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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. I 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. 52 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 l is come, will talk with theel. 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." afler, 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 himceptable 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 adversáry:; * them some days. for God was with him. 39 And Ch. XI. 1 NOW the apos. we 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 meni 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 ob. name, whosoever believeth in served, and saw four-footed him will receive remission of beasts of the earth, and wild sins."
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 bea. poured out: 46 for they heard ven, "What God hath cleansed,
* Gr. Tou diaborou the devil,“ who was supposed to inflict diseases and bodily infirmities. Luke xiii. 16. All the diseased whom our Lord healed are said to have been oppressed by the devil.' Dr. Campbell. i. 191." Newcome.
regard thou not as common.', none but to Jews only. 20 And 10 And this was done thrice: some of them were men of Cyand the whole was drawn upprus and Cyrené; who, when again into heaven.
they came to Antioch, spake to 11“And, behold, immediate- the Greeks;* preaching the ly three men, sent to me from glad tidings of the Lord Jesus. Cesarea, stood at the house 21 And the hand of the Lord where I was. 12 And the spirit was with theni: and a great bade me go with them, [with-number believed, and turned to out scruple:7 moreover, these the Lord. 22 Then the report six brethren accompanied me; of these things came to the and we entered into a man's knowledge of the church which house : 13 and he related to us was in Jerusalem : and they that he had seen an angel in his sent forth Barnabas, that he house, who stood and said to might go as far as Antioch: 23 him, 'Send to Joppa, and bring who, when he came, and had hither Simon, whose surname seen the favour of God, was is Peter; 14 who will declare glad ; and exhorted them all, a doctrine to thee, by which that with a firm purpose of thou and all thy household will heart they would cleave to the be saved. 15 And as I began | Lord; 24 for he was a good to speak, the holy spirit fell on man, and full of a holy spirit, them; as on us at the beginning. and of faith : and a great multi16 Then I remembered the tude was added to the Lord. word of the Lord, as he said, 25 Then [ Barnabas depart
John indeed baptized in water; ed to Tarsus, that he might but ye shall be baptized in a seek Saul: and having found holy spirit. 17 If therefore God | Thim, 7 he brought shim to gave to them the like gift as he Antioch. 26 And it came to did to us, after having believ- pass that, during a whole year, ed on the Lord Jesus Christ ; they assembled themselves with who was I, that I should be the church; and taught a great able to withstand God ?" 18 multitude; and in Antioch the And having heard these things, disciples were first called Christhey ceased, and glorified God, tians. saying, “ Then God hath grant- 27 NOW in those days, proed to the gentiles also, repent- phets came from Jerusalem to ance unto life.”
Antioch. 28 And one of them, 19 NOW those that were named Agabus, rose up, and scattered abroad by the per- | made known, through the spirit, secution which arose about that there should be a great faStephen, travelled as far as mine over the whole land : Phenicia, and Cyprus, and An- which came to pass in the tioch, preaching the word to days of Claudius. 29 Then the
• The received text is `Eaanulomas Hellenists, which is probably the true reading. Soe vera 19. Bishop Pearce. Griesbach reads. ‘EA2025, Greeks, or gentiles.
disciples, every one according | low me.” 9 And Peter went to his ability, determined to out, and followed him; and send relief to the brethren who knew not, that what was done dwelt in Judea : 30 which they by the angel was real, but also did; and sent it to the el- thought he saw a vision. 10 ders by the hands of Barnabas And having past the first and and Saul.
second guard, they came to the Ch. XII. 1 NOW about that iron gate that leadeth to the time, king Herod stretched forth city ; which opened to them of his hands to afflict some of the its own accord : and they went church. 2 And he killed James, out, and passed on through one the brother of John, with the street; and immediately the sword. 3 And because he per- angel departed from him. I ceived it pleased the Jews, he 11 And Peter, on coming to proceeded to seize Peter also. himself, said, “ Now I certain(Then were the days of unlea- ly know that the Lord hath sent vened bread.) 4 And when he his angel, and hath delivered had apprehended him, he put me from the hand of Herod, him in prison, and delivered and from all the expectation of him to sixteen soldiers to keep the Jewish people.” 12 And havhim, intending after the passo- ing considered the matter, he ver to bring him forth to the came to the house of Mary, the people. 5 Peter therefore was mother of John, whose sur. kept in prison : but earnest name was Mark ; where many prayer to God, was made for, were gathered together, and him by the church. 6 And when were praying. 13 And on his Herod was about to bring him knocking at the door of the forth, on that night, Peter was porch, a damsel came to attend, sleeping between two soldiers, named Rhoda: 14 and knowing bound with two chains; and Peter's voice, she opened not keepers before the door guard- the porch for gladness; but ran ed the prison. 7 And, behold, in, and told that Peter stood be. an angel of the Lord came upon fore the porch. 15 And they him, and a light shone in the said to her, « Thou art mad." prison: and he smote Peter on But she confidently affirmed the side, and awoke him, say that it was so. 16 Then they ing, “ Rise up quickly.” 8 And said, " It is his angel." * But his chains fell off from his hands. Peter continued knocking. And And the angel said to him, when they had opened the door, " Gird thyself, and bind on thy they saw him, and were amazed. sandals." And he did so. Then | 17 But he beckoned to them the angel said to him, “ Cast with his hand to keep silence; thy mantle about thee, and fol-1 and related to them how the
Or. messenger. N. m. “ A Jewish opinion about guardian angels, or the souls of men corr verted into ministering spiriti, may be here referred to, without establishing its truth. See Doddridge.” Newcome.
Lord had brought him out of Ch. XIII. 1 NOW in the the prison. He said also, “ Re- church that was at Antioch, port these things to James, and there were scertain] prophets to the brethren." Then he de- and teachers; as Barnabas, and parted, and went to another Simeon who was called Niger, place.
and Lucius of Cyrené, and Ma18 Now when it was day, naen who had been brought up there was no small disturbance with Herod the tetrarch, and among the soldiers, concerning Saul. 2 And while they were what was become of Peter. 19 publicly ministering to the And Herod having sought for Lord and fasting, the holy spirit him, and not finding him, he said, “ Separate for me Barnaexamined the keepers, and com- bas and Saul, for the work to manded that they should be put which I have called them.” 3 to death. And he went down And having fasted and prayed, from Judea to Cesarea, and and put their hands on them, abode there.
they sent them away. 20 NOW he was highly in- 4 So these, having been sent eensed against the Tyrians and forth by the holy spirit, departSidonians. But they came to ed to Seleucia; and from thence, him, with one consent, and, they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And having made Blastus the king's when they were at Salamis, chamberlain their friend, de- they preached the word of God sired peace; because their coun- in the synagogues of the Jews. try was nourished by that of the And they had John also for their king. 21 And on a day appoint- attendant. 6 And having gone ed, Herod, arrayed in royal ap-through the whole island to Paparel, sat on his throne, and phos, they found a certain Mamade an oration to them.* 22 gian, a Jewish false prophet, And the people gave a shout, whose name was Barjesus, 7 saying, “ It is the voice of a who was with the deputy of the god, and not of a man." country, Sergius Paulus, a wise
23 And immediately, an angel man. This deputy called to him of the Lord smote him,t because Barnabas and Saul, and desirhe gave not glory to God : anded to hear the word of God. 8 he was eaten by worms, and ex. But Elymas, that is, the Mapired.
gian, (for so is his name by in24 And the word of God grew terpretation,) withstood them, and multiplied. 25 And Barna- seeking to turn aside the debas and Saul returned from Je-puty from the faith. 9 Then rusalem, when they had fulfilled Saul (who is also called Paul,) their office; and brought with being filled with a holy spirit, them John, whose surname was [and] looking earnestly on him, Mark.
10 said, “O full of all subtilty, ""This history is remarkably confirmed by Josephus, Ant. xix. viii. 2. Bishop Pearce has quoted the passage.” Newcome.
"This is the Jewish mode of expressing, that God inflicted a disease on him." Newcome.