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Acts 10:11

    Acts 10:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    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:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

    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:

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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:

    Definitions for Acts 10:11

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 10:11

    And saw heaven opened - His mind now entirely spiritualized, and absorbed in heavenly contemplation, was capable of discoveries of the spiritual world; a world which, with its πληρωμα, or plenitude of inhabitants, surrounds us at all times; but which we are incapable of seeing through the dense medium of flesh and blood, and their necessarily concomitant earthly passions. Much, however, of such a world and its economy may be apprehended by him who is purified from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and who has perfected holiness in the fear of God. But this is a subject to which the enthusiast in vain attempts to ascend. The turbulent working of his imagination, and the gross earthly crudities which he wishes to obtrude on the world as revelations from God, afford a sufficient refutation of their own blasphemous pretensions.

    A great sheet, knit at the four corners - Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the universe, and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 10:11

    And saw heaven opened - Acts 7:56. See the notes on Matthew 3:16. This language is derived from a common mode of speaking in the Hebrew Scriptures, as if the sky above us was a solid, vast expanse, and as if it were opened to present an opportunity for anything to descend. It is language that is highly figurative.

    And a certain vessel - See the notes on Acts 9:15.

    As it had been - It is important to mark this expression. The sacred writer does not say that Peter literally saw such an object descending; but he uses this as an imperfect description of the vision. It was not a literal descent of a vessel, but it was such a kind of representation to him, producing the same impression, and the same effect, as if such a vessel had descended.

    Knit at the four corners - Bound, united, or tied. The corners were collected, as would be natural in putting anything into a great sheet.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 10:11

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