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The lame man restored. CHAP. III, IV. Peter and John imprisoned. accord in the temple, and breaking bread). 17 And now, brethren, Iwot that through from house to house, did eat their meat ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. with gladness and singleness of heart, 18 But those things which God before

47 Praising God, and having favour with had shewed by the mouth of all his proall the people. And the Lord added to phets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so the church daily such as should be saved. fulfilled. CHAP. III.

19 T Repent ye therefore, and be conTOW Peter and John went up together verted, that your sins may be blotted out,

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from the presence of the Lord; 2 And a certain man lame from his mo- 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which ther's womb was carried, whom they laid before was preached unto you: daily at the gate of the temple which is 21 Whom the heaven must receive, until called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that the times of restitution of all things, which entered into the temple;

God hath spoken by the mouth of all his 3 Who, seeing Peter and John about to holy prophets, since the world began. go into the temple, asked an alms.

22 For Moses truly said unto the fa4 And Peter fastening his eyes upon him thers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God with John, said, Look on us.

raise up unto you, of your brethren, like 5 And he gave heed unto them, expect- unto me; him shall ye hear in all things, ing to receive something of them. whatsoever he shall say unto you.

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold 23 And it shall come to pass, have I none; but such as I have give I soul which will not hear that Prophet, shall thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Na- be destroyed from among the people. zareth, rise up and walk.

24 Yea, and all the prophets from Sa7 And he took him by the right hand, muel, and those that follow after, as many and lifted him up: and immediately his as have spoken, have likewise foretold of feet and ancle-bones received strength. these days.

8 And he,leaping up,stood, and walked, 25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and entered with them into the temple, and of the covenant which God made walking, and leaping, and praising God.' with our fathers, saying unto Abraham,

9 And all the people saw him walking And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of and praising God:

the earth be blessed. 10 And they knew that it was he which 26 Unto you first, God having raised up sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in temple: and they were filled with wonder turning away every one of you from his and amazement at that which had happen- iniquities. ed unto him.

CHAP. IV. 11 And as the lame man which was ND as they spake unto the people, healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch temple, and the Sadduceescame upon them, ihatis called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 2 Being grieved that they taught the

12 | And when Peter saw it, he an- people, and preached through Jesus the swered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, resurrection from the dead. why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so 3 And they laid hands on them, and put earnestly on us, as though by our own them in hold unto the next day: for it was power or holiness we had made this man now even-tide. to walk?

4 Howbeit, many of them which heard 13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, the word, believed ; and the number of and of Jacob, the God of our fathers hath the men was about five thousand. glorified his Son Jesus ; whom ye deliver- 5 | And it came to pass on the morrow, ed up, and denied him in the presence of that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, Pilate, when he was determined to let 6 And Annas the high priest, and Cai

aphas, and John, and Alexander, and as 14 But ye denied the Holy One, and many as were of the kindred of the high the Just, and desired a murderer to be priest, were gathered togetheratJerusalein. granted unto you;

7 And when they had set them in the 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom midst, they asked, By what power, or by God hath raised from the dead ; whereof what name have ye done this? we are witnesses.

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy 16 And his name, through faith in his Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the name, hath made this man strong, whom people, and elders of Israel, ye see and know: yea, the faith which is 9 If we this day be examined of the by him, hath given him this perfect sound- good deed done to the impotent man, by ness in the presence of you all. wbat means he is made whole ;

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Ananias and Sapphira. 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all, 27 For of a truth against thy boly child the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye cruci- Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Genfied, whom God raised from the dead, even tiles, and the people of Israel, were gaby him doth this man stand here before thered together,

28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and 11 This is the stone which was set at thy counsel determined before to be doce. nought of you builders, which is become 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatthe head of the corner.

enings; and grant unto thy servants, that 12 Neither is there salvation in any with all boldness they may speak thy word, other: for there is none other name under 30 By stretching forth 'thy hand to heaven given among men, whereby we heal; and that signs and wonders may be must be saved.

done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 13 | Now, when they saw the boldness 31 | And when they had prayed, the of Peter and John, and perceived that they place was shaken where they were assenwere unlearned and ignorant men, they bled together; and they were all filed marvelled; and they took knowledge of with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the them, that they had been with Jesus. word of God with boldness.

14 And beholding the man which was 32 And the multitude of them that behealed standing with them, they could say lieved were of one heart, and of one soul : nothing against it.

neither said any of them that aught of the 15 But when they had commanded them things which he possessed was his own; to go aside out of the council, they con- but they had all things common. ferred among themselves,

33 Ånd with great power gave the 16 Saying, What shall we do to these apostles witness of the resurrection of the men? for that indeed a notable miracle Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon hath been done by them is manifest to all them all. them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we 34 Neither was there any among them cannot deny it.

that lacked: for as many as were posses: 17 But that it spread no further among sors of lands or houses sold them, and the people, let us straitly threaten them, brought the prices of the things that were that they speak henceforth to no man in sold, this name.

35 And laid them down at the apostles' 18. And they called them, and com- feet: and distribution was made unto every manded them not to speak at all, nor teach man according as he had need. in the name of Jesus.

36 And Joses, who by the apostles was 19 But Peter and John answered and surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being insaid unto them, Whether it be right in the terpreted, The son of consolation,) a Lesight of God to hearken unto you more vite, and of the country of Cyprus, than unto God, judge ye.

37 Having land, sold it, and brought the 20 For we cannot but speak the things money, and laid it at the apostles' leet. which we have seen and heard.

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a how they might punish them, because of session, the people: for all men glorified God for 2 And kept back part of the price, (his that which was done.

wife also being privy to it,) and brought a 22 For the man was above forty years certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. old on whom this miracle of healing was 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath shewed.

Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy 23 | And being let go, they went to Ghost, and to keep back part of the price their own company, and reported all that of the land? the chief priests and elders had said unto 4 While it remained, was it not thine them.

own ? and after it was sold, was it not in 24 And when they heard that, they thine own power? why hast thou conceived lifted up their voice to God with one ac- this thing in thy heart? thou hast not lied cord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which unto men, but unto God. hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, 5 And Ananias hearing these words, fell and all that in them is ;

down, and gave up the ghost. And great 25 Who, by the mouth of thy servant fearcame on all them that heard these things. David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, 6 And the young men arose, wound him and the people imagine vain things ? up, and carried him out, and buried him.

26 The kings of the earth stood up, and 7 And it was about the space of three the rulers were gathered together against hours after, when his wife, not knowing the Lord, and against his Christ. what was done, came in.

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8 And Peter answered unto her, Telll. 25 Then came one and told them, sayme whether

ye sold the land for so much? ing, Behold, the men whom ye put in And she said, Yea, for so much.

prison are standing in the temple, and 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it teaching the people. that ye have agreed together to tempt the 26 Then went the captain with the Spirit of the Lord? behold the feet of them officers, and brought them without viowhich have buried thy husband are at the lence: for they feared the people, lest door, and shall carry thee out.

they should have been stoned. 10 Then fell she down straightway at 27 And when they had brought them, his feet, and yielded up the ghost. And they set them before the council: and the the young men came in, and found herdead, high priest asked them, and carrying her forth, buried her by her 28 Saying, Did not we straitly command husband.

should not teach in this name? 11 And great fear came upon all the and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with church, and upon as many as heard these your doctrine, and intend to bring this things.

man's blood upon us. 12 | And by the hands of the apostles 29 Then Peter and the other apostles were many signs and wonders wrought answered and said, We ought to obey God among the people; (and they were all with rather than men. one accord in Solomon's porch.

30 The God of our fathers raised up Je13 And of the rest durst po man join sus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree: bimself to them: but the people magnified 31 Him hath God exalted with his right them.

hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to 14 And believers were the more added give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness to the Lord, multitudes both of men and of sins. women;)

32 And we are his witnesses of these 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom sick into the streets, and laid them on beds God bath given to them that obey him. and couches, that at the least the shadow 33 | When they heard that, they were of Peter passing by might overshadow cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay some of them.

them. 16 There came also a multitude out of 34 Then stood there up one in the counthe cities round about unto Jerusalem, cil, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor bringing sick folks, and them which were of the law, had in reputation among all the vexed with unclean spirits; and they were people, and commanded to put the apostles healed every one.

forth a little space ; 17 | Then the high priest rose up, and 35 And said unto them, Ye men of Isall they that were with him, (which is the rael, take heed to yourselves what ye sect of the Sadducees, and were filled with intend to do as touching these men: indignation,

36 For before these days rose up Theu18 And laid their hands on the apostles, das, boasting himself to be somebody; to and put them in the common prison. whom a number of men, about four hun

19 But the angel of the Lord by night dred, joined themselves: who was slain; opened the prison-doors, and brought them and all, as many as obeyed him, were forth, and said,

scattered, and brought to nought. 20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to 37 After this man rose up Judas of Gathe people all the words of this life. lilee, in the days of the taxing, and drew

21 And when they heard that, they en- away much people after him: he also pertered into the temple early in the morning, lished ; and all, even as many as obeyed and taught. But the high priest came, him, were dispersed. and they that were with him, and called 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain the council together, and all the senate of from these men, and let them alone : for if the children of Israel, and sent to the this counsel or this work be of men, it will prison to have them brought.

come to nought : 22 But when the officers came, and found 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthem not in the prison, they returned, and throw it; lest haply ye be found even to told,

fight against God. 23 Saying, The prison truly found we 40 And to him they agreed: and when slut with all safety, and the keepers stand- they had called the apostles, and beaten ing without before the doors : but when we thein, they commanded that they should not had opened, we found no man within. speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

24 Now, when the high priest, and the 41 | And they departed from the precaptain of the temple, and the chief priests sence of the council, rejoicing that they heard these things, they doubted of them were counted worthy to suffer shame for wbereunto this would grow.

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Stephen falsely accused: THE ACTS. His answer in his defeace.

42 And daily in the temple, and insunto our father Abraham when he was in every house, they ceased not to teach and Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, preach Jesus Christ.

3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy CHAP. VI.

country, and from thy kindred, and come ANP eine this op days, when thiea meer into the landa mbine Oshal the weather arose a murmuring of the Grecians against Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charran. And the Hebrews, because their widows were from thence, when his father was dead, he neglected in the daily ministration. removed him into this land wherein ye

2 Then the twelve called the multitude now dwell. of the disciples unto them, and said, It is 5 And he gave him none inheritance in not reason that we should leave the word it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet of God, and serve tables.

he promised that he would give it to him 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out for a possession, and to his seed after him, among you seven men of honest report, full when as yet he had no child. of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we 6 And God spake on this wise, That may appoint over this business.

his seed should sojourn in a strange land; 4 But we will give ourselves continually and that they should bring them into bondto prayer, and to the ministry of the word. age, and entreat them evil four hundred

5 | And the saying pleased the whole years. multitude : and they chose Stephen, a man 7 And the nation to whom they shall be full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and in bondage will I judge, said God: and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and after that shall they come forth, and serve Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a me in this place. proselyte of Antioch,

8 And he gave him the covenant of 6 Whom they set before the apostles : circumcision. And so Abraham begat and when they had prayed, they laid their Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth hands on them.

day; and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob 7 And the word of God increased; and begat the twelve patriarchs. the number of the disciples multiplied in 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, Jerusalem greatly; and a great company sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with of the priests were obedient to the faith. him,

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, 10 And delivered him out of all his af. did great wonders and miracles among the fictions, and gave him favour and wisdom people.

in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and 9 T Then there arose certain of the he made him governor over Egypt, and all synagogue, which is called the synagogue his house. of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and 11 Now there came a deartb over all Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia, and the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great of Asia, disputing with Stephen. affliction; and our fathers found no sus

10 And they were not able to resist the tenance. wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was

11 Then they suborned men, which said, corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. We have heard him speak blasphemous 13 And at the second time Joseph was words against Moses, and against God. made known to his brethren: and Joseph's

12 And they stirred up the people, and kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. the elders, and the scribes, and came upon 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his him, and caught him, and brought him io father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, the council,

threescore and fifteen souls. 13 And set up false witnesses, which 15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, said, This man ceaseth not to speak blas- and died, he, and our fathers, phemous words against this holy place, 16 And were carried over into Sychem, and the law :

and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham 14 For we have heard him say, that this bought for a sum of money of the sons of Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, Emmor,the father of Sychem. and shall change the customs which Moses 17 But when the time of the promise delivered us.

drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abra15 And all that sat in the council, look- ham, the people grew and multiplied in ing steadfastly on bim, saw his face as it Egypt, had been the face of an angel.

18 Till another king arose, which knew CHAP. VII.

not Joseph. WHEN said the high priest, Are these 19 The same dealt subtilely with our things so?

kindred, and evil-entreated our fathers, so 2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fa- that they cast out their young children, to thers, hearken; The God of glory appeared the end they might not live.

Stephen declares the
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history of Israel. 20 In which time Moses was born, and 38 This is he, that was in the church in was exceeding fair, and nourished up in the wilderness with the angel which spake his father's house three months:

to him in the mount Sina, and with our 21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's fathers: who received the lively oracles daughter took him up, and nourished him to give unto us: for her own son.

39 To whom our fathers would not 22 And Moses was learned in all the obey, but thrust him from them, and in wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty their hearts turned back again into Egypt, in words and in deeds.

40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to 23 And when he was full forty years go before us: for as for this Moses, which old, it came into his heart to visit his brought us out of the land of Egypt, we brethren the children of Israel.

wot not what is become of him. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, 41 And they made a calf in those days, he defended him, and avenged him that and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rewas oppressed, and smote the Egyptian :joiced in the works of their own hands.

25 For he supposed bis brethren would 42 Then God turned, and gave them up have understood how that God by his to worship the host of heaven; as it is hand would deliver them: but they un- written in the book of the prophets, Oye derstood not.

house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain 26 And the next day he shewed himself beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty unto them as they strove, and would have years in the wilderness? set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye 43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of are brethren; why do ye wrong one to an- Moloch, and the star of your god Remother?

phan, figures which ye made to worship 27 But he that did his neighbour wrong, them: and I will carry you away beyond thrust him away, saying, Who made thee Babylon. a ruler and a judge over us?

44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst the witness in the wilderness, as he had apEgyptian yesterday?

pointed, speaking unto Moses, that he 29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and should make it according to the fashion was a stranger in the land of Madian, where that he had seen. he begat two sons.

45 Which also our fathers, that came 30 And when forty years were expired, after, brought in with Jesus into the posthere appeared to him in the wilderness of session of the Gentiles, whom God drave mount Sina, an angel of the Lord in a out before the face of our fathers, unto the flame of fire in a bush.

days of David; 31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at 46 Who found favour before God, and the sight; and as he drew near to behold desired to find a tabernacle for the God of it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, Jacob.

32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, 47 But Solomon built him a house. the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, 48 Howbeit, the Most High dwelleth and the God of Jacob. Then Moses not in temples made with hands; as saith trembled, and durst not behold.

the prophet, 33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off 49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is thy shoes from thy feet; for the place my footstool : what house will ye build where thon standest is holy ground. me? saith the Lord: or what is the place

34 I have seen, I have seen the afflic-of my rest? tion of my people which is in Egypt, and 50 Hath not my hand made all these I have heard their groaning, and am come things? down to deliver them. And now come, I 51 | Ye stiff-necked, and uncircumwill send thee into Egypt.

cised in heart and ears, ye do always re35 This Moses, whom they refused, sist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a so do ye. judge the same did God send to be a 52 Which of the prophets have not your ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the fathers persecuted and they have slain angel which appeared to him in the bush. them which shewed before of the coming

36 He brought them out, after that he of the Just One; of whom ye have been had shewed wonders and signs in the land now the betrayers and murderers; of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the 53 Who have received the law by the wilderness forty years.

disposition of angels, and have not kept it. 37 | This is that Moses, which said 54 T When they heard these things, unto the children of Israel, A Prophet shall they were cut to the heart, and they gnashthe Lord your God raise up unto you ofied on him with their teeth. your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, bear.

looked up steadfastly into heaven, and

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