Most believers are familiar with Peter’s vision about the foods and what the vision meant. However, I wonder how many of us really read what is there instead of what we think it should say?
I am going to pick up the chapter after the vision was over. A lot of people think this vision was about food. Here’s what I find interesting in verse 17:
“Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,”
“Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, …”
I checked some other versions and they all said something similar: that Peter did not know what the vision meant. If this vision was about food, why doesn’t Peter know this?
Later in the chapter, Peter tells us exactly what this vision meant in verse 28:
“And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”
The vision was about which men were clean or unclean-it was not about food, which is what a lot of people think it is. Any Bibles that have the words/phrase “thus he declared all foods clean” have parenthesises around it. When one looks at the footnotes, it says that the translators added that phrase in. In other words, that phrase, those words were and are not in the original documents.
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