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drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them ; they shall · lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and "sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every

v Acts, v. 15, 16: Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits : and they were healed every one. do. ix. 17: And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. do. xxviii

. 8: It came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. JAMES, v. 14, 15: Is any sick among you ? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord : and the prayer of faith shall save the sick

, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Acts, i. 2,3 : Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen. To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs

, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

LUKE, xxiv. 51 : It came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

yl Pet. iii. 22: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being

Rev. iii. 21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in

my throne, overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 2 Acts, v. 12: And by the hands of the apostles

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s and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs

See on MAT. xxii. 44.


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where, the Lord working with them, and con-
firming the word with signs following. Amen.
and wonders to be done by their hands. 1 Cor. ii. 4,5: And
my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of
man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;
that your

faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Heb.ii. 4: God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.

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St. Luke.

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LUKE, the evangelist, was a Syrian, a native of Antioch, and by profession a physician. (Col. iv. 14:) It has been considered as probable, that St. Luke was the companion of Cleophas, with whom he went to Emmaus, when Jesus Christ joined them. In the introduction to his gospel, (i. 1.) Luke appears to intimate that he was not himself an eye-witness of the actions he was about to relate. In the Acts of the Apostles, which were written by him, he uses the first person plural, when he is relating some of the travels of St. Paul; and thence it is inferred, that at those times, he was himself with that apostle. He says (Acts, xvi. 11): "Loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia. Thus we learn that St. Luke accompanied St. Paul, in this his first voyage to Macedonia. From Samothracia they went to Neapolis, and thence to Philippi. It has been concluded that at this last place St. Paul and St. Luke separated; because, in continuing the history of St. Paul, after he left Philippi, St. Luke uses the third person, saying (Acts, xvii. 1): "Now when they had passed through Amphipolis,” &c. and he does not resume the first person till St. Paul was in Greece the second time. We have no account. of St. Luke during this interval ; it only appears that he was not with St. Paul when Paul was about to go to Jerusalem from Greece, after his second visit unto that country. Luke, mentioning certain persons, says (Acts, xx. 5, 6): “ These going before tarried for us at Troas, and we sailed away from Philippi.” Thus again we learn that Luke accompanied Paul out of Greece, through Macedonia to Troas ; and the sequel of St. Paul's history in the Acts, and some passages in his Epistles, written whilst he was a prisoner at Rome, inform us,

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that Luke continued from that time with Paul, till he was released from his confinement at Rome. It seems probable, that Luke went from Rome into Achaia, and afterwards preached the gospel in Africa. St. Luke's gospel was published about the year 63. Of all the writings of the New Testament, the works of St. Luke are written in the purest and most elegant Greek.


CHAP. I. 1 The preface of Luke to his whole Gospel: ő The conception of

John the Baptist, 26 and of Christ : 39 The prophecy of Elisabeth and of Mary concerning Christ : 57 The nativity and circumcision of John : The prophecy of Zacharias bath of Christ, 76 and

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FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

2 · Even as they delivered" them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word


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CHAP. I. a Her. ii. 3: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord

, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him? 1 Pet. v.1: The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed. 2 Pet. i. 16: For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. 1 Joan, i. 1: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard

, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life.

• MARKI.1 : The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. John, xv. 27 : Ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

c Rom. xv. 16 : That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

EPH.ili. 7: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his


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3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all thingsfrom the very first, 3 to write unto thee in order, 'most excellent Theophilus,

4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Before the com- 5 ? There was in the "days of
mon account called
Anno Domini, the Herod, the King of Judæa, a cer-

tain Priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia : and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

6 And they were both "righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and 'ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7 And they had no child, because that Elisa* as soon as I had searched out diligently all things. Ma. Cr. 3 from the beginning. Ham. informed. Ud. And he gave some, apostles ; and some, prophets, and some, evangelists ; and some, pastors and teachers'; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

d Acts, xv. 19, 25, 28: My sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God. It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you. It seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us. 1 Cor. vii. 40 : I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

e Acts, xi. 4: Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them. f Acts, i. 1 : The former treatise have I made, O Theophilusa

8. JOHN, XX. 31 : But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Mat. ii. 1: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judæa, in the days of Herod the king.
i 1 Chr. xxiv. 10: The eighth to Åbijah. See on ver. 8.

on Heb. xiii. 21.
1 Cor. xi. 2: Now I praise you, brethren, that ye re-
member me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I de-
livered them to you.

Pwll. iii. 6: Concerning zeal, persecuting the church'; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

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beth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the Priest's office before God min the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the Priest's office, his lot was "to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying 'without at the time of incense.

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m 1 Chr. xxiv. 19: These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the Lord, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him. 2 Cur. viii. 14: And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required : the porters also by their courses at every gate : for so had David the man of God commanded. do. xxi. 2: And he had brethren, the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shepatiah : all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.

n Exod. xxx. 7, 8: And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning : when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord, throughout your generations. I SAM. ii. 28: And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest

, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, &c. 1 Chr. xxiii

. 13: The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses ; and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and

ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever. 2 CHR. xxix. 11: My sons, be not thou negligent ; for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye shonld minister unto him, and burn incense.

Lev. xvi. 17: There shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel. Ps. cxli. 2: Let my prayer be set forth before thee

Rev. viii. 3,4: And another angel came' and

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