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are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches; So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships; there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon thee, that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them, they gather thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; thou tak est away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the earth, civ. 24-30. The LORD is good to all; and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The LORD Upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait| upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing, cxlv. 9-16. | That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust, Matt. v. 45. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil, Luke vi. 35.

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them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy, xxxvii. 10-13. Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it, Psal. Ixv. 9-13. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly; thou settlest the furrows thereof; thou makest it soft with showers; thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness; and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn: they shout for joy, they also sing. Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God; Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry, cxlvii. 7— -9. Neither hearts, Let us now fear the LORD our say they in their God that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest, Jer. v. 24. Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? Art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee; for thou hast made all these things, xiv. 22.

VER. 18.

Καὶ ταῦτα λέγοντες, μόλις κατέπαυσαν τοὺς ὄχλους τοῦ μὴ θύειν αὐτοῖς.

And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

VER. 19.

Επῆλθον δὲ ἀπὸ ̓Αντιοχείας καὶ Ἰκονίου Ἰουδαῖοι, καὶ πείσαντες τοὺς ὄχλους, καὶ λιθάσαντες τὸν Παῦλον, ἔσυρον ἔξω τῆς πόλεως, νομίσαντες αὐτὸν τεθνάναι.

bI would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause; Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the helds, Job v. 810. By the breath of God frost is given; and the breath of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he a And there came thither certain Jews wearieth the thick cloud; he scatter- from Antioch and Iconium, who pereth his bright cloud, And it is turned suaded the people, and, having stoned round about by his counsels; that they Paul, drew him out of the city, supposmay do whatsoever he commandething he had been dead.

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ACTS XIV. 19-28.-xv. 1.

a Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed, Always bearabout in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus | might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh, 2 Cor. iv. 9—11. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, xi. 25.

VER. 20.

Κυκλωσάντων δὲ αὐτὸν τῶν μαθητῶν, ἀναστὰς εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὴν πόλιν· καὶ τῇ

VER. 24.

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Καὶ διελθόντες τὴν Πισιδίαν, ἦλθον εἰς Παμφυλίαν.

And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.

VER. 25.

Καὶ λαλήσαντες ἐν Πέργῃ τὸν λόγον, και τέβησαν εἰς ̓Αττάλειαν·

And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia :

VER. 26.

Κᾀκεῖθεν ἀπέπλευσαν εἰς ̓Αντιόχειαν·

ἐπαύριον ἐξῆλθε σὺν τῷ Βαρνάβα εἰς Δές- ὅθεν ἦσαν παραδεδομένοι τῇ χάριτι τοῦ


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Θεοῦ εἰς τὸ ἔργον ὃ ἐπλήρωσαν.

And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

VER. 27.

Παραγενόμενοι δὲ καὶ συναγαγόντες τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, ἀνήγγειλαν ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ Θεὸς μετ ̓ αὐτῶν, καὶ ὅτι ἤνοιξε τοῖς ἔθνεσι θύραν πίστεως.

And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they re

hearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

a See on Matt. xii. ver. 18. clause 5. VER. 28.

Διέτριβον δὲ ἐκεῖ χρόνον οὐκ ὀλίγον σὺν τοῖς μαθηταῖς.

And there they abode long time with the disciples.


Καὶ τινες κατελθόντες ἀπὸ τῆς Ἰουδαίας, ἐδίδασκον τοὺς ἀδελφούς· Ὅτι ἐὰν μὴ περιτέμνησθε τῷ ἔθει Μωϋσέως, οὐ δύνασθε

See on Matt. v. ver. 10. clause 1. σωθῆναι.

VER. 23.

Χειροτονήσαντες δὲ αὐτοῖς πρεσβυτέρους κατ ̓ ἐκκλησίαν, προσηυξάμενοι μετὰ νησ τειῶν, παρέθεντο αὐτοὺς τῷ Κυρίῳ εἰς ὃν πεπιστεύκεισαν.

a And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

a See on chap. xi. ver. 30.

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VER. 2.

Γενομένης οὖν στάσεως καὶ συζητήσεως οὐκ ὀλίγης τῷ Παύλῳ καὶ τῷ Βαρνάβα πρὸς αὐτοὺς, ἔταξαν ἀναβαίνειν Παῦλον καὶ Βαρνάβαν καί τινας ἄλλους ἐξ αὐτῶν πρὸς | τοὺς ἀποστόλους καὶ πρεσβυτέρους εἰς ̔Ιερουσαλὴμ, περὶ τοῦ ζητήματος τούτου.

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissention and disputation with them ; a they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

a Then, fourteen years after, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles: but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain, Gal. ii. 1, 2.

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But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees, which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of


* Or, rose up, said they, certain. VER. 6. Συνήχθησαν δὲ οἱ ἀπόστολοι καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ἰδεῖν περὶ τοῦ λόγου τούτου.

And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

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Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom. iii. 24. More over, the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign, through righteousness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord, v. 20, 21. For the wages of sin is death ; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, vi. 23. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich, 2 Cor. viii. 9. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel, Gal. i. 6. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified, ii. 16. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved, Eph. i. 5, 6. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace,

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in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast, ii. 7-9. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Tit. ii. 11-13. For we ourselves also were sometimes

foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour to

ward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That, being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life, Titus iii. 3-7.

VER. 12.

Εσίγησε δὲ πᾶν τὸ πλῆθος, καὶ ἤκουον Βαρνάβα καὶ Παύλου ἐξηγουμένων ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ Θεὸς σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσι δι' αὐτῶν.

Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

VER. 13.

Μετὰ δὲ τὸ σιγῆσαι αὐτοὺς, ἀπεκρίθη Ἰάκωβος, λέγων· ̓́Ανδρες ἀδελφοὶ, ἀκούσατέ μov

And after they had held their peace, a James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

a But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother, Gal. i. 19. And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. Only they would that we should remember the

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Simeon hath declared how God at the

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shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good, Numb. xxiii. 19. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure, Isa. xlvi. 10. And to make all men see, what is the fel

first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of lowship of the mystery, which from them a people for his name.

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the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ, Eph. iii. 9.

VER. 19.

Διὸ ἐγὼ κρίνω μὴ παρενοχλεῖν τοῖς ἀπὸ τῶν ἐθνῶν ἐπιστρέφουσιν ἐπὶ τὸν Θεὸν,

Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

what manner of entering in we had a For they themselves shew of us unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God, 1 Thess. i. 9.

VER. 20.

̓Αλλὰ ἐπιστεῖλαι αὐτοῖς τοῦ ἀπέχεσθαι ἀπὸ τῶν ἀλισγημάτων τῶν εἰδώλων, καὶ τῆς πορνείας, καὶ τοῦ πνικτοῦ, καὶ τοῦ αἵ


But that we write unto them, a that they abstain from pollutions of idols, band from fornication, cand from things strangled, and from blood,

a They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LoRv commanded them: But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols; which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons, and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Therefore was the

Γνωστὰ ἀπ ̓ αἰῶνός ἐστι τῷ Θεῷ πάντα wrath of the LoRD kindled against his τὰ ἔργα αὐτοῦ.

a Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.


a God is not a man, that he should neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and

people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance, Psal. cvi. 34-40. But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils, 1 Cor. x. 20.

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