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CHAP of what ye have said may come eunuch saith, “See, here is water, CHAP, VIII.
upon me.” So the apostles, after why may I not be baptized ?" X 25 an earnest appeal, and a declara- | Then he ordered the chariot to 38
tion of the word of God, went back stop, and Philip and the eunuch
they came up out of the water, the 26°Now, an angel of the Lord spake spirit of the Lord o took Philip Philip bap- unto Philip, saying, “ Arise, and away, and the eunuch saw him no
go toward the south, to the lonely more, but continued his way reofficer of the queen road, which leadeth down from Je-joicing. So Philip came to Azotus, 40 of Ethi- rusalem to Gaza. And be arose and and preached the gospel in all the opia.
went; when, behold! there was cities which he passed through, 27 an Ethiopian, an ' eunuch of great until he came to Cesarea.
authority under Candace, queen Now Saul, still breathing out CHAP. of the Ethiopians, and entrusted threatning and slaughter against
with all her treasure, and who had the disciples of the Lord, went to Conversion 28 been to worship at Jerusalem ; and the high priest, and desired of him of Sally!
he was returning, and was sitting letters to the synagogues of Damas
in his chariot, reading the prophet cus, that if he found any of this re29 Isaiah. Then the spirit said to ligion, he might bring them bound,
Philip, 6 Go up to that chariot.” both men and women, to Jerusa30 So Philip ran up, and heard him lem. And as he was on the road 3
reading the prophet Isaiah, and near to Damascus, a light from
stand what thou art reading ?” him; and he fell on the earth, and 4 31 But he answered, “How can I, heard a voice, saying unto him,
except some one direct me?” And“ Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou
he desired Philip to get up and sit me?" Then Saul, said, “ Who 5 32 with him. Now, the part of scrip-art thou, Sir?” and the voice an
ture, which he was reading, was swered, “ I am Jesus, whom thou Isaiah this, "He was led as a sheep to the art persecuting. But rise ap, and 6 lüi. 7.
slaughter, and as a Jamb is dumb go into the city, and it shall be
before its shearer, so he opened not told thee, what thou must do." 33 his mouth. In his humiliation, the Now his fellow-travellers remained 7
just judgment of him was taken speechless, hearing the 3 sound, but
his life was cut off from the earth.” eyes, but could see nothing, and
6 I pray thee, of whom doth the hand to Damascus; and he conti-9
prophet say this ? of himself, or of nued without sight three days and 35 some other man?” Upon this, three nights, and neither ate, nor
Philip opened his mouth, and be- drank.
gan from this part of scripture to Now, there was a certain disci- 10 36 preachunto him Jesus. Now, as they [ple at Damascus, named Ananias,
were going along the road, they unto whom the Lord had said in a
1 A chamberlain, or some great officer in lip would serve to confirm the eunuch in the
u and some and enqual of
CHAP. “Behold, here am I, Lord.” Then chief priests !" But Saul gained CHAP.
the Lord said unto him, “ Arise, confidence more and more, and
• Straight,' and enquire at the house Damascus, by proving that this
for behold! whilst he was praying, And after many days the Jews 23 12 he saw in a vision, a man named took counsel to kill him, and He escapes Ananias come in, and put his watched the gates both day and
"mascus,and hands upon him to restore his night for this purpose. But their is sent by 13 sight." "And Ananias answered, design was known to Saul. Then the apostles
66 Lord, I have heard from many the disciples took him, and let him to Tarsus. about this man, how much evil he | down by the wall at night, in a 25
hath done to thy saints at Jerusa- basket. And when Saul came to 26 14 lem; and he is here with authoritv Jerusalem, he attempted to join
from the chief priests, to bind all himself to the disciples, but they
that call themselves by thy name.” were all afraid of him, not believ-
for he is a chosen vessel unto me, Barnabas took him, and brought
and kings, and the sons of Israel : them, how he had seen the Lord on 16 for I will give an example in him the road, who had spoken to him :
of what may be endured for my and how boldly he had preached at
Damascus, in the name of Jesus. 17 Then Ananias departed and en-So he continued in the company of 28
tered into the house, and putting the apostles at Jerusalem ; using 29
appeared to thee on the road as puting with the Grecian Jews, but
that thou mightest recover thy the brethren knew, they brought
sight, and be filled with the holy him down to Cesarea, and sent him 18 spirit.” And immediately some- |
| away to' Tarsus. Then the church- 31 thing like scales fell from his eyes, es had ? peace throughout all Juand he recovered his sight that dea, and Galilee, and Samaria, and
moment, and arose and was bap- went on multiplying and prosper19 tized : and when he had taken ing, in the fear of the Lord and in food, he was strengthenod.
the support of the holy spirit. ch is Now, when Saul had been in Now, as Peter was passing 32 I diffi- Domocne y be
- Damascus with the disciples some through all the country, he came Peter cures d by days, he declared in the syna- down also to the saints that dwelt åt disci- gogues, that Jesus is the son of at Lydda, where he met with a cer
God; at which all who heard him tain man,named Eneas, who had kept 33 21 were greatly amazed, and said, his bed eight years, being afflicted
“ Is not this he who made havoc with a palsy. 'And Peter said unto 34
CHAP. ron, who had turned to the Lord, “Thy prayers, and thy alms have CHAP. saw him.
come up for a memorial of thee 36 Moreover, there was among the before God. Now, therefore send 5 and re- disciples at Joppa, a woman named men to Joppa, to fetch Simon, sur
- Tabitha, who was always doing named Peter; he lodgeth with one 6 man at good works and giving alms; and it Simon a tanner, whose house is by Joppa. happened at this time, that she fell the sea. And when the angel who 7
37 sick, and died, and they washed spoke to him, departed, Cornelius
her, and laid her in an upper cham-called two of his household ser
38 ber. Now, Lydda being nigh to vants, and a religious soldier, one E : Joppa, the disciples heard that Pe- of those who attended him ; and 8
ter was there; and sent two men after telling them the whole mat- .
unto him, desiring that he would ter, sent them to Joppa.
ter arose, and went with them; and they were on the road, and were Peter's "le
poor, when she was with them. into a trance, and saw heaven open-
and kneeled down, and prayed, and a great sheet, let down by strings turning to the body, said, “ Tabi. at the four corners, to the earth ; tha, Arise." So she opened her in which were all kinds of four- 12
eyes, and upon seeing Peter, sat footed beasts of the earth, and 41 up. Then he gave her his hand, creeping things, and fou ls of the air.
and raised her up, and called the And a voice said unto him, “ Rise, 13
saints and the widows, and pre- Peter, slay and ear.” But Peter 14 42 sented her alive. Now, this was said, " By no means, Sir : for I
known throughout all Joppa ; and have never eaten any thing un43 many believed on the Lord. And clean." And a voice in answer to 15
Peter staid many days in Joppa, at this, said, a second time unto him,
the house of one Simon a tanner. “ That which God hath purified, AP. Now, there was a certain man in esteem not thou unclean." Then.16
· Cesarea, named Cornelius, a cen- after this had been thrice done, the Cornelius turion of the band called the sheet was taken up again into hea
directed i Italian band, a religious man and I ven. by an angel to a Gentile, who worshipped God! Now, as Peter was doubting, af- 17 send for with all his family, who likewise ter he had come to himself, what He accom - gave much alms to the people, and could be the meaning of this vision,
's messenmade a constant practice of praying which he had scen, behold! the gers from 3 unto God. He saw plainly in al men who were sent from Corneli- Cornelius, vision, about the ninth hour of the us had enquired out Simon's house, day, an angel of God coming in un- and were come up to the porch, to him, and saying, “ Cornelius" and asking whether Simon, who 18 4 But he, looking stedfastly at the was surnamed Peter, lodged there?
angel, and being affrighted, said, So while Peter was thinking on the 19 6. What is the matter, Sir?" vision, the spirit said unto him, And the angel said unto him, “ Behold! three men are asking
* Consisting mostly of Italian soldiers.
CHAP. for thee. Arise, therefore, get thee whose surname is Peter, who lodg- CHAP.
down, and go with them without eth in a house by the sea, belong21 scruple ; for I sent them.” Then ing to Simon a tanner, that he may
Peter went down to the men, and come, and talk with thee.' So 1 33 said, “Behold! I am he, whom ye sent to thee immediately; and it is
seek, for what cause are ve come?” well that thou art come: now,
turion, a righteous man, and a God to hear all the directions which
W; count of to his house, that he may hear but in every nation, he who fear- Jesus and 23 what thou hast to say.” Then Pe-eth him, and worketh righteousness, his reli
ter called them in, and lodged is accepted by him. That doctrine gion ; them : and on the morrow he went which God sent to the children of 36 with them ; and some of the bre- Israel, when he delivered to them ;
thren at Joppa accompanied him. the glad tidings of peace by Jesus 24 And the next day they came unto Christ, belongeth equally to all.
Cesarea, and Cornelius was expect- For ye know that affair of Jesus 37 ing them, and had called together of Nazareth, which took place
his kinsmen and near friends.. throughout all Judea, beginning
25 And as Peter entered, Cornelius from Galilee, after the baptism has an in- met him, and fell at his feet, and which John preached ; how God 38
did hiin obeisance. But Peter raised anointed this Jesus with a holy and converses with him up, and said, “ Rise up, for I spirit, and with power, and how he Cornelius ; myself am but a ' man.” And he went through the country doing
27 went in, talking with Cornelius, good, and curing all who were op
and found much company there, pressed by the 2 devil; for God was
is unlawful for a Jew to keep com- of all those things which he did,
hath directed me to esteem no one slew, by hanging him on a cross;
I came, when I was sent for, with to life on the third day, and ap-
what account ye sent for me.” the people, but to witnesses whom 41 30 Then Cornelius said, “ Four days God chose before, even to us, who
ago I was fasting until this hour, ate and drank with him after his and at the ninth hour, I was pray- resurrection from the dead. And 42 ing in my house, when, behold' a God commanded that we should
man stood before me in white rai- preach, and give earnest assurance 31 ment, and said, Cornelius, thy to the people, that it is he, who is
prayer is heard ; and thy alms are ordained by God to be the judge 32 remembered before God. Send of the living and the dead. To 43
therefore to Joppa, to fetch Simon, him many of the prophets bear
? He thought that Cornelius took him for 3 To make a striking distinction between an angel.
those who should live to God by obeving the • A supposed malignant inflicter of dis-gospel, and such as should still continue cases, and bodily infirmities.
dead in trespasses and sins..
CHAP. testimony, that through his name esteem thou not unclean.' Now CHAP.
every believer in him will receive when this had been done three
times, every thing was drawn up 10
and on all who were listening to his men, sent from Cesarea unto me, as being his friends, words. And the believers of the came up to the house where I was. after they circumcision, who had come with | And the spirit commanded me to impulse of
the Peter, were astonished that the gift go with them without scruple; the spirit of holy spic of the holy spirit was poured out on moreover these six brethren ac- bodo rit. the Gentiles also; for they heard companied me, and we went into
46 them speaking in different lan- the man's house, and he related to
Peter said, “ Can any one forbid house, who said to him, “ Send
ceived the holy spirit should not be surname is Peter; he will declare 14
directed them to be baptized in the and thy family may be saved.' And 15
us at the first. Then I called to 16 CHAP. Now the apostles and brethren mind this saying of the Lord,
Alo in Judea heard, that the Gentiles · John indeed baptized with water, Peter being also had received the word of God. but ye shall be baptized with a holy
d of So when Peter went up to Jerusa- spirit.' For as much then as God 17 having done wrong, salem, they of the circumcision had given unto them, upon their justifies his questioned him, saying, “ Didst belicving on the Lord Jesus Christ, conduct, thou not go into the house of un-| the same gift as unto us, was 1 18
circumcised men, and eat with able to hinder God ?" Upon hear-
related the matter to them in order, and glorified God, saying, "6 Then
let down by four strings, and occasioned by Saul, travelled as far
when I looked earnestly, I saw tioch; preaching the word to Jews
four-footed creatures of the earth, only. But some of them, men of 20
or unclean hath ever entered into ber of people believed, and turn-
answer said a second lime from port of these things reached the
The capital of Syria.
3 His power enabled them to work mi? Or uncircumcised Gentiles, as Peter racles. had done at Cesarca.