Acts 10:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 10:33, NIV: "So 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.'"

Acts 10:33, ESV: "So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”"

Acts 10:33, KJV: "Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God."

Acts 10:33, NASB: "So I sent men to you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear everything that you have been commanded by the Lord.'"

Acts 10:33, NLT: "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.'"

Acts 10:33, CSB: "So I immediately sent for you, and it was good of you to come. So now we are all in the presence of God to hear everything you have been commanded by the Lord.""

What does Acts 10:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter is in Caesarea Maritima at the home of a Roman centurion named Cornelius. Cornelius is explaining how a few days before an angel appeared to him and told him to send for Peter, who was thirty-five miles south in Joppa. Peter came—largely because the Holy Spirit told him to. When he arrived, Cornelius fell at his feet in worship. Peter told him to get up and explain why he was there (Acts 10:1–29).

When Peter came deeper into the house, he realized it was filled with people. Cornelius had called his relatives and friends, undoubtedly including some of the soldiers (Acts 10:7, 24). It's unclear if everyone there is a devout follower of the Jewish God, but they're about to become Jesus-followers (Acts 10:44).

This is the first recorded gathering of Gentiles listening to the testimony of Jesus. Jesus had told Peter and the other disciples that they would be His witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). This was always God's plan, ever since He took Abraham out of Ur (Genesis 12:1–3). Such an open invitation to share the gospel doesn't often happen, especially with such a receptive audience. Likely, this moment informs Peter's words later: "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).