Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers1 from Joppa went along.2
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The following day he arrived in Caesarea.3 Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
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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 human myself."4
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While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people.5
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He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with Gentiles or visit them.6 But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.7
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So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?"
Cornelius answered: "Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes8 stood before me
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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."
Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism9
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but accepts those from every nation who fear him and do what is right.10
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You know the message11 God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news12 of peace13 through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.14
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You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached--
how God anointed15 Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing16 all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.17
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"We are witnesses18 of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross,19
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but God raised him from the dead20 on the third day and caused him to be seen.
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He was not seen by all the people,21 but by witnesses whom God had already chosen--by us who ate22 and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
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He commanded us to preach to the people23 and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.24
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All the prophets testify about him25 that everyone26 who believes27 in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."28
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While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on29 all who heard the message.
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The circumcised believers who had come with Peter30 were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out31 even on Gentiles.32
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For they heard them speaking in tongues33 and praising God. Then Peter said,
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"Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water.34 They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."35
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So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.36 Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
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