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New Testament in a Year - July 08


Acts 10:1-23 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

July 08

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Peter and Cornelius
10 1In the city of Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius. He was an army officer*
in the "Italian" group [of the Roman army]. 2Cornelius was a good (religious) man.
He and all the other people that lived in his home worshiped the true God. He gave
much of his money to the poor people. Cornelius prayed to God always. 3One afternoon
about three o'clock, Cornelius saw a vision.* He saw it clearly. In the vision an
angel from God came to him and said, "Cornelius!" 4Cornelius looked at the angel.
He became afraid and said, "What do you want, sir?" The angel said to Cornelius,
"God has heard your prayers. He has seen the things you give to the poor people.
God remembers you. 5Send some men now to the city of Joppa. Send your men to bring
back a man named Simon. Simon is also called Peter. 6Simon is staying with a man,
also named Simon, who is a leatherworker.* He has a house beside the sea." 7The
angel who spoke to Cornelius left. Then Cornelius called two of his servants and
a soldier. This soldier was a good (religious) man. The soldier was one of Cornelius'
close helpers. 8Cornelius explained everything to these three men. Then he sent
them to Joppa. 9The next day these men came near Joppa. At that time, Peter was
going up to the roof to pray. It was about noon. 10Peter was hungry. He wanted to
eat. But while they were preparing the food for Peter to eat, a vision* came to
him. 11He saw something coming down through the open sky. It looked like a big sheet
coming down to the ground. It was being lowered to the ground by its four corners.
12Every kind of animal was in it--animals that walk, animals that crawl on the ground,
and birds that fly in the air. 13Then a voice said to Peter, "Get up, Peter; kill
any of these animals and eat it." 14But Peter said, "I would never do that, Lord!
I have never eaten food that is unholy or not pure." 15But the voice said to him
again, "God has made these things clean (pure). Don't call them 'unholy'!" 16This
happened three times. Then the whole thing was taken back up into the sky. 17Peter
wondered what this vision* meant. The men that Cornelius sent had found Simon's
house. They were standing at the door. 18They asked, "Is Simon Peter staying here?"
19Peter was still thinking about the vision.* But the Spirit* said to him, "Listen!
Three men are looking for you. 20Get up and go downstairs. Go with these men and
don't ask questions. I have sent them to you." 21So Peter went downstairs to the
men. He said, "I am the man you are looking for. Why did you come here?" 22The men
said, "A holy angel told Cornelius to invite you to his house. Cornelius is an army
officer.* He is a good man; he worships God. All the Jewish people respect him.
The angel told Cornelius to invite you to his house so that he can listen to the
things you have to say." 23Peter asked the men to come in and stay for the night.
The next day Peter got ready and went away with the three men. Some of the brothers
(believers) from Joppa went with Peter.

Footnotes: army officer A centurion, a Roman army officer who had authority over
100 soldiers. vision(s) Something like dreams used by God to speak to people. leatherworker
Man who made leather from animal skins. Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit
of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, He
does God's work among people in the world.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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