30 Cornelius said, “Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the [a]ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments,31 and he *said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your [b]alms have been remembered before God.32 Therefore send to Joppa and invite Simon, who is also called Peter, to come to you; he is staying at the house of Simon the tanner by the sea.’33 So I sent for you immediately, and you have [c]been kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”
Gentiles Hear Good News
34 Opening his mouth, Peter said:
“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,35 but in every nation the man who [d]fears Him and [e]does what is right is welcome to Him.36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching [f]peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)—37 you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed.38 [g]You know ofJesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, [h]and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.39 We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the [i]land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a [j]cross.40 God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible,41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.42 And He ordered us to [k]preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the [l]message.45 All the [m]circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.
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