Kornelije poziva Petra
1U Cezareji je živio čovjek imenom Kornelije, stotnik takozvane italske čete. 2I on i njegovi ukućani bili su pobožni i bojali su se Izraelova Boga. Velikodušno je dijelio narodu milodare i stalno se molio Bogu. 3On oko tri ure popodne10:3 U grčkome: oko devete ure dana. u viđenju jasno ugleda kako mu prilazi Božji anđeo. “Kornelije!” pozove ga anđeo.
4Kornelije se prestrašeno zagleda u njega. “Tko si ti, gospodine?” upita anđela.
Anđeo odgovori: “Tvoje su molitve i milodari siromašnima uzišli pred Boga kao podsjetnik. 5Pošalji zato ljude u Jopu po Šimuna nazvanoga Petar. 6On je gost u kući kožara Šimuna, koja se nalazi uz more.”
7Čim je anđeo otišao, Kornelije pošalje dvojicu slugu i pobožnoga, odanog vojnika 8i sve im ispriča te ih pošalje u Jopu.
9Sutradan oko podneva,10:9 U grčkome: oko šeste ure. dok su se Kornelijevi ljudi približavali gradu, Petar se popne na krov da se moli. 10Bio je gladan. Dok su mu pripremali jelo, on padne u zanos. 11Vidio je kako se nebo otvara i kako se na zemlju spušta nešto poput velikog platna zavezanoga na četiri kraja. 12U njemu je bilo svakakvih četveronožnih životinja, gmazova i ptica nebeskih. 13Neki mu glas reče: “Ustani, Petre! Zakolji i jedi!”
14“Nipošto, Gospodine”, odgovori Petar. “Nikad još nisam okusio ništa zabranjeno židovskim zakonom.”
15“Ne nazivaj nečistim ono što Bog proglasi čistim!” opet se javi glas. 16To se triput ponovilo, a platno se zatim uzdigne u nebo.
Kornelijevi ljudi kod Petra
17Dok se Petar dvoumio što bi to viđenje moglo značiti, dođu Kornelijevi ljudi. Raspitali su se gdje je Šimunova kuća i pojavili se na vratima. 18Upitaju je li ondje u gostima neki Šimun Petar. 19Dok je Petar još razmišljao o viđenju, Sveti Duh mu reče: “Traže te trojica ljudi. 20Ustani i pođi s njima ne dvoumeći se jer sam ih ja poslao.”
21Petar siđe k njima i reče: “Evo me. Ja sam taj kojega tražite. Zašto ste došli?”
22“Poslao nas je rimski stotnik Kornelije, pravedan čovjek koji se boji Boga Izraelova”, odgovore oni. “Svi ga Židovi cijene. Njemu je anđeo rekao da pošalje po tebe, da mu dođeš govoriti.” 23Petar ih tada pozove da uđu i ugosti ih.
Petar posjećuje Kornelija
Sutradan ustane i pođe s njima. Pratila su ga još neka braća iz Jope. 24Drugoga dana stignu u Cezareju. Kornelije ih je čekao okupivši rodbinu i prisne prijatelje. 25Kad je Petar kročio u kuću, Kornelije mu pohrli u susret i padne mu pred noge klanjajući mu se. 26“Ustani! I ja sam samo čovjek!” reče mu Petar 27te razgovarajući s njim uđe u kuću gdje je bilo okupljeno mnogo ljudi.
28Petar im reče: “Znate da Zakon Židovima zabranjuje družiti se s poganima ili ulaziti k njima u kuću. Ali meni je Bog pokazao da nikoga ne smatram nečistim. 29Zato sam bez pogovora došao kad ste me pozvali. Sada mi dakle recite zašto ste me zvali.”
30Kornelije odgovori: “Prije četiri dana molio sam se u svojem domu baš u ovo doba, u tri ure poslije podne. Odjednom se preda mnom pojavi neki čovjek u sjajnoj odjeći 31i reče mi: ‘Kornelije, molitve su ti uslišane i Bog je vidio tvoje milodare siromašnima. 32Pošalji ljude u Jopu da dovedu Šimuna Petra. On je gost u kući kožara Šimuna, koja se nalazi uz more.’ 33Zato sam smjesta poslao po tebe i dobro je da si došao. Evo nas dakle ovdje pred Bogom, da čujemo što ti je Gospodin zapovjedio da nam kažeš!”
Pogani slušaju Radosnu vijest
34Petar reče: “Sada uistinu shvaćam: Bog nije pristran. 35U svakomu narodu prihvaća one koji ga se boje i koji čine što je pravedno. 36Izraelskome je narodu poslao svoju Riječ, navijestio im evanđelje: mir s Bogom po Isusu Kristu koji je Gospodar svih. 37Znate što se događalo po svoj Judeji. Sve je to započelo u Galileji, otkad je Ivan propovijedao krštenje. 38Znate da je Bog pomazao Isusa iz Nazareta svojim Svetim Duhom i silom. Isus je, zato što je Bog bio s njim, hodio čineći dobro i iscjeljujući sve koje je đavao držao u svojoj vlasti.
39Mi apostoli svjedoci smo svega što je činio u Izraelu i u Jeruzalemu. Smaknuli su ga i raspeli, 40ali ga je Bog treći dan podignuo od mrtvih i dopustio mu da se pokaže— 41ne svemu narodu nego nama koje je još prije izabrao da budemo njegovim svjedocima. Jeli smo i pili s njim pošto je uskrsnuo od mrtvih. 42Zapovjedio nam je da posvuda propovijedamo i svjedočimo da je Bog Isusa postavio sucem svima: i živima i mrtvima. 43On je taj o kojemu su svjedočili proroci kad su rekli da svatko tko u njega vjeruje u njegovu imenu prima oproštenje grijeha.”
Pogani primaju Svetoga Duha
44Dok je Petar još govorio, Sveti Duh siđe na sve koji su slušali. 45Židovski vjernici koji su došli s Petrom čudili su se daru Svetoga Duha koji se izlio i na pogane 46jer su ih čuli kako govore u drugim jezicima i slave Boga.
Petar tada reče: 47“Može li tko uskratiti krštenje ovima koji su primili Svetoga Duha baš kao i mi?” 48Zapovjedi zato da se krste u ime Isusa Krista. Zamole ga zatim da pri Korneliju ostane još nekoliko dana.
Cornelius Calls for Peter
1At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
4Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
7When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
9About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
15The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
16This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
17While 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. 18They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three10:19 One early manuscript two; other manuscripts do not have the number. men are looking for you. 20So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
21Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
22The 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.” 23Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.
Peter at Cornelius’s House
The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
27While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
30Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
34Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
39“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues10:46 Or other languages and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47“Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.