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determined to release him. 14 | all the prophets, from Samuel But ye denied the holy and and those who follow after, as righteous one; and desired a many as have spoken, have told murderer to be granted to you; likewise of these days. 25 Ye 15 and killed the Prince of life, are the sons of the prophets, whom God hath raised from the and of the covenant which God dead; of which we are witnes- made with our fathers, saying, ses. 16 And his name, through to Abraham, And in thine faith therein, hath strengthened offspring all the families of the this man, whom ye see and earth shall be blessed.' 26 Unknow : yea, the faith, which to you first, God, having raisis through him, gave him this 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 Ch. IV. 1 And as the apostles your rulers. 18 But God hath were speaking to the people, so fulfilled what he formerly the priests, and the captain of declared by the mouth of all the temple, and the Sadducees, the prophets, That the Christ came suddenly upon them; 2 would suffer death. 19 Reform being grieved that they taught ye therefore, and be converted, the people, and preached that your sins may be blotted through Jesus the resurrection out, when the times of refresh- from the dead : 3 and they laid ment shall come from the pre- hands on them, and put them sence of the Lord; 20 and he in prison until the next day : for shall send Jesus Christ, that it was now evening. 4 (Howwas before appointed for you : ever, many of those who had 21 whom heaven must receive, heard the discourse, believed: until the times of the restora. and the number of the men was tion of all things, concerning about five thousand). which God hath spoken by the 5 And it came to pass, on the mouth of his holy prophetsmorrow, that their rulers, and [from the commencement of that elders, and scribes, 6 and An.

nas the high-priest, and Caia22 « Now Moses said (to the phas, and John, and Alexander, fathers), • The Lord your God and as many as were of the will raise up unto you, from race of the high-priest, were your brethren, a prophet like gathered together at Jerusalem. me; to him ye shall hearken 7 And having set them in the in all things, whatsoever he midst, they asked, “By what shall speak to you. 23 And it power, or by what name, have shall come to pass that every ye done this?” 8 Then Peter, one who shall not hear that filled with a holy spirit, said to. prophet, shall be destroyed from them, “ Ye rulers of the peoamong the people. 24 Yea, and ple, and elders of Israel, 9 if

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we be examined this day con- / they called them, and commanda cerning the good deed done to ed (them) not to speak at all, the infirm man, by what means nor teach, in the name of Jesus. he hath been made well;* 1019 But Peter and John answerbe it known to you all, and to ling said to them, “ Whether it all the people of Israel, that by be right, before God, to heark. the name of Jesus Christ of en "to you more than to God, Nazareth, whom ye crucified, judge ye; 20 for we cannot but but whom God raised from speak the things which we have the dead, even by him, this seen and heard.” 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.”+ ing had been wrought, was more

13 Now observing the free than forty years old. speech of Peter and John, and 23 And having been releasperceiving that they were un- ed, they went to their own comlearned and common men, they pany, and reported all that the wondered ; and they recollect-chief-priests and elders had ed that they had been with Je said to them. 24 Now, on hearsus. 14 And beholding the man ing this, the company lifted up that had been restored, standing their voice to God, with one with them, they had nothing to consent, and said; “ O soveobject. 15 But when they had reign Lord, thou God, who commanded them to withdraw madest heaven, and earth, and out of the council, they confer- ! the sea, and all things which red amongst themselves, 16 are in them: 25 who by the saying, “ What shall we do to mouth of thy servant David these men? for that indeed a sig. hast said, "Why did gentiles nal miracle hath been wrought rage, and people imagine vain by them, is manifesi to all who things ? 26 The kings of the dwell in Jerusalem, and we can- land came up, and the rulers not deny it. 17 But, that it spread gathered themselves together, no further among the people, against the Lord, and against let us strictly threaten them his anointed ?" 27 For in truth, that, henceforth, they speak to against thy holy servant Jesus, no man in this name.” 18 And I whom thou hast anointed, both

Gr. TEOWOTAI, hath been saved. + Gr. Wangsa salvation.

Gr. ownvai, be saved. These words, in ver. 12, evidently refer to OFWotal, 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 the gentiles, and people of Is- at the feet of the apostles. rael, gathered themselves to- Ch. V. 1 But a certain man gether, in this city ; 28 to per named Ananias, With Sapphira form what thy hand and thy his wife, sold a possession, 2 and counsel had before appointed kept back part of the price, to be done. 29 And now, Lord, [his] wife also being privy to it; behold their threatenings : and and brought a certain part, and grant unto thy servants, that laid it at the feet of the apostles. with all freedom they may speak 3 But Peter said, “ Ananias, thy word; 30 by stretching why hath the adversary filled forth thy hand to heal; and by thy heart to deceive the holy the doing of signs and wonders spirit, and to keep back part of through the name of thy holy the price of the land ? 4 While servant Jesus." 31 And, on their it remained, was it not thine praying, the place where they own ? and, after it was sold, was were assembled together, was it not in thine own power? Why shaken; and they were all filled hast thou conceived this thing with a holy spirit, and spake in thy heart? Thou hast not the word of God with freedom. only lied unto men, but unto

32 And the multitude of be- God.” 5 And Ananias, on hearlievers were in heart and soul, ing these words, fell down and one: nor did any one say that expired. And great fear came aught of the things which he on all those that heard these possessed was his own; but things.] 6 and the younger disthey had all things common. 33 ciples arising, they wound him And with great power the apos- up, and carried him out, and tles gave witness of the resur- buried him. rection of the Lord Jesus: and 17 And it was about the space there was great favor towards of three hours after, when his them all. 34 Nor was any one wife, not knowing what had among them in want : for as been done, came in. 8 And many as were possessors of Peter said to her, “Tell me lands, or houses, sold them, and whether ye sold the land for so brought the value of the things much." And she said, “ Yes, which were sold, 35 and laid it for so much.” 9 Then Peter down at the feet of the apostles: said to her, “ How is it that ye and distribution was made to have agreed together to try the every one, according as he had spirit of the Lord ? Behold, the need.

feet of those that have buried 36 And Joses, who, by the thy husband are at the door, and apostles, was surnamed Barna- they will carry thee out.” 10 bas (which is, being interpret- Then she immediately fell down ed, The son of consolation) a at his feet, and expired. And Levite, and a native of Cyprus, the young men coming in, they 37 having a field, sold it; and I found her dead; and, having

carried her out, they buried her priest came, and those that were by her husband. 11 And great with him, and called together fear came upon the whole the council, and all the senate church, and upon all that heard of the sons of Israel ; and sent these things.

to the prison, that the apostles 12 Now they were all with might be brought: 22 But when one consent in Solomon's porch: the officers came, they found 13 and after this no one dared them not in the prison: and reto meddle with them ; but the turning, they told, 23 saying, people esteemed them: 14 (and “ The prison indeed we found believers in the Lord were con- shut with all safety, and the keeptinually added more and more, ers standing before the doors : multitudes of both men and but having opened them, we. women):* and by the hands of found no one within." the apostles many signs and won- 24 Now, when the high-priest, ders were wrought among the and the captain of the temple, people: 15 so that they brought and the chief-priest heard these forth the sick throughout the words, they doubted concerning streets, and laid them on beds them, how this matter could be. and couches; that even the | 25 Then one came and told them shadow of Peter, as he went “ Behold, the men whom ye put along, might fall upon some of in prison are standing in the them. 16 A multitude likewise, temple, and teaching the peoout of the cities, round about, ple.” 26 Then the captain went, came sto] Jerusalem, bringing together with the officers, and sick people, and those that were brought them without violence: afflicted by impure spirits : and for they feared the people, lest they were all cured.

they should have been stoned. 17 Then the high-priest rose 27 And having brought them, up, and all those who were they set them before the counwith him (being the sect of the cil. And the high priest asked Sadducees) and were filled with them, 28 saying, t Did (not] indignation; 18 and laid (their], we strictly command you that hands on the apostles, and put ye should not teach in this them in the common prison. 19 name? and, behold, ye have But an angel of the Lord open-filled Jerusalem with your doced the prison doors by night, trine, and seek to bring this and brought them out, and said, man's blood upon us.” 29 Then 20 “ Go, stand and speak in the Peter and the other apostles temple to the people all the answering, said, “ We ought to words of this life.” 21 And hav. obey God rather than men. 30 ing heard this, they entered in- The God of our fathers raised to the temple, early in the morn-up Jesus; whom ye killed, having, and taught. Then the high-ling hanged him on a cross: 31

• 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 , 40 And they were persuaded right hand; to be a leader and by him : and having called the a saviour, to give repentance to apostles, they beat them, and Israel, and forgiveness of sins. commanded, that they should 32 And we are [his] witnesses not speak in the name of Jesus, of these things; and so is the and released them. 41 So they holy spirit (also,] which Goddeparted from the presence of hath given to those tliat obey the council ; rejoicing that they

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were thought worthy to be 33 And having heard this, shamefully treated for the name they were cut to the heart, and of Jesus. 42 And daily, in the took counsel to kill them. 34 temple, and in every house, they Then there stood up in the ceased not to teach, and to council a certain Pharisee, nam- preach the glad tidings, that ed Gamaliel, a teacher of the Jesus is the Christ. law, held in honour among all Ch. VI. 1 NOW in those days, the people, and commanded to when the number of the discisend the apostles out for a short ples was multiplied, there arose time; 35 and said to them, “Ye a murmuring of the Hellenists* men of Israel, take heed to your against the Hebrews, because selves concerning these men, their widows were overlooked what ye intend to do. 36 For, in the daily ministration of alms. before these days, Theudas rose 2 Then the twelve called the up, boasting himself to be some multitude of the disciples to great one; to whom a number, them, and said, " It is not rea. of about four hundred men, sonable that we should leave joined themselves : who was the word of God, and attend on slain; and all, as many as obey- tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, ed him, were scattered and look ye out from among you came to nought. 37 After this seven men of good report, full man, Judas of Galilee rose up, of the spirit, and of wisdom, in the days of the enrolment, whom we will appoint over this and drew away [many] people business. 4 But we will stedafter him : and he also perished fastly continue in prayer, and and all, as many as obeyed him, in the ministry of the word.” were dispersed. 38 And now I 5 And the words pleased the say to you, Refrain from these whole multitude : and they men, and let them go on : for if chose Stephen, a man full of [this counsel, or this work, be faith, and a holy spirit, and of men, it will be overthrown: Philip, and Prochorus, and Ni39 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 * « Proselytes to the Jewish religion. Or, rather, foreign Grecizing Jews. See John väi. 35. ch. ix. 29. Syr. and cb. xi. 20.” Newcome,

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