There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment.
He was a devout man and feared God along with his whole household. He did many charitable deeds for the [Jewish] people and always prayed to God.
At about three in the afternoon he distinctly saw in a vision an angel of God who came in and said to him, "Cornelius!"
Looking intently at him, he became afraid and said, "What is it, Lord?" And he told him, "Your prayers and your acts of charity have come up as a memorial offering before God.
Now send men to Joppa and call for Simon, who is also named Peter.
He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea."
When the angel who spoke to him had gone, he called two of his household slaves and a devout soldier, who was one of those who attended him.
After explaining everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop at about noon.
Then he became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something he went into a visionary state.
He saw heaven opened and an object coming down that resembled a large sheet being lowered to the earth by its four corners.
In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky.
Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat!"
"No, Lord!" Peter said. "For I have never eaten anything common and unclean!"
Again, a second time, a voice said to him, "What God has made clean, you must not call common."
This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into heaven.
While Peter was deeply perplexed about what the vision he had seen might mean, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions to Simon's house, stood at the gate.
They called out, asking if Simon, who was also named Peter, was lodging there.
While Peter was thinking about the vision, the Spirit told him, "Three men are here looking for you.
Get up, go downstairs, and accompany them with no doubts at all, because I have sent them."
Then Peter went down to the men and said, "Here I am, the one you're looking for. What is the reason you're here?"
They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who has a good reputation with the whole Jewish nation, was divinely directed by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear a message from you."
Peter then invited them in and gave them lodging. The next day he got up and set out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.
The following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.
But Peter helped him up and said, "Stand up! I myself am also a man."
While talking with him, he went on in and found that many had come together there.