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But ye denied the holy and
righteous one; and desired a
murderer to be granted to you;
15 and killed the Prince of life,
whom God hath raised from the
dead; of which we are witnes-
ses. 16 And his name, through
faith therein, hath strengthened
this man, whom ye see and
know yea, the faith, which
is through him, gave him this

determined to release him. 14 | all the prophets, from Samuel
and those who follow after, as
many as have spoken, have told
likewise of these days. 25 Ye
are the sons of the prophets,
and of the covenant which God
made with our fathers, saying,
to Abraham, And in thine
offspring all the families of the
earth shall be blessed.' 26 Un-
to you first, God, having rais-
ed up his servant, hath sent
perfect soundness in the pre-him to bless you, by turning
sence of you all. 17 And now, away every one of you from his
brethren, I know that through iniquities."
ignorance ye did it; as did also
your rulers. 18 But God hath
so fulfilled what he formerly
declared by the mouth of all
the prophets, That the Christ
would suffer death. 19 Reform
ye therefore, and be converted,
that your sins may be blotted
out, when the times of refresh-
ment shall come from the pre-
sence of the Lord; 20 and he
shall send Jesus Christ, that
was before appointed for you:
21 whom heaven must receive,
until the times of the restora-
tion of all things, concerning
which God hath spoken by the
mouth of his holy prophets
[from the commencement of that

22" Now Moses said [to the fathers], 'The Lord your God will raise up unto you, from your brethren, a prophet like me; to him ye shall hearken in all things, whatsoever he shall speak to you. 23 And it shall come to pass that every one who shall not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.' 24 Yea, and

CH. IV. 1 AND as the apostles were speaking to the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came suddenly upon them; 2 being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead: 3 and they laid hands on them, and put them in prison until the next day: for it was now evening. 4 (However, many of those who had heard the discourse, believed: and the number of the men was about five thousand).

5 And it came to pass, on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6 and Annas the high-priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the race of the high-priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And having set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?" 8 Then Peter, filled with a holy spirit, said to them, "Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 if

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they called them, and commanded [them] not to speak at all, nor teach, in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answering said to them, "Whether it be right, before God, to hearken 'to you more than to God, judge ye; 20 for we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."

we be examined this day concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made well;* 10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, but whom God raised from the dead, even by him, this man standeth here before you, 21 So having further threatrestored. 11 This is the stone ened them, they released them; which was despised by you not finding how they might builders; but which is become punish them, on account of the the head of the corner. 12 [Nor people; for all men glorified is there healingt by any other:] God because of that which had for there is no other name un- been done. 22 For the man der heaven given among men, on whom this miracle of healby which we can be healed."ting had been wrought, was more 13 Now observing the free than forty years old. speech of Peter and John, and perceiving that they were un-ed, they went to their own com

learned and common men, they wondered; and they recollected that they had been with Jesus. 14 And beholding the man that had been restored, standing with them, they had nothing to object. 15 But when they had commanded them to withdraw out of the council, they confer red amongst themselves, 16 saying, "What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a signal miracle hath been wrought by them, is manifest to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But, that it spread no further among the people, let us strictly threaten them that, henceforth, they speak to no man in this name." 18 And

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• Gr. σ:owσrai, hath been saved.

+ Gr. σwingia salvation.

23 AND having been releas

pany, and reported all that the chief-priests and elders had said to them. 24 Now, on hearing this, the company lifted up their voice to God, with one consent, and said; "O sovereign Lord, thou God, who madest heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things which are in them: 25 who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, 'Why did gentiles rage, and people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the land came up, and the rulers gathered themselves together, against the Lord, and against his anointed?' 27 For in truth, against thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both

Gr. ownval, be saved. These words, in ver. 12, evidently refer to σtowσral, ver. 9; and therefore should not be rendered salvation, and saved, as in the common version; but healing, and healed; so as to correspond with this sense of the word, ver. 9.

Herod and Pontius Pilate, with | brought the money, and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

CH. V. 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, [his] wife also being privy to it; and brought a certain part, and laid it at the feet of the apostles. 3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why hath the adversary filled thy heart to deceive the holy spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, was it not thine own? and, after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not only lied unto men, but unto God." 5 And Ananias, on hearing these words, fell down and expired. And great fear came on all those that heard [these things.] 6 and the younger disciples arising, they wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

the gentiles, and people of Israel, gathered themselves together, in this city; 28 to perform what thy hand and thy counsel had before appointed to be done. 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all freedom they may speak thy word; 30 by stretching forth thy hand to heal; and by the doing of signs and wonders through the name of thy holy servant Jesus." 31 And, on their praying, the place where they were assembled together, was shaken; and they were all filled with a holy spirit, and spake the word of God with freedom.

32 AND the multitude of believers were in heart and soul, one: nor did any one say that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and there was great favor towards them all. 34 Nor was any one among them in want: for as many as were possessors of lands, or houses, sold them, and brought the value of the things which were sold, 35 and laid it down at the feet of the apostles: and distribution was made to every one, according as he had need.

36 And Joses, who, by the apostles, was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation) a Levite, and a native of Cyprus, 37 having a field, sold it; and

7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what had been done, came in. 8 And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much." And she said, 66 Yes, for so much." 9 Then Peter said to her, "How is it that ye have agreed together to try the spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those that have buried thy husband are at the door, and they will carry thee out." Then she immediately fell down at his feet, and expired. And the young men coming in, they found her dead; and, having


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by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

carried her out, they buried her | priest came, and those that were with him, and called together the council, and all the senate of the sons of Israel; and sent to the prison, that the apostles might be brought. 22 But when the officers came, they found them not in the prison: and returning, they told, 23 saying, "The prison indeed we found shut with all safety, and the keepers standing before the doors: but having opened them, we found no one within."

12 Now they were all with one consent in Solomon's porch: 13 and after this no one dared to meddle with them; but the people esteemed them: 14 (and believers in the Lord were continually added more and more, multitudes of both men and women):* and by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were wrought among the people: 15 so that they brought forth the sick throughout the streets, and laid them on beds and couches; that even the shadow of Peter, as he went along, might fall upon some of them. 16 A multitude likewise, out of the cities, round about, came [to] Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those that were afflicted by impure spirits: and they were all cured.

24 Now, when the high-priest, and the captain of the temple, and the chief-priest heard these words, they doubted concerning them, how this matter could be. 25 Then one came and told them " Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people." 26 Then the captain went, together with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 27 And having brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, "Did [not] we strictly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have

17 THEN the high-priest rose up, and all those who were with him (being the sect of the Sadducees) and were filled with indignation; 18 and laid [their] hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But an angel of the Lord open-filled Jerusalem with your doced the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, 20" Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." 21 And having heard this, they entered into the temple, early in the morn-up Jesus; whom ye killed, having, and taught. Then the high- ing hanged him on a cross: 31

trine, and seek to bring this man's blood upon us." 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answering, said, "We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised

The construction of Wakefield is here followed; in which, by transposing the first clause of the 12th verse, the sense is rendered plain and regular. See his note on the place.

him God hath exalted to his right hand; to be a leader and a saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are [his] witnesses of these things; and so is the holy spirit [also,] which God hath given to those that obey him."

40 And they were persuaded by him: and having called the apostles, they beat them, and commanded, that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and released them. 41 So they departed from the presence of the council; rejoicing that they were thought worthy to be shamefully treated for the name of Jesus. 42 And daily, in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach, and to preach the glad tidings, that Jesus is the Christ.

CH. VI. 1 NOW in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were overlooked in the daily ministration of alms. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them, and said, "It is not reasonable that we should leave the word of God, and attend on tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out from among you seven men of good report, full of the spirit, and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this business. 4 But we will stedfastly continue in prayer, and in the ministry of the word."

33 And having heard this, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to kill them. 34 Then there stood up in the council a certain Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, held in honour among all the people, and commanded to send the apostles out for a short time; 35 and said to them, "Ye men of Israel, take heed to your selves concerning these men, what ye intend to do. 36 For, before these days, Theudas rose up, boasting himself to be some great one; to whom a number, of about four hundred men, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered and came to nought. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up, in the days of the enrolment, and drew away [many] people after him and he also perished and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. 38 And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them go on for if [this] counsel, or this work, be of men, it will be overthrown: 39 but if it be of God, ye can-canor, and Timon, and Parmenot overthrow it: beware also nas, and Nicolas a proselyte of lest ye be found even to con- Antioch; 6 whom they set before tend against God." the apostles: and when these

5 And the words pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith, and a holy spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Ni

"Proselytes to the Jewish religion. Or, rather, foreign Grecizing Jews. See John vii. 35. ch. ix. 29. Syr. and ch. xi. 20." Newcome,

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