10 Now there was a man in Caesarea 1 named Cornelius, a centurion 2 of what was known as the Italian Cohort. 3 2 He 4 was a devout, God-fearing man, 5 as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people 6 and prayed to God regularly. 3 About three o’clock one afternoon 7 he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God 8 who came in 9 and said to him, “Cornelius.” 4 Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius 10 replied, 11 “What is it, Lord?” The angel 12 said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity 13 have gone up as a memorial 14 before God. 5 Now 15 send men to Joppa 16 and summon a man named Simon, 17 who is called Peter. 6 This man is staying as a guest with a man named Simon, a tanner, 18 whose house is by the sea.” 7 When the angel who had spoken to him departed, Cornelius 19 called two of his personal servants 20 and a devout soldier from among those who served him, 21 8 and when he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 About noon 22 the next day, while they were on their way and approaching 23 the city, Peter went up on the roof 24 to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. 25 11 He 26 saw heaven 27 opened 28 and an object something like a large sheet 29 descending, 30 being let down to earth 31 by its four corners. 12 In it 32 were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles 33 of the earth and wild birds. 34 13 Then 35 a voice said 36 to him, “Get up, Peter; slaughter 37 and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean!” 38 15 The voice 39 spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider 40 ritually unclean!” 41 16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven. 42
17 Now while Peter was puzzling over 43 what the vision he had seen could signify, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was 44 and approached 45 the gate. 18 They 46 called out to ask if Simon, known as Peter, 47 was staying there as a guest. 19 While Peter was still thinking seriously about 48 the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look! Three men are looking for you. 20 But get up, 49 go down, and accompany them without hesitation, 50 because I have sent them.” 21 So Peter went down 51 to the men and said, “Here I am, 52 the person you’re looking for. Why have you come?” 22 They said, “Cornelius the centurion, 53 a righteous 54 and God-fearing man, well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, 55 was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear a message 56 from you.” 23 So Peter 57 invited them in and entertained them as guests.
On the next day he got up and set out 58 with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa 59 accompanied him. 24 The following day 60 he entered Caesarea. 61 Now Cornelius was waiting anxiously 62 for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 So when 63 Peter came in, Cornelius met 64 him, fell 65 at his feet, and worshiped 66 him. 26 But Peter helped him up, 67 saying, “Stand up. I too am a mere mortal.” 68 27 Peter 69 continued talking with him as he went in, and he found many people gathered together. 70 28 He said to them, “You know that 71 it is unlawful 72 for a Jew 73 to associate with or visit a Gentile, 74 yet God has shown me that I should call no person 75 defiled or ritually unclean. 76 29 Therefore when you sent for me, 77 I came without any objection. Now may I ask why 78 you sent for me?” 30 Cornelius 79 replied, 80 “Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock in the afternoon, 81 I was praying in my house, and suddenly 82 a man in shining clothing stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity 83 have been remembered before God. 84 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, 85 by the sea.’ 33 Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. 86 So now we are all here in the presence of God 87 to listen 88 to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us.” 89
34 Then Peter started speaking: 90 “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 91 35 but in every nation 92 the person who fears him 93 and does what is right 94 is welcomed before him. 36 You know 95 the message 96 he sent to the people 97 of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace 98 through 99 Jesus Christ 100 (he is Lord 101 of all) – 37 you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 102 38 with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, 103 that 104 God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He 105 went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 106 because God was with him. 107 39 We 108 are witnesses of all the things he did both in Judea 109 and in Jerusalem. 110 They 111 killed him by hanging him on a tree, 112 40 but 113 God raised him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, 114 41 not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, 115 who ate and drank 116 with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He 117 commanded us to preach to the people and to warn 118 them 119 that he is the one 120 appointed 121 by God as judge 122 of the living and the dead. 43 About him all the prophets testify, 123 that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins 124 through his name.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on 125 all those who heard the message. 126 45 The 127 circumcised believers 128 who had accompanied Peter were greatly astonished 129 that 130 the gift of the Holy Spirit 131 had been poured out 132 even on the Gentiles, 46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising 133 God. Then Peter said, 47 “No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, 134 can he?” 135 48 So he gave orders to have them baptized 136 in the name of Jesus Christ. 137 Then they asked him to stay for several days.
11 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted 1 the word of God. 2 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, 3 the circumcised believers 4 took issue with 5 him, 3 saying, “You went to 6 uncircumcised men and shared a meal with 7 them.” 4 But Peter began and explained it to them point by point, 8 saying, 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, 9 an object something like a large sheet descending, 10 being let down from heaven 11 by its four corners, and it came to me. 6 As I stared 12 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, 13 and wild birds. 14 7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; slaughter 15 and eat!’ 8 But I said, ‘Certainly not, Lord, for nothing defiled or ritually unclean 16 has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice replied a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not consider 17 ritually unclean!’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled up to heaven again. 11 At that very moment, 18 three men sent to me from Caesarea 19 approached 20 the house where we were staying. 21 12 The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers 22 also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, 14 who will speak a message 23 to you by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ 15 Then as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on 24 them just as he did 25 on us at the beginning. 26 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, 27 as he used to say, 28 ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 29 17 Therefore if God 30 gave them the same gift 31 as he also gave us after believing 32 in the Lord Jesus Christ, 33 who was I to hinder 34 God?” 18 When they heard this, 35 they ceased their objections 36 and praised 37 God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance 38 that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” 39
19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 40 went as far as 41 Phoenicia, 42 Cyprus, 43 and Antioch, 44 speaking the message 45 to no one but Jews. 20 But there were some men from Cyprus 46 and Cyrene 47 among them who came 48 to Antioch 49 and began to speak to the Greeks 50 too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 21 The 51 hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 52 turned 53 to the Lord. 22 A report 54 about them came to the attention 55 of the church in Jerusalem, 56 and they sent Barnabas 57 to Antioch. 58 23 When 59 he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 60 to the Lord with devoted hearts, 61 24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 62 were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. 63 So 64 for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 65 met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 66 Now it was in Antioch 67 that the disciples were first called Christians. 68
27 At that time 69 some 70 prophets 71 came down 72 from Jerusalem 73 to Antioch. 74 28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 75 and predicted 76 by the Spirit that a severe 77 famine 78 was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 79 (This 80 took place during the reign of Claudius.) 81 29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 82 decided 83 to send relief 84 to the brothers living in Judea. 30 They did so, 85 sending their financial aid 86 to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
12 About that time King Herod 1 laid hands on 2 some from the church to harm them. 3 2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 4 3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, 5 he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.) 6 4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads 7 of soldiers to guard him. Herod 8 planned 9 to bring him out for public trial 10 after the Passover. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly 11 praying to God for him. 12 6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, 13 Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while 14 guards in front of the door were keeping watch 15 over the prison. 7 Suddenly 16 an angel of the Lord 17 appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck 18 Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s 19 wrists. 20 8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt 21 and put on your sandals.” Peter 22 did so. Then the angel 23 said to him, “Put on your cloak 24 and follow me.” 9 Peter 25 went out 26 and followed him; 27 he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, 28 but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 After they had passed the first and second guards, 29 they came to the iron 30 gate leading into the city. It 31 opened for them by itself, 32 and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 33 when at once the angel left him. 11 When 34 Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 35 me from the hand 36 of Herod 37 and from everything the Jewish people 38 were expecting to happen.”
12 When Peter 39 realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, 40 where many people had gathered together and were praying. 13 When he knocked at the door of the outer gate, a slave girl named Rhoda answered. 41 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she did not open the gate, but ran back in and told 42 them 43 that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You’ve lost your mind!” 44 But she kept insisting that it was Peter, 45 and they kept saying, 46 “It is his angel!” 47 16 Now Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the door 48 and saw him, they were greatly astonished. 49 17 He motioned to them 50 with his hand to be quiet and then related 51 how the Lord had brought 52 him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 53
18 At daybreak 54 there was great consternation 55 among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 19 When Herod 56 had searched 57 for him and did not find him, he questioned 58 the guards and commanded that they be led away to execution. 59 Then 60 Herod 61 went down from Judea to Caesarea 62 and stayed there.
20 Now Herod 63 was having an angry quarrel 64 with the people of Tyre 65 and Sidon. 66 So they joined together 67 and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 68 Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 69 to help them, 70 they asked for peace, 71 because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country. 21 On a day determined in advance, Herod 72 put on his royal robes, 73 sat down on the judgment seat, 74 and made a speech 75 to them. 22 But the crowd 76 began to shout, 77 “The voice of a god, 78 and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 79 struck 80 Herod 81 down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 82 24 But the word of God 83 kept on increasing 84 and multiplying.
25 So Barnabas and Saul returned to 85 Jerusalem 86 when they had completed 87 their mission, 88 bringing along with them John Mark. 89