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gate, and called, and asked whe- speak unto thee. Immediately ther Simon, which was surnamed therefore I sent to thee; and thou Peter, were lodged there. While hast well done that thou art come. Peter thought on the vision, the Now therefore are we all here Spirit said unto him, Behold, three present before God, to hear all men seek thee. Arise therefore, things that are commanded thee and get thee down, and go with of God. them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went Ver. 34. Then Peter opened his down to the men which were sent mouth, and said, Of a truth I unto him from Cornelius; and perceive that God is no respecter said, Behold, I am he whom ye of persons : but in every nation seek: what is the cause wherefore he that feareth him, and workye are come? And they said, Cor- eth righteousness, is accepted with nelius the centurion, a just man, him. The word which God sent and one that feareth God, and of unto the children of Israel, preachgood report among all the nation ing peace by Jesus Christ : (he is of the Jews, was warned from God Lord of all :) that word, I say, by an holy angel to send for thee ye know, which was published into his house, and to hear words throughout all Judæa, and began of thee. Then called he them in, from Galilee, after the baptism and lodged them. And on the mor- which John preached; how God row Peter went away with them, anointed Jesus of Nazareth with and certain brethren from Joppa the Holy Ghost and with power: accompanied him. And the mor- who went about doing good, and row after they entered into Cæ- healing all that were oppressed of sarea. And Cornelius waited for the devil; for God was with him. them, and had called together his And we are witnesses of all things kinsmen and near friends. And which he did both in the land of as Peter was coming in, Corne- the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom lius met him, and fell down at they slew and hanged on a tree: his feet, and worshipped him. But him God raised up the third day, Peter took him up, saying, Stand and shewed him openly; not to up; I myseif also am a man. And
all the people, but unto witnesses as he talked with him, he went chosen before of God, even to us, in, and found many that were who did eat and drink with him come together. And he said unto after he rose from the dead. And them, Ye know how that it is an he commanded us to preach unto unlawful thing for a man that is the people, and to testify that it a Jew to keep company, or come is he which was ordained of God unto one of another nation; but to be the Judge of quick and dead. God hath shewed me that I should To him give all the prophets witnot call any man common or un- ness, that through his name whoclean. Therefore came I unto you soever believeth in him shall rewithout gainsaying, as soon as I ceive remission of sins. While was sent for: I ask therefore for Peter yet spake these words, the what intent ye have sent for me? Holy Ghost fell on all them which And Cornelius said, Four days heard the word. And they of the ago I was fasting until this hour; circumcision which believed were and at the ninth hour I prayed astonished, as many as came with in my house, and, behold, a man Peter, because that on the Genstood before me in bright clothing, tiles also was poured out the gift and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard, and thine alms are liad in heard them speak with tongues, remembrance in the sight of God. and magnify God. Then answered Send therefore to Joppa, and call Peter, Can any man forbid water, hither Simon, whose surname is that these should not be baptizPeter; he is lodged in the house ed, which have received the floly of one Simon a tanner by the sea Ghost as well as we? And he side: who, when he cometh, shall commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then water; but ye shall be baptized prayed they him to tarry certain with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch days.
then as God gave them the like CHAP. XI.
gift as he did unto us, who be
lieved on the Lord Jesus Christ; April 14, August 13, Dec. 11.
what was I, that I could with
stand God? When they heard ND the apostles and brethren these things, they held their peace,
and gloritied God, saying, Then the Gentiles had also received the hath God also to the Gentiles word of God. And when Peter granted repentance unto life. Now was come up to Jerusalem, they they which were scattered abroad that were of the circumcision con- upon the persecution that arose tended with him, saying, Thou about Stephen travelled as far as wentest in to men uncircumcised, Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antiand didst eat with them. But och, preaching the word to none Peter rehearsed the matter from but unto the Jews only. And some the beginning, and expounded it of them were men of Cyprus and by order unto them, saying, I was Cyrene, which, when they were in the city of Joppa praying: and come to Antioch, spake unto the in a trance I saw a vision, A cer- Grecians, preaching the Lord Jetain vessel descend, as it had been sus. And the hand of the Lord a great sheet, let down from hea- was with them: and a great numven by four corners; and it came ber believed, and turned unto even to me: upon the which when the Lord. Then tidings of these I had fastened mine eyes, I con- things came unto the ears of the sidered, and saw fourfooted beasts church which was in Jerusalem : of the earth, and wild beasts, and and they sent forth Barnabas, that creeping things, and fowls of the he should go as far as Antioch. air. ` And I heard a voice saying Who, when he came, and had unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and seen the grace of God, was glad, eat. But I said, Not so, Lord : and exhorted them all, that with for nothing common or unclean purpose of heart they would cleave hath at any time entered into my unto the Lord. For he was a mouth. But the voice answered good man, and full of the Holy me again from heaven, What God Ghost and of faith: and much hath cleansed, that call not thou people was added unto the Lord. common. And this was done three Then departed Barnabas to Tartimes: and all were drawn up sus, for to seek Saul: and when again into heaven. And, behold, he had found him, he brought immediately there were three men him unto Antioch. And it came already come unto the house where to pass, that a whole year they I was, sent from Cæsarea unto assembled themselves with the me. And the spirit bade me go church, and tauglit much people. with them, nothing doubting. And the disciples were called Moreover these six brethren ac- Christians first in Antioch. And companied me, and we entered in these days came prophets from into the man's house: and he Jerusalem unto Antioch. And shewed us how he had seen an there stood up one of them namangel in his house, which stood ed Agabus, and signified by the and said unto him, end men to spirit that there should be great Joppa, and call for Simon, whose dearth throughout all the world: surname is Peter; who shall tell which came to pass in the days thee words, whereby thou and all of Claudius Cæsar. Then the disthy house shall be saved. And as ciples, every man according to his I began to speak, the Holy Ghost ability, determined to send relief fell on them, as on us at the be- unto the brethren which dwelt in ginning. Then remembered I the Judæa: which also they did, and word of the Lord, how that he sent it to the elders by the hands said, John indecd baptized with of Barnabas and Saul.
Now about that time Herod
thing, he came to the house of CHAP. XII.
Mary the mother of John, whose
surname was Mark; where many April 15, August 14, Dec. 12.
were gathered together praying. St. Michael, Morning, to ver. 20. And as Peter knocked at the
door of the gate, a damsel came
to hearken, named Rhoda. And the king stretched forth his when she knew Peter's voice, she hands to vex certain of the church.
opened not the gate for gladness, And he killed James the brother but ran in, and told how Peter of John with the sword. And be
stood before the gate. And they cause he saw it pleased the Jews, said unto her, Thou art mad. he proceeded further to take Peter But she constantly affirmed that also. (Then were the days of un- it was even so. Then said they, leavened bread.) And when he It is his angel. But Peter conhad apprehended him, he put him tinued knocking: and when they in prison, and delivered him to had opened the door, and saw four quaternions of soldiers to him, they were astonished. But keep him; intending after Easter he, beckoning unto them with to bring him forth to the people. the hand to hold their peace, dePeter therefore was kept in pri- clared unto them how the Lord son:
but prayer was made with- had brought him out of the pri. out ceasing of the church unto son. And he said, Go shew these God for him. And when Herod things unto James, and to the would have brought him forth, bretliren. And he departed, and the same night Peter was sleeping went into another place. Now as between two soldiers, bound with soon as it was day, there was no two chains: and the keepers be- small stir among the soldiers, fore the door kept the prison. what was become of Peter. And And, behold, the angel of the when Herod had sought for him, Lord came upon him, and a light and found him not, he examined shined_in the prison: and he the keepers, and commanded that smote Peter on the side, and rais- they should be put to death. And ed him up, saying, Arise up he went down from Judæa to quickly. And his chains fell off Cæsarea, and there abode. from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and Ver. 20. And Herod was highly bind on thy sandals. And so he displeased with them of Tyre and did. And he saith unto him, Cast Sidon: but they came with one thy garment about thee, and fol- accord to him, and, having made low me. And he went out, and Blastus the king's chamberlain followed him; and wist not that their friend, desired peace; beit was true which was done by cause their country was nourished the angel ; but thought he saw a by the king's country. And upon vision. When they were past the a set day Herod, arrayed in royal first and the second ward, they apparel, sat upon his throne, and came unto the iron gate that made an oration unto them. And leadeth unto the city; which the people gave a shout, saying, opened to them of his own ac- It is the voice of a god, and not cord: and they went out, and of a man. And immediately the passed on through one street; angel of the Lord smote him, beand forthwith the angel departed cause he gave not God the glory: from him. And when Peter was and he was eaten of worms, and come to himself, he said, Now I gave up the ghost. But the word know of a surety, that the Lord of God grew and multiplied. And hath sent his angel, and hath Barnabas and Saul returned from delivered me out of the hand of Jerusalem, when they had fulfilHerod, and from all the expecta- led their ministry, and took with tion of the people of the Jews. them John, whose surname was And when he had considered the Mark.
ing from them returned to Jeru.
salem. But when they departed April 16, August 15, Dec. 13.
from Perga, they came to AnNo TOW there were in the church tioch in Pisidia, and went into
that was at Antioch ceriain the synagogue on the sabbath prophets and teachers; as Bar- day, and sat down. And after nabas, and Simeon that was call- the reading of the law and the ed Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, propliets the rulers of the synaand Manaen, which had been gogue sent unto them, saying, Ye brought up with lerod the te- men and brethren, if ye have any trarch, and Saul. As they min- word of exhortation for the peoistered to the Lord, and fasted, ple, say on. Then Paul stood up, the lIoly Ghost said, Separate and beckoning with his hand said, me Barnabas and Saul for the Men of Israel, and ye that fear work whereunto I have called God, give audience. The God of them. And when they had fasted this people of Israel chose our and prayed, and laid their hands fathers, and exalted the people on them, they sent them away. when they dwelt as strangers in So they, being sent forth by the the land of Egypt, and with an Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleu- high arm brought he them out of cia; and from thence they sail- it. And about the time of forty ed to Cyprus. And when they years suffered he their manners were at Salamis, they preached in the wilderness. And when he the word of God in the syna- had destroyed seven nations in gogues of the Jews: and they the land of Chanaan, he divided had also John to their minister. their land to them by lot. And And when they had gone through after that he gave unto them the isle unto Paphos, they found judges about the space of four a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, hundred and fifty years, until a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: Samuel the prophet. And afterwhich was with the deputy of the ward they desired a king: and country, Sergius Paulus, a pru- God gave unto them Saul the son dent man; who called for Bar- of Cis, a man of the tribe of Bennabas and Saul, and desired to jamin, by the space of forty years. hear the word of God. But Ely- And when he had removed him, mas the sorcerer (for so is his he raised up unto them David to name by interpretation) withstood be their king; to whom also he them, seeking to turn away the gave testimony, and said, I have deputy from the faith. Then Saul, found David the son of Jesse, a (who also is called Paul,) filled man after mine own heart, which with the IIoly Ghost, set his eyes shall fulfil all my will. Of this on him, and said, ó full of all man's seed hath God according subtilty and all mischief, thou to his promise raised unto Israel child of the devil, thou enemy of a Saviour, Jesus: when John had all righteousness, wilt thou not first preached before his coming cease to pervert the right ways the baptism of repentance to all of the Lord? And now, behold, the people of Israel. And as John the hand of the Lord is upon fulfilled his course, he said, Whom thee, and thou shalt be blind, not think ye that I am ? I am not he. seeing the sun for a season. And But, behold, there cometh one immediately there fell on him a after me, whose shoes of his feet mist and a darkness; and he went I am not worthy to loose. Men about seeking some to lead him and brethren, children of the by the hand. Then the deputy, stock of Abraham, and whosoever when he saw what was done, be- among you feareth God, to you lieved, being astonished at the is the word of this salvation sent. doctrine of the Lord. Now when For they that dwell at Jerusalem, Paul and his company loosed and their rulers, because they from Paphos, they came to Perga knew him not, nor yet the voices in Pamphylia : and John depart- of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have ful- the grace of God. And the next filled them in condemning him. sabbath day came almost the And though they found no cause whole city together to hear the of death in him, yet desired they word of God. But when the Jews Pilate that he should be slain. saw the multitudes, they were And when they had fulfilled all filled with envy, and spake athat was written of him, they took gainst those things which were him down from the tree, and laid spoken by Paul, contradicting and him in a sepulchre. But God blaspheming. Then Paul and Barraised him from the dead : and nabas waxed bold, and said, It he was seen many days of them was necessary that the word of which came up with him from God should first have been spoken Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his to you: but seeing ye put it from witnesses unto the people. And you, and judge yourselves unworwe declare unto you glad tidings, thy of everlasting life, lo, we turn how that the promise which was to the Gentiles. For so hath the made unto the fathers, God hath Lord commanded us, saying, I fulfilled the same unto us their have set thee to be a light of the children, in that he hath raised Gentiles, that thou shouldest be up Jesus again; as it is also writ- for salvation unto the ends of the ten in the second psalm, Thou art earth. And when the Gentiles my Son, this day have I begotten heard this, they were glad, and thee. And as concerning that he glorified the word of the Lord: raised him up from the dead, now and as many as were ordained to no more to return to corruption, eternal life believed. And the he said on this wise, I will give word of the Lord was published you the sure mercies of David. throughout all the region. But Wherefore he saith also in ano- the Jews stirred up the devout ther psalm, Thou shalt not suffer and honourable women, and the thine Holy One to see corruption. chief men of the city, and raised For David, after he had served
persecution against Paul and Barhis own generation by the will of nabas, and expelled them out of God, fell on sleep, and was laid their coasts. But they shook off unto his fathers, and saw corrup- the dust of their feet against them, tion: but he, whom God raised and came unto Iconium. And the again, saw no corruption. Be it
disciples were filled with joy, and known unto you therefore, men with the Holy Ghost. and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the for
CHAP. XIV. giveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all
April 17, August 16, Dec. 14. things, from which ye could not St. Barnabas, Morning.
ND it came Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of together into the synagogue of in the prophets; Behold, ye de- the Jews, and so spake, that a spisers, and wonder, and perish : great multitude both of the Jews for I work a work in your days, and also of the Greeks believed. a work which ye shall in no wise But the unbelieving Jews stirred believe, though a man declare it up the Gentiles, and made their unto you. And when the Jews minds evil affected against the were gone out of the synagogue, brethren. Long time therefore the Gentiles besought that these abode they speaking boldly in the words might be preached to them Lord, which gave testimony unto the next sabbath. Now when the word of his grace, and granted the congregation was broken up, signs and wonders to be done by many of the Jews and religious their hands. But the multitude proselytes followed Paul and Bar- of the city was divided : and part nabas: who, speaking to them, held with the Jews, and part with persuaded them to continue in the apostles. And when there was
be justified by the law of Montes: Anium, that they went both