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Chap. xv.

the churches. the hearts, bear them witness, 10 That the residue of men giving them the Holy Ghost, might seek after the Lord, and even as he did unto us;

all the Gentiles upon whom

my 9 And put no difference be- name is called, saith the Lord, tween us and them, purifying who doeth all these things. their hearts by faith.b

18 Known unto God are all 10 Now, therefore, why his works from the beginning tempt ye God to put a yoke of the world. upon the neck of the disciples, 19 Wherefore, my sentence which neither our fathers nor is, that we trouble not them we were able to bear? which from among the Gen

11 But we believe that, tiles are turned to God : through the grace of the Lord 20 But that we write unto Jesus Christ, we shall be sav- them, that they abstain from ed even as they.

pollutions of idols, and from 12 4 Then all the multitude fornication, and from things kept silence, and gave audi- strangled, and from blood.e ence to Barnabas and Paul, 21 For Moses of old time declaring what miracles and hath in every city them that wonders God had wrought a- preach him, being read in the mong the Gentiles by them.

synagogues every sabbath day. 13 ! And, after they had 22 Then pleased it the aheld their peace, James an- postles and elders, with the swered, saying, Men and breth- whole church, to send choren, hearken unto me.

sen men of their own company 14 Simeon, c hath declared to Antioch with Paul and Barhow God at the first did visit nabas; namely, Judas surnamthe Gentiles, to take out of ed Barsabas, and Silas, chief them a people for his name. men among the brethren:

15 And to this agree the 23 And they wrote letters words of the prophet; as it by them after this manner; The is written,d

apostles and elders and breth16 After this I will return, ren send greetingf unto the and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is

e Pollutions of idols, or meats offered fallen down; and I will build

to idols, see ver. 29. things strangled,

and blood have reference to certain again the ruins thereof, and I idolatrous practices, from which the

apostles thought it prudent to advise

christian converts to abstain; be6 In 7-9 verses Peter

cause they are forbidden by the law the conversion of Cornelius, Chap. X. of Moses, which, we are told in the

c Simeon, Simon Peter, who in the 21st verse, is every sabbath read in seventh verse rose to speak.

the synagogues. d As it is written in Amos, ix. II, f Greeting is here a term of civili12.

ty, implying, best wishes for health and prosperity,

will set it up;

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Barnabas part. brethren which are of the Gen- 32 And Judas and Silas, tiles in Antioch and Syria and being prophets h also themCilicia :

selves, exhorted the brethren 24 Forasmuch as we have with many words, and conheard, that certain which went firmed them. out from us have troubled you 33 And after they had tarwith wordsg subverting your ried there a space, they were souls, saying, Ye must be cir- let go in peace from the brethcumcised, and keep the law; ren unto the apostles. to whom we gave no such com- 34 Notwithstanding, it pleasmandment :

ed Silas to abide there still. 25 It seemed good unto us,

35 Paul also and Barnabeing assembled with one ac- bas continued in Antioch, cord, to send chosen men unto teaching and preaching the you with our beloved Barna- word of the Lord, with many bas and Paul,

others also. 26 Men that have hazarded 36 4 And some days after their lives for the name of our Paul said unto Barnabas, Let Lord Jesus Christ.

us go again and visit our breth27 We have sent, therefore, ren in every city where we Judas and Silas, who shall al- have preached the word of the so tell you the same things by Lord, and see how they do. mouth.

37 And Barnabas determin. 28 For it seemed good to ed to take with them John, the Holy Ghost, and to us, to whose surname was Mark. lay upon you no greater burden 37 But Paul thought not than these necessary things ; good to take him with them,

29 That ye abstain from who departed from them from meats offered to idols, and Pamphylia, and went not with from blood, and from things them to the work.i strangled, and from fornica- 39 And the contention was tion; from which if ye keep so sharp between them, that yourselves ye shall do well. they departed asunder one from Fare ye well.

the other; and so Barnabas 30 So when they were dis- took Mark, and sailed unto missed they came to Antioch; Cyprus; and, when they had gathered 40 And Paul chose Silas, the multitude together, they and departed, being recomdelivered the epistle.

mended by the brethren unte 31 Which, when they had the grace of God.j read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

b Prophets frequently means only

teachers. g Words here means unnecessary

i The work of preaching the Gospel. restrictions or injunctions

j Grace, &c. the blessing and favour of God.

us.

Timothy circumcised. Chap. xvi. Lydia converted.

41 And he went through 8 And they, passing by MySyria and Cilicia, confirming sia, came down to Troas. the churches.

9 And a vision appeared to CHAP. XVI.

Paul, in the night ; There 1 Paul circumciseth Timothy, stood a man of Macedonia,

14 converteth Lydia, 16 cast- and prayed him, saying, Come eth out a spirit of divina- over into Macedonia, and help tion ; 19 he and Silas are imprisoned.

10 And, after he had seen THEN came he to Derbe the vision, immediately we enand Lystra ; and, behold,a cer- deavoured to go into Macedotain disciple was there, nam- nia, assuredly gathering,b that ed Timotheus, the son of a the Lord had called us for to certain woman, which was a preach the Gospel unto them. Jewess, and believed ; but his 11 Therefore, loosing from father was a Greek :

Troas we came with a straight 2 Which was well reported course to Samothracia, and the of by the brethren that were at next day to Neapolis ;c Lystra and Iconium:

12 And from thence to Phi. 3 Him would Paul have to lippi, which is the chief city, go forth with him ; and took of that part of Macedonia, and and circumcised him, because a colony; and we were in that of the Jews which were in city abiding certain days. those quarters; for they knew 13 And on the sabbath we all that his father was a Greek. went out of the city by a river

4 And as they went through side, where prayer was wont the cities they delivered them to be made ;d and we sat down, the decrees for to keep, that and spake unto the women were ordained of the apostles which resorted thither. and elders, which were at Je- 14 And a certain woman rusalem.

named Lydia, a seller of pur5 And so were the churches ple, of the city of Thyatira, established in the faith, and which worshipped God, heard increased in number daily. us ; whose heart the Lord

6 Now, when they had gone opened, that she attended unto throughout Phrygia, and the the things, which were spoken region of Galatia, and were of Paul. forbidden of the Holy Ghost

6 Assuredly gathering, or concludto preach the word in Asia,

ing After they were come to c Samothracia. Neapolis. Here for Mysia, they assayed a to go in the first time we find the apostles to Bithynia ; but the Spirit travelling into Europe to carry the suffered them not.

glad tidings of the Gospel.

d Was wont, &c. Was usually a Assayed, attempted.

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imprisoned. 15 And when she was bap- 22 And the multitude rose tized, and her household, she up together against them; and besought us, saying, If ye have the magistrates rent off their judged me to be faithful to the clothes,h and commanded to Lord, come into my house, and beat them. abide there. And she con

23 And, when they had laid strained us.

many stripes upon them, they 16 And it came to pass, as cast them into prison, charging we went to prayer, a certain the jailor to keep them safely; damsel possessed with a spirit 24 Who, having received of divination e' met us, which such a charge, thrust them inbrought her masters much gain to the inner prison, and made by soothsaying of

their feet fast in the stocks. 17 The same followed Paul 251 And at midnight Paul and us, and cried, saying, and Silas prayed, and sang These men are the servants of praises unto God; and the the most high God, which shew prisoners heard them. unto us the way of salvation. 26 And suddenly there was 18 And this did she

many a great earthquake, so that days. But Paul, being griev- the foundations of the prison ed, turned, and said to the spir- were shaken ; and immediateit, I command thee, in the name ly all the doors were opened, of Jesus Christ, to come out of and every one's bands were her. And he came out the loosed. same hour.

27 And the keeper of the 199 And when her masters prison awaking out of his sleep, saw that the hope of their and seeing the prison-doors gainsg was gone, they caught open, he drew out his sword, Paul and Silas, and drew them and would have killed himself, into the market-place unto the supposing that the prisoners rulers,

had been fled. 20 And brought them to the 28 But Paul cried with a magistrates, saying, These loud voice, saying, Do thyself men, being Jews, do exceed- no harm; for we are all here. ingly trouble our city,

29 Then he called for a 21 And teach customs, which light, and sprang in, and came are not lawful for us to receive, trembling, and fell down beneither to observe, being Ro- fore Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out,

and said, Sirs, what must I ef Divination, pretending to fore

do to be saved ? tel future events; fortune telling.

g Gains, profits arising from the b Rent off their clothes ; the magis damisel's reputed skill in divination. trates stripped the apostles.

mans.

The keeper of the Chap. xvii.

prison baptized. 31 And they said, Believe 38 And the serjeants told on the Lord Jesus Christ, and these words unto the magisthou shalt be saved, and thy trates; and they feared, j when house.

they heard that they were 32 And they spake unto him Romans. the word of the Lord, and to 39 And they came and beall that were in his house. sought them, and brought them

33 And he took them the out, and desired them to depart same hour of the night, and out of the city. washed their stripes; and was 40 And they went out of baptized, he and all his, the prison, and entered into straightway.

the house of Lydia ; and when 34 And, when he had brought they had seen the brethren, them into his house, he set they comforted them, and demeat before them, and rejoic- parted. ed, believing in God with all his house.

CHAP. XVII. 35 4 And, when it was day, 1 Paul preacheth at Thessalothe magistrates sent the ser- nica, 10 and at Berea : jeants, saying, Let those men 34 many are converted. go.

NOW,when they had passed 36 And the keeper of the through Amphipolis and Apolprison told this saying to Paul, lonia, they came to ThessaloThe magistrates have sent tó nica, where was a synagogue

you go; now therefore de- of the Jews : part and go in peace.

2 And Paul, as his manner 37 But Paul said unto them, was, went in unto them, and They have beaten us openly three sabbath days reasoned uncondemned, being Romans,i with them out of the scripand have cast us into prison;

tures ; and

now, do they thrust us out 3 Opening and alleging, privily? nay, verily; but let that Christ must needs have them come themselves and suffered, and risen again from fetch us out.

the dead ; and that this Jesus,

whom I preach unto you is i Being Romans. Roman citizenship was a distinguished privilege,

Christ.a which without being born of Roman

4 And some of them believ. parents, was frequently enjoyed either by purchase, as the reward of j The magistrates feared, because merit, or from being born in certain they had been guilty of iolence, cities, called municipal ; and from pa

which was unlawful to be shewn torents, who had once obtained it, it wards Roman citizens, whose prividescended to their children, in which lege exempted them from being bound case probably Paul became a Roman or beaten with rods. citizen,

a Christ, the Messiah.

let

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