Bible: Acts 9:32-10:48
Peter Heals Aeneas
9:32 Now 1 as Peter was traveling around from place to place, 2 he also came down to the saints who lived in Lydda. 3 9:33 He found there a man named Aeneas who had been confined to a mattress for eight years because 4 he was paralyzed. 9:34 Peter 5 said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ 6 heals you. Get up and make your own bed!” 7 And immediately he got up. 9:35 All 8 those who lived in Lydda 9 and Sharon 10 saw him, and they 11 turned 12 to the Lord.
Peter Raises Dorcas
9:36 Now in Joppa 13 there was a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means 14 Dorcas). 15 She was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity. 16 9:37 At that time 17 she became sick 18 and died. When they had washed 19 her body, 20 they placed it in an upstairs room. 9:38 Because Lydda 21 was near Joppa, when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Come to us without delay.” 22 9:39 So Peter got up and went with them, and 23 when he arrived 24 they brought him to the upper room. All 25 the widows stood beside him, crying and showing him 26 the tunics 27 and other clothing 28 Dorcas used to make 29 while she was with them. 9:40 But Peter sent them all outside, 30 knelt down, 31 and prayed. Turning 32 to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 33 9:41 He gave 34 her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called 35 the saints and widows and presented her alive. 9:42 This became known throughout all 36 Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 37 9:43 So 38 Peter 39 stayed many days in Joppa with a man named 40 Simon, a tanner. 41
Peter Visits Cornelius
10:1 Now there was a man in Caesarea 42 named Cornelius, a centurion 43 of what was known as the Italian Cohort. 44 10:2 He 45 was a devout, God-fearing man, 46 as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people 47 and prayed to God regularly. 10:3 About three o’clock one afternoon 48 he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God 49 who came in 50 and said to him, “Cornelius.” 10:4 Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius 51 replied, 52 “What is it, Lord?” The angel 53 said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity 54 have gone up as a memorial 55 before God. 10:5 Now 56 send men to Joppa 57 and summon a man named Simon, 58 who is called Peter. 10:6 This man is staying as a guest with a man named Simon, a tanner, 59 whose house is by the sea.” 10:7 When the angel who had spoken to him departed, Cornelius 60 called two of his personal servants 61 and a devout soldier from among those who served him, 62 10:8 and when he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
10:9 About noon 63 the next day, while they were on their way and approaching 64 the city, Peter went up on the roof 65 to pray. 10:10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. 66 10:11 He 67 saw heaven 68 opened 69 and an object something like a large sheet 70 descending, 71 being let down to earth 72 by its four corners. 10:12 In it 73 were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles 74 of the earth and wild birds. 75 10:13 Then 76 a voice said 77 to him, “Get up, Peter; slaughter 78 and eat!” 10:14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean!” 79 10:15 The voice 80 spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider 81 ritually unclean!” 82 10:16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven. 83
10:17 Now while Peter was puzzling over 84 what the vision he had seen could signify, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was 85 and approached 86 the gate. 10:18 They 87 called out to ask if Simon, known as Peter, 88 was staying there as a guest. 10:19 While Peter was still thinking seriously about 89 the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look! Three men are looking for you. 10:20 But get up, 90 go down, and accompany them without hesitation, 91 because I have sent them.” 10:21 So Peter went down 92 to the men and said, “Here I am, 93 the person you’re looking for. Why have you come?” 10:22 They said, “Cornelius the centurion, 94 a righteous 95 and God-fearing man, well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, 96 was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear a message 97 from you.” 10:23 So Peter 98 invited them in and entertained them as guests.
On the next day he got up and set out 99 with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa 100 accompanied him. 10:24 The following day 101 he entered Caesarea. 102 Now Cornelius was waiting anxiously 103 for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 10:25 So when 104 Peter came in, Cornelius met 105 him, fell 106 at his feet, and worshiped 107 him. 10:26 But Peter helped him up, 108 saying, “Stand up. I too am a mere mortal.” 109 10:27 Peter 110 continued talking with him as he went in, and he found many people gathered together. 111 10:28 He said to them, “You know that 112 it is unlawful 113 for a Jew 114 to associate with or visit a Gentile, 115 yet God has shown me that I should call no person 116 defiled or ritually unclean. 117 10:29 Therefore when you sent for me, 118 I came without any objection. Now may I ask why 119 you sent for me?” 10:30 Cornelius 120 replied, 121 “Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock in the afternoon, 122 I was praying in my house, and suddenly 123 a man in shining clothing stood before me 10:31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity 124 have been remembered before God. 125 10:32 Therefore send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. This man is staying as a guest in the house of Simon the tanner, 126 by the sea.’ 10:33 Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. 127 So now we are all here in the presence of God 128 to listen 129 to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us.” 130
10:34 Then Peter started speaking: 131 “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 132 10:35 but in every nation 133 the person who fears him 134 and does what is right 135 is welcomed before him. 10:36 You know 136 the message 137 he sent to the people 138 of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace 139 through 140 Jesus Christ 141 (he is Lord 142 of all) – 10:37 you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 143 10:38 with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, 144 that 145 God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He 146 went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 147 because God was with him. 148 10:39 We 149 are witnesses of all the things he did both in Judea 150 and in Jerusalem. 151 They 152 killed him by hanging him on a tree, 153 10:40 but 154 God raised him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, 155 10:41 not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, 156 who ate and drank 157 with him after he rose from the dead. 10:42 He 158 commanded us to preach to the people and to warn 159 them 160 that he is the one 161 appointed 162 by God as judge 163 of the living and the dead. 10:43 About him all the prophets testify, 164 that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins 165 through his name.”
The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit
10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on 166 all those who heard the message. 167 10:45 The 168 circumcised believers 169 who had accompanied Peter were greatly astonished 170 that 171 the gift of the Holy Spirit 172 had been poured out 173 even on the Gentiles, 10:46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising 174 God. Then Peter said, 10:47 “No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, 175 can he?” 176 10:48 So he gave orders to have them baptized 177 in the name of Jesus Christ. 178 Then they asked him to stay for several days.