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wickedness 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 1 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 10 Now there was a certain Philip and the eunuch ; and disciple at Damascus, named Philip baptized him. 39 And Ananias; and the Lord said to when they were come up out him, in a vision, “ Ananias." of the water, the spirit of the And he said, “ Behold, Lord, Lord caught away Philip ; and here am I." 11 And the Lord said the eunuch saw him no more: to him, “ Arise, and go into the for he went on his way rejoicing, street which is called Straight, 40 But Philip was found at Azo. and inquire in the house of Jutus: and, passing through, he das for one named Saul, of Tarpreached the gospel in all the sus; for, behold, he prayeth; cities, till he came to Cesarea. 12 and hath seen in a vision af
Ch. IX. 1 NOW Saul, still man named Ananias; who came breathingout threats and slaugh in, and put his hand on him, ter against the disciples of the that he might recover his sight.” Lord, went to the high-priest, 13 Then Ananias answered, 2 and desired of him letters to “ Lord, I have heard from many the synagogues at Damascus; of this man, how much evil he that if he found any of this re- hath done to thy saints in Jeligion, whether they were men rusalem: 14 and here he hath or women, he might bring them authority from the chief-priests bound to Jerusalem. 3 And, as to bind all who call themselves he journeyed, he came near Da- by thy name." 15 But the Lord mascus: and suddenly a light said to him, “ Go : for he is to from heaven shone round about me a chosen vessel, to bear him:4 and falling upon the earth, my name before the gentiles, he heard a voice saying to him, and kings, and the sons of Is*"So Yevec, cho 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 what things he must suffer on disciples : but they were all account of my name.” 17 Then, afraid of him, not believing Ananias departed, and entered that he was a disciple. 27 Then into the house; and having put Barnabas took him and brought his hands on him, he said, “Bro- him to the apostles; and relatther Saul, the Lord hath sented to them how he had seen me, (even [Jesus,] who appeared the Lord on the road, who had to thee on the road as thou cam- spoken to him; and how he est,) that thou mightest recover had spoken freely at Damasthy sight, and be filled with a cus in the name of Jesus. 28 holy spirit.” 18 And immediate. And he consorted with them at ly, there fell from his eyes, as Jerusalem ; 29 [and] spake it were, scales; and he recover- freely in the name of the Lord ed his sight, and arose, and was Jesus. And he talked and disbaptized. 19 And taking food, puted with the Hellenists; but he was strengthened.
they tried to kill him : 30 which Now he was some days with when the brethren knew, they the disciples, that were at Da- brought him down to Cesarea, mascus. 20 And immediately and sent him away to Tarsus. he preached Jesus in the syna- 31 Then the churches had gogues, that he is the son of quiet throughout all Judea and God. 21 But all that heard him Galilee and Samaria, being edi. were amazed, and said, “ Is not fied,and walking in the fear of the this he who destroyed those ! Lord; and they were filled with who call themselves after this the comfort of the holy spirit. name, in Jerusalem, and came 32 AND it came to pass that, hither for this purpose, that he as Peter went through all parts, might carry them bound to the he came down to the saints also chief-priests ?" 22 But Saul in- who dwelt at Lydda. 33 And creased more in strength, and there he met with a certain man perplexed the Jews who dwelt named Eneas, who was sick at Damascus, proving that this with the palsy, and had kept man is the Christ.
his bed eight years. 34 And Pe. 23 And after many days were ter said to him, “Eneas, Jesus fulfilled, the Jews took counsel the Christ, cureth thee: arise, to kill him: 24 (but their lying and make thy bed.” And he in. wait was known by Saul :) arose immediately. 35 And all and they watched the gates day who dwelt at Lydda and Saron and night, that they might kill saw him, and turned to the Lord. him. 25 Then the disciples took 36 NOW there was at Joppa him by night, and let him down a certain disciple named Taby the wall, in a basket. 26 And bitha, which, being interpreted coming to Jerusalem, he at-J 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 came in unto him, and said to which she performed. 37 And him, “Cornelius." 4 Then he, it came to pass, in those days, looking stedfastly at him, and that she was sick and died : so being afraid, said, “ What is it, when they had washed her, they Sir ? And he said to him, laid her in an upper room, 38 “ Thy prayers and thine alms And as Lydda was near Joppa, are come up for a memorial the disciples, who had heard before God. 5 And now send that Peter was there, sent to men to Joppa, and send for Sihim [two men] ; desiring him mon, whose surname is Peter: that he would not delay coming 6 he lodgeth with one Simon a to them. 39 Then Peter arose, tanner, whose house is by the and went with them. And when sea-side.” 7 And when the anhe was come, they brought him gel who had spoken to him was into the upper room: and all gone, he called two of [his] the widows stood by him weep-household servants, and a deing, and showing the vests and vout soldier of those who atmantles which Dorcas made tended him; 8 and, having told while she was with them. 40 them the whole matter, he sent But Peter, having sent them all them to Joppa. out, kneeled down, and prayed ; ! 9 Now on the morrow, as and turning to the body, he they journeyed, and drew near said, “ Tabitha, arise.” And to the city, Peter went up on she opened her eyes : and, be- | the house-top to pray, about the holding Peter, she sat up. 41 sixth hour. 10 And he became And he gave her his hand, and very hungry, and wished to eat: raised her up; and, having cal. but while they were making led the saints and widows, he ready, he fell into a trance; 11 presented her alive. 42 And it and saw heaven open, and somewas known throughout all Jop: what descending like a great pa; and many believed in the sheet, [bound together] by the Lord. 43 And it came to pass | four corners, and let down to that he remained many days in the earth : 12 in which were all Joppa with one Simon a tan- kinds of four-footed beasts (of ner.
the earth,] [and wild beasts,] Ch. X. 1 NOW there was a and creeping things, and fowls certain man in Cesarea, named of the air. 13 And there came Cornelius, a centurion of the a voice to him, “ Arise, Peter; band called Italian; 2 a devout slay and eat.” 14 But Peter man, and one who feared God said, “ By no means, Lord: for with all his household; who I have never eaten any thing likewise gave much alms to the common or unclean." 15 And people, and prayed to God con. the voice spake to him again a tinually : 3 he saw in a vision second time, “ What God hath clearly, about the ninth hour of cleansed, that regard thou not
as common." 16 And this was self also am a man.” 27 And done thrice: and the sheet was Peter went in, talking with him; taken up (again) into heaven. | 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 scru- at 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. 92 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, to thee; and thou hast done and lodged them. And on the well that thou art come. Now morrow he arose, and went with therefore we are all present bethem; and some of the breth- fore God, to hear all things ren from Joppa accompanied which God hath commanded him. 24 And on the morrow | thee.” after, they entered into Cesarea. 34 Then Peter opening his Now Cornelius was expecting mouth, said, “In truth I perthem; and had called together ceive that God is no respecter, his kinsmen and near friends. of persons; 35 but in every na
25 And as Peter entered in, tion, he who feareth him, and Cornelius met him, and fell worketh righteousness, is acdown at his feet, and did him ceptable to him. 36 Ye know obeisance. 26 But Peter raised the doctrine which God sent to him up, saying, “ Rise : I my. the sons of Israel, preaching
the glad tidings of peace by Je-| them speaking in different lansus Christ; (he is Lord of all); / guages, and magnifying God. 37 even what was done through- Then Peter said, 47 “ Can any out all Judea, and began from man forbid water, that these who Galilee, after the baptism which have received the holy spirit, John preached : 38 how God should not be baptized, as well anointed Jesus of Nazareth as we?” 48 And he commandwith a holy spirit, and with ed them to be baptized in the power: who went about doing name of the Lord. They then good, and curing all who were besought him to continue with oppressed by the adversary ; * them some days. for God was with him. 39 And Ch. XI. 1 NOW the aposwe are witnesses of all the tles, and the brethren that were things which he did, both in / in Judea, heard that the gentiles the land of the Jews, and in also had received the word of Jerusalem; whom they even God. 2 And when Peter was killed, having hanged him on a come up to Jerusalem, those cross. 40 Him God raised up the who were of the circumcision third day; and showed him contended with him, 3 saying, openly, 41 not to all the people, “ Thou didst go in unto men but to witnesses whom God uncircumcised, and didst eat chose before, even to us, who with them.” 4 Then Peter beate and drank with him after he gan, and related the matter to rose from the dead. 42 And them in order, saying, 5“ I God commanded that we should was praying in the city of Joppreach to the people, and tes-pa; and in a trance I saw a vi. tify, that it is he whom God sion; something descending like hath appointed to be the judge a great sheet, let down from of the living and of the dead. heaven by the four corners : 43 To him all the prophets and it came near me. 6 Upon bear witness, that, through his which, looking stedfastly, I obname, whosoever believeth in served, and saw four-footed him will receive remission of beasts of the earth, and wild
| beasts, and creeping things, and 44 While Peter was yet | fowls of the air. 7 And I heard speaking these words, the holy a voice, saying to me, Arise, spirit fell on all those that heard Peter; slay and eat.' 8 But I the word. 45 And the believers said, “By no means, Lord: for of the circumcision, as many nothing common or unclean as came with Peter, were amaz. hath ever entered into my ed, that on the gentiles also, mouth. 9 Then the voice spake the gift of the holy spirit was to me a second time from heapoured out: 46 for they heard ven, "What God hath cleansed,
C. TOU diaborou the devil, who was supposed to inflict diseases and bodily infirmities. Luke xiri. 16. All the diseased whom our Lord healed are said to have been oppressed by the devil.' Dr. Campbell. i. 191." Newcome.