Acts 10:11

“And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And saw heauen opened, and a certaine vessell descending vnto him, as it had beene a great sheete, knit at the foure corners, and let downe to the earth:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and he *saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and he beholdeth the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he saw the heavens opening, and a vessel coming down, like a great cloth let down on the earth,
- Basic English Bible

and he beholds the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as a great sheet, [bound] by [the] four corners [and] let down to the earth;
- Darby Bible

And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
- Webster's Bible

The sky had opened to his view, and what seemed to be an enormous sail was descending, being let down to the earth by ropes at the four corners.
- Weymouth Bible

He saw heaven opened and a certain container descending to him, like a great sheet let down by four corners on the earth,
- World English Bible

and he say heuene openyd, and a vessel comynge doun, as a greet scheet with foure corneris, to be lette doun fro heuene in to erthe,
- Wycliffe Bible

and he doth behold the heaven opened, and descending unto him a certain vessel, as a great sheet, bound at the four corners, and let down upon the earth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 10:11


10:11 Tied at the corners - Not all in one knot, but each fastened as it were up to heaven.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 10:11


Ac 10:11-15 Saw heaven opened. The meaning of the vision is plain. Peter was hungry (Ac 10:10). He saw, let down from heaven, all kinds of animals, those ceremonially unclean and prohibited by the Mosaic law, as well as others (Ac 10:11,12), and was told to kill and eat (Ac 10:13). When he answered that he had never eaten anything "common" (as opposed to holy) and "unclean" (Ac 10:14), that is, forbidden by Moses, he was told that what God had cleansed was not common or unclean (Ac 10:15). This could only mean that the ceremonial distinctions of the law were abrogated (Le 11:2-45 De 14:3-21). It was at this time that the messengers from a Gentile, one of a class, with which even Peter would not eat, yet for which Christ had died, presented themselves (Ac 10:21). The object of the vision was to show Peter that it was the will of the Lord that he should go.

Discussion for Acts 10:11

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