While Peter was still thinking about the vision,1 the Spirit said2 to him, "Simon, threea men are looking for you.
So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them."321
Peter went down and said to the men, "I'm the one you're looking for. Why have you come?"
The men replied, "We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man,4 who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say."5
Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the brothers6 from Joppa went along.724
The following day he arrived in Caesarea.8 Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence.
But Peter made him get up. "Stand up," he said, "I am only a man myself."927
Talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people.1028
He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him.11 But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.1229
So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?"
Cornelius answered: "Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes13 stood before me
and said, 'Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.
Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.'
So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us."