Page images

Saul's conversion.

The Acts.

He preacheth Christ. Lord said unto him, Arise, and sus, that appeared unto thee in go into the city, and it shall be the way as thou camest, hath sent told thee what thou must do. me, that thou mightest receive 7 And the men which journey- thy sight, and be filled with the ed with him stood speechless, Holy Ghost. hearing a voice, but seeing no 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; 8 And Saul arose from the and he received sight forthwith, earth; and when his eyes were and arose, and was baptized. opened, he saw no man: but 19 And when he had received they led him by the hand, and meat he was strengthened. Then brought him into Damascus. was Saul certain days with the 9 And he was three days with-disciples which were at Damasout sight, and neither did eat nor cus.



20 And straightway he preach10 T And there was a certained Christ in the synagogues, that disciple at Damascus, named he is the Son of God. Ananias; and to him said the 21 But all that heard him were Lord in a vision, Ananias. And amazed, and said, Is not this he he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. that destroyed them which called

11 And the Lord said unto on this name in Jerusalem, and him, "Arise, and go into the street came hither for that intent, that which is called Straight, and en- he might bring them bound unto quire in the house of Judas, for the chief priests?

one called Saul of Tarsus: for, 22 But Saul increased the more behold, he prayeth, in strength, and confounded the 12 And hath seen in a vision a Jews which dwelt at Damascus, man, named Ananias, coming in, proving that this is very Christ. and putting his hand on him, that 23 And after that many days he might receive his sight. were fulfilled, the Jews took 13 Then Ananias answered, counsel to kill him: Lord, I have heard by many of 24 But their laying await was this man, how much evil he hath known of Saul: and they watchdone to thy saints at Jerusalem: ed the gates day and night to kill 14 And here he hath authority him. from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the

15 But the Lord said unto him, wall in a basket. Go thy way for he is a chosen 26 ¶ And when Saul was come vessel unto me, to bear my name to Jerusalem, he assayed to join before the Gentiles, and kings, himself to the disciples: but they and the children of Israel. were all afraid of him, and be16 For I will shew him howlieved not that he was a disciple. great things he must suffer for my 27 But Barnabas took him, and name's sake. brought him to the apostles, and

17 And Ananias went his way, declared unto them how he had and entered into the house; and, seen the Lord in the way, and putting his hands on him, said, that he had spoken to him, and Brother Saul, the Lord, even Je-how he had preached boldly at

Tabitha raised.


Chap. x. Peter's vision. Damascus in the name of Jesus. men, desiring him that he would 28 And he was with them com- not delay to come to them. ing in and going out at Jerusa- 39 Then Peter arose, and went with them. When he was come, 29 And he spake boldly in the they brought him into the upper name of the Lord Jesus, and dis-chamber and all the widows puted against the Grecians: but stood by him weeping, and shewthey went about to slay him. ing the coats and garments which

30 Which when the brethren Dorcas made, while she was with knew, they brought him down to them. Cesarea, and sent him forth to 40 But Peter put them all forth, Tarsus. and kneeled down, and prayed; 31 Then had the churches and, turning him to the body, rest throughout all Judea, and said, Tabitha, arise. And she Galilee, and Samaria, and were opened her eyes: and, when she edified; and, walking in the fear saw Peter, she sat up. of the Lord, and in the comfort 41 And he gave her his hand, of the Holy Ghost, were multi- and lifted her up; and, when he plied. had called the saints and widows, 32 ¶ And it came to pass, as he presented her alive. Peter passed throughout all quar- 42 And it was known throughters, he came down also to the out all Joppa; and many believsaints which dwelt at Lydda. ed in the Lord.

33 And there he found cer- 43 And it came to pass, that he tain man named Eneas, which tarried many days in Joppa with had kept his bed eight years, and one Simon a tanner. was sick of the palsy.

Peter's vision.'

34 And Peter said unto him, Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

35 And all that dwelt at Lydda Italian band, and Saron saw him, and turned 2 A devout man, and one that to the Lord. feared God with all his house, 36¶ Now there was at Joppa a which gave much alms to the certain disciple, named Tabitha, people, and prayed to God alwhich, by interpretation, is called way:

Dorcas this woman was full of 3 He saw in a vision evidently good works and alms-deeds which about the ninth hour of the day, she did. an angel of God coming in to 37 And it came to pass in those him, and saying unto him, Cordays, that she was sick, and di- nelius. ed: whom when they had wash- 4 And when he looked on him, ed, they laid her in an upper he was afraid, and said, What is chamber. it, Lord? And he said unto him,

38 And forasmuch as Lydda Thy prayers and thine alms are was nigh to Joppa, and the disci-come up for a memorial before ples had heard that Peter was God.

there, they sent unto him twol 5 And now send men to Jop

HERE a certain man in

Cesarea, called Cornelius, a

centurion of the band called the

Peter cometh

The Acts.

to Cornelius.

pa, and call for one Simon, whose Cornelius, had made enquiry for surname is Peter; Simon's house, and stood before 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a the gate, tanner, whose house is by the 18 And called, and asked whesea-side he shall tell thee what ther Simon, which was surnamthou oughtest to do. led Peter, were lodged there.

7 And, when the angel which 19 While Peter thought on spake unto Cornelius was depart-the vision, the Spirit said unto ed, he called two of his house-him, Behold, three men seek hold servants, and a devout sol-thee. dier of them that waited on him continually;

20 Arise, therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, 8 And, when he had declared doubting nothing; for I have sent all these things unto them, he sent them. them to Joppa.

21 Then Peter went down to 9 ¶ On the morrow, as they the men which were sent unto went on their journey, and drew him from Cornelius; and said, nigh unto the city, Peter went up Behold, I am he whom ye seek : upon the house-top to pray, about what is the cause wherefore ye are the sixth hour. come?

10 And he became very hun- 22 And they said, Cornelius gry, and would have eaten; but the centurion, a just man, and while they made ready, he fell in- one that feareth God, and of good to a trance, report among all the nation of the 11 And saw heaven opened, Jews, was warned from God by and a certain vessel descending an holy angel to send for thee inunto him, as it had been a great to his house, and to hear words sheet knit at the four corners, and of thee. let down to the earth:

23 Then called he them in, and 12 Wherein were all manner of lodged them. And on the morfour-footed beasts of the earth, row Peter went away with them, and wild beasts, and creeping and certain brethren from Joppa things, and fowls of the air. accompanied him.

13 And there came a voice to 24 And the morrow after they him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. entered into Cesarea. And Cor

14 But Peter said, Not so, nelius waited for them, and had Lord; for I have never eaten any called together his kinsmen and thing that is common or unclean. near friends.

15 And the voice spake unto 25 T And, as Peter was coming him again the second time, What'in, Cornelius met him, and fell God hath cleansed, that call not down at his feet, and worshipped thou common. bim.

16 This was done thrice: and 26 But Peter took him up, saythe vessel was received up again ing, Stand up; I myself also am into heaven.

B a man.

17 ¶ Now, while Peter doubted 27 And as he talked with him, in himself what this vision which he went in, and found many that he had seen should mean, behold, were come together. the men which were sent from 28 And he said unto them, Ye


Chap. x. preacheth. know how that it is an unlawful 38 How God anointed Jesus of thing for a man that is a Jew to Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, keep company, or come unto one and with power: who went about of another nation: but God hath doing good, and healing all that shewed me that I should not call were oppressed of the devil; for any man common or unclean. God was with him.

29 Therefore came I unto you 39 And we are witnesses of all without gainsaying, as soon as I things which he did, both in the was sent for: I ask, therefore, land of the Jews, and in Jerusafor what intent ye have sent for lem; whom they slew, and hangme? ed on a tree:

30 And Cornelius said, Four 40 Him God raised up the days ago I was fasting until this third day, and shewed him ohour; and at the ninth hour Ipenly; prayed in my house, and, behold, 41 Not to all the people, but a man stood before me in bright unto witnesses chosen before of clothing, God, even to us, who did eat and 31 And said, Cornelius, thy drink with him after he rose from prayer is heard, and thine alms the dead. are had in remembrance in the 42 And he commanded us to sight of God. preach unto the people, and to Joppa, testify that it is he which was orwhose dained of God to be the Judge of lodged quick and dead.

32 Send, therefore, to and call hither Simon, surname is Peter; he is in the house of one Simon a tan- 43 To him give all the prophets ner, by the sea-side; who, when witness, that, through his name, he cometh, shall speak unto thee. whosoever believeth in him shalĺ

33 Immediately, therefore, I receive remission of sins. sent to thee; and thou hast well 44 While Peter yet spake done that thou art come. Now, these words, the Holy Ghost fell therefore, are we all here present on all them which heard the before God, to hear all things that word.

are commanded thee of God. 45 And they of the circumcisi

34 ¶ Then Peter opened his on, which believed, were astonishmouth, and said, Of a truth Ied, as many as came with Peter, perceive that God is no respecter because that on the Gentiles also of persons: was poured out the gift of the 35 But in every nation, he that Holy Ghost. feareth him, and worketh righ- 46 For they heard them speak teousness, is accepted with him. with tongues, and magnify God. 36 The word which God sent Then answered Peter, unto the children of Israel, preach- 47 Can any man forbid water, ing peace by Jesus Christ, (he is that these should not be baptized, Lord of all,) which have received the Holy 37 That word, I say, ye know, Ghost as well as we ? which was published throughout 48 And he commanded them to all Judea, and began from Gali-be baptized in the name of the lee, after the baptism which John Lord. Then prayed they him to preached; Itarry certain days.

[blocks in formation]

being accused.

companied me, and we entered into the man's house:


Peter's defence, being accused.
ND the apostles and breth-


13 And he shewed us how he ren that were in Judea, heard had seen an angel in his house, that the Gentiles had also receiv-which stood and said unto him, ed the word of God. Send men to Joppa, and call for 2 And when Peter was come Simon, whose surname is Peter; up to Jerusalem, they that were 14 Who shall tell thee words, of the circumcision contended whereby thou and all thy house with him, shall be saved.

3 Saying, Thou wentest in to 15 And, as I began to speak, the men uncircumcised, and didst Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us eat with them. at the beginning.

4 But Peter rehearsed the mat- 16 Then remembered I the ter from the beginning, and ex-word of the Lord, how that he pounded it by order unto them, said, John indeed baptized with saying, water; but ye shall be baptized 5 I was in the city of Joppa with the Holy Ghost: praying and in a trance I saw a 17 Forasmuch then as God vision, a certain vessel descend, gave them the like gift as he did as it had been a great sheet, let unto us, who believed on the down from heaven by four cor- Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, ners; and it came even to me: that I could withstand God?

6 Upon the which, when I had 18 When they heard these fastened mine eyes, I considered, things, they held their peace, and and saw four-footed beasts of the glorified God, saying, Then hath earth, and wild beasts, and creep-God also to the Gentiles granted ing things, and fowls of the air. repentance unto life.

7 And I heard a voice saying 19 Now they which were unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen,


8 But I said, Not so, Lord; travelled as far as Phenice, and for nothing common or unclean Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching hath at any time entered into my the word to none but unto the mouth. Jews only.

9 But the voice answered me 20 And some ofthem were men again from heaven, What God of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, hath cleansed, that call not thou when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.


10 And this was done three times and all were drawn up again into heaven.

21 And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great num11 And, behold, immediately ber believed, and turned unto the there were three men already Lord. come unto the house where I was, 22 ¶ Then tidings of these sent from Cesarea unto me. things came unto the ears of the

12 And the spirit bade me go church which was in Jerusalem; with them, nothing doubting. and they sent forth Barnabas, that Moreover, these six brethren ac- he should go as far as Antioch:


« PreviousContinue »