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weeping, and shewing the coats and garments

which Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down

and prayed, and turning him to the body, said,

Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes : 41 and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he

gave her his hand, and lifted her up ; and

when he had called the saints and widows, he 42 presented her alive. And this was known

throughout all Joppa :* and many believed in 43 the Lord. And it came to pass, that he resided

many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.


1 NOW there was a certain man in Cæsarea,

called Cornelius, t a centurion of the band, 2 called the Italian band, a devout man, and one

who served God, with all his house, who gave

much alms to the people, and prayed to God 3 always. He saw in a vision evidently, about

the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God

coming in to him, and saying unto him, 4 Cornelius. And when he looked on him, lie

was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord ? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alm

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* Joppa was situated on the Mediterranean, about thirtyfive miles W. by N. from Jerusalem.

† Cornelius was educated Pagan, but had embraced the Jewish religion, and therefore was a worshipper of the true God, It seems that he was sincerely devont and benevolent.

are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for 6 Simon whose surname is Peter : he lodgeth

with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by

the sea : he shell tell thee what thou oughtest 7 to do. And when the angel who spake unto

Cornelius was departed, he called two of his

household servants, and a devout soldier of 8 those who waited on him continually ; and

when he had declared all these things unto

them, he sent them to Joppa. 9 On the morrow, as they went on their jour

ney, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went

up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth 10 hour. And he became very hungry, and

would have eaten : but while they made ready, 11 he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened,

and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it

were a great sheet, knit at the four corners, 12 and let down to the earth : wherein were all

manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and

wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of 13 the air. And there came a voice to him, 14 saying, Rise, Peter ; kill and eat. But Peter

said, Not so, Lord: for I have never eaten 15 any thing that is common or unclean. * And

the voice came unto him again the second

time, saying, What God hath cleansed, con16 sider not as common.

This was done three times : and the vessel was received up again 17 into heaven. Now, while Peter was in suspense

* The law of Moses was particular in prescribing what animals should be eaten, and what pot.

what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men who were sent from

Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's 18 house, and stood before the gate, and called,

and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed

Peter, were lodged there. 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the

Spirit said unto him, Behold three men seek 20 thee. Arise therefore and go down, and ac

company them, doubting nothing : for I have 21 sent them. Then Peter went down to the

men who were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek ;

what is the cause wherefore ye are come ? 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just

man, and one that serveth God, and of good report among all the nation of the. Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel, to send

for thee into his house, and to hear instructions 23 from thee. Then he called them in, and

lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went

away with them, and certain brethren from 24 Joppa accompanied him. And the day after

they entered into Cæsarea.* And Cornelius

was waiting for them, and had called together 25 his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was

coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down 26 at his feet, and did him obeisance. But Peter

took him up, saying, Stand up: I myself also 27 ant a man. And as he talked with him,

he went in, and found many who were come

* Cæsarea was nearly thirty miles north of Joppa, aud about fifty N. W. of Jerusalem.

28 together. And he said unto them, Ye know

that it is an unlawful thing for a man who is a Jew to keep company with, or come unto one of another nation : but God hath taught me not

to consider any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore I have come without gainsaying, as

soon as I was requested. I ask therefore for 30 what intent ye have sent for me? And Corne

lius 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 31 me in bright clothing, and said, Cornelius, thy

prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in re32 membrance in the sight of God. Send there.

fore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter : he is lodged in the house

of one Simon, a tanner, by the sea : who, when 33 he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediate

ly therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast done well that thou art come. Now therefore we are all here present before God, to hear all

things that are commanded thee of God. 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of

a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of 35 persons : But in every nation, he who serveth

him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted 36 with him. * The word which God sent unto

the children of Israel, preaching peace by Je37 sus Christ (he is Lord of all,) that word, I

say, ye know, which was published through

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* It was the Spirit of God, who is the Father of all nations, and whose regards are not confined to any people or sect, who inspired the apostle Peter with this catholic sentimeat.

out all Judea, and began from Galilee, after 38 the baptism which John preached : how God

anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit, and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppress

ed of the devil ; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he

did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jeru

salem ; whom they slew, and hanged on a tree. 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed 41 him openly, not to all the people, but unto wit

nesses, chosen before of God, even to us, who

did eat and drink with him after he rose from the 42 dead. And he commanded us to preach unto

the people, and to testify that it is he who was

ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and 43 dead. To him give all the prophets witness,

that through his name, whosoever believeth in

him shall receive remission of sins. 44 While Peter was speaking these words, the

Holy Spirit fell on all them who heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision, who believed,

were astonished, as many as came with Peter,

because on the Gentiles also was poured out 46 the gift of the Holy Spirit. For they heard

them speak with tongues, and magnify God. 47 Then Peter said, Can any man forbid water

that these should not be baptized, who have 48 received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And

he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they requested him to abide with them several days.

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