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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, I ple.” 26 Then the captain went, came [to] 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, 6 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, hav. ing, 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 God departed from the presence of hath given to those that obey the council; rejoicing that they him.”
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 Parme. not 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 Joba vii. 35. ch. ix. 29. Syr. and ch. xi. 20," Newcome.
had prayed, they put their hands he was in Mesopotamia, before on them. 7 And the word of he dwelt in Haran,* 3 and said God increased : and the num-to him, Depart from thy counber of the disciples greatly try, and from thy kindred, and multiplied in Jerusalem : and a go into the land which I shall great multitude of the priests show thee. 4 Then he departbecame obedient to the faith. led from the land of the Chal
8 And Stephen, full of favour deans, and dwelt in Haran; and of power, did great wonders from whence also, after the and signs among the people. 9 | death of his father, God removBut some of the synagogue of ed him into this land, wherein the Libertines, and Cyrenians, ye now dwell ; 5 but gave him and Alexandrians, and they of no inheritance in it, not even 80 Cilicia and Asia, rose up to dis-much as to set his foot on : yet pute with Stephen. 10 But they he promised that he would give - were not able to resist the wis- it to him for a possession, and dom and the spirit by which he to his offspring after him, when spake. 11 Then they subornedas yet he had no child. men, who said, “We have heard 6 " And God spake in this him speak blasphemous words manner; that his offspring against Moses, and against should sojourn in a foreign land, God." 12 And they stirred up and that they should be brought the people, and the elders, and into servitude, and afflicted, the scribes; and these came four hundred years. 7 And the suddenly upon him, and seized nation, whom they shall serve, him, and brought him to the I will judge, said God; and council; 13 and set up false after that they shall come forth, witnesses, who said, “ This man and worship me in this place. ceaseth not to speak words 8“ (And God gave him the against the holy place and the covenant of circumcision : and law; 14 for we have heard him afterward Abraham begat Isaac, say, that this Jesus of Nazareth and circumcised him the eighth will destroy this place, and will day; and Isaac begat Jacob, and change the customs which Mo-Jacob begat the twelve patrises delivered to us." 15 And archs. 9 And the patriarchs, all who sat in the council look- moved with envy, sold Joseph ed stedfastly on him, and saw into Egypt: 10 but God was his face like the face of an an- with him, and delivered him gel.
out of all his afflictions, and CH.VII. 1 Then the high-priest gave him favour and wisdom said, “ Are [then these things before Pharaoh king of Egypt; so?” 2 And Stephen said, “ Men, who made him governor over brethren, and fathers, heark- Egypt and over all his houseen. The God of glory appeared hold. 11 Now there came a to our father Abraham, when/ famine over all the land of
• Gr. Charran.
Egypt and of Canaan, and great sons of Israel. 24 And seeing affiction; and our fathers found one of them suffer wrongfully, no sustenance. 12 But when he defended him, and avenged Jacob heard that there was him that was oppressed, and corn in Egypt, he sent out our slew the Egyptian. 25 Now fathers the first time. 13 And, at he supposed that his brethren the second time, Joseph was would have understood that God made known to his brethren : by his hand would give them and Joseph's kindred became deliverance : but they underknown to Pharaoh. 14 Then stood not. Joseph sent, and called his fa- 26“And the next day he prether Jacob to him, and all sented himself to some of them, his kindred, seventy-five souls.) as they contended, and would 15 So Jacob and our fathers have reconciled them, saying, went down into Egypt, and died 'Sirs, ye are brethren : why do there; 16 and were carried to ye wrong one another?' 27 But Shechem,* and laid in the tomb, he who did wrong to his neighwhich Jacobt bought for a sum bour thrust him away, saying, of money from the sons of Em-Who made thee a ruler and a mor, the father of Shechem. I judge over us? 28 Wilt thou
17 “ But when the time of kill me, as thou killedst the the promise, which God had Egyptian yesterday?" 29 Then sworn to Abraham, drew near, Moses fled at these words; and the people grew and multi- was a sojourner in the land of plied in Egypt; 18 till another Midian, where he begat two king arose, who knew not Jo- sons. seph. 19 He dealt subtilly with 30" And when forty years our kindred, and afflicted our were expired, there appeared fathers; so that they cast out to him in the desert of mount their infants, that they might Sinai, an angel (of the Lord] in not be preserved alive. 20 At a flame of fire, in a bush. 31 which time Moses was born, And when Moses saw it, he and was very beautiful, and was wondered at the sight: and, nourished in his father's house as he drew near, to consider it three months. 21 But having attentively, the voice of the cast him out, Pharaoh's daugh- Lord came [to him), 32 saying, ter took him up, and nourished. I am the God of thy fathers, him for her own son. 22 And the God of Abraham, and the Moses was instructed in all the God of Isaac, and the God wisdom of the Egyptians : and of Jacob.' Then Moses tremwas mighty in words and in bled, and durst not look. 33 deeds. 23 Now, when he was Then the Lord said to him, forty years old, it came into his Put off thy sandals from thy mind to visit his brethren, the feet : for the place where thou
• Gr. Sychem. + Gr. Abraham. " That larw6 is the true nominative, to be supplied from ver. 15, appear
from Gen, xxxiii. 19; Josh. xxiv. 32,"
standest is holy ground. 34 I | prophets, 'Oye house of Israel, have surely seen the affliction did ye offer to me only slain of my people who are in Egypt, beasts, and sacrifices,during forand I have heard their groan- ty years in the desert ? 43 Nay, ing; and am come down to de- but ye took up the tabernacle of
liver them : and now, come, I Moloch, and the star of your : will send thee into Egypt.' 35 god Remphan, images which
This Moses, whom they denied, ye made to worship them: there. and said, "Who made thee a fore I will carry you away beruler and a judge ?' him God yond Babylon. 44 Our fathers sent to be a ruler and a redeem. had the tabernacle of testimony er, by the hand of the angel | in the desert, as God appointed, that appeared to him in the who spake to Moses, that he bush. 36 This man brought should make it according to them out, after he had shown the fashion that he had seen: wonders and signs in the land 45 which our fathers received, of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and brought in also Joshua,
and in the desert, forty years. when they possessed the na- 37 “ This is that Moses who tions whom God drove out
said to the sons of Israel, " A from before our fathers to the prophet the [Lord] God will days of David; 46 who found raise up unto you, from your favour before God, and desired brethren, like me: sto him ye to provide a tabernacle for the shall hearken).” 38 This is he God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon that, in the congregation in the built him a house. 48 Howdesert, was with the angel who ever, the Most High dwelleth spake to him on mount Sinai, not in temples made with hands; and with our fathers : that re- as the prophet saith, 49 Heaceived also the life-giving ora ven is my throne, and earth is cles, to deliver them to us: my footstool : what house will 39 to whom our fathers would ye build me? saith the Lord : not be obedient; but thrust him or what is the place of my rest? from them, and in their hearts 50 hath not my hand made all turned back into Egypt, 40 say- these things ?' ing to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as to this 51 “ Ye stiff-necked, and unMoses, who brought us out of circumcised in heart and ears, the land of Egypt, we know not ye always resist the holy spirit: what is become of him.' 41 So as your fathers did, 80 ye also they made a calf in those days, do. 52 Which of the prophets and offered sacrifice to the idol, did not your fathers persecute ? and rejoiced in the works of yea, they slew those who fore. their own hands. 42 Then God told the coming of the Rightturned, and gave them up to eous One, of whom ye have worship the host of heaven : as now been betrayers and murit is writtten in the book of the derers: 53 who have received