New International Version
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
King James Bible
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
Darby Bible Translation
pious, and fearing God with all his house, [both] giving much alms to the people, and supplicating God continually,
World English Bible
a devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God.
Young's Literal Translation
pious, and fearing God with all his house, doing also many kind acts to the people, and beseeching God always,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A devout man - Ευσεβης, from ευ, well, and σεβομαι, I worship. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater.
One that feared God - Φοβουμενος τον Θεον, One who was acquainted with the true God, by means of his word and laws; who respected these laws, and would not dare to offend his Maker and his Judge. This is necessarily implied in the fear of God.
With all his house - He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.
Gave much alms - His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of beneficence and charity.
Prayed to God alway - Felt himself a dependent creature; knew he had no good but what he had received; and considered God to be the fountain whence he was to derive all his blessings. He prayed to God alway; was ever in the spirit of prayer, and frequently in the act. What an excellent character is this! And yet the man was a Gentile! He was what a Jew would repute common and unclean: see Acts 10:28. He was, therefore, not circumcised; but, as he worshipped the true God, without any idolatrous mixtures, and was in good report among all the nation of the Jews, he was undoubtedly what was called a proselyte of the gate, though not a proselyte of justice, because he had not entered into the bond of the covenant by circumcision. This was a proper person, being so much of a Jew and so much of a Gentile, to form the connecting link between both people; and God chose him that the salvation of the Jews might with as little observation as possible be transmitted to the Gentiles. The choice of such a person, through whom the door of faith was opened to the heathen world, was a proof of the wisdom and goodness of God. The man who was chosen to this honor was not a profligate Gentile; nor yet a circumcised proselyte. He was a Gentile, amiable and pure in his manners; and, for his piety and charitableness, held in high estimation among all the nation of the Jews. Against such a person they could not, with any grace, be envious, though God should pour out upon him the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.--I JOHN 2:20. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power.--It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.--Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Thou anointest my head with oil.--The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught …
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Whether Paul, when in Rapture, Saw the Essence of God?
Whether the World is to be Cleansed?
When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,
The 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."
but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'
Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: "Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!
"Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
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