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AN D certain men which came' down from Judea,1 taught the brethren, and said, B Except ye be circumcised h after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2. :When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissention and .disputation with them, they determined ' that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go <i up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders a- Year of our bout this question. 3. Aud being k brought on Lord 52. their way by the church, they passed through Phenice, and Samaria, 1 declaring the Conversion of the Gentiles: .. and they caused great joy unto all the brethren,

4. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the Church, and of the apostles and elders, and they m declared all things that God had done with them.

5. But there * rose up s_Or, rose icpy said they, certain} certain of the sect: of the Pharisees which believed, laying, That it t was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6. ^[ And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 7. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago, God n made choice among us, that the Gentiles

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* * Gal. y. a. Behold, I Paul fay 1 t Gal. a. r. Fourteen Years afunto you, that if ye be circumcised, ter, I went up again to Jerusalem, Christ shall profit you. nothing, with Barnabas, and took Titus with f Philip. 3. 2. —Beware of the me also.

Concision, j Col. a. 8, 11,16. Be- 5 k '.' Rom 15. 24.— I trust to fee ware lest any Man spoil you thro' you in my Journey, and to be Philosophy and vain deceit, after brought on my Way thitherward by the Traditions of Men, after the Ru- you.— V 1 Cor. 16. 6. It may be diments of the. World, and not after that I will abide, yea,and Winter Christ. In whom also ye are cir- to with you, that ye may bring me cumcised with the Circumcision made on my Journey withersoever I go. ■ without Hands, in putting off the 1 T Acts 14. 27. Body of the Sins of the Flesh, by 111 t Ver. 12. V Acts 14. 27. the Circumcision of Christ. Let no n * Acts 10. ao. Arise therefore; Man therefore judge you in Meat, 1 $ and get thee down, and go with or in Drink, or in respect of an tkem,doubting nothing: fox 1 have holy Day, or of the new Moon, sent them. "Acts 11. 12. The Spior of the Sabbath-Days. tit bade me go with them nothing

hf Gen. 17. 10. f Lev. u. 3. doubting.— See on Jo'h. 7. 22. ao .

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fcliereof, and Lwill set it up: 17. That the residue of men might leek after th^ Lord, and "all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called, faith the Lord, who doth all these, tilings. 18. Known imto God are all his works from the beginning of the Worldv 19. Wherefore k my sentence iSj that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20. But that we write unto them, that they abstain from 1 Pollutions of idols, and from ^x) fornication, and from things m strangled, and from

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k f See Ver. 38. that are weak, f 1 Cor. 10.19,

l t Exod. 20. 3. Thou slialt have 40. What fay I then ? that the Idol no -other Gods before me. Exod. is any thing, or that which is offer34.. 15. Lest thou make a Covenant ed in Sacrifice toldolsis any thing? with the Inhabitants^ of the Land, 'But I fay, that the things which and they go a whoring after their the Gentiles Sacrifice, they Sacrifice Gods, and do Sacrifice to their Gods, to Devils, and not to God; and I and-one call thee, and thou f«*of would not that ye should have felhis Sacrifice. Dan. i. 8. Daniel lowsliip with Devils. Rev. a. ad. purposed in his Heart, that he101 have a few things against thee, would not defile himself with the because thou sufferest that Woman P*ortion of the King's Meat, nor Jezabel, which calleth her self a with the Wine which he drank.— Prophetess, to teach, and to seduce "h Acts ai. 35. As touching the my Servants to commit Fornication, Gentiles which believe, we have r5 and to eat things sacrificed to written and concluded that they Idols.

observe no such Thing, save only . intGen. 9. 4. But Flesh with that they keep themselves from the Life thereof, which is the Blood things offered to Idols, and from thereof, shall you. hot eat. t Lev. Blood, and from strangled, and10 3. 17. It shall be a perpetual Stafroin Fornication. + 1 Cor. 8.1, tute,—that ye eat neither Fat nor 9. Now as touching things offered Blood, i Sam. 14-32. The People unto Idols, we know that we all have slew upon the Spoil, and took Knowledge. —Take heed lest by Sheep, and Oxen, and Calves, and any. Means this liberty of yoursijslew them on the Ground: and the become a Stura.bling-bloc.kto them People did eat them with the Blood.

(1) What is generally understood by Fornication, is most expresly forbidden in the holy Scriptures. See the References under 1 Cor. si. 18. Dr. Lightfoot is therefore of Opinion,that by Fornication here, is forbidden one or both these Things. Firff, Bigamy or Poligamy, that is, the having txoo or more Wives. For he observes, that, in Cafe of the Wife's Barrenness, it was a common thing among the Jews to take to them another or more Women for Propagation sakej and this is it which God brands with the reproachful Name of Whoredom, Hof. 4. 10. Whatever else,fays he, is understood by this Word, I would certainly understand this, namely, That the Apostles prescribed against Poligamy, a thing esteemed indifferent amongst the Jews, ("as Fornication was amongst the Gentiles) and therefore not unfitly mention'd here amongst things indifferent: See the Note on 1. Q'r. 7. 3. St;mdlyt Marrying within the prohibited Degrees is here forbidden. j .

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istle. 31. Which when they had read, they rejoiced fof e * consolation [Qr, exhortation]. 32. And Judas and Si; being £ Prophets alib themselves, 8 exhorted the brethren ith many words, and confirmed them'* 3 3. And after they id tarried there a space, they vv ere let h go in peace 110m ie brethren unto the apostles. 34. Notwithstanding it ■ eased Silas to abide there still. 35. Paul also and Barnabas •ntinued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of ie Lord, with many others also. 36. And >me days after, Paul said unto Barnabas, Let Year of our s go again, and 1 visit our brethren, in eve- Lord 53. j city (1) where we have preached the word of tie Lord, mi see how they do. 37. And Barnabas deter-1 nined to take with them ■ John, whose sirname was Mark. 8. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, vho 1 departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not vith them to the work. 39. And the contention was so Oiarp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; 40. And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being * recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God- 41. And he went through Syria and Silicia, n confirming the Churches.

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f See on Acts 11. 27. when they had fulfilled rheT Mt* See 0nA.fts13.43. nistry, and took with the n Jrhn, h'.' 1 Cor. 16. 11. Let no Man whose sirname was Mark, t Acts therefore despise him: but conduit" 13 5. —"They had also J<,hn ro him forth in Peace, that he may 5 their Minister, f Col 4.10 —Marcome unto me.— V Heb. 11. 31. cus Sisters Son to Barnabas (rouch—When she [Rahal>] had received ing whom ye received Commandthe Spies with Peace. . ments; if he come unto you re« 'Rom. 1. 11.1 long to fee you, ceivehim) t 2 Tim. 4 1 .— Take that I may impart unto you some 10 Mark and bring him with thee: spiritual Gift, to the end you may for he is profitable to me for the be established, 2 Cor. 11 48. Be* Ministry, f Philem. ver 34 Marcus, sides those things that are without, Aristarcus, —my Fellow labourers, that which cometh upon me daily, 1 Pet. 5. 13. —Marcutsmy Son [sa

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kt Acts 1*. n, 25. He [Peter] 1 Acts 13. ij. —■ John departing

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Mother of John, whose sirname was lem.

Mark, where many were gathered V Asts14.it>.

together praying. Barnabas and 20 n See on Acts 13. 43.

Saul ieturned from Jerusalem,

(1) T-he Places where they had Preached were probably thole mentioiied, Acts 13. 4, 13. Acts 14. 1, 21,24, ij.

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