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man stood before me in bright clothing; 32 and he said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are remembered in the sight of God: 33 send, therefore, to Joppa, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he is lodged in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea; who, when he cometh, shall speak to thee: 34 immediately, therefore, I sent to thee; and thou hast done well in coming : now, therefore, all we are present here before the Lord, to hear all the things that have been commanded thee by God. 35 And Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons; 36 but that, in every nation, he who feareth him, and laboureth for justification, is accepted by him: 37 this word he sent to the children of Israel, when he gave them the good tidings of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all : 38 ye know that which was told throughout all Judea, and which began at Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, concerning Jesus of Nazareth ; 39 how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing

good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil; because God was with him : 40 and we are witnesses of all the things which he did, both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom, nevertheless, they slew, having hanged him on a tree : 41 him God raised on the third day, and caused him to be made manifest; 42 not to all the people, but to the witnesses foreordained by God, even to us, who eat and drank with him after he rose from the dead : 43 and he commanded us to preach to our people, and to testify every where, that it is he who is appointed by God, the judge of the living and the dead : 44 to him all the prophets bear testimony; that every one who believeth in him shall, through his name, receive remission of his sins. 45 While Peter was speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard his word: 46 and the believers of the circumcision, who had come with Peter, were astonished, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles also: 47 for they heard them speaking, and magnifying God, with other tongues. 48 Then answered Peter, Can any one forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? 49 and he commanded that they should be baptized in the name of the Lord : then they asked him to remain there some days: 50 and the apostles, and the brethren that were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.


BUT when Peter returned to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, 2 saying, Thou wentest in to men that are uncircumcised, and didst eat with them : 3 but Peter began, and laid open to them every thing in order, saying, 4 I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great linen sheet, let down from heaven by the four corners; and it came to me: 5 on which when I had fixed my eyes, and observed, I saw the four-feeted beasts, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things of the earth, and the birds of the air: 6 and I also heard a voice

saying to me, Arise, Peter; kill and eat: 7 but I said, Not so, Lord: for that which is common or unclean hath never entered into my mouth : 8 but the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, call not thou COInmon : 9 and this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. 10 And, behold, at the same moment three men, who had been sent to me from Cesarea, stopped at the house in which I was: 11 and the Spirit bade me go with them, doubting nothing: and these six brethren also went with me, and we entered into the man's house: 12 and he told us, how he had seen an angel standing in his house, and saying to him, Send to Joppa, and call hither Simon, surnamed Peter; 13 who shall speak to thee words, by which thou and all thy house shall be saved : 14 and as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning: 15 then I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, “ John indeed baptized with “ water; but ye shall be bap“tized with the Holy Spirit:” 16 if, then, God gave to them an equal gift as to us who

believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; who was I, that I should be able to restrain God? 17 And when they heard these words, they were silent; and glorified God, saying, Then hath God indeed granted to the Gentiles, also, repentance to life. 18 Now, they who had been dispersed by the persecution that arose concerning Stephen, had travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but to Jews only : 19 but among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they came to Antioch, spake also to the Greeks, preaching to them the gospel of the Lord Jesus: 20 and the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned to the Lord. 21 And tidings of this came to the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent Barnabas to Antioch ; 22 who, when he came, and saw the grace of God, rejoiced, and exhorted them all to cleave to the Lord with purpose of heart: 23 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith : and a considerable number was added to them. 24 And he went from thence to Tarsus, to seek Saul; and

when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch : 25 and it fell out to them, that they assembled with the church, during a whole year; and taught a considerable multitude; and called the disciples Christians, for the first time, in Antioch. 26 And in those days, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 27 And one of them, named Agabus, arose, and made known through the Spirit, that a great famine was about to be over the whole land; which came to pass in the reign of Claudius Cesar. 28 Then all the disciples determined, that each, according to his ability, should send relief for the service of the brethren who dwelt in Judea; 29 which also they did, sending it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.


AND about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to injure some of those that were of the church : 2 and he slew James, the brother of John, with the sword: 3 and seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take Peter also; and they were the days of unleavened bread:

4 and having seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers, that they might secure him; intending to bring him forth to the people, for execution, after the passover: 5 Peter, therefore, was kept in prison: but continual prayer was made for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him forth, Peter was sleeping the same night between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and guards before the door were watching the prison; 7 when, behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side and woke him, saying, Arise quickly and the chains fell off from his hands : 8 and the angel said to him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals: and he did so : and he saith to him, Put thy cloak round thee, and follow me: 9 and he went out, and followed him; and knew not that what was doing by the angel was true; but thought he saw a vision: - 10 and when they had passed the first and second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which opened to them of itself: and they went out, and passed on

through one street; and immediately the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a truth, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me from the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews: 12 and when he had considered, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was surnamed Mark; where many were gathered together, and were praying: 13 and when he had knocked at the door of the gate, a maiden named Rhoda went to listen: 14 and knowing Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but ran in, and told, that Peter was standing before the gate: 15 and they said to her, Thou art mad! but she insisted that it was so : then they said, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished: 17 but, making a sign to them with his hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison; and said, Go tell these things to James, and to the brethren : and he went out, and departed to another place. 18 And when it was day, there was no small commotion among the soldiers, what was become of Peter: 19 and when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death ; and he went down from Judea to Cesarea, and abode there. 20 And Herod was highly incensed against the Tyrians and Sidonians; but they came to him with one accord, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, they sued for peace; because their country was nourished by that of the king. 21 And, on an appointed day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne; and made an oration to them : 22 and the people cried out, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man ' 23 and immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not the glory to God: and he became worm-eaten, and expired. 24 But the word of God increased and multiplied : 25 and when Barnabas and Saul had accomplished their service at Jerusalem, they returned, taking with them John, who was surnamed Mark.

c. xi. 29,


AND the prophets and teachers in the church that was at Antioch, were Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul: 2 and as they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Separate to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them : 3 then, having fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4 Now they, being thus sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and sailed from thence to Cyprus: 5 and when they were in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John for their assistant. 6 And when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Bar-jesus: 7 who was with the deputygovernor, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who, calling for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God : 8 but Elymas, the Sorcerer, (for so his name is interpreted,) withstood them, seeking to turn

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