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Peter, being accused,

CHAP. XI. defendeth bis condua.

45 And they of the circumcifion IO And this was done three which believed were aftonished, as times: and all were drawn up many as came with Peter, becaufe again into heaven. that on the Gentiles alfo was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghoft. 46 For they heard them fpeak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that thefe fhould not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghoft as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

CHAP. XI.
Peter maketh bis defence, &c.
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ND the apostles and brethren

the Gentiles had alfo received the
word of God.

2 And when Peter was come up to Jerufalem, they that were of the circumcifion contended with him, 3 Saying, Thou wenteft in to men uncircumcifed, and didft eat with them.

But Peter rehearfed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, faying,

5 I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I faw a. vifion, A certain veffel defcend, as it had been a great fheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

6 Upon the which, when I had faftened mine eyes, I confidered, and faw four-footed beafts of the earth, and wild beafts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

7 And I heard a voice faying unto me, Arife, Peter; flay, and eat. 8 But I faid, Not fo, Lord; for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. 9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleanfed, that call not thou common.

II And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unte the house where I was, fent from Cefarea unto me.

12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover, these fix brethren ac companied me, and we entered into the man's houfe:

13 And he fhewed us how he had feen an angel in his houfe, which ftood and faid unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whofe furname is Peter:

14 Who fhall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy houfe

15 And, as I began to speak the Holy Ghoft fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye fhall be baptized with the Holy Ghoft.

17 Forafmuch, then, as God gave them the like gift as he dia unto us, who believed on the Lord Jefus Chrift; what was I that I could withstand God?

18 When they heard the fe things they held their peace, and glorified God, faying, Then hath God alfo to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

19 Now they which were fcattered abroad, upon the perfecution that arofe about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

20 And fome of them were men ofCyprus and Cyrene, which, wher they were come to Antioch, ipeak unto the Grecians, preaching he Lord Jefus

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The gospel fpread abroad. The ACTS. Peter delivered from prifon

21 And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number be lieved, and turned unto the Lord. 22 T Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerufalem; and they fent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antiock;

23 Who, when he came, and had feen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarfus, for to feek Saul:

26 And, when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pafs, that a whole year they affembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the difciples were called Chriftians firft in Antioch.

27 And in thefe days came prophets from Jerufalem untoAntioch. 28 And there ftood up one of them named Agabus, and fignified by the Spirit, that there fhould be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to país in the days of Claudius Cefar.

29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to fend relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea;

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Which alfo they did, and fent unto the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

CHA P. XII.
Herod perfecuteth the Chriftians.

the king ftretched forth bis hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James, the brother of John, with the fword.

take Peter alfo (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

4 And, when he had apprehended him, he put him in prifon, and delivered him to four quaternions of foldiers to keep him, intending after Eafter to bring him forth to the people.

5 Peter, therefore, was kept in prifon; but prayer was made without ceafing of the church unto God for him.

6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the fame night Peter was fleeping between two foldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prifon.

7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light fhined in the prison: and he fmote Peter on the fide, and raised him up, faying, Arife up quickly. And his chains fell off from bis hands.

8 And the angel faid unto him, Gird thyfelf, and bind on thy fandals: and fo he did. And he faith unto him, Caft thy garment about thee, and follow me.

9 And he went out, and followed him, and wift not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he faw a vifion.

Jo When they were paft the firft and the fecond ward they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and paffed on through one ftreet, and forthwith the angel departed from him.

11 And when Peter was come to himself he faid, Now I know of

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angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod and from al the expectation of the people of the Jews.

3 And becaule he faw it pleafed 12 Aud, when he had confidered the Tews, he proceeded further to the thing. he came to the house of

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the keepers put to death. CHAP. XII, XIII. Herod's miferable death,

Mary the mother of John, whose
furname was Mark; where many
were gathered together praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the
door of the gate, a damfel came to
hearken, named Rhoda.

14 And, when she knew Peter's voice, the opened not the gate for gladnefs, but ran in, and told how Peter ftood before the gate.

15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But the conftantly affirm ed that it wa was even fo. Then faid they, it is his angel

But put a gontinued knocking and when they had opened the door, and faw him, they were aftonished.

23 And immediately the angel of the Lordfmote him, becaufe he gave not Godtheglory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghoft. 24 ¶ But the word of God grew and multiplied.

25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerufalem, when they had fulfilled their miniftry, and took with them John, whofe furname was Mark.

CHAP. XIII.

Paul and Barnabas chofen, &c.

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Now, there were in the church prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prifon. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, And he faid, Go, fhew these things and fafted, the Holy Ghoft said, unto James, and to the brethren. Separate me Barnabas and Saul for And he departed, and went into the work whereunto I have called another place. them.

18 Now, as foon as it was day, there was no fmall ftir among the foldiers, what was become of Peter.

19 And when Herod had fought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they fould be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Cefarea, and there abode. 20 ¶ And Herod was highly difpleafed with them of Tyre and Sidon but they came with one accord to him; and, having made Blaftus, the king's chamberlain, their friend, defired peace; becaufe their country was nourished by the king's country.

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21 And, upon a fet day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, fat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.

22 And the people gave a fhout, faging, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

3 And when they had fafted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they fent them away.

4 So they, being fent forth by the Holy Ghoft, departed unto Se leucia; and from thence they failed to Cyprus.

5 And when they were at Salamis they preached the word of God in the fynagogues of the Jews: and they had alfo John to their minifter.

6 And, when they had gone through the ifle unto Paphos, they found a certain forcerer, a falle prophet, a Jew, whofe name was Bar-jefus:

7 Which was with the deputy o the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent.man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and defired to hear th word of God.

8 But Elymas the forcerer (for fo is his name by interpretation H3 withfood

Paul preacheth at Antioch, The ACTS. withstood them, feeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who alfo is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghoft, fet his eyes on him,

o And faid, O full of all fubtilty, and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteoufnefs! wilt thou not ceafe to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

II And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou fhalt be blind, not feeing the fun for afeafon. And immediately there fell on him a mift and a darkness; and he went about feeking fome to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the deputy, when he faw what was done, believed, being aftonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

13 Now, when Paul and his company loofed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John, departing from them, returned to Jerufalem.

14 T But when they departed from Perga they came to Antioch in Pifidia, and went into the fynagogue on the fabbath-day, and fat down.

15 And, after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the fynagogue fent unto them, fay ing, re men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, fay on.

16 Then Paul ftood up, and, beckoning with bis hand, faid, Men of Ifrael, and ye that fear God, give audience.

17 The God of this people of Ifrael chofe our fathers, and exalted, the people when they dwelt as ftrangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them

out of it.

18 And about the time of forty years fuffered he their manners in the wildernefs.

that Jefus is Christ.

19 And when he had deftroyed feven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.

20 And after that he gave unta them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Sa muel the prophet.

21 And afterward they defired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the fon of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.

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22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom alfo gave teftimony, and faid, I have found David the fon of Jeffe, a man after mine own heart, which fhall fulfil all my will.

23 Of this man's feed hath God, according to his promife, raised unto Ifrael a Saviour, Jefus,

24 When John had firft preached before his coming the baptifm of repentance to all the people of Ifrael.

25 And as John fulhlled his courfe he faid, Whom think ye that I am? I am not be. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whofe fhoes of his feet I am not worthy to loofe.

26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whofoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this falvation fent.

27 For they that dwell at Jeru. falem, and their rulers, becaufe they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every fabbath-day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

28 And though they found no caufe of death in him, yet defired they Pilate that he fhould be flain.

29 And when they had fulfilled al: that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a fepulchre.

The Gentiles believe. CHA P. XIII, XIV. The Jews blafpheme.

30 But God raised him from the dead

31 And he was feen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerufalem, who are his witneffes unto the people.

32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,

33 God hath fulfilled the fame unto us their children, in that he hath raifed up Jefus again; as it is alfo written in the fecond pfalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And as concerning that he raifed him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he faid on this wife, I will give you

the fure mercies of David.

35 Wherefore he faith alfo in another pfalm, Thou shalt not fuffer thine holy One to fee corruption. 36 For David, after he had ferved his own generation, by the will a God, fell on fleep, and was laid une to his fathers, and faw corruption: 37 Buthe whom God railed again faw no corruption.

38 Be it known unto you, therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgivenefs of fins;

39 And by him all that believe are juftified from all things, from which ye could not be juftified by the law of Mofes.

40 Beware, therefore, left that come upon you which is fpen of in the prophets;

41 Behold, ye defpifers, and wonder, and perith: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye fhall in no wife believe, though a man declare it unto you

42 And, when the Jews were gone out of the fynagogue, the Gentiles befought that thefe words might be preached to them the next fabbath.

43 Now, when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious profelytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, fpeaking to them, perfuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 T And the next fabbath-day came almoft the whole city together to hear the word of God.

45 But when the Jews faw the multitudes they were filled with envy, and fpake against those things which were fpoken by Paul, contradicting and blafpheming.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and faid, It was neceffary that the word of God fhould firft have been fpoken to you: but feeing ye put it from you, and judge yourfelves unworthy of everlafting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles:

47 For fo hath the Lord commanded us, faying, I have fet thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou fhouldeft be for falvation un to the ends of the earth.

48 And when the Gentiles heard this they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed

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49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

50 But the Jews firred up the devout and honourable women and the chief men of the city, and raifed perfecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coafts.

51 But they fhook off the duft of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

52 And the difciples were illed with joy, and with the Holy Ghoft. CHAP. XIV.

Paul and Barnabas are persecuted. Anum, that they went both together into the fynagogue of the H

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Jews,

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