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20 were at Damascus. And immediately he preached Jesus*

21 in the synagogues, that he was the son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said, "Is not this he who destroyed those who call themselves after t this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for this purpose, that he

22 might bring them bound to the chief-priests?" But Saul increased more in strength, and perplexed the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this man isf the Christ.

23 And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took

24 counsel to kill him: (but their lying in wait was known by Saul:) and they watched the gates day and night,

25 that they might kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

26 And when Saul came to Jerusalem, he attempted to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him,

27 not believing that he was a disciple. Then Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles; and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the way, who had spoken to him; and how he had spoken freely at Damas

28 cus in the name of Jesus. And Saul consorted || with

29 them at Jerusalem; and he spake freely in the name of the Lord Jesus. And he talked and disputed with the

30 Hellenists; but they tried to kill him: which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Cesarea, and

31 sent him away to Tarsus. Then the churches had quiet throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, being edified, and walking in the fear of the Lord; and they were filled with the comfort of the holy spirit.

32 And it came to pass that, as Peter went through all parts, he came down to the saints also who dwelt at

33 Lydda. And there he met with a certain man named Eneas, that had kept his bed eight years, and was sick 34 of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, "Eneas, Jesus

s Christ, R. T. t V. m. called on, N. Seerer. 14.

t this was the Christ, N. See bishop Pearec.'

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who is the* Christ, cureth thee: arise, and make thy

35 bed." And he arose immediately. And all who dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which, being interpreted into Greek, signifieth Dorcas: this woman abounded in good works and in

37 alms which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick and died: so when they had washed

38 her, they laid her in an upper-room. And as Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who had heard that Peter was there, sent unto him two men ; desiring him that he would

39 not delay coming to them. Then Peter arose, and went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper-room: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the vests and mantles which Dor-

40 cas made while she was with them. But Peter sent them all out, and kneeled down, and prayed, and turned to the body, and said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened

41 her eyes : and, when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and, when he had

42 called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed

43 in the Lord. And it came to pass that he remained many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

Ch. x. Now [there was] a certain man in Cesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian

2 band; a religious man, and a gentile, who feared God with all his household; who likewise gave much alms to the

3 people, and prayed to God continually: [he] saw in a vision evidently, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God, who came in unto him, and said to him,

4 "Cornelius." And when he had stedfastly looked on the angel, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, Sir V And the angel said unto him, "Thy prayers and thine

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alms are come up for a memorial of thee before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon, whose 6 surname is Peter: he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner,

7 whose house is by the sea-side*." And when the angel who spake to him departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants, and a religious soldier of those who

8 attended on him; and, when he had told them all these things, he sent them to Joppa.

9 Now on the morrow, as they journeyed, and drew near to the city, Peter went up on the house-top to pray, about

10 the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and wished to eat: but while they were making readyt, he fell into

11 a trance; and seeth heaven opened, and somewhat descendingf like a great sheet, bound together at the four

12 ends, and let down to the earth: in which were all kinds of four-footed beasts of the earth, [and wild beasts,] and

13 creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a

14 voice to him, " Arise, Peter ; slay, and eat." But Peter said, "By no means, Lord: for I have never eaten any

15 thing common or unclean." And the voice sfiake to him again a second time, "What God hath cleansed, that

16 regard thou not as common." And this was done thrice:

17 and the sheet was taken up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who were sent from Cornelius had found|| Simon's house; and stood before the

18 porch, and called, and asked whether Simon, who was

19 surnamed Peter, lodged there. So while Peter thought intently on the vision, the spirit said unto him, "Behold,

20 [three] men seek thee. Arise therefore, and go down, and depart with them, not doubting: for I have sent

21 them." Then Peter went down to the ment; and said, "Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause for

• He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. R. T.

t made ready, N. t to him, R. T. and N. U Gr. enquired out, N. m.

5 who were sent to him from Cornelius, R. T.

22 which ye are come?" And they said, "Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man, and a gentile who feareth God, and one of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a holy angel, to send for thee

23 to his house, and to hear thy words." Then Peter called them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow he arose* and went with them; and some of the brethren from

24 Joppa accompanied him. And on the morrow afser, they entered into Cesarea. Now Cornelius expectedt them; and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

25 And as Peter entered in, Cornelius met him, and fell

26 down at his feet, and did him obeisance. But Peter raised

27 him up, saying, " Rise: I myself also am a man." And Peter went in, talking with him; and findeth many that

28 were come together. And he said unto them, "Ye know that it is unlawful for a Jew, to join himself, or come near, to one of another nation: but God hath shewn me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

29 Wherefore I came also to you without gainsaying, when I was sent for. I ask therefore; On what account have

30 ye sent for me?" Then Cornelius said, "Four days ago I continued fasting until this hour; and at the ninth £hour] I prayed in my house: and, behold, a man

31 stood before me in bright clothing, and saith,' Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remem

32 brance before God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter: he lodgeth in the house of one Simon, a tanner, by the sea-aide .' who, when

33 he is come, will talk with thee.' Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast done well that thou art come. Now therefore all we are present before God, to

34 hear all things which God hath commanded thee." Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, "In truth I perceive

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r.5 that God is no respecter of persons ; but in every nation, he who feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is ac

36 cepted* by him. Ye know the doctrine which God sent to the sons of Israel, preaching the glad tidings of peace

37 by Jesus Christ; (he is Lord of allt ;) even what was done throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, af

38 ter the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy spirit, and with power: who went about doing good, and curing all who were oppressed by the devilf; for God was with him.

39 And we are witnesses of all the things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they

40 even killed, having hanged him on a cross. Him God

41 raised up the third day; and shewed him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses whom God chose before, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from

42 the dead. And God commanded that we should preach to the people, and testify, that it is he whom God hath appointed to be the judge of the living and of the dead.

43 To him all the prophets|| bear witness, that, through his name, whosoever believeth in him will receive remission of sins."

44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the holy

45 spirit fell on all those that heard the word. And the believers of the circumcision, as many as came with Peter, were amazed that on the gentiles also the gift of the holy

46 spirit was poured out: for they heard them speaking in different languages, and magnifying God. Then Peter

47 said, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not

* Or, aceeptable to, Symonds, 01. N. m.

t Of gentiles as seell as Jews. ''Rom.K.12. St. Peter seems to have urged the argument, [that God, as Lord of all, must alike intend the salvation of all] in this concise and covert manner, that he might give no offenee to the Christian Jews, his companions." Dr. Oven. Newcome. See also Lindsey's Second Address, p. III.

l " Who was supposed to inflict diseases and bodily infirmities. Luke xiii. 18. *Al l the diseased whom our Lord healed are said to hare beea oppressed by the dcril.' BrCampbell. i. 191." Newcome.

A That is. many of the prophets. Neweome.

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