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.

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