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The Creation Genesis 1:1-2:7
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:8-3:24
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
The Great Flood Genesis 6:1-9:17
The Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9
God Calls Abraham Genesis 12:1-9
Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-19:29
Abraham's Obedience Genesis 22:1-19
Isaac Marries Rebekah Genesis 24:1-67
Esau's Birthright Genesis 25:19-34
Isaac Blesses Jacob Genesis 27:1-40
Jacob and Laban Genesis 29:1-31:55
Jacob Wrestles Genesis 32:1-33:20
Revenge against Shechem Genesis 34:1-31; Genesis 49:5-7
Joseph Sold into Slavery Genesis 37:1-36
Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:1-30
Joseph in Prison Genesis 39:1-40:23
Joseph As a Ruler Genesis 41:1-57
Family Reunion Genesis 42-45; Genesis 46:28-30
Moses' Birth Exodus 1:1-2:10
The Burning Bush Exodus 3:1-22
The Ten Plagues Exodus 7:14-12:30
The Exodus Exodus 12:31-51
The Red Sea Exodus 14:5-31
The Golden Calf Exodus 32:1-29
Exploring the Land Numbers 13:1-14:38
Rebellion in the Ranks Numbers 16:1-17:13
Balak and Balaam Numbers 22:1-24:25
Rahab and the Spies Joshua 2:1-24
Jericho Falls Joshua 6:1-27
Gibeon's Con Artists Joshua 9:1-27
Deborah and Barak Judges 4:1-24
Gideon as Judge Judges 6:1-7:25
Abimelech's Ambition Judges 9:1-57
Samson as Judge Judges 13:1-16:31
Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz Ruth 1:1-4:22
Samuel Is Born 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Samuel the Prophet 1 Samuel 3:1-4:22
Saul Becomes King 1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Jonathan's Bravery 1 Samuel 14:1-46
Saul's Disobedience 1 Samuel 15:1-35
David Kills Goliath 1 Samuel 17:1-51
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Nabal and Abigail 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Saul's Death 1 Samuel 28:1-25; 1 Samuel 30:1-13
David's Success 2 Samuel 5:1-6:23
David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23-19:8
Solomon's Wisdom 1 Kings 3:1-28
Jeroboam and Rehoboam 1 Kings 11:26-14:31
Elijah's Challenge 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
God Speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19:1-21
Micaiah the Prophet 1 Kings 22:1-40
Chariot of Fire 2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Elisha Heals Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-27
Famine and Unbelief 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Joash and Jehoiada 2 Kings 11:1-21
Hezekiah Trusts God 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Josiah's Reign 2 Kings 22:1-23:30
Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 24:18-25:30
David's Power 1 Chronicles 11:1-25
David's Census 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1
Jehoshaphat and Ahab 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11
Ezra Rebuilds the Altar Ezra 3:1-13
Nehemiah Builds the Wall Nehemiah 2:1-20
Enemy Opposition Nehemiah 4:1-23
Nehemiah's Justice Nehemiah 5:1-19
Esther Saves the Jews Esther 1:1-10:3
Job Is Tested Job 1:1-22
Ezekiel's Vision Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Fiery Furnance Daniel 3:1-30
The Lions' Den Daniel 6:1-28
Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11
Jesus Is Born Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Wise Men and King Herod Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus Is Tempted Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-71
Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
The Lost Son Luke 15:1-32
Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-44
Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19
The Last Supper Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30
Jesus' Trial Matthew 26:47-27:31
Jesus' Crucifixion Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-42
Jesus' Resurrection Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-34; John 20:1-10
Jesus' Ascension Luke 24:35-53; Acts 1:6-11
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2:1-47
The Apostles' Courage Acts 4:1-31
Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11
Philip and the Eunich Acts 8:26-40
Saul Encounters Jesus Acts 9:1-19
Peter and Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Paul in Corinth Acts 18:1-28
Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
Peter and Cornelius
Acts 10:1-11:18

Acts 10

Cornelius Calls for Peter
1 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer* named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment.2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.3 One afternoon about three o'clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. "Cornelius!" the angel said.
  4 Cornelius stared at him in terror. "What is it, sir?" he asked the angel.
  And the angel replied, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!5 Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter.6 He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore."
  7 As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants.8 He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.

Peter Visits Cornelius
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,10 and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.11 He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.13 Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat them."
  14 "No, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.*"
  15 But the voice spoke again: "Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean."16 The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.
  17 Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon's house. Standing outside the gate,18 they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there.
  19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Three men have come looking for you.20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don't worry, for I have sent them."
  21 So Peter went down and said, "I'm the man you are looking for. Why have you come?"
  22 They said, "We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message."23 So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.
  24 They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.25 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him.26 But Peter pulled him up and said, "Stand up! I'm a human being just like you!"27 So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.
  28 Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.29 So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me."
  30 Cornelius replied, "Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o'clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me.31 He told me, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!32 Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.'33 So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you."

The Gentiles Hear the Good News
34 Then Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.37 You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism.38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
  39 "And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross,*40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear,41 not to the general public,* but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.43 He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name."

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit
44 Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.45 The Jewish believers* who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too.46 For they heard them speaking in other tongues* and praising God.
  Then Peter asked,47 "Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?"48 So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.

Footnotes:

10:1 Greek a centurion; similarly in 10:22.
10:14 Greek anything common and unclean.
10:39 Greek on a tree.
10:41 Greek the people.
10:45 Greek The faithful ones of the circumcision.
10:46 Or in other languages.
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