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vickedness 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

CH. IX. 1 NOW Saul, still breathing out threats and slaugh-in, and put his hand on him, ter 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,

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 Je-
rusalem: 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-

*“So yɛve, 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 disciples: but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 Then Barnabas took him and brought

what things he must suffer on account of my name." 17 Then, Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and having put his hands on him, he said, "Bro-him to the apostles; and relatther Saul, the Lord hath sent me, (even [Jesus,] who appeared to thee on the road as thou camest,) that thou mightest recover thy sight, and be filled with a holy spirit." 18 And immediately, there fell from his eyes, as it were, scales; and he recovered his sight, and arose, and was baptized. 19 And taking food, he was strengthened.

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

ed to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, who had spoken to him; and how he had spoken freely at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 And he consorted with them at Jerusalem; 29 [and] spake freely in the name of the Lord Jesus. And he talked and disputed with the Hellenists; but they tried to kill him: 30 which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him away to Tarsus.

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

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 Jop. pa; and many believed in the Lord. 43 And it came to pass that he remained many days in Joppa with one Simon a tan


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

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.

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

as common." 16 And this was done thrice: and the sheet was taken up [again] into heaven.

." 27 And

self also am a man." 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 scruat 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, and lodged them. And on the morrow he arose, and went with them; and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And on the morrow 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

to thee; and thou hast done well that thou art come. Now therefore we are all present before God, to hear all things which God hath commanded thee."

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


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.

the glad tidings of peace by Jesus 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 we are witnesses of all the things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they even killed, having hanged him on a cross. 40 Him God raised up the third day; and showed him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses whom God chose before, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And God commanded that we should preach to the people, and tes-pa; and in a trance I saw a vitify, 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."

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 poured out: 46 for they heard

CH. XI. 1 NOW the apostles, and the brethren that were in Judea, heard that the gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him, 3 saying, "Thou didst go in unto men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them." 4 Then Peter began, and related the matter to them in order, saying, 5 “I was praying in the city of Jop

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 to me a second time from heaven, What God hath cleansed,

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* Gr. Tou fiaborou the devil, "who was supposed to inflict diseases and bodily infirmities. Luke xin. 16. All the diseased whom our Lord healed are said to have been oppressed by the devil.' Dr. Campbell. i. 191." Newcome.

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