Acts 10:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 10:30, NIV: Cornelius 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

Acts 10:30, ESV: And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing

Acts 10:30, KJV: And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

Acts 10:30, NASB: Cornelius said, 'Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining clothing,

Acts 10:30, NLT: 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.

Acts 10:30, CSB: Cornelius replied, "Four days ago at this hour, at three in the afternoon, I was praying in my house. Just then a man in dazzling clothing stood before me

What does Acts 10:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter is in Caesarea Maritima in the home of the Roman centurion Cornelius. Despite being a Gentile, Cornelius is known as a faithful worshiper of the Jewish God and generous to those in need. When Peter was in Joppa, thirty-five miles south, the Holy Spirit told him to meet with Cornelius, but he doesn't know why. He was surprised when he arrived to find Cornelius bowing at his feet and a houseful of people waiting for him. By Jewish tradition, Peter shouldn't even be in the home of a Gentile so he's very curious as to why the Holy Spirit led him here (Acts 10:25–29).

Cornelius is explaining what happened that caused him to request Peter's presence. Acts 10:31–33 is a quick summary of Acts 10:3–8. The ninth hour is 3 p.m.—a traditional time for Jews to pray (Acts 3:1). Acts 10:2 says that Cornelius "prayed continually to God." This doesn't mean that every single thought was a prayer, but that he was in constant awareness of God and prayed and listened throughout the day (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:17). The "man in bright clothing" was an angel who told him to send messengers to Peter and bring him up to Caesarea (Acts 10:3–6).