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wickedness of his generation?" Saul, Saul, why persecutest for his life is taken from the thou me?" 5 And he said, earth." 34 And the eunuch" Who art thou, Sir?" And speaking to Philip, said, "I [the Lord] said, "I am Jesus pray thee, of whom speaketh whom thou persecutest. 6 But the prophet this? of himself, rise up, and go into the city; or of some other man?" 35 and it shall be told thee what Then Philip opened his mouth, thou must do." 7 And the men and began from this part of who journeyed with him rescripture, and preached to him mained mute, hearing a sound, the glad tidings of Jesus. 36 but seeing no one. 8 And Saul And as they were going on their arose from the ground; and way, they came to some water: opening his eyes, he saw no and the eunuch said, "See, here one: but, leading him by the is water; what hindereth my hand, they brought him into being baptized?" 38 Then he Damascus. 9 And he was three commanded that the chariot days without sight; and neither should stand still: and they two ate nor drank. went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and Philip baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more: for he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and, passing through, he preached the gospel in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him, in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Behold, Lord, here am I." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, of Tarsus; for, behold, he prayeth; 12 and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias; who came in, and put his hand on him, that he might recover his sight." 13 Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem: 14 and here he hath authority from the chief-priests to bind all who call themselves by thy name." 15 But the Lord said to him, "Go: for he is to me a chosen vessel, to bear my name before the gentiles, and kings, and the sons of Is
CH. IX. 1 NOW Saul, still breathing out threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high-priest, 2 and desired of him letters to the synagogues at Damascus; that if he found any of this religion, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 And, as he journeyed, he came near Damascus and suddenly a light from heaven shone round about him: 4 and falling upon the earth, he heard a voice saying to him,
* "So yɛved, ch. xiii. 36, is used for the race of men with whom David lived." Newcome.
rael; 16 for I will show him | tempted to join himself to the what things he must suffer on disciples: but they were all account of my name." 17 Then, afraid of him, not believing Ananias departed, and entered that he was a disciple. 27 Then into the house; and having put Barnabas took him and brought his hands on him, he said, "Bro-him to the apostles; and relatther Saul, the Lord hath sent ed to them how he had seen me, (even [Jesus,] who appeared the Lord on the road, who had to thee on the road as thou cam-spoken to him; and how est,) that thou mightest recover had spoken freely at Damasthy sight, and be filled with a cus in the name of Jesus. 28 holy spirit." 18 And immediate- And he consorted with them at ly, there fell from his eyes, as Jerusalem; 29 [and] spake it were, scales; and he recover- freely in the name of the Lord ed his sight, and arose, and was Jesus. And he talked and disbaptized. 19 And taking food, puted with the Hellenists; but he was strengthened. they tried to kill him: 30 which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him away to Tarsus.
Now he was some days with the disciples, that were at Damascus. 20 And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the son of God. 21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said, " Is not this he who destroyed those who call themselves after this name, in Jerusalem, and came hither for this purpose, that he might carry them bound to the chief-priests?" 22 But Saul increased more in strength, and perplexed the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this man is the Christ.
23 And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: 24 (but their lying in wait was known by Saul :) and they watched the gates day and night, that they might kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall, in a basket. 26 And coming to Jerusalem, he at
31 THEN the churches had quiet throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, being edified,and walking in the fear of the Lord; and they were filled with the comfort of the holy spirit.
32 AND it came to pass that, as Peter went through all parts, he came down to the saints also who dwelt at Lydda. 33 And there he met with a certain man named Eneas, who was sick with the palsy, and had kept his bed eight years. 34 And Peter said to him, "Eneas, Jesus the Christ, cureth thee: arise, and make thy bed." And he arose immediately. 35 And all who dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
36 NOW there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which, being interpreted into Greek, signifieth Dorcas,*
* Tabitha is a Syriac word, and Dorcas a Greek word, both signifying an antelope. The name here is expressive of beauty; as "antelopes are particularly remarkable for their beautiful eyes.” See Parkhurst.
this woman abounded in good, the day, an angel of God, who came in unto him, and said to him, "Cornelius." 4 Then he, looking stedfastly at him, and being afraid, said, “ What is it, Sir?" And he said to him, "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6 he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea-side." 7 And when the angel who had spoken to him was gone, he called two of [his] household servants, and a devout soldier of those who attended him; 8 and, having told them the whole matter, he sent them to Joppa.
works and in deeds of charity which she performed. 37 And it came to pass, in those days, that she was sick and died: so when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And as Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who had heard that Peter was there, sent to him [two men]; desiring him that he would not delay coming to them. 39 Then Peter arose, and went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper room and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the vests and mantles which Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter, having sent them all out, kneeled down, and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes: and, beholding Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and, having called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43 And it came to pass that he remained many days in Joppa with one Simon a tan
9 Now on the morrow, as they journeyed, and drew near to the city, Peter went up on the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 And he became very hungry, and wished to eat: but while they were making ready, he fell into a trance; 11 and saw heaven open, and somewhat descending like a great sheet, [bound together] by the four corners, [and] let down to the earth: 12 in which were all kinds of four-footed beasts [of the earth,] [and wild beasts,] and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, "Arise, Peter; slay and eat.” 14 But Peter said, " By no means, Lord: for I have never eaten any thing common or unclean." 15 And the voice spake to him again a second time, "What God hath cleansed, that regard thou not
CH. X. 1 NOW there was a certain man in Cesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of the band called Italian; 2 a devout man, and one who feared God with all his household; who likewise gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God continually 3 he saw in a vision clearly, about the ninth hour of
as common." 16 And this was done thrice: and the sheet was taken up [again] into heaven.
self also am a man." 99 27 And Peter went in, talking with him; and found many that were come 17 Now while Peter doubted together. 28 And he said to in himself what this vision them, "Ye know that it is unwhich he had seen might be, lawful for a Jew, to join himself, behold, the men who were sent or come near, to one of another from Cornelius had inquired nation: but God hath shown out Simon's house; and stood me that I should not call any before the porch, 18 and call-man common or unclean. 29 ed, and asked whether Simon, Wherefore I came to you also, who was surnamed Peter, lodg- when I was sent for, without ed there. 19 So while Peter gainsaying. I ask, therefore, thought intently on the vision, On what account have ye sent the spirit said to him, " Behold, for me?" 30 Then Cornelius [three] men seek thee. 20 Arise, said, "Four days ago I continutherefore, and go down, and de-ed fasting until this hour; and part with them, without scru-at the ninth [hour] I prayed ple: for I have sent them." 21 in my house and, behold, a Then Peter went down to the man stood before me in bright men; and said, "Behold, I am clothing, 31 and said, 'Cornehe whom ye seek: what is the lius, thy prayer is heard, and cause for which ye are come?" thine alms are had in remem22 And they said, "Cornelius brance before God. 32 Send a centurion, a righteous man, therefore to Joppa, and call and one who feareth God, and hither Simon, whose surname who is well spoken of among is Peter: he lodgeth in the all the nation of the Jews, was house of one Simon, a tanner, warned from God by a holy an- by the sea-side: [who, when he gel, to send for thee to his is come, will talk with thee].' house, and to hear thy words." | 33 Immediately therefore, I sent 23 Then Peter called them in, to thee; and thou hast done and lodged them. And on the well that thou art come. Now morrow he arose, and went with therefore we are all present bethem; and some of the breth- fore God, to hear all things ren from Joppa accompanied which God hath commanded him. 24 And on the morrow thee." after, they entered into Cesarea. Now Cornelius was expecting them; and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter entered in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and did him obeisance. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, "Rise: I my
34 Then Peter opening his mouth, said, " In truth I perceive that God is no respecter. of persons; 35 but in every nation, he who feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. 36 Ye know the doctrine which God sent to the sons of Israel, preaching
the glad tidings of peace by Je- | them speaking in different languages, and magnifying God. Then Peter said, 47" Can any man forbid water,that these who have received the holy spirit, should not be baptized, as well as we ?" 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. They then besought him to continue with *them some days.
sus Christ; (he is Lord of all); 37 even what was done throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with a holy spirit, and with power: who went about doing good, and curing all who were oppressed by the adversary; for God was with him. 39 And CH. XI. 1 NOW the aposwe are witnesses of all the tles, and the brethren that were things which he did, both in in Judea, heard that the gentiles the land of the Jews, and in also had received the word of Jerusalem; whom they even God. 2 And when Peter was killed, having hanged him on a come up to Jerusalem, those cross. 40 Him God raised up the who were of the circumcision third day; and showed him contended with him, 3 saying, openly, 41 not to all the people, "Thou didst go in unto men but to witnesses whom God uncircumcised, and didst eat chose before, even to us, who with them." 4 Then Peter beate and drank with him after he gan, and related the matter to rose from the dead. 42 And them in order, saying, 5 “ I God commanded that we should was praying in the city of Joppreach to the people, and tes-pa; and in a trance I saw a vi sion; something descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by the four corners : and it came near me. 6 Upon which, looking stedfastly, I observed, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 7 And I heard a voice, saying to me, 'Arise, Peter; slay and eat.' 8 But I said, By no means, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.' 9 Then the voice spake
44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the holy spirit fell on all those that heard the word. 45 And the believers of the circumcision, as many as came with Peter, were amazed, that on the gentiles also, the gift of the holy spirit was to me a second time from beapoured out: 46 for they heard ven, What God hath cleansed,
tify, that it is he whom God hath appointed to be the judge of the living and of the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness, that, through his name, whosoever believeth in him will receive remission of sins."
*Gr. Tou Siaboxov the devil, "who was supposed to inflict diseases and bodily infirmities. Luke xi. 16. All the diseased whom our Lord healed are said to have been oppressed by the devil.' Dr. Campbell. i. 191." Newcome.