There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian Band,
a devout man and one who feared God with all his house, who gave many alms to the people and prayed to God always.
He saw in a vision clearly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in to him and saying unto him, "Cornelius!"
And when he looked on him, he was afraid and said, "What is it, lord?" And he said unto him, "Thy prayers and thine alms have risen up as a memorial before God.
And now send men to Joppa and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter.
He lodgeth with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside; he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do."