Behold, I am he whom you seek; what is the cause for which you have come?

22 And they said, Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who afears God and is bwell attested to by the whole nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a choly angel to send for you to come to his house and hear dwords from you.

23 So he called them in and lodged them. And on the next day he rose up and went away with them; and 1asome of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.

24 And on the next day they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius was awaiting them, having called together his relatives and intimate friends.

25 And when Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and afalling at his feet, worshipped him.

26 But Peter raised him up, saying, Rise up; I myself am also a aman.

27 And as he talked with him, he entered and found many who had come together.

28 And he said to them, You understand that it is unlawful for a man who is a Jew to join himself to or come near one of aanother race; yet God has shown me that I should not call any 1man bcommon or unclean.

29 Hence, even without objection I came when I had been sent for. I ask therefore, For what reason have you sent for me?

30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago to this hour I was praying at the ninth hour in my house, and behold, a man stood before me ain bright clothing,

31 And he said, Cornelius, your prayer has been aheard and your alms have been bremembered before God.

32 Send therefore to Joppa and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; this man is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.

33 Therefore I sent men at once to you, and you have done nobly in coming. Now therefore we all are present before God to hear all the things that have been commanded to you by the Lord.

d. Peter's Message

34 And opening his mouth, Peter said, In truth I perceive that God is not a arespecter of persons,

35 But in aevery nation he who bfears Him and works crighteousness is 1acceptable to Him.

36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel in announcing the gospel of apeace through Jesus Christ (this One is bLord of 1all)

37 You yourselves know, 1the word which has been spoken throughout the whole of Judea, beginning from aGalilee after the baptism which John proclaimed:

38 Jesus, the One from aNazareth, how God banointed Him with the Holy cSpirit and with dpower, who went about doing good and healing all those who were being eoppressed by the devil, for God was fwith Him.

39 And we are awitnesses of all the things which He did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom also they bdid away with by hanging Him on a ctree.

40 This One, 1God araised on the bthird day; and He has made Him 2cmanifest,

41 Not to all the people, but to awitnesses appointed beforehand by God, to us, ones who bate and drank with Him after 1He rose from the dead.

42 And He has acharged us to proclaim to the people and solemnly btestify that this is the One who was designated by God to be the 1cJudge of the dliving and the dead.

43 To this One all the aprophets testify that through His bname everyone who cbelieves into Him will receive 1dforgiveness of sins.

e. The Gentile Believers' Baptism in the Holy Spirit

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy aSpirit 1fell upon all those 2hearing the word.

45 And the believers who were of the acircumcision, bas many as had accompanied Peter, were amazed, because on the cGentiles also the 1dgift of the Holy Spirit had been 2poured out;

46 For they heard them 1aspeaking in tongues and 2magnifying God. Then Peter answered,

f. The Gentile Believers' Water Baptism

47 Can anyone forbid the water so that these would not be abaptized, who have received the Holy Spirit even 1bas we?

48 And he charged them to be 1baptized 2in the 3name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.