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The history of

Chap. vii.

Israel continued. tians, and was mighty in words voice of the Lord came unto and in deeds.

him, 23 And when he was full * 32 Saying, I am the God of forty years old, it came into thy fathers, the God of Abrahis heart to visit his brethren ham, and the God of Isaac, & the children of Israel.

the God of Jacob. Then Moses 24 And seeing one of them trembled, and durst not behold. suffer wrong, he defended him,

33 Then said the Lord to and avenged him that was him, Put off thy shoes from thy oppressed, and smote the E- feet; for the place where thou syptian :

standest is holy ground. 23 For he supposed his

34 I have seen, I have seen brethren would have under the affliction of my people stood, how that God by his which is in Egypt, and I have hand would deliver them ; but heard their groaning, and am they understood not.

come down to deliver them. 26 And the next day he And now, come, I will send shewed himself unto them as

thee into Egypt. they strove, and would have 35 This Moses whom they

them at one again,d saying, refused, saying, Who made Sirs, ye are brethren; why do thee a ruler and a judge ? the ye wrong one to another? same did God send to be a ru

27 But he that did his neigh- ler and a deliverer by the hand bour wrong thrust him away, of the angel which appeared saying, Who made thee a ru- to him in the bush. ler and a judge over us?

36 He brought them out, 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou after that he shewed wonders killedst the Egyptian yester- and signs in the land of Egypt, day?

and in the Red sea, and in the 29 Then fled Moses at this wilderness forty years. saying, and was a stranger in 37 T This is that Moses, the land of Madian, where he which said unto the children begat two sons.

of Israel, A Prophet shall the 30 And when forty years

God raise up unto were expired, there appeared you of your brethren, like unto to him, in the wilderness of me; him shall mount Sina, an angel of the

Lord
your

38 This is he that was in Lord in a flame of fire in a the church in the wilderness bush.

with the angel, which spake 31 When Moses saw it, he to him in the mount Sina, and wondered at the sight; and, as with our fathers; who receivhe drew near to behold it, the ed the lively oracles to give d Set them at one again, would have

unto us : pacified and made them friends, 39 To whom our fathers

ye hear.

me

The history of

Acts.

Israel ended. would not obey, but thrust him Jesus h into the possession of from then, and in their hearts the Gentiles, whom God drave turned back again into Egypt, out before the face of our fa

40 Saying unto Aaron, Make thers, unto the days of David; us gods to go before us; for as 46 Who found favour befor this Moses, which brought fore God, and desired to find a us out of the land of Egypt, we tabernacle for the God of Jawote not what is become of cob. him.

47 But Solomon built him 41 And they made a calf in an house. those days, and offered sacri- 48 Howbeit, the Most High fice unto the idol, and rejoiced dwelleth not in temples made in the works of their own with hands; as saith the prolands.

phet, 42 Then God turned, and 49 Heaven is my throne, gave them up to worship the and earth is my footstool, what host of heaven; as it is written house will ye

build ? saith in the book of the prophets, f the Lord; or, what is the O ye house of Israel, have ye place of my rest ? offered to me slain beasts and 50 Hath not my hand made sacrifices by the space of forty all these things ? years in the wilderness :

51 [ Ye stiff-necked, and 43 Yea, ye

took

up

the tab- uneircumcised in heart and ernacle of Moloch, and the star ears, ye do always resist the of your god Remphan, figures Holy Ghost; as your fathers which ye made to worship did, so do ye. them; and I will carry you

52 Which of the prophets away beyond Babylon. have not your fathers perse

44 Our fathers had the tal- cuted ? and they have slain ernacle of witness in the wil- them, which shewed before of derness, as he had appointed, the coming of the just One; of speaking unto Moses, that he whom ye have been now the should make it according to betrayers and murderers: the fashion, that he had seen: 53 Who have received the

45. Which also our fathers law by the disposition of anthat came after brought in with gels,i and have not kept it.

5+ I When they heard Wat not,

know not. of Book of the prophets, see Amos v. b Jesus in this place means Joshua, 25-27.

who led the children of Israel into & Tabernacle of witness or testimo- the possession of the Land of Canaan. ny, so called because in it were de- Jesus and Joshua, in the original, are : posited the laws of God, and because the same. it testified God's peculiar presence

i.Disposition of angels. Amidst ranks with the Hebrews.

of attendant and worshipping angels. Stephen stoned to deain. Chiap. viii. The church in Samaria, these things, they were cut to dea and Samaria, except the the heart, and they gnashed apostles. on him with their teeth.

2 And devout men carried 55 But he, being full of the Stephen to his burial, & made Holy Ghost, looked up sted- great lamentation over him. fastly into heaven, and saw the 3 As for Saul, he made glory of God, and Jesus stand- havock of the church, entering ing on the right hand of God, into every house, and haling b

56 And said, Behold, I see men and women, committed the heavens opened, and the them to prison. Son of man standing on the 4 Therefore they that were right hand of God.

scattered abroad went every 57 Then they cried out with where preaching the word. a loud voice, and stopped their 5 Then Philip went down ears, and ran upon him with to the city of Samaria,c and one accord,

preached Christ unto them. 58 And cast him out of the 6 And the people with one city, and stoned him; and the accord gave heed unto those witnesses laid down their things, which Philip spake, clothes at a young man's feet, hearing and seeing the mirawhose name was Saul.

cles which he did. 59 And they stoned Ste- ry For unclean spirits, cryphen, calling upon God, and ing with loud voice, came out saying, Lord Jesus, receive my of many, that were possessed spirit.

with them ; and many taken 60 And he kneeled down, with palsies, and that were and cried with a loud voice, lame, were healed. Lord, lay not this sin to their 8 And there was great joy charge. And when he had in that city. said this, he feel asleep.

b Haling, seizing and dragging. CHAP. VIII.

c Samaria, capital city of the coun. 1 The church planted in Sa- try of the same name, which was maria by Philip: 26 he bap- of the ten tribes. After the king of

the residence of the Ephraimites, or tizeth the Ethiopian eunuch. Assyria had conquered and removed

AND Saul a was consenting the Israelites into captivity, he reunto his death. And at that peopled the country from Babylon & time there was a great perse- other places ; & sent a Jewish priest cution against the church to teach them. Their religion there. which was at Jerusalem; and fore became a compound of Judaism

and idolatry, and the people at they were all scattered abroad

length pretended to deduce their orthroughout the regions of Ju- igin from the patriarchs. Hence the

a Saul, the same who is hereafter saying of the Samaritan woman, John called Paul.

iv. 20, on which see note d.

one:

re

Of Simon the sorcerer. Acts.

Of Philip and 9 But there was a certain 18 And when Simon saw, man, called Simon, which be- that through laying on of the foretime in the same city used apostles' hands, the Holy sorcery,d and bewitched the Ghost was given, he offered people of Samaria, giving out, them money, that himself was some great

19 Saying, Give me also this

power, that on whomso10 To whom they all gave

ever I lay hands, he

may heed, from the least to the ceive the Holy Ghost. greatest, saying, This man is 20 But Peter said unto him, the great power of God.

Thy money perish with thee; 11 And to him they had re- because thou

hast thought that gard, because that of long time the gift of God may be purhe had bewitched them with

chased with money. sorceries.

21 Thou hast neither part 12 But when they believed nor lot in this matter; for thy Philip preaching the things heart is not right in the sight concerning the kingdom of of God. God, and the name of Jesus 22 Repent, therefore, of this Christ, they were baptized, thy wickedness, and pray God, both men and women.

if perhaps the thought of thine 13 Then Simon himself be- heart may be forgiven thee. lieved also; and when he was 23 For I perceive that thou baptized, he continued with art in the gall of bitterness, Philip, and wondered, behold- and in the bond of iniquity. ing the miracles and signs 24 Then answered Simon, which were done.

and said, Pray ye to the Lord 14 Now when the

apos

that none of these tles, which were at Jerusalem, things, which ye have spoken, heard that Samaria had re

come upon me. ceived the word of God, they 25 And they, when they sent unto them Peter and John: had testified and preached the

15 Who, when they were word of the Lord, returned to come down, prayed for them, Jerusalem, and preached the that they might receive the Gospel in many villages of the Holy Ghost.

Samaritans. 16 (For as yet he was fal. 26 9 And the angel of the len upon none of them; only Lord spake unto Philip, say: they were baptized in the name ing, Arise, and go

toward the of the Lord Jesus.)

that 17 Then laid they their hands eth down from Jerusalem unto on them, and they received the Gaza, which is desert. Holy Ghost.

south, unto the

way,

27 And he arose and went; d Sorcery, magis or enchantment. and, behold, a man of Ethio

for me,

the eunuch.

Chap. ix.

The eunuch baptized. pia, an eunuch of great author- 36 And as they went on ity under Candace queen of their way, they came unto a certhe Ethiopians, who had the tain water; and the eunuch charge of all her treasure, and said, See, here is water; what had come to Jerusalem for to doth hinder me to be baptized ? worship,

37 And Philip said, If thou 28 Was returning, and, sit- believest with all thine heart, ting in his chariot, read Esaias thou mayest. And he answerthe prophet.

ed, and said, I believe that Je29 Then the spirit said unto sus Christ is the Son of God. Philip, Go near, and join thy- 38 And he commanded the self to this chariot.

chariot to stand still; and they 30 And Philip ran thither went down both into the water, to him, and heard him read the both Philip and the eunuch; prophet Esaias, and said, Un- and he baptized him. derstandest thou what thou 39 And when they were readest :

come up out of the water, the 31 And he said, How can I, Spirit of the Lord caught away except some man should guide Philip, that the eunuch saw me? And he desired Philip him no more; and he went on that he would come up and sit his way rejoicing. with him.

40 But Philip was found at 32 The place of the scrip- Azotus; and, passing through, ture which he read was this; he preached in all the cities, He was led as a sheep to the till he came to Cesarea.f slaughter ;e and, like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so

CHAP. IX.' opened he not his mouth : 1 Saul, going toward Damas

33 In his humiliation his cus, is called to the apostlejudgment was taken away; and ship ; 18 is baptized by Anwho shall declare his genera

anias, 20 and boldly preachtion ? for his life is taken from

eth Christ. the earth.

AND Saul, yet breathing 34 And the eunuch answer- out threatenings and slaughter ed Philip, and said, I pray against the disciples of the thee, of whom speaketh the

of Cæsarea (of Palæstine) one of the prophet this? of himself, or of principal cities of Samaria, situated some other man?

on the coast of of the Mediterranean 35 Then Philip opened his sea ; about 52 miles and a little to mouth, and began at the same

the west of north from Jerusalem, scripture, and preached unto

Here Herod Agrippa was smitten him Jesus.

with a fatal disease ; here Cornelius

and Philip resided, and here Paul e He was led, &c. See Isaiah, liii. was confined two years before he

was sent to Rome.

7,8.

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