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32. To return now to the five thousand that were last converted. They followed the Example of those in Chap. ii. by living in perfect Unity of Love and Affection, and a free Renunciation and Distribution of whatever they had to such as wanted.

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the things that were sold, -
35. And laid them down at the apostles feet: and distribu-
tion was made unto every man according as he had need.

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* This Name was given bum, either from the pecular Charity and Benignity of his Temper in general (see chap. xi. 24.) or else upon Account of this All of selling his Effate, which we

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Prison. They are deliver'd by an Angel ; and are
found preaching again in the Temple, to the great Afto-
nishment of the Court. The Roman Captain brings
them into Court. The Charge of the Court against
them. Their Answer. A Determination to slay them.
Gamaliel's Advice to the Court hereupon. The Apostles
are scourged. Their Condućt under it.

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were so charitable as to sell their
Estates to supply the Poor, there
was one Man and his Wife that
had contrived together to give
the Apostles only a Part of the
Money, and yet pretend to give
the Whole as others did, design-
ing thereby to get themselves
maintained as plentifully out of

the public Stock, as if they had given up their whole Estate, while they kept Part of it in their own Hands, either imagining they could not find them out, or else

desiring to try whether they could or no.

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D. 33.

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3. But Peter said, : Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4.Whiles it remained, was it not thine own and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart thou hast not lied unto men, but unto * God.

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could not but know were endowed with the Holy Spirit of GOD, was to lie to the Holy Spirit itself, which was the same Thing as lying to GOD.

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5. And to deter 'and keep all Believers for the future from such bare-faced Infincerity, and arrogant Temptation of the Holy Ghost, he struck the Man dead upon the Spot; which exempla

ry Punishment put a mighty Dread and Reverence into

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cumstances, he was carried away, and buried as soon and as privately as might be. t 7. About three hours after, his Wife came into the Room, knowing nothing of her Husband's Death. 8, 9

them all.
6. And the young
men arose, wound

him up, and carried
bim out and buried

7. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife not knowing what was dene, came in.

* Ver, 4. Thou baff not lied unto Men but unto God Compare Luke x. 16. Aëts Kxiii. 9. 1 Thesiv. 8. + War. 6. I paraphrase this Verse purely from a View of

the Manner of Ananias's Death, and must acknowledge there is more in the Paraph Rase than the Text will absolutely warrant; and so leave it to the Judgment and Candour of the Reader. l

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his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her forth, buried

ber by her husband.
1 1. And great fear
came upon all the
church, and upon as
many as heard these


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