1Now a certain ish in Caesarea by name Cornelius, a centurion from what was called the Italian cohort, 2A devout man, a yire Elohim, as was all his bais, who practiced much tzedakah for the benefit of Am Yisroel, and davened to Hashem continually. 3Cornelius clearly saw in a chazon (vision) lav davka (approximately) at the ninth hour of the day (three o'clock in the afternoon) a malach Hashem having come to him and having said to him, "Cornelius!" [TEHILLIM 55:17] 4And having looked intently at him and having become afraid, Cornelius said, "What is it, Adon?" The malach said to him, "Your tefillos and your giving tzedakah have ascended as a zikaron (memorial) before Hashem. [TEHILLIM 20:3] 5"Now dispatch some anashim to Yafo and send for a certain Shimon who is also called Kefa. 6"This one is staying with a certain Shimon, a tanner, whose bais is by the sea." 7And, when the malach speaking to him had departed, Cornelius summoned shnayim of his household avadim and a devout chaiyal (soldier) from among the ones in his service, 8Having explained everything, sent them to Yafo. 9Now on the next day, as these were traveling and drawing near to Yafo, around the sixth hour (noon), Kefa went up on to the roof to daven (pray). 10And Kefa became hungry, and was wanting to have a meal; but while they were preparing it, Kefa fell into a trance; 11And he sees Shomayim having been opened, and a certain object descending like a large linen cloth lowered by four corners upon haAretz. 12In this were all the fourfooted animals and remasim haAdamah (creepers of the earth) and oph haShomayim (birds of heaven, birds of the air). 13And there came a bat kol (voice) to him, "Get up, Kefa, kill and eat!" 14But Kefa said, "Chalilah li, Adonoi! For I have never eaten basar piggul (unclean meat) or shikkutz tameh (abominable unclean thing)." [VAYIKRA 11:4-20; 20-25; DEVARIM 14:3-20; YECHEZKEL 4:14] 15And the bat kol came to Kefa again for a second time, "What Hashem made tahor (clean), you should no longer regard as tameh (unclean)." [BERESHIS 9:3] 16And this happened shloshah pe'amim; and immediately the object was taken up into Shomayim. 17Now, while Kefa was greatly perplexed within himself as to what the chazon which he saw might be, hinei, the anashim, who had been sent by Cornelius, and who had, by inquiring, found the bais of Shimon, stood at the gate. 18And, calling out, they were asking if Shimon, the one called Kefa, is staying here. 19And while Kefa was reflecting on the chazon, the Ruach Hakodesh said to him, "Hinei, shloshah anashim are looking for you. 20"But get up and go downstairs and accompany them without apprehensions, for I myself have sent them." 21And Kefa went downstairs to the anashim and said, "Hinei, I am the one whom you are seeking; for what reason did you come?" 22And they said, "Cornelius, a centurion, an ish tzaddik, and a yire Elohim with a shem tov with all the Am HaYehudim, was directed by a malach kadosh to summon you to his bais and to hear a message from you." 23Therefore, having invited them in, Kefa gave them hachnosas orchim (hospitality, lodging). And on the next day Kefa got up and went away with them, and some of the Achim b'Moshiach from Yafo accompanied him. 24And on the following day, Moshiach's Shliach Shimon Kefa entered into Caesarea, and Cornelius was expecting them, having called together his krovey mishpokhot (relatives) and close friends. 25Now when it came about that Kefa entered, Cornelius met him, falling at his feet to pay him reverence. [DANIEL 7:14; 3:18] 26Kefa made him stand up, saying, "Get up. I myself am only a ben Adam like everyone else." 27And as he conversed with Cornelius, Kefa entered and finds many having assembled, 28And he said to them, "You have da'as that it is asur (prohibited) for an ish Yehudi to associate with or to approach a nokhri (foreigner). And yet to me Hashem showed to call no one shikkutz (abomination) or tameh (unclean). 29"Therefore, also, when summoned, I came, raising no objections. And so I ask for what reason you summoned me?" 30Cornelius said, "Four days ago to this hour, I was davening in my bais at the ninth hour, and, hinei, a being stood before me enrobed in shining radiance, 31"And he said, 'Cornelius, your tefillah was heard and your tzedakah is remembered before Hashem. 32'Therefore, send to Yafo and summon Shimon who is called Kefa. He is staying in the bais of Shimon the tanner by the sea.' 33"At once I sent for you and you did well having come. Now, therefore, we all are present before Hashem to hear all the things that have been commanded to you by Adonoi." 34And opening his mouth, Kefa said, "Omein, I have binah that Hashem is not one to show masso panim (partiality), [Dt 10:17; 2Ch 19:7; Job 34:19] 35"But in every nation the ones who have yirat Shomayim and work Tzidkat Hashem are acceptable to him. 36"The dvar which he sent to the Bnei Yisroel, preaching shalom through Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua (Hu Adon Kol!) [Isa 52:7; Ps 107:20; 147:18 TARGUM HASHIVIM] 37"That word, I say, you know the thing which took place throughout all Yehudah, having begun from the Galil after the tevilah of teshuva which Yochanan preached; 38"You know Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua from Natzeret, how Hashem anointed him with the Ruach Hakodesh and with ko'ach (power), and how he went about doing mitzvot and giving refu'ah shlemah to all the ones being oppressed by Samael (the devil) because Hashem was with him. [YESHAYAH 61:1] 39"We are edim (witnesses) of all things which he did both in the countryside of Yehudah and in Yerushalayim. And they also put him to death, having hanged nivlato al haEtz (his body on the Tree, DEVARIM 21:23). 40"This one Hashem made to stand up alive again on the Yom HaShelishi and granted to him to be visible, 41"Not to Klal Yisroel, but to edim which had been chosen beforehand by Hashem, that is, to us who ate and drank together with him at Tish after the Techiyas HaMoshiach. 42"Moshiach gave mitzvah to us to preach to the people and to bear solemn edut that this one is the one having been appointed by Hashem as Shofet HaChayyim v'HaMesim. 43"To this one all the Nevi'im bear witness that through ha-Shem of him [Moshiach Yehoshua, Yeshua] everyone who has emunah in him has selicha (forgiveness) of chatta''im (averos, sins). 44While Kefa was still speaking these words, the Ruach Hakodesh fell upon all the ones hearing the dvar. 45And the Messianic Jews who had come with Kefa were mishpoyel (standing in awe) that also upon the Goyim the matnat HaRuach Hakodesh has been poured out. 46For they were hearing them speaking in leshonot and exalting Hashem. Then Kefa answered, 47"Surely no one can refuse the mikveh mayim for these to be given Moshiach's tevilah of teshuva who have received the Ruach Hakodesh just as we did, can he?" [Ac 2:4; cf Lk 3:16; Ac 11:16] 48And Kefa directed for them to be given Moshiach's tevilah of teshuva in the Shem of Moshiach Yehoshua (Yeshua). Then they asked him to remain some yamim.
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