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848 Saul's miraculous conversion : THE ACTS.

31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me 2 And he desired Philip that he would come up, and sit with him. 32 The place of the 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 : | 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away : and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this 2 of himself, or of some other man 2 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water ; what doth hinder one to be baptized

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and go into the city, and it shall be to thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearingavitt, i. seeing no man. 8 %. Saul arose from the earth; an when his eyes were opened, he saw I man: but they led him by the hand,and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days witha sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 10 T And there was a certain disco at Damascus, named Ananias; and I him said the Lord in a vision, Analâs And he said, Behold, I am hero, Lord 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arist,

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12 And hath seen in a vision amal named Ananias, coming in, and Putio *is hand on him, that he might rective his sight.

57 And Philip said, if thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jests Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still : and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eumuch ; and he baptized him. £9 And when 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 rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through, he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea. CHAP. IX. 1 Saul going toward Damascus, 10 is cased to the aftostleshi/..., 23 Zhe Jews tau ovuit for him. S6 Tahitha raised.

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13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy Saints 4 Jerusalem : 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests, to bind all that callo thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Goto way: for he is a chosen vessel Into me. to bear my name before the Gentic and kings, and the children of Israel 16 For I will shew him how gros' things he must suffer for my name's sk. 17 And Ananias went his way, an entered into the house; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, th: Lord (even Jesus that appeared mu thee in the way as thou camest)haths: me, that thou mightest receive thy soft, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and h; received sight forthwith, and arose, and

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25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26 of And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas 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. 25 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 30 Which when the brethrer, knew, they brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. 31 Then had the churches restthroughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified: and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. 32's And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. 33 And there he found a certain man named Eneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. 34 And Peter said unto him, Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. 35 Andall that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. 36 || Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of works and almsdeeds which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when

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per chamber. 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 Then Peter arose, and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed ; and turning him to the body, said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lift

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ed her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa : and many believed in the Lord. 43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a

tanner. CHAP. X. 1Cornelius sendeth for Peter.3 His wision. HERE was a certain man in Cesarea, called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God

always. 3 He saw in a vision evidently, about the ninth hour of the day, an ängel of God coming in to him, and saying unto

him, Cornelius.

4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord!? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea-side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually ; 8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. 9 || On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the house-top

to pray, about the sixth hour:

10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth : 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter ; kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord ; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice shake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. *16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Péter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18 And called, and asked whether

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Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19 || While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21. Then Peter went down to the men. which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause whereforeye are come? 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. 23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

24 And the morrow after they entered

into Cesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25 s[ And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and wo. him. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up : I myself also am a man. 27 And as he talked with him, he wentin, and found many that were come together. 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how-that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for : I Ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me 2 30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner, by the sea-side : who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. .Now therefore are we all bere present before God, to hear, all things that are commanded thee of God. 34 of Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

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36 The word which God sent untothe children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached ; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazo: reth with the Holy Ghost and with pow; er ; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of th: devil ; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all thing which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41 Not to all the people, but untowtnesses chosen before of God, eventous, who did eat and drink with him after ht | rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. , 43 To him give all the prophets witness, | that through his name whosoever belier. eth in him shall receive remission of sins

44 || While Peter yet spake thes. words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. | 45 And they of the circumcision which | believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Geniles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then as: swered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that

these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be

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2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circum: cision contended with him, 3 Saying, Thou wentest in to menus: circumcised, and didst eat with them. 4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, 5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, Acertain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners ; and it came even to me: 6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw four

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footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter ; slay and eat. 8 But I said, Not so, 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 cleansed, that call not thou common. 10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Cesarea unto me. 12 And the Spirit bade me go with , them, nothing doubting. Moreover, these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house : - 13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter ; 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. ; Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water ; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. i7 Forasmuch them as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I that I could withstand God 2 18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and$. God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. 19 || Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, J.; the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them : and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22 || Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the§. of God, was glad, and exhorted them all that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he

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brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world : which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar. 29 Then the disciples,every manaccording to his ability, .to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. 30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. CHAP. XII. 1 Herod fiersecuteth the Christians. 20 His firide, and miserable death. OW about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vexcertain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3.And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread. 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him, and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the firstand the second 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 passed on through one street; and forthwith theangeldeparted from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

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12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together,

praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14 And when sheknew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peterstood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel, 16 But Peter continued knocking. And when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But he beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had o him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. - 18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Cesarea, and there abode. 20 T And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon. But they came with one accord to him, and having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace, because their country was nourished by the king's country. 21 And upon a set day, Herod arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and *::: . oration unto o 22 the le gave a shout, saying, It is the o : and not of a . 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. 24. T But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark. CHAP. XIII. 1 Paul and Barnabas go to the Gentiles. - 42 The Gentiles believe. OW there were in the church that was at Antioch certain 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 Sau 2. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have called them,

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sent them away. 4's So they being sent forth by the Ho Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and fro thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the No. of the Jews. And they had also John to their minister. 6 And when they had through the isle unto Paphos, they found a ce:tain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus : 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudentman; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer, (for scs his name by interpretation,) withso them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, who also is caffed Paul, Filed with the HolyGhost, set his eyeson him, 10 And said, O full of all subtity, and all mischief, thou child of the devi, thos enemy of all righteousness, wilt then not ceasetopervert theright ways of the Lord! 11 And now behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season And i.e.; there fell on him a mis and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. 13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14 TBut when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbathday, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye met and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 Then Paul stood up, beckoning with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. 17 The God of this people of Israel chose, our fathers, and exalted the pe le when they dwelt as stran in the and of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it. 18 And about the time of forty st: fered he their manners in the wilderness 19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. 20 And after that, he gave unto thrce of four hundres.

and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet

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