New American Standard Bible
10 Now there was a man at (A)Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was (B)called the Italian [a]cohort, 2 a devout man and (C)one who feared God with all his household, and (D)gave many [b]alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. 3 About (E)the [c]ninth hour of the day he clearly saw (F)in a vision (G)an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And (H)fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and [d]alms (I)have ascended (J)as a memorial before God. 5 Now dispatch some men to (K)Joppa and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter; 6 he is staying with a tanner named (L)Simon, whose house is by the sea.” 7 When the angel who was speaking to him had left, he summoned two of his [e]servants and a devout soldier of those who were his personal attendants, 8 and after he had explained everything to them, he sent them to (M)Joppa.
9 On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, (N)Peter went up on (O)the housetop about (P)the [f]sixth hour to pray. 10 But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he (Q)fell into a trance; 11 and he *saw (R)the [g]sky opened up, and an [h]object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and [i]crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the [j]air. 13 A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, [k]kill and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, (S)Lord, for (T)I have never eaten anything [l]unholy and unclean.” 15 Again a voice came to him a second time, “(U)What God has cleansed, no longer consider [m]unholy.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the [n]object was taken up into the [o]sky.
17 Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in [p]mind as to what (V)the vision which he had seen might be, behold, (W)the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate; 18 and calling out, they were asking whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was staying there. 19 While Peter was reflecting on (X)the vision, (Y)the Spirit said to him, “Behold, [q]three men are looking for you. 20 But get up, go downstairs and (Z)accompany them [r]without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.” 21 Peter went down to the men and said, “Behold, I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for which you have come?” 22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and (AA)God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, (AB)was divinely directed by a (AC)holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear [s](AD)a message from you.” 23 So he invited them in and gave them lodging.
Peter at Caesarea
And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and (AE)some of (AF)the brethren from (AG)Joppa accompanied him. 24 On the following day he entered (AH)Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and [t](AI)worshiped him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, “(AJ)Stand up; I too am just a man.” 27 As he talked with him, he entered and *found (AK)many people assembled. 28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how (AL)unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet (AM)God has shown me that I should not call any man [u]unholy or unclean. 29 That is why I came without even raising any objection when I was sent for. So I ask for what reason you have sent for me.”
30 Cornelius said, “(AN)Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during (AO)the [v]ninth hour; and behold, (AP)a man stood before me in shining garments, 31 and he *said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your [w]alms have been remembered before God. 32 Therefore send to (AQ)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 [x]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 (AR)Opening his mouth, Peter said:
“I most certainly understand now that (AS)God is not one to show partiality, 35 but (AT)in every nation the man who [y](AU)fears Him and [z]does what is right is welcome to Him. 36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, (AV)preaching [aa](AW)peace through Jesus Christ (He is (AX)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 [ab]You know of (AY)Jesus of Nazareth, how God (AZ)anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, [ac](BA)and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for (BB)God was with Him. 39 We are (BC)witnesses of all the things He did both in the [ad]land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also (BD)put Him to death by hanging Him on a [ae]cross. 40 (BE)God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, 41 (BF)not to all the people, but to (BG)witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us (BH)who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He (BI)ordered us to [af]preach to the people, and solemnly to (BJ)testify that this is the One who has been (BK)appointed by God as (BL)Judge of the living and the dead. 43 Of Him (BM)all the prophets bear witness that through (BN)His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, (BO)the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the [ag]message. 45 (BP)All the [ah]circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been (BQ)poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they were hearing them (BR)speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, 47 “(BS)Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who (BT)have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48 And he (BU)ordered them to be baptized (BV)in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.
Peter Reports at Jerusalem
11 Now the apostles and (BW)the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, [ai](BX)those who were circumcised took issue with him, 3 saying, “(BY)You [aj]went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 But Peter began speaking [ak]and proceeded to explain to them (BZ)in orderly sequence, saying, 5 “(CA)I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw (CB)a vision, an [al]object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from [am]the sky; and it came right down to me, 6 and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it [an]I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the [ao]crawling creatures and the birds of the [ap]air. 7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; [aq]kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing [ar]unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘(CC)What God has cleansed, no longer [as]consider unholy.’ 10 This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into [at]the sky. 11 And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from (CD)Caesarea. 12 (CE)The Spirit told me to go with them [au](CF)without misgivings. (CG)These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house. 13 And he reported to us how he had seen the angel [av]standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; 14 and he will speak (CH)words to you by which you will be saved, you and (CI)all your household.’ 15 And as I began to speak, (CJ)the Holy Spirit fell upon them just (CK)as He did upon us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘(CL)John baptized with water, but you will be baptized [aw]with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 Therefore if (CM)God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, (CN)who was I that I could [ax]stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard this, they [ay]quieted down and (CO)glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the (CP)repentance that leads to life.”
The Church at Antioch
19 (CQ)So then those who were scattered because of the [az]persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way [ba]to (CR)Phoenicia and (CS)Cyprus and (CT)Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. 20 But there were some of them, men of (CU)Cyprus and (CV)Cyrene, who came to (CW)Antioch and began speaking to the [bb](CX)Greeks also, [bc](CY)preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And (CZ)the hand of the Lord was with them, and (DA)a large number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The [bd]news about them [be]reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent (DB)Barnabas off [bf]to (DC)Antioch. 23 Then when he arrived and [bg]witnessed (DD)the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with [bh]resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; 24 for he was a good man, and (DE)full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And (DF)considerable [bi]numbers were [bj]brought to the Lord. 25 And he left for (DG)Tarsus to look for Saul; 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to (DH)Antioch. And for an entire year they [bk]met with the church and taught considerable [bl]numbers; and (DI)the disciples were first called (DJ)Christians in (DK)Antioch.
27 Now [bm]at this time (DL)some prophets came down from Jerusalem to (DM)Antioch. 28 One of them named (DN)Agabus stood up and began to indicate [bn]by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine (DO)all over the [bo]world. [bp]And this took place in the reign of (DP)Claudius. 29 And in the proportion that any of (DQ)the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the [bq]relief of (DR)the brethren living in Judea. 30 (DS)And this they did, sending it [br]in charge of (DT)Barnabas and Saul to the (DU)elders.
Peter’s Arrest and Deliverance
12 Now about that time [bs]Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. 2 And he (DV)had James the brother of John (DW)put to death with a sword. 3 When he saw that it (DX)pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now [bt]it was during (DY)the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four [bu](DZ)squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after (EA)the Passover to bring him out before the people. 5 So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
6 On [bv]the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, (EB)bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. 7 And behold, (EC)an angel of the Lord suddenly (ED)appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And (EE)his chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and [bw]put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he *said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” 9 And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing (EF)a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which (EG)opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11 When Peter (EH)came [bx]to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that (EI)the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all [by]that the Jewish people were expecting.” 12 And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of (EJ)John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and (EK)were praying. 13 When he knocked at the door of the gate, (EL)a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, (EM)because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, “It is (EN)his angel.” 16 But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed. 17 But (EO)motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to [bz](EP)James and (EQ)the brethren.” Then he left and went to another place.
18 Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to [ca]what could have become of Peter. 19 When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they (ER)be led away to execution. Then he went down from Judea to (ES)Caesarea and was spending time there.
Death of Herod
20 Now he was very angry with the people of (ET)Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because (EU)their country was fed by the king’s country. 21 On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the [cb]rostrum and began delivering an address to them. 22 The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 And immediately (EV)an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and [cc]died.
24 But (EW)the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
- Acts 10:1 Or battalion
- Acts 10:2 Or gifts of charity
- Acts 10:3 I.e. 3 p.m.
- Acts 10:4 Or deeds of charity
- Acts 10:7 Or household slaves
- Acts 10:9 I.e. noon
- Acts 10:11 Or heaven
- Acts 10:11 Or vessel
- Acts 10:12 Or reptiles
- Acts 10:12 Or heaven
- Acts 10:13 Or sacrifice
- Acts 10:14 Or profane; lit common
- Acts 10:15 Lit make common
- Acts 10:16 Or vessel
- Acts 10:16 Or heaven
- Acts 10:17 Lit himself
- Acts 10:19 One early ms reads two
- Acts 10:20 Lit doubting nothing
- Acts 10:22 Lit words
- Acts 10:25 Or prostrated himself in reverence
- Acts 10:28 Or profane; lit common
- Acts 10:30 I.e. 3 to 4 p.m.
- Acts 10:31 Or deeds of charity
- Acts 10:33 Lit done well in coming
- Acts 10:35 Or reverences
- Acts 10:35 Lit works righteousness
- Acts 10:36 Or the gospel of peace
- Acts 10:38 Or How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
- Acts 10:38 Lit who went
- Acts 10:39 Or countryside
- Acts 10:39 Lit wood
- Acts 10:42 Or proclaim
- Acts 10:44 Lit word
- Acts 10:45 Lit believers from among the circumcision; i.e. Jewish Christians
- Acts 11:2 Lit those of the circumcision; i.e. Jewish Christians
- Acts 11:3 Or entered the house of
- Acts 11:4 Lit and was explaining
- Acts 11:5 Or vessel
- Acts 11:5 Or heaven
- Acts 11:6 Lit and I saw
- Acts 11:6 Or reptiles
- Acts 11:6 Or heaven
- Acts 11:7 Or sacrifice
- Acts 11:8 Or profane; lit common
- Acts 11:9 Lit make common
- Acts 11:10 Or heaven
- Acts 11:12 Or without making any distinction
- Acts 11:13 Or after he had stood in his house and said
- Acts 11:16 Or in
- Acts 11:17 Lit prevent God
- Acts 11:18 Lit became silent
- Acts 11:19 Lit tribulation
- Acts 11:19 Lit as far as
- Acts 11:20 Lit Hellenists; people who lived by Greek customs and culture
- Acts 11:20 Or bringing the good news of
- Acts 11:22 Lit word
- Acts 11:22 Lit was heard in
- Acts 11:22 Lit as far as
- Acts 11:23 Lit saw
- Acts 11:23 Lit purpose of heart
- Acts 11:24 Lit crowd was
- Acts 11:24 Lit added
- Acts 11:26 Or were gathered together
- Acts 11:26 Lit crowd
- Acts 11:27 Lit in these days
- Acts 11:28 Or through
- Acts 11:28 Lit inhabited earth
- Acts 11:28 Lit which
- Acts 11:29 Lit service
- Acts 11:30 Lit by the hand of
- Acts 12:1 I.e. Herod Agrippa I
- Acts 12:3 Lit they were the days
- Acts 12:4 Lit quaternions; a quaternion was composed of four soldiers
- Acts 12:6 Lit that night
- Acts 12:8 Lit bind
- Acts 12:11 Lit in himself
- Acts 12:11 Lit the expectation of the people of the Jews
- Acts 12:17 Or Jacob
- Acts 12:18 Lit what therefore had become
- Acts 12:21 Or judgment seat
- Acts 12:23 Lit breathed his last breath
- Acts 12:25 Two early mss read to Jerusalem
- Acts 12:25 Lit ministry