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them before the council. And theHigh-'Btify ashed, them, faying, Did not westrait/y cod mand you, that you should not teach in tk\ name? And behold ye have filled Jerusalec •with your doElrine, and intend to bring ttts man's (Christ's) blood upon us. To whic^ 'Peter and the other Apostles, answering ia such a manner, as cut them to the heart, tbe\ took counsel to flay them.

Then flood there up One, in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of tbe Law, had in reputation among all tbe people, and commanded to put the Apoflles forth, a little space. Who having given such Aliments 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 fight against God. And to him they agreed. And when they had called tbe Apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should 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


ten. lately ordain'd Deacons, by the Apoles. We are told that Stephen, being full—vL8, 'faith and power, did great wonders and &c* trades among the people. And when cerin of the synagogue disputed with him, and ere not able to rejijl the wisdom and spirit, '-which be spake, they suborn'd men, which lid, We have heard him speak blasphemous >ordst against Moses, and against God. And hey stirred up the people, and the elders, and he scribes, and came upon him, and caught im, and brought him before the Council. And et up false witnesses, which said; This man eafeth not to speak blasphemous words, against 'his holy place, and the Law. For, we have heard him fay, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. And all that fate in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face, as it had been the face of an angel: With the calm, serene, intrepid, Countenance, of an innocent and an upright Man.

Then said the High-Priest, Are these things so? And when Stephen had replied, like a glorious Confessor for the Truth of the Gospel, in a Manner too long to be here 4 recited,

recited, and very disagreeable to the —vii. 54. of his Judges, it is said, When they bears these things, they were cut to the heart$ al they grta/hed on him with their teeth. And upon his offering somewhat more, %j cried out with a loud voice, and stopped tbv ears, and ran upon him with one accord; tni cast him out of the city, and stoned him. After this, we read of the council again, —-xxi. in relation to St. Paul-, there having been xxiv**m an Insurrection, upon his Account, in the xxv. Temple, the chief captain came, with soldiers, and took him into Custody. And, the next day, because he would know the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, be loosed him from his bands, and commanded the Chief-Priests, and all their council to appear; and brought Paul downy andset bin before them.

And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God, until this das. And the High-Priest Ananias commanded them thatstood by, to smite him on the mouth. Then Jaid Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whit ed wall; for, fittest thou to judge me after the Law, and, commondejl

tb W smitten contrary to the Lams And they that flood by said, Revilejl thou God's Tligh-Priest? 'Then said Paul, 7wj/? not, brethren, that he was the High-^Priest; fir, it is written, Thou /halt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. As much as to fay, He behaved himself so unlike a Chief Magistrate, that I could not consider him in that Capacity j otherwise, I know my Duty well enough.

After this, there happening to be a great dissension in the council, the chief captain afraid lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go doian to the Council-Chamber, and take him by force from amongst them, and bring him into the castle. From whence "Paul being sent away to Cafarea, Ananias the HighPriest, with the elders, and a certain orator, named Tertullus, followed him thither; to inform the governor against him. But, this they d;d without carrying their Suit; for Felix the Governor adjourn'd the Hearing till a proper Opportunity; and kept Paul a Prisoner at large, for two Years. — xxi

And when Festus, who succeeded Felix, 2?' went to Jerusalem, The High-Priest, and D d the

the chief of the Jews, informed him ogams Paul, and besought him, and desired favaa against him, that he would send for him v Jerusalem; lying wait, in the nvay, to hi him. But Festus answered, That Paul should be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself'wo£ depart, shortly, thither. Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go ohm with me and accuse this man, if there k any wickedness in him. And, when he bad tarried among them, more than ten days, be went down unto Cæsarea. And, the next day, fitting in the judgment feat, commanded Paul to be brought. And when he was come, the Jews, which came down from Jerusalem, flood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

However Festus, willing to "p/ease the Jews, propos'd to Paul that he should go up to Jerusalem and be tried there. But the sagacious Apostle, knowing well the fatal Consequences which would attend his trusting himself in that bloody City, which had been, time out of mind, infamous for stoning the Prophets, and killing those ivbo were sent unto her charg'd with Mefiages


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