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ron, who had turned to the Lord,
Moreover, there was among the disciples at Joppa, a woman named Tabitha, who was always doing good works and giving alms; and it happened at this time, that she fell 37 sick, and died, and they washed her, and laid her in an upper eham
38 bcr. Now, Lydda being nigh to Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there ; and sent two men unto him, desiring that he would
39 not delay coming to them. So Peter arose, and went with them; and when he was come, they brought him up into the chamber; and all the widows stood by him, weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Tabitha made for the poor, when she was with them.
40 Then Peter put all the people out, and kneeled down, and prayed, and turning to the body, said, " Tabi
, tha, Arise." So she opened her eyes, and upon seeing Peter, sat
41 up. Then he gave her his hand, and raised her up, and called the saints and the widows, and pre
42 sented her alive. Now, this was known throughout all Joppa; and
43 many believed on the Lord. And Peter staid many days in Joppa, at the house of one Simon a tanner.
Now, there was a certain man in Cesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the 1 Italian band, a religious man and a Gentile, who worshipped God with all his family, who likewise gave much alms to the people, and made a constant practice of praying
3 unto God. He saw plainly in a vision, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying, "Cornelius"
4 But he, looking stedfastly at the angel, and being affrighted, said, '• What is the matter. Sir?" And the angel said unto him,
"Thy prayers, and thy alms have C^APcome up for a memorial of thee before God. Now, therefore send 5 men to Joppa, to fetch Simon, surnamed Peter; he lodgeth with one 6 Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea. And when the angel who 1 spoke to him, departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants, and a religious soldier, one of those who attended him; and 8 after telling them the whole matter, sent them to Joppa.
Now, on the morrow, whilst 9 they were on the road, and were P""''"' coming near the city, Peter went upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour. And he was hun- 10 gry and wished to eat; but while they were making ready, he fell 11 into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and somewhat descending, like a great sheet, let down by strings at the four corners, tp the earth; in which were all kinds of four- 12 footed beasts of the earth, and creeping things, and fow Is of the air. And a voice said unto him, "Rise, 13 Peter, slay and eat." But Peter 14 said, "By no means, Sir: for I have never eaten any thing unclean." And a voice in answer to 15 this, said, a second time unto him, "That which God hath purified, esteem not thou unclean." Then 16 after this had been thrice done, the sheet was taken up again into heaven.
Now, as Peter was doubting, af- 17 terhehad come to himself, what *^£ could be the meaning of this vision, JJ^,. which he had seen, behold! thegerswn men who were sent from Corneli- Om**® us had enquired out Simon's house, and were come up to the porch, and asking whether Simon, who 18 was surnamed Peter, lodged thore? So while Peter was thinkmg on the 19 vision, the spirit said unto him, "Behold! three men are asking
Consisting mostly pf Italian soldiers.
CHAP, for thee. Arise, therefore, get thee down, and go with them without
21 scruple ; for I sent them." Then Peter went down to the men, and said, "Behold! I am he, whom ye seek, for what cause are ve come?"
22 And they said, " Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man, and a Gentile who worshippeth God, and is well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an hoiy angel, to send for thee to his house, that he may hear
23 what thou,hast to say." Then Peter called them in, and lodged them: and on the morrow he went with them ; and some of the brethren at Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the next day they came un^p Cesarea, and Cornelius was expecting them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter entered, Cornelius has an in- met him, and fell at his feet, and a^T'cOT- did Aiwi obeisance. But Peter raised verses with him up, and said, "Rise up, fori Cornelius; myself am but a ' man." And he
27 went in, talking with Cornelius, and found much company there,
28 and said unto them, "Ye know it is unlawful for a Jew to keep company with, or to come near to one of another nation: God, however, hath directed me to esteem no one
29 unholy or unclean. And therefore I came, when I was sent for, without objecting, and wish to know on whaU account ye sent for me."
30 Then Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour, I was praying in my house, when, behold a man stood before me in white rai
31 ment, and said, ' Cornelius, thy prayer is heard; and thy alms are
32 remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa, to fetch Simon,
1 He thought that Cornelius took him for an angel.
* A supposed malignant inflicter of diseases, and bodily infirmities.
whose surname is Peter, who lodg-
Then Peter opened his mouth, 34 and said, "Of a truth I perceive 6'ves» that God is no respecter of persons; ^^"f but in every nation, he who fear- jeSus and eth him, and worketh righteousness, njs ten. is accepted by him. That doctrine 8'cn , which God sent to the children of 36 Israel, when he delivered to them the glad tidings of peace by Jesus Christ, belongeth equally to all. For ye know that affair of Jesus 37 of Nazareth, which took place throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the Baptism which John preached; how God 38 anointed this Jesus with a holy spirit, and with power, and how he went through the country doing good, and curing all who were oppressed by the * devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses 39 of all those things which he did* both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. Him indeed they 40 slew, by hanging him on a cross; but this very man God raised up to life on the third day, and appointed to show himself, not to all the people, but to witnesses whom 41 God chose before, even to us, who ate and drank with him after his resurrection from the dead. And 42 God commanded that we should preach, and give earnest assurance to the people, that it is he, who is ordained by God to be the 3 judge of the livmg and the dead. To 43 him many of the prophets bear
3 To make a striking distinction between those who should live to (iod by obeying the gospel, and such as should still continue dead in trespasses and sins.
C"AP- testimony, that through his name
every believer in him will receive
remission of sins."
44 While Peter was yet speak
andbap- ing} the holy spirit fell itp
Muus andon a" wno \vere listening to his
his triads, words. And the believers of the
after they circumcision, who had come with
ttivedthe Pcter, were astonished that the gift
holy spi- of the holv spirit was poured out on
**• the Gentiles also; for they heard
46 them speaking in different lan
47 guages, and magnifyingGod. Then Peter said, " Can any one forbid water, that these who have received the holy spirit should not be
48 baptized as well as we?" So he directed them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they besought him to stay with them some davs more.
Chap. Now the apostles and brethren
in Judea heard, that the Gentiles
Peter being also had received the word of God.
accused of s^ wh pcter went t0 Jeri,sa
hivmg r I. •, . .
dooe wrong, salcm, they or the circumcision
justifies h» questioned him, saying, " Didst
conduct, tnou not go into the house of un
circumcised men, and eat with
4t'em?" Then Peter began, and
related the matttrto them in order,
5 saving, " Whilst I was praying in the city of Joppa, during a trance 1 saw a vision, somewhat descending like a great sheet from heaven, let down by four strings, and
6 reaching to me. Upon which, when I looked earnestly, I saw four-footed creatures of the earth,
1 and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And 1 heard a voice saying, 'Arise, Peter, slay and eat.' But I said, ' By no
S means, Sir; for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into
9 my mouth.' Then the voice in answer said a second lime from heaven, 'What God hath purified,
esteem thou not unclean.' Now CHAP, when this had been done three times, every thing was drawn up 10 again into heaven.
"And behold ! immediately three 11 men, sent from Cesarea unto me,as °ein* came up to the house where I was. tilths And the spirit commanded me to impuiseof go with them without scruple; the spirit of moreover these six brethren ac-Gcd' companied me, and we went into the man's house, and he related to us that, he had seen an angel in his 13 house, who said to him, " Send men to Joppa to fetch Simon whose surname is Peter; he will declare 14 a doctrine to thee, by which thou, and thy family may be saved.' And 15 after i had begun to speak, the holy spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the first. Then I called to 16 mind this saving of the Lord, 'John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with a holy spirit.' For as much then as God 17 had given unto them, upon their believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the same gift as unto us, was 1 18 able to hinder God?" Upon hearing these things, they were satisfied, and glorified God, saying, "Then God hath granted to the Gentiles repentance unto life."
Now they who had been scat- 19 tered abroad upon the persecution occasioned by Saul, travelled as far as Phenicia and Cyprus, and 'Antioch,' preaching the word to Jews only. But some of them, men of 20 Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch, and preached the gospel of 21 the Lord Jesus to the * Greeks. And the 3hand of the Lord was with them, so that a great number of people believed, and turned to the Lord. Then the re- 22 port of these things reached the ears of the church in Jcrus&km,
? The capital of Syria. 'Or uncircumcised Gentiles, had done at Cesarea.
3 His power enabled them to wotk miracles.
oretclls a imine.
and they sent Barnabas thence to Antioch, who when he was come, and saw the kindness of God, was glad, and exhorted them all to cleave to the Lord, with fixed pur24 pose of heart; for he was a good man, and full of the holy spirit, and of faith; and a great number was added to the Lord. Bamahas Then Barnabas departed to Tar
toAntioch sus t0 seek ^aul: an" wnen ne had found him, he brought him to An
26 tioch; and for a whole vear they assembled themselves with that church, and taught a great multitude; and the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.
27 Now in those days some proAgahus phets came down from Jerusalem
to Antioch, one of whom, named Agabus, rose up, and signified by
28 the spirit, that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the land of Judea ; which came to pass accordingly, under Claudius
29 Cesar. Then every one of the disciples, according to his ability determined to send relief to their bre
30 thren of Judea, which they also did, and sent it to the ' elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Now about that time king "Herod put forth his hands to afflict some of the 'church. And he killed >>,^'il^d James the brother of John with the «isoned. sword; and when he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. Then were the days of
4 unleavened bread. And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and set a guard of sixteen soldiers over him ; intending to bring him out after the passover to
5 the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison; but earnest prayer was made by the church unto God for him.
•6 Now the very nightbefore Herod
intended to bring him forth, as Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and the keepers before the door, were watching the prison; behold! an angel of the Lord presented' him- 7 self, and a light shone in the room, and the angel smote Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, "Rise up quickly," and the chains fell off his hands. And 8 the angel said unto him, '* Gird thy coat about thee, and bind on thv sandals;" and he did so. Then the angel s&ilh to him: "Cast thy upper garment about thee, 9 and follow me." And Peter went out after him, and knew not that what was done by the angel was real; but thought that he saw a vision. And when they had passed 10 the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which opened to them of its own accord. So they went out of the prison, and as soon as they had gone through one street the angel left him.
Upon this Peter came to himself, and said, " Now I know certainly that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me from the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the Jewish people." And after some consideration, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, surnamed 3Mark, where many were gathered together, and praying. Now when Peter had 13 knocked at the door of the porch, a maid-servant named Rhoda, came up to listen, but knowing Peter's 14 voice again, did not stay to open the door for gladness, but ran in and told them that Peter was standing before the porch. And they said 15 unto her, " Thou art mad." But she confidently affirmed that it was
Peter rescued by an angel j
acknowledges the goodness of God, and informs his friends.
* The more early and more aged converts.
• Herod Agrippa, giandson of Herod
3 The evangelist.
Herod orders the soldiers thJtguarded Peter to be executed,
and soon after dies miserably.
Paul and Barnabas return to
They are sent out by an intimation of the will of heaven.
so. Then they said, " It is a messenger from him.1' But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door and seen him, they were greatly astonished; but he waved his hand for them to be silent, and related to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison, and he said, " Tell these things from vie to ' James and the brethren." Then he departed and went to another place.
Now as soon as it was day, there was no small disturbance amongst the soldiers what was become of Peter. But Herod, after seeking him in vain, and examining the keepers, ordered them to be put to death; and he went down from Judea, and continued in Cesarea.
Now Herod had a quarrel with the Tynans and Sidonians. But they came to him with one consent, and having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace, because their country was fed by the king's country. And on a day appointed, Herod, in his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made an oration to the people. And they cried out, " It is trie "voice of a god, and not of a man." And immediately an angel of the Lord smote Herod, because he gave not glory to God; and he was eaten by worms and expired.
And the word of the Lord grew, and abounded: and Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, after fulfilling their office, and brought with them John, whose surname was Mark.
Now there were in the church at Antioch, certain prophets and teachers, as Barnabas, and Simeon called Niger and LuciusofCyrene,andManaen, who had been brought up with 3 Herod the tetrarch, and Saul; and while they were publicly mi
1 Son of Alpheus, our Lord's kinsman, author of the first general epistle which bears his name.
* Not reproving such blasphemy was
nistering to the Lord, and fasting, Chap. the holy spirit said, " Separate me' now Barnabas and Saul for the of- 2 lice to which I have called them." So the church, after fasting and 3 praying, and laying hands on them, sent them away; and they, after4 being thus sent forth by the holy spirit, went down to 'Selcucia, and thence took ship for Cyprus; and 5 when they had reached Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they had John for their assistant.
Now after passing over the island 6 of Cyprus, as far as Paphos, they «,dramil,i found a certain magian, a Jewish ? [j^ false prophet, named Bar-jesus, of Cyprus, who was with the deputy-governor «"»?< of the country, Sergius Paul us, ap^TM man of understanding, who called to him Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But the magian, otherwise called 8 Elymas, opposed them, seeking to turn aside the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, who was called 9 Paul also, filled with a holy spirit, set his eyes on him, and said, O, 10 full of all guile and all mischief, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? Behold 1 therefore, the hand of the Lord is now against 11 thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun, for a time." And immediately there fell on. him a mist and darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the governor, 12 when he saw what was done, believed; being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
Now when Paul and his compa- 13 ny bore away from Paphos, theyTh<TP*came to Perga in Pamphylia. But ^'^ John departed from them, and re- puid'n.
highly aggravated guilt in a Jew.
3 Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great.
'A sea-port town on the coast of Syria.