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AND Stephen, full of faith and power, did great won- 8 Stephen arraigned before the Sanhe- ders and miracles among the people. Then there arose 9 drim, and falsely accused. He defends

defends certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue himself, and accuses of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and them of impiety, and the murder of the them of Cilicia, and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

Messiah. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the 10 spirit by which he spake. Then they suborned men, which said, We 11 have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, 12 and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, ' and set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak 13 blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: for we have 14 heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. And all that sat in 15 the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Then said the high priest, Are these things so ? ' And 7 he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken ; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, ' and said unto him, “ Get thee out of thy country, 3 and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee.” Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charran. 4 And from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land wherein ye now dwell. And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, 5 not so much as to set his foot on : yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. . And God spake on this wise, “ That his seed should sojourn in a 6 strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. And the nation to whom they shall be in 7 bondage will I judge,” said God: “and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.” And he gave him the covenant of circum- 8 cision. And so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt : but God 9 was with him, 'and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him 10 favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt, and all his house. Now there came a dearth 11 over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction ; and our fathers found no sustenance. But when Jacob heard that there was corn 12 in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. And at the second time Joseph 13 was made known to his brethren: and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, 14 and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. So Jacob went down 15 into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, and were carried over into 16 Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor, the father of Sychem. But when the time 17 of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn unto Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 'till another king arose, which knew 18 not Joseph. The same dealt subtilely with our kindred, and evil-en- 19 treated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding 20 fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months : and when he 21 was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, 22 and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty 23 years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged 24

him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian : for he supposed his 25 brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them : but they understood not. And the next day he showed himself 26 unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, “ Sirs, ye are brethren ; why do ye wrong one to another ?But he that 27 did his neighbor wrong, thrust him away, saying, “ Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? wilt thou kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yes- 28 terday ?”' Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land 29 of Midian, where he begat two sons. And when forty years were ex- 30 pired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai, an angel of the LORD in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he won- 31 dered at the sight; and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him, 'saying, “I am the God of thy fathers, the God of 32 A.braham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. Then said the LORD to him, “ Put off 33 thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, 34 and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.” This Moses, whom they 35 refused, saying, “ Who made thee a ruler and a judge ?"' the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after that he had 36 showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the 37 children of Israel, “ A prophet shall the LORD your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.” This is he, that was 38 in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers : who received the lively oracles to give unto us : to whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from 39 them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 'saying unto 40 Aaron, “ Make us gods to go before us : for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, 41 and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and 42 gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, “ O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye 43 took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.” Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wil. 44 derness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. Which also our fathers, that 45 came after, brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David, ' who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for 46 the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him a house. 'Howbeit, the 47 Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, ' “ Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool : what house 49 will ye build me? saith the LORD: or what is the place of my rest? Hath 50 not my hand made all these things ?" Ye stiff-necked! and uncircum- 51 cised in heart and ears! ye do always resist the Holy Ghost : as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers per- 52 secuted ? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One'; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers; who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not 53 kept it. ....:

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WHEN they heard these things they were cut to the 54 He is interrupted and hurried away heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, 55 and stoned. Saul

of his being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into death. heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,' and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and 56 the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried 57 out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 'and cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses 58 laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, re- 59 ceive my spirit. And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, 60 • Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting unto his death.

And at that time there was a great persecution against First general persecution in which the church which was at Jerusalem ; and they were all

Saul is active. scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his 2 burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made 3 havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women, committed them to prison. Philip teaches in Sa- THEREFORE they that were scattered abroad went every 4 maria, whither Peter where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to 5 and John are sent. The impiety of Si- the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And 6

mon Magus. the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a 8,9 certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, 10 saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had re- 11 gard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip, preaching the things concerning the king- 12 dom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also : and when he was bap- 13 tized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the Apostles which were at Je- 14 rusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John : who when they were come down, prayed for them 15 that they might receive the Holy Ghost : (For as yet he was fallen upon 16 none of them : only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. 17 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostles' hands the 18 Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 'saying, Give me also this 19 power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast 20 thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast 21 neither part nor lot in this matter : for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if per- 22 haps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that 23 thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then an- 24 swered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken' come upon me. And they, when they 25 had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

Philip explains a AND the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, 26 prophecy of Isaiah Arise, and go toward the south, unto the way that goeth eunuch; and bap- down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And 27

tizes him. he arose, and went : and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a
eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who
had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem to
worship, I was returning; and sitting in his chariot, read Esaias the 28
prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near and join thyself to 29
this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the 30
prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest ? And 31
he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he de-
sired Philip that he would come up, and sit with him. The place of the 32
scripture which he read was this, “ He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth :
' in his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare 33
his generation ? for his life is taken from the earth.” And the eunuch 34
answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet
this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, 35
and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as 36
they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch
said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized ? And 37
Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he
answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And 38
he commanded the chariot to stand still : and they went down both into
the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when 39
they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away
Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more : and he went on his way re-
joicing. But Philip was found at Azotus : and passing through, he 40
preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.

AND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter 9
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persecute the church.against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high
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ha priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the 2
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converts him. (xxii. synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they
3. xxvi. 9.).

were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus ; and sud- 3 denly there shined round about him a light from heaven : and he fell on 4 the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul! Saul ! why persecutest thou me ?.' And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? And the Lord 5 said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling, and astonished, said, Lord, what 6 wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men 7 which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth ; and when his eyes were 8 opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus, ' and he was three days without sight, and neither did 9 eat nor drink.

bhe. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named 10 . His sight, which he had lost, is restored, Ananias ; and to him said the Lord' in a vision, Ananias. and he is baptized. He escapes the Jews,

vs. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord 11 who designed to kill said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called him.

Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus : for behold he prayeth,' and hath seen in a vision a man 12 named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many 13 of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem : and 14

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here he hath authority from the chief priests, to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen 15 vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how great things he must suffer 16 for my name's sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the 17 house : and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord (Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And 18 immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales : and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized, 'and when he had 19 received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached 20 Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard 21 him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came bither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the 22 more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.' And after that many days were 23 fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him. But their laying wait was 24 known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a 25 basket. He returns to Jeru- AND when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to 26 salem, but is obliged

sed join himself to the disciples : but they were all afraid of to depart to Tarsus

in Cilicia. him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Bar- 27 nabas took him, and brought him to the Apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And 28 he was with them coming in and going out at Jesusalem. And he spake 29 boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians. But they went about to slay him. " Which when the brethren knew, they 30 brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. Peace and prosperity THEN had the churches rest throughout all Judea, and 31

attend the church. Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified : and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Lydda, Peter AND it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all 32 cures Eneas, a palsiedquarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at man; and at Joppa restores Dorcas to Lydda. And there he found a certain man named Eneas, 33

life. which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: 34 arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt 35 at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, (which by 36 interpretation is called Dorcas ;) this woman was full of good works and alms-deeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she 37 was sick, and died ; whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the 38 disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose, 39 and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turn- 40 ing him to the body, said, Tabitha, arise! And she opened her eyes : and when she saw Peter, she sat up: and he gave her his hand, and lifted 41

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