The Healing of Aeneas

32 Now (A)as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, (B)Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 (C)And all the residents of Lydda and (D)Sharon saw him, and (E)they turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36 Now there was in (F)Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.[a] She was full of (G)good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in (H)an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, (I)“Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to (J)the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics[b] and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter (K)put them all outside, and (L)knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body (M)he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and (N)many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days (O)with one Simon, a tanner.

Peter and Cornelius

10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of (P)what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man (Q)who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. (R)About the ninth hour of the day[c] (S)he saw clearly in a vision (T)an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms (U)have ascended (V)as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging (W)with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Peter's Vision

The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, (X)Peter went up (Y)on the housetop about (Z)the sixth hour[d] to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into (AA)a trance 11 and saw (AB)the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; (AC)for I have never eaten anything that is (AD)common or (AE)unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, (AF)“What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

17 Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what (AG)the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, (AH)the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate 18 and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. 19 And while Peter was pondering (AI)the vision, (AJ)the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 Rise and go down and (AK)accompany them without hesitation,[e] for I have sent them.” 21 And Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and (AL)God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by (AM)a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and (AN)to hear what you have to say.” 23 So he invited them in to be his guests.

The next day he rose and went away with them, and (AO)some of (AP)the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and (AQ)fell down at his feet and (AR)worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, (AS)“Stand up; I too am a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. 28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew (AT)to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but (AU)God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”

30 And Cornelius said, (AV)“Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at (AW)the ninth hour,[f] and behold, (AX)a man stood before me in bright clothing 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, (AY)your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

Gentiles Hear the Good News

34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that (AZ)God (BA)shows no partiality, 35 but (BB)in every nation anyone who fears him and (BC)does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for (BD)the word that he sent to Israel, (BE)preaching good news of (BF)peace through Jesus Christ ((BG)he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, (BH)beginning (BI)from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how (BJ)God anointed Jesus of Nazareth (BK)with the Holy Spirit and with (BL)power. He went about doing good and healing all (BM)who were oppressed by the devil, (BN)for God was with him. 39 And (BO)we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. (BP)They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but (BQ)God raised him on (BR)the third day and made him to (BS)appear, 41 (BT)not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as (BU)witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And (BV)he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify (BW)that he is the one appointed by God to be judge (BX)of the living and the dead. 43 (BY)To him (BZ)all the prophets bear witness that (CA)everyone who believes in him receives (CB)forgiveness of sins (CC)through his name.”

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles

44 While Peter was still saying these things, (CD)the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among (CE)the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because (CF)the gift of the Holy Spirit (CG)was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them (CH)speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 (CI)“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit (CJ)just as we have?” 48 And he (CK)commanded them (CL)to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

Peter Reports to the Church

11 Now the apostles and (CM)the brothers[g] who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, (CN)the circumcision party[h] criticized him, saying, (CO)“You went to uncircumcised men and (CP)ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: (CQ)“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, (CR)making no distinction. (CS)These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14 (CT)he will declare to you a message by which (CU)you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 As I began to speak, (CV)the Holy Spirit fell on them (CW)just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, (CX)‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then (CY)God gave (CZ)the same gift to them as he gave to us (DA)when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, (DB)who was I (DC)that I could stand in God's way?” 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they (DD)glorified God, saying, (DE)“Then to the Gentiles also God has (DF)granted (DG)repentance that leads to life.”


  1. Acts 9:36 The Aramaic name Tabitha and the Greek name Dorcas both mean gazelle
  2. Acts 9:39 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  3. Acts 10:3 That is, 3 p.m.
  4. Acts 10:9 That is, noon
  5. Acts 10:20 Or accompany them, making no distinction
  6. Acts 10:30 That is, 3 p.m.
  7. Acts 11:1 Or brothers and sisters
  8. Acts 11:2 Or Jerusalem, those of the circumcision

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