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* ^hi*#bsttriate Persistence of theirs?; arftl'? cieif alledging of a Law, in the Cafe, nade some Impression upon Pilate; so fife"' ook Jesus again into the Judgmerit' Hall, and began to examine him anew1.'"^ And he faith unto him. Whence art thou s But Jesus gave him ho Answer. Then Pilate said unto him, Speakejl thou not uhto me? Don't you think me worthy of an Answer? Don't you know that I have powder' either to crucify orrtr1rli}tfir y ou. just 'ai I please? Jesus answer'd, As to your power, you could have none at all, against me, except it were given you from heaven -, which is a Reason, why you should 'be just and moderate in the Use dtHfc"'. But, if it prove otherwise, you are! not; the only Person who will be to blame; sot, theirs will be the greater fin, who delivered me to you, without any just Cause, in order to my suffering Death.';'

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This touch'd the Governor's Conscience from thenceforth he sought to release him and had another Conference with the Cbir Priests and Elders about it. But they would not recede from their Demands j laying withall j If thou let this man go, thou mt not Cæsar'J friend. Whosoever maketh himftlj a Kingjfpeaketh again/I Cæsar. And they got the People to join with them in the same Cry; Crucify this man; we ivill have no King but Cæsar. Matt. When therefore Pilate saw that he could ;xvu. 24. not prevaii} an(j foun(j that the Tumult in

creas'd more and more; he took Water and wasli'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.


lie Trials of several of the Apostlis.

The next Instance we have, is in the Trial and Examination of two of our ssted. Lord's Apostles; even the fame so who had ventur'd into the High Priest's ilace, to fee what was like to become of leir dear Lord; Peter and John. Christ, iving been crucified, dead, buried, risen rain, and ascended into Heaven, had ap? Drding to his Promise, sent the Holy Ghost; z> prepare and qualify his Apostles, by the nfpiration of found Doctrine, and a Power if working Miracles, for the Conversion >f Mankind.

And these two Apostles, by such extraordinary Assistance, having restor'd to a Acts. iii. .ame Man, the Use of his Limbs, andI,&c" thereby gain'd a numerous Audience, aad a favourable Reception, among the People j as they were preaching the Gospel, we are

told, 'the Priests, and the captain of the tern iv. i,

pie, and the Sadducees, came upon them; be- &c" ing 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 bold, unto the next day for

it was then eventide.

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their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and An

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Alexander, and as many asivere of i-.kindred of the High-Priest, viter& sgtit/bern together., at Jerusalem. And wben^tbey bet set the Apostles in the midst, they asked, E what power, or by what name, have, ye dm this? And when the Apostles had answer: them in such a manner as they could take no Advantage of; and when they saw cht Man that was hcal'd, standing with them, to attest the Truth of the Miracle, they could fay nothing against it. But, when they had commanded them to go aside, out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, What shall we do to these men? Far that, indeed, a notable miracle hatb 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 m Jlraitly 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. Sa, when


>ey hadfarther threaten'd them, they let them r:*^fittdingnothing bow they might punijh iem> because of the people :\ for all men gfe? ;fied God, for that which was done; > ^rit Yi\ But, as the Apostles went on, preaching nd working Miracles, with great Success, Vbe High-Priest rose up, and all that were—v. 17, vith him {which is the fe£i of the Sadducees)***' %nd 'were filled with indignation; and laid *beir bands 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 j early in the morning, and taught j we are told, The HighPriest came, and they that were with him; and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel; and sent to the prison to have them brought. :r'^ '^ifc<v\ But, being informed that they had escap'd, When the High-Driest, and the captain of the temple, and the chief Priests, heard theft things, they doubted of them wbereunto this would grow. And, at last, hearing that they were in the temple, teaching the people, the captain, with the officers, went and brought them, without violence, and set


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