Peter Meets Cornelius

And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?”

30 So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ 33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.” — Acts 10:24-33.

The next day Peter, some brethren from Joppa, and Cornelius’ men, enter Caesarea. Cornelius is waiting for them. He has gathered his relatives and close friends together. As Peter enters, Cornelius meets him, falls at his feet, and worships him. But Peter lifts him up and tells him that he is also a man. They enter the house and find those who have gathered. Peter tells tham that is unlawful for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to the house of a Gentile. But that God has shown him that he should not call anyone common or unclean. Therefore he has come without objection as soon as he was sent for. He asks for the reason for fetching him.

Cornelius relates the incident of how four days ago he was fasting and praying. A man dressed in bright clothing, stands before him, and says that his prayer has been heard, and his alms remembered in the sight of God. He is instructed to send for Peter from Joppa who would speak to him. And so he sent for Peter immediately. Now they are all present before God, ready to hear all the things God has commanded Peter to say.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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