Acts 10:9-23

Peter’s Vision

9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.
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.”
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.
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.
18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three[a] men are looking for you.
20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
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 ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.”
Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.

Peter at Cornelius’s House

23 The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along.

Acts 10:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
ESV
9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.
NLT
9 The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon,
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.
CSB
9 The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop at about noon.

Acts 10:9-23 In-Context

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.
8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.
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.”
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.
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.
18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you.
20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
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 ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.”
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 believers from Joppa went along.
24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence.

Cross References 15

  • 1. S Matthew 24:17
  • 2. Acts 22:17
  • 3. S Matthew 3:16
  • 4. Acts 9:5
  • 5. Lev 11:4-8,13-20; Leviticus 20:25; Deuteronomy 14:3-20; Ezekiel 4:14
  • 6. ver 28; Genesis 9:3; Matthew 15:11; Luke 11:41; Acts 11:9; Ro 14:14,17,20; 1 Corinthians 10:25; 1 Timothy 4:3,4; Titus 1:15
  • 7. S Acts 9:10
  • 8. ver 7,8
  • 9. S Acts 9:10
  • 10. S Acts 8:29
  • 11. Acts 15:7-9
  • 12. ver 2
  • 13. Acts 11:14
  • 14. S Acts 1:16
  • 15. ver 45; Acts 11:12

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. One early manuscript "two" ; other manuscripts do not have the number.
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