Acts 10:12

12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.

Acts 10:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
ESV
12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air.
NLT
12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.
MSG
12 Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it.
CSB
12 In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky.

Acts 10:12 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 10:12

Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth,
&c.] Not as if they were painted upon it, and these were only pictures and representations of them made on the linen sheet; but as if they really add actually were upon it alive; since Peter is afterwards called upon to kill and eat: and these design four-footed beasts of every kind, that are tame, as distinct from the wild ones, after mentioned, as horses, camels, oxen, sheep, hogs, dogs

and wild beasts;
lions, tigers, panthers, bears This clause is left out in the Alexandrian copy, and in the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions:

and creeping things;
the above copy and versions here add, "of the earth", which they omit in the first clause; these intend serpents, snakes, worms, &c:

and fowls of the air;
birds of all sorts: now the whole of this signifies, that the church of Christ, under the Gospel dispensation, consists of all sorts of persons, of all nations, Jews and Gentiles, the one being reckoned clean, the other unclean; of men of all sorts of tempers and dispositions, comparable to wild or tame beasts; and of all sorts of sinners, who before conversion have been greater or lesser sinners; as well as denotes that the distinction of food under the ceremonial law was now ceased. This is not designed to represent that there are good and bad in Gospel churches, as there certainly are and much less that immoral persons are to be received and retained there; but that those who have been of the blackest character, if called by grace, should be admitted into them; and chiefly to show that Gentiles reckoned unclean, when converted, are not to be rejected.

Acts 10:12 In-Context

10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.
12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.
13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”