Acts 10:14

14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

Acts 10:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
ESV
14 But Peter said, "By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
NLT
14 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean. ”
MSG
14 Peter said, "Oh, no, Lord. I've never so much as tasted food that was not kosher."
CSB
14 "No, Lord!" Peter said. "For I have never eaten anything common and unclean!"

Acts 10:14 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 10:14

But Peter said, not so, Lord
God forbid I should do this, so contrary to the law of God, and to my own practice, throughout the whole course of my life:

for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean;
in a ceremonial sense, which was in common use with Gentiles, but unclean by the law of Moses: this shows that Peter as yet closely adhered to the ceremonial law, nor did he know that it was abolished by Christ; and notwithstanding the commission given to him and the rest of the apostles to preach the Gospel to every creature, and the extraordinary gifts of speaking with divers tongues for that purpose, bestowed on them at the day of Pentecost; yet he and they remained greatly strangers to the calling of the Gentiles, and the admitting of them to a civil and religious conversation with them; the knowledge of every truth was not at once communicated to them, but gradually, as it pressed the Lord to enlighten their minds.

Acts 10:14 In-Context

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.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Acts 9:5
  • 2. Lev 11:4-8,13-20; Leviticus 20:25; Deuteronomy 14:3-20; Ezekiel 4:14