Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalm 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8
Cornelius was a gentile who was God-fearing, who was described with the word “devout.”
2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.
I searched Biblegateway.com and found that this is the second time that the word devout appeared in the Bible. The first time was in a description of Simeon Luke 2:25.
Dictionary.com defines devout as “devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious.”
It is certainly an interesting contrast between this Roman who wanted to follow God wholeheartedly and many of the kings of Israel and Judah, who only followed God or called on Him when they were in trouble from an external foe’s attack or from a sickness in their families.