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Acts 10

MSG 1 There was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there. NIV 1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. MSG 3 He was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer. One day about three o'clock in the afternoon he had a vision. An angel of God, as real as his next-door neighbor, came in and said, "Cornelius." NIV 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, "Cornelius!" MSG 4 Cornelius stared hard, wondering if he was seeing things. Then he said, "What do you want, sir?" NIV 4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. "What is it, Lord?" he asked. The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. MSG 5 Here's what you are to do. Send men to Joppa to get Simon, the one everyone calls Peter. NIV 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. MSG 6 He is staying with Simon the Tanner, whose house is down by the sea." NIV 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea." MSG 7 As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two servants and one particularly devout soldier from the guard. NIV 7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. MSG 8 He went over with them in great detail everything that had just happened, and then sent them off to Joppa. NIV 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa. MSG 9 The next day as the three travelers were approaching the town, Peter went out on the balcony to pray. It was about noon. NIV 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. MSG 10 Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. NIV 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. MSG 11 He saw the skies open up. Something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. NIV 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. MSG 12 Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. NIV 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. MSG 13 Then a voice came: "Go to it, Peter - kill and eat." NIV 13 Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat." MSG 14 Peter said, "Oh, no, Lord. I've never so much as tasted food that was not kosher." NIV 14 "Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." MSG 15 The voice came a second time: "If God says it's okay, it's okay." NIV 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." MSG 16 This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies. NIV 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. MSG 17 As Peter, puzzled, sat there trying to figure out what it all meant, the men sent by Cornelius showed up at Simon's front door. NIV 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon's house was and stopped at the gate. MSG 18 They called in, asking if there was a Simon, also called Peter, staying there. NIV 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. MSG 19 Peter, lost in thought, didn't hear them, so the Spirit whispered to him, "Three men are knocking at the door looking for you. NIV 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. MSG 20 Get down there and go with them. Don't ask any questions. I sent them to get you." NIV 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them." MSG 21 Peter went down and said to the men, "I think I'm the man you're looking for. What's up?" NIV 21 Peter went down and said to the men, "I'm the one you're looking for. Why have you come?" MSG 22 They said, "Captain Cornelius, a God-fearing man well-known for his fair play - ask any Jew in this part of the country - was commanded by a holy angel to get you and bring you to his house so he could hear what you had to say." NIV 22 The men replied, "We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, 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." MSG 23 Peter invited them in and made them feel at home. NIV 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went along. MSG 24 A day later they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had his relatives and close friends waiting with him. NIV 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. MSG 25 The minute Peter came through the door, Cornelius was up on his feet greeting him - and then down on his face worshiping him! NIV 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. MSG 26 Peter pulled him up and said, "None of that - I'm a man and only a man, no different from you." NIV 26 But Peter made him get up. "Stand up," he said, "I am only a man myself." MSG 27 Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. NIV 27 Talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. MSG 28 Peter addressed them, "You know, I'm sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don't do this - visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other. NIV 28 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. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. MSG 29 So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I'd like to know why you sent for me." NIV 29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?" MSG 30 Cornelius said, "Four days ago at about this time, midafternoon, I was home praying. Suddenly there was a man right in front of me, flooding the room with light. NIV 30 Cornelius answered: "Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me MSG 31 He said, 'Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God's attention. NIV 31 and said, 'Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. MSG 32 I want you to send to Joppa to get Simon, the one they call Peter. He's staying with Simon the Tanner down by the sea.' NIV 32 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.' MSG 33 "So I did it - I sent for you. And you've been good enough to come. And now we're all here in God's presence, ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us." NIV 33 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." MSG 34 Peter fairly exploded with his good news: "It's God's own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! NIV 34 Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism MSG 35 It makes no difference who you are or where you're from - if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. NIV 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. MSG 36 The Message he sent to the children of Israel - that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again - well, he's doing it everywhere, among everyone. NIV 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. MSG 37 "You know the story of what happened in Judea. It began in Galilee after John preached a total life-change. NIV 37 You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached-- MSG 38 Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him. NIV 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. MSG 39 "And we saw it, saw it all, everything he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem where they killed him, hung him from a cross. NIV 39 "We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, MSG 40 But in three days God had him up, alive, and out where he could be seen. NIV 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. MSG 41 Not everyone saw him - he wasn't put on public display. Witnesses had been carefully handpicked by God beforehand - us! We were the ones, there to eat and drink with him after he came back from the dead. NIV 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen--by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. MSG 42 He commissioned us to announce this in public, to bear solemn witness that he is in fact the One whom God destined as Judge of the living and dead. NIV 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. MSG 43 But we're not alone in this. Our witness that he is the means to forgiveness of sins is backed up by the witness of all the prophets." NIV 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." MSG 44 No sooner were these words out of Peter's mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. NIV 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. MSG 45 The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn't believe it, couldn't believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on "outsider" Gentiles, NIV 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. MSG 46 but there it was - they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God. NIV 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, MSG 47 "Do I hear any objections to baptizing these friends with water? They've received the Holy Spirit exactly as we did." NIV 47 "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." MSG 48 Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days. NIV 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.