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Thistouch'd the Governor's Conscience,from thenceforth he sought to release him; and had another Conference with the Chief Priests and Elders about it. But they would not recede from their Demands; faying withall j If thou let this man go, thou art not Cxfar's friend. Whosoever maketh himself a KingfJpeaketh against Cæsar. And they got the People to join with them in the seme Cry j Crucify this man; we will have no King but Cæsar. Matt. When therefore Pilate saw that he could *xvu. 24. nQt prevaij} amj found that the Tumult in

creas'd more and more; he took Water and wafh'd his Hands, before the Multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: See ye to it. Then answer'd all the People, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then Pilate releas'd, Barabbas, and sent away Jesus to be crucified, as they desir'd.

SECT. VIII.

'the trials of several of the Apostles,

The next Instance we have, is in theTrial and Examination of two of our

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blessed Lord's Apostles3 even the fame two who had ventur'd into the High Priest's Palace, to fee what was like to become of their dear Lord; Peter and John. Christ, having been crucified, dead, buried, risen again, and ascended into Heaven, had according to his Promise, sent the Holy Ghost; to prepare and qualify his Apostles, by the Inspiration of sound Doctrine, and a Power of working Miracles, for the Conversion of Mankind.

And these two Apostles, by such extraordinary Assistance, having restor'd to a Acts. iii. lame Man, the Use of his Limbs, and '* c' thereby gain'd a numerous Audience, asd a favourable Reception, among the People; as they were preaching the Gospel, we are told, The Priejls, and the captain of the tern- —iv. 1, pie, and the Sadducees, came upon them; being grieved that they taught the people, and preached, through Jesus, the Refurreclion from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold, unto the next day; for it was then eventide.

And it came to pass, on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the High-Priest, and Caiaphas, and John, 1 M ■■:•}■ and and Alexander, and as many ananefih-of ibt kindred of the High-Priest, wtr&ygtitberei. together, at Jerusalem. And when they hai set the Apostles in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? And when the Apostles had answer'd them in such a manner as they cauld take no Advantage of; and when they saw the Man that was heal'd, standing with them, to attest the Truth of the Miracle, they could/ay nothing against it. But, when they had commanded them to go aside, out of the council, they conferred among themselves, faying, What shall we do to these men? For that, indeed, a notable miracle hath been done by them, is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the People, let us sir ait ly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man, in this name. And they called them, and commanded them, not to speak, at all, nor teach, in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John, answered and said unto them, Whether it be right, in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things •which we have seen and heard. So, when

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they had further threaten'd them, they let them go z-fading nothing how they might punish them, because of the people :\ for all men gif*? rifiedGod^ for that which was done J >dt v>\ Buty as the Apostles went on, preaching and working Miracles, with great Success^ *Tbe Higb'Priejt rose up, and all that were — v. 17, •with him {which is thefeB of the Sadducees)^' and were filed with indignation; and laM their hands on the Apostles, and put them in the common prison. From whence, after they were miraculously deliver'd by the Angel of the Lord, and, by :his Command, had again enter*d into the temple, early in the morning, and taught j we arc told, The HighPriesl came, and they that were with him^ and called the council together, and all'the senate of the children of ifi-acl* and fenffa the prison to have them brought: '"^ '/^wv^ But, being informed that they had cfcap'd, When the High-Tries, and the captain of the temple, and the chief Priests, beard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this .would grow. And, at last, hearing thfct they were in the temple, teaching the people, the captain, with the officers, went and brought them, without violence, and set \-/> them

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them before the council. And the High-Priest asked them, faying, Did not we strait/y command you, that you should not teach in this name? And behold ye have filled Jerusalem •with your docJrine, and intend to bring this man's (Christ's) blood upon us. To which, 'Peter and the other Apostles, answering in such a manner, as cut them to the heart, they took counsel to stay them.

Then stood there up One, in the councils a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doclor of the Law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the Apostles forth, a little space. Who having given such Arguments as were proper to inforce his Proposal, concludes thus; And now, I fay unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: For, if this counsel, or this work, be of men, it will come to nought. But, if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it -, lest haply ye be found to sight against God. And to him they agreed. And when they had called the Apostles, and beaten them,, they commanded that they foould not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

The next Instance is, in the Martyrdom of Stephen-, one of the seven, who had

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