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of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and made thee a ruler and a judge he made him governor over E- over us? Wilt thou kill me, as gypt and all his house. Now there thou diddest the Egyptian yestercame a dearth over all the land day? Then fled Moses at this sayof Ezypt and Chanaan, and great ing, and was a stranger in the affliction: and our fathers found land of Madian, where he begat no sustenance. But when Jacob two sons. heard that there was corn in E- Ver. 30. And when forty years gypt, he sent out our fathers first. were expired, there appeared to And at the second time Joseph him in the wilderness of mount was made known to his brethren; Sina an angel of the Lord in a and Josepli's kindred was made flame of fire in a bush. When known unto Pharaoh. Then sent Moses saw it, he wondered at the Josephi, and called his father Ja- sight: and as he drew near to cob to him, and all his kindred, behold it, the voice of the Lord threescore and fifteen souls. So came unto him, saying, I am the Jacob went down into Egypt, and God of thy fathers, the God of died, he, and our fathers, and Abraham, and the God of Isaac, were carried over into Sychem, and the God of Jacob. Then Moand laid in the sepulchre that ses trembled, and durst not beAbraham bought for a sum of hold. Then said the Lord to him, money of the sons of Emmor the Put off thy shoes from thy feet: father of Sychem. But when the for the place where thou standest time of the promise drew nigh, is holy ground. I have seen, I which God had sworn to Abra- have seen the affliction of my ham, the people grew and multi-. people which is in Egypt, and plied in Egypt, till another king I have heard their groaning, and arose, which knew not Joseph. am come down to deliver them. The same dealt subtilly with our And now come, I will send thee kindred, and evil entreated our into Egypt. This Moses whom fathers, so that they cast out their they refused, saying, Who made young children, to the end they thee a ruler and a judge ? the might not live. In which time same did God send to be a ruler Moses was born, and was exceed- and a deliverer by the hand of ing fair, and nourished up in his the angel which appeared to him father's house three months: and in the bush. He brought them when he was cast out, Pharaoh's out, after that he had shewed daughter took him up, and nou- wonders and signs in the land rished him for her own son. And of Egypt, and in the Red sea, Moses was learned in all the wis- and in the wilderness forty years, dom of the Egyptians, and was This is that Moses, which said mighty in words and 'in deeds. unto the children of Israel, A And when he was full forty years prophet shall the Lord your God old, it came into his heart to visit raise up unto you of your brehis brethren the children of Is- thren, like unto me; him shall rael. And seeing one of them suf- ye hear. This is he, that was in fer wrong, he defended him, and the church in the wilderness with avenged him that was oppressed, the angel which spake to him in and smote the Egyptian: for he the mount Sina, and with our supposed his brethren would have fathers: who received the lively understood how that God by his oracles to give unto us: to whom hand would deliver them: but our fathers would not obey, but they understood not. And the thrust hin from them, and in next day he shewed himself unto their hearts turned back again them as they strove, and would into Egypt, saying unto Aaron, have set them at one again, say- Make us gods to go before us: ing, Sirs, ye are brethren; why for as for this Moses, which do ye wrong one to another? But brought us out of the land of he that did his neighbour wrong Egypt, we wot not what is bethrust him away, saying, Who come of him. And they made a

calf in those days, and offered opened, and the Son of man sacrifice unto the idol, and re- standing on the right hand of joiced in the works of their own God. Then they cried out with hands. Then God turned, and a loud voice, and stopped their gave them up to worship thé host ears, and ran upon him with one of heaven; as it is written in the accord, and cast him out of the book of the prophets, O ye house city, and stoned him: and the of Israel, have ye offered to me witnesses laid down their clothes slain beasts and sacrifices by the

at a young man's feet, whose space of forty years in the wil- name was Saul. And they stoned derness? Yea, ye took up the Stephen, calling upon God, and tabernacle of Moloch, and the saying, Lord Jesus, receive my star of your god Remphan, fi- spirit. And he kneeled down, and gures which ye made to worship cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay them: and I will carry you away not this sin to their charge. And beyond Babylon. Our fathers had when he had said this, he fell the tabernacle of witness in the asleep. wilderness, as he had appointed,

CHAP. VIII. speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the

April 11, August 10, Dec. 8. fashion that he had seen. Which AND his death.

ND Saul was consenting unalso our fathers that came after

And at that brought in with Jesus into the time there was a great persecupossession of the Gentiles, whom tion against the church which God drave out before the face was at Jerusalem; and they were of our fathers, unto the days of all scattered abroad throughout David; who found favour before the regions of Judæa and SamaGod, and desired to find a taber- ria, except the apostles. And denacle for the God of Jacob. But vout men carried Stephen to his Solomon built him an house. How- burial, and made great lamentabeit the most High dwelleth not tion over him. As for Saul, he in temples made with hands as made havock of the church, ensaith the prophet, Heaven is my tering into every house, and halthrone, and earth is my footstool: ing men and women committed what house will ye build me? them to prison. Therefore they saith the Lord: or what is the that were scattered abroad went place of my rest? Hath not my every where preaching the word. hand made all these things? Ye Then Philip went down to the stiffnecked and uncircumcised in city of Samaria, and preached heart and ears, ye do always re- Christ unto them. And the peosist the Holy Ghost : as your fa- ple with one accord gave heed thers did, so do ye. Which of the unto those things which Philip prophets have not your fathers spake, hearing and seeing the persecuted ? and they have slain miracles which he did. For unthem which shewed before of the clean spirits, crying with loud coming of the Just One; of whom voice, came out of many that ye have been now the betrayers were possessed with them : and and murderers: who have re- many taken with palsies, and that ceived the law by the disposition were lame, were healed. And of angels, and have not kept it. there was great joy in that city. When they heard these things, But there was a certain man, they were cut to the heart, and called Simon, which beforetime they gnashed on him with their in the same city used sorcery, teeth.

and bewitched the people of SaVer. 55. But he, being full of maria, giving out that himself the Holy Ghost, looked up sted- was some great one: to whom fastly into heaven, and saw the they all gave heed, from the least glory of God, and Jesus standing to the greatest, saying, This man on the right hand of God, and is the great power of God. And said, Behold, I see the heavens to him they had regard, because

that of long time he had bewitch- der Candace queen of the Ethioed them with sorceries. But when pians, who had the charge of all they believed Philip preaching her treasure, and had come to the things concerning the king. Jerusalem for to worship, was dom of God, and the name of returning, and sitting in his chaJesus Christ, they were baptized, riot read Esaias the prophet. Then both men and women. Then Si- the Spirit said unto Philip, Go mon himself believed also: and near, and join thyself to this chawhen he was baptized, he conti- riot. And Philip ran thither to nued with Philip, and wondered, him, and heard him read the probeholding the miracles and signs phet Esaias, and said, Underwhich were done. Now when the standest thou what thou readest?

apostles which were at Jerusalem And he said, How can I, except I heard that Samaria had received some man sliould guide me? And | the word of God, they sent unto he desired Philip that he would

them Peter and John: who, when come up and sit with him. The they were come down, prayed for place of the scripture which he them, that they might receive the read was this, he was led as a Holy Ghost: (for as yet he was sheep to the slaughter; and like fallen upon none of them: only a lamb dumb before his shearer, they were baptized in the name so opened he not his mouth: in of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they his humiliation his judgment was their hands on them, and they taken away: and who shall dereceived the Holy Ghost. And clare his generation? for his life when Simon saw that through is taken from the earth. And the laying on of the apostles' hands eunuch answered Philip, and said, the Holy Ghost was given, he I pray thee, of whom speaketh offered them money, saying, Give the prophet this? of himself, or me also this power, that on whom- of some other man? Then Philip soever I lay hands, he may re- opened his mouth, and began at ceive the Holy Ghost. But Peter the same scripture, and preached said unto him, Thy money pe

unto him Jesus. And as they went rish with thee, because thou hast on their way, they came unto a thought that the gift of God may certain water: and the eunuch be purchased with money. Thou said, See, here is water; what hast neither part nor lot in this doth hinder me to be baptized ? matter: for thy hcart is not right And Philip said, If thou believest in the sight of God. Repent there- with all thine heart, thou mayest. fore of this thy wickedness, and And he answered and said, I pray God, if perhaps the thought believe that Jesus Christ is the of thine heart may be forgiven Son of God. And he commanded thee. For I perceive that thou art the chariot to stand still: and in the gall of bitterness, and in they went down both into the the bond of iniquity. Then an- water, both Philip and the euswered Simon, and said, Pray ye nuch; and he baptized him. And to the Lord for me, that none of when they were come up out of these things which ye have spoken the water, the Spirit of the Lord come upon me. And they, when caught away Philip, that the euthey had testified and preached nuch saw him no more: and he the word of the Lord, returned to went on his way rejoicing. But Jerusalem, and preached the gos- Philip was found at Azotus : and pel in many villages of the Sa- passing through he preached in maritans. And the angel of the all the cities, till he came to Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Cæsarea. Arise, and go toward the south

CHAP. IX. unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which

April 12, August 11, Dec. 9. is desert. And he arose and went: Anthresauni nyet breathing hout

ND , behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority un- against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and went his way, and entered into desired of him letters to Damas- the house; and putting his hands cus to the synagogues, that if he on him said, Brother Saul, the found any of this way, whether Lord, even Jesus, that appeared they were men or women, he unto thee in the way as thou might bring them bound unto camest, hath sent me, that thou Jerusalem. And as lie journeyed, mightest receive thy sight, and he came near Damascus: and be filled with the Holy Ghost. suddenly there shined round a- And immediately there fell from bout him a light from heaven: his eyes as it had been scales : and he fell to the earth, and and he received sight forthwith, heard a voice saying unto him, and arose, and was baptized. And Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou when he had received meat, he me? And he said, Who art thou, was strengthened. Then was Saul Lord? And the Lord said, I am certai days with the disciples Jesus whom thou persecutest: it which were at Damascus. And is hard for thee to kick against straightway he preached Christ the pricks. And he trembling and in the synagogues, that he is the astonished said, Lord, what wilt Son of God. But all that heard thou have me to do? And the him were amazed, and said; Is Lord said unto him, Arise, and not this he that destroyed them go into the city, and it shall be which called on this name in Jetold thee what thou must do. rusalem, and came hither for that And the men which journeyed | intent, that he might bring them with him stood speechless, hear- bound unto the chief priests? ing a voice, but seeing no man. But Saul increased the more in And Saul arose from the earth; strength, and confounded the and when his eyes were opened, Jews which dwelt at Damascus, he saw no man; but they led him proving that this is very Christ. by the hand, and brought him And after that many days were into Damascus. And he was three fulfilled, the Jews took counsel days without sight, and neither to kill him: but their laying await did eat nor drink. And there was was known of Saul. And they a certain disciple at Damascus, watched the gates day and night named Ananias; and to him said to kill him. Then the disciples the Lord in a vision, Ananias. took him by night, and let him And he said, Behold, I am here, down by the wall in a basket. Lord. And the Lord said unto And when Saul was come to Jehim, Arise, and go into the street rusalem, he assayed to join himwhich is called Straight, and en- self to the disciples : but they quire in the house of Judas for were all afraid of him, and beone called Saul, of Tarsus : for, lieved not that he was a disciple. behold, he prayeth, and hath seen But Barnabas took him, and in a vision a man named Ananias brought him to the apostles, and coming in, and putting his hand declared unto them how he had on him, that he might receive seen the Lord in the way, and his sight. Then Ananias answered, that he had spoken to him, and Lord, I have heard by many of how he had preached boldly at this man, how much evil he hath Damascus in the name of Jesus. done to thy saints at Jerusalem : And he was with them coming and here lie hath authority from in and going out at Jerusalem. the chief priests to bind all that And he spake boldly in the name call on thy name. But the Lord of the Lord Jesus, and disputed said unto him, Go thy way: for against the Grecians: but they he is a chosen vessel unto me, went about to slay him. Which to bear my name before the Gen- when the brethren knew, they tiles, and kings, and the children brought him down to Cæsarea, of Israel: for I will shew him and sent him forth to Tarsus. how great things he must suffer Then had the churches rest for my name's sake. And Ananias throughout all Judæa and Galilee and Samaria, and were edi- centurion of the band called the tied; and walking in the fear of Italian band, a devout man, and the Lord, and in the comfort of one that feared God with all his the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. house, which gave much alms to And it came to pass, as Peter the people, and prayed to God passed throughout all quarters, alway. He saw in a vision evihe came down also to the saints dently about the ninth hour of which dwelt at Lydda. And there the day an angel of God coming he found a certain man named in to him, and saying unto him, Æneas, which had kept his bed Cornelius. And when he looked eight years, and was sick of the on him, he was afraid, and said, palsy. And Peter said unto him, What is it, Lord? And he said Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee unto him, Thy prayers and thine whole: arise, and make thy bed. alms are come up for a memorial And he arose immediately. And befor God. And now send men all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron to Joppa, and call for one Simon, saw him, and turned to the Lord. whose surname is Peter: he lodgNow there was at Joppa a certain

eth with one Simon a tanner, disciple named Tabitha, which by whose house is by the sea side: interpretation is called Dorcas: he shall tell thee what thou oughtthis woman was full of good works est to do. And when the angel and almsdeeds which she did. which spake unto Cornelius was And it came to pass in those days, departed, he called two of his that she was sick, and died: whom household servants, and a devout when they had washed, they laid soldier of them that waited on her in an upper chamber. And him continually; and when he forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to had declared all these things unto Joppa, and the disciples had heard them, he sent them to Joppa. On that Peter was there, they sent the morrow, as they went on their unto him two men, desiring him journey, and drew nigh unto the that he would not delay to come city, Peter went up upon the to them. Then Peter arose and housetop to pray about the sixth went with them. When he was hour: and he became very huncome, they brought him into the gry, and would have eaten: but upper chamber: and all the wi- while they made ready, he fell dows stood by him weeping, and into a trance, and saw heaven shewing the coats and garments opened, and a certain vessel dewhich Dorcas made, while she scending unto him, as it had been was with them.

But Peter put a great sheet knit at the four them all forth, and kneeled down, corners, and let down to the earth: and prayed; and turning him to wherein were all manner of fourthe body said, Tabitha, arise. And footed beasts of the earth, and she opened her eyes: and when wild beasts, and creeping things, she saw Peter, she sat up. And and fowls of the air. And there he gave her his hand, and lifted came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; her up, and when he had called kill, and eat. But Peter said, the saints and widows, presented Not so, Lord; for I have never her alive. And it was known eaten any thing that is common throughout all Joppa; and many or unclean. And the voice spake believed in the Lord. And it unto him again the second time,

ne to pass, that he tarried What God hath cleansed, that many days in Joppa with one call not thou common. This was Simon a tanner.

done thrice: and the vessel was

received up again into heaven. CHAP. X.

Now while Peter doubted in himApril 13, August 12, Dec. 10. self what this vision which he had Whit-Sunday, Morn. from ver. 34.

seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cor

nelius had made enquiry for Siin Cæsarea called Cornelius, a mon's house, and stood before the

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