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that dwelt in Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation called Dorcas; this woman was full of good works, and alms-deeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died ; whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them.
When he, was come, they brought him into the upper chamber; and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed ; and, turning him to the body, said ; Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and, when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up ; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
And it came to pass that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
There was a certain man in Cesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band. A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house; which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway; he saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him ; Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said ; What is it, Lord ? And he said unto him; Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter ; he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside; he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually, and when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet, knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth; wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him; Rise, Peter, kill and eat. But Peter said ; Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice; and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate; and called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him; Behold, three men seek thee; arise, therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing ; for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius, and said ; Behold, I am he whom ye seek; what is the cause wherefore ye are come ? And they said ; Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nations of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them.
And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after, they entered into Cesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying ; Stand up; I myself also am a man.
And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them ; Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or to come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for. I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? And Cornelius said ; Four days ago fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said ; Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter ; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner, by the sea-side ; who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art
Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said; Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons ; but in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ ; (he is Lord of all ;) that word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about do
ing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem ; whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly, not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he arose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost ; for they heard them speak with tongies, and magnify God. Then answered Peter ; can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
And the apostles and brethren that were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, saying ; Thou wentest in to men umcircumcised, and didst eat with them. But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying ; I was in the city of Joppa praying ; and in a trance I saw a vision; A certain vessel descended, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners, and it came even to me; upon the which when I had fastened mine eves, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me; Arise, Peter, slay and eat. But I
said ; Not so, Lord ; for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven; What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. And this was done three times ; and all were drawn up again into heaven. And behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Cesarea unto me. And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting; moreover, these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house. And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him; Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said ; John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God ? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying ; Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
$ 5. Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenice and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem ; and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto