The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop at about noon.
Then he became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something he went into a visionary state.
He saw heaven opened and an object coming down that resembled a large sheet being lowered to the earth by its four corners.
In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky.
Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat!"
"No, Lord!" Peter said. "For I have never eaten anything common and unclean!"
Again, a second time, a voice said to him, "What God has made clean, you must not call common."
This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into heaven.
While Peter was deeply perplexed about what the vision he had seen might mean, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions to Simon's house, stood at the gate.
They called out, asking if Simon, who was also named Peter, was lodging there.
While Peter was thinking about the vision, the Spirit told him, "Three men are here looking for you.
Get up, go downstairs, and accompany them with no doubts at all, because I have sent them."
Then Peter went down to the men and said, "Here I am, the one you're looking for. What is the reason you're here?"
They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who has a good reputation with the whole Jewish nation, was divinely directed by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear a message from you."
Peter then invited them in and gave them lodging. The next day he got up and set out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.
The following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.
But Peter helped him up and said, "Stand up! I myself am also a man."
While talking with him, he went on in and found that many had come together there.
Peter said to them, "You know it's forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner. But God has shown me that I must not call any person common or unclean.
That's why I came without any objection when I was sent for. So I ask, 'Why did you send for me?'"
Cornelius replied, "Four days ago at this hour, at three in the afternoon, I was praying in my house. Just then a man in a dazzling robe stood before me
and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your acts of charity have been remembered in God's sight.
Therefore send someone to Joppa and invite Simon here, who is also named Peter. He is lodging in Simon the tanner's house by the sea.'
Therefore I immediately sent for you, and you did the right thing in coming. So we are all present before God, to hear everything you have been commanded by the Lord."