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Saul goeth to


Damascus. Lord,went unto the high priest, neyed with him stood speech

2 And desired of him let- less, hearing a voice, but seeters a to Damascus b to the sy- ing no man. nagogues, that if he found


8 And Saul arose from the of this way, whether they earth; and when his eyes were were men or women, he might opened he saw no man; but bring them bound unto Jerusa- they led him by the hand, and lem.

brought him into Damascus. 3 And as he journeyed, he 9 And he was three days came near Damascus; and without sight, and neither did suddenly there shined round eat nor drink. about him a light from heaven: 10 | And there was a cer

4 And he fell to the earth, tain disciple at Damascus namand heard a voice saying unto ed Ananias; and to him said him, Saul, Saul, why persecut- the Lord in a vision, Ananias. est thou me ?

And he said, Behold, I am 5 And he said, Who art here, Lord. thou, Lord ? And the Lord 11 And the Lord said unto said, I am Jesus whom thou him, Arise, and go into the persecutest; It is hard for thee street which is called Straight, to kick against the pricks.c and inquire in the house of

6 And he, trembling and Judas for one called Saul of astonished, said, Lord, what Tarsus ;. for, behold, he pray-wilt thou have me to do ? And eth, the Lord said unto him, Arise, 12 And hath seen in a viand

go into the city, and it sion a man named Ananias shall be told thee what thou coming in, and putting his hand must do.

on him, that he might receive 7 And the men which jour- his sight.

13 Then Ananias answered, a Letters of license or permission.

Lord, I have heard by many b Damascus. A very ancient and of this man, how much evil he noted city, the metropolis of Syria. hath done to thy saints at Je. It was situated in a pleasant plain rusalem : between mount Lebanon on the west,

14 And here he hath au-and mount Hermon on the south, about 160 miles north east of Jerusa- thority from the chief priests, lem. It is remarkable for its nume

to bind all that call on thy rous revolutions, and for being the place, whither St. Paul was going, 15 But the Lord said unto when miraculously converted. c It is hard for thee to kick against the chosen vesseld unto me, to bear

him, Go thy way; for he is a sharp points or goads, or in other words, to fight against me and my my name before the Gentiles,e religion, when without injuring my d Vessel, servant or minister, cause you endanger your own soul. e Gentilés, heathen nations.


Saul is baptized

Chap. ix. he preacheth Christ. and kings, and the children of

23 4 And after that many Israel:

days were fulfilled, the Jews 16 For I will shew him how took counsel to kill him : great things he must suffer for 24 But their laying await my name's sake.

was known of Saul; and they 17 And Ananias went his watched the gates day and way, and entered into the night to kill him. house; and, putting his hands 25 Then the disciples took on him, said, Brother Saul, him by night, and let him down the Lord, even Jesus, that ap- by the wall in a basket. peared unto thee in the way,

26 4 And when Saul was as thou camest, hath sent me,

come to Jerusalem h he assaythat thou mightest receive thy ed to join himself to the disei. sight, and be filled with the ples; but they were all afraid Holy Ghost.

of him, and believed not that 18 And immediately there he was a disciple. fell from his eyes as it had 27 But Barnabas took him, been scales; and he received and brought him to the apossight forthwith, and arose, and tles, and declared unto them, was baptized.

how he had seen the Lord in 19 And when he had re- the


& that he had spoken ceived meat, he was strength- to him, and how he had preachened. Then was Saul certain ed boldly at Damascus in the days with the disciples which name of Jesus. were at Damascus.

28 And he was with them 20 And straightway he coming in and going out at Jepreached Christ in the syna- rusalem. gogues, that he is the Son of 29 And he spake boldly in God.

the name of the Lord Jesus, 21 But all that heard him and disputed against the Grewere amazed, and said, Is not cians; but they went about to this he that destroyed them, slay him. which called on this name f in 30 Which when the brethJerusalem, and came hither ren knew, they brought him for that intent, that he might down to Cesarea, and sent him bring them bound unto the forth to Tarsus.i chief priests ?

b From Paul's conversion till the 22 But Saul increased the time he here visits Jerusalem, it was more in strength, and confoun- more than three years. See Gal. i, ded the Jews which dwelt at 17, 18. Damascus, proving that this i Tarsus, one of the principal cities is very Christ.g

in Cilicia. It was rich and populous,

and noted for its schools of literature cof This name, the name of Jesus. and philosophy. Here Paul was born g That Jesus is the very Christ, of Jewish parents, but was at the the Messiah.

same time a Roman citizen from centurion a of the band called Here probably Paul was instructed in Grecian literature, and hence he

Eneas healed of the palsy. Acts. Peter raiseth Tabitha.

31 Then had the churches two men, desiring him that he rest throughout all Judea, and would not delay to come to Galilee, and Samaria, and them. were edified ; and walking in 39 Then Peter arose and the fear of the Lord, and in went with them. When he the comfort of the Holy Ghost, was come, they brought him were multiplied.

into the upper chamber; and 32 4 And it came to pass all the widows stood by him as Peter passed throughout all weeping, & shewing the coats quarters, he came down also to and garments which Dorcas the saints which dwelt at Lyd- made, while she was with da.

thein. 33 And there he found a 40 But Peter put them all eertain man named Eneas, forth, and kneeled down, and which had kept his bed eight prayed; and, turning him to years,and was sick of the palsy. the body, said, Tabitha, a

34 And Peter said unto him, rise. And she opened her Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh eyes; and, when she saw Pethee whole; arise, and make ter, she sat up. thy bed. And he arose imme- 41 And he gave her his diately.

hand, and lifted her up; and, 35 And all that dwelt in when he had called the saints Lydda and Saron saw him, and widows, he presented her and turned to the Lord.

alive. 36 ( Now there was at Jop- 42 And it was known pa a certain disciple named throughout all Joppa ; and Tabitha, which, by interpre- many believed in the Lord. tation, is called Dorcas ; this 43 And it came to pass, woman was full of good works he tarried many days at Joppa and alms-deeds which she did. with one Simon a tanner.

37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick,

CHAP. X. and died; whom, when they 1 Cornelius sendeth for Peter. had washed, they laid her in 34 Peter preacheth. 44 The an upper chamber.

Holy Ghost falleth on the 38 And forasmuch as Lydda

hearers ; 48 They are baptizwas nigh to Joppa, and the ed. disciples had heard that Peter THERE was a certain man was there, they sent unto him in Cesarea called Cornelius, a privileges, which this city enjoyed, the Italian band,

that way:

and one went to Jerusalem to complete bis a Centurion, a Roman officer como studies under Gamaliek

manding one hundred men,

2 A devout man,


Peter seeth a

Chap. x.

heavenly vision. feared God with all his house, hungry, and would have eaten; which gave much alms to the but, while they made ready, people, and prayed to God al- he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, 3 He saw in a vision evi.. and a certain vessel descending dently, about the ninth hourb unto him, as it had been a great of the day, an angel of God sheet knit at the four corners, coming in to him, and saying and let down to the earth; unto him, Cornelius.

12 Wherein were all man4 And, when he looked on ner of four-footed beasts of the him, he was afraid, and said, earth, and wild beasts, and What is it, Lord ? And he creeping things, and fowls of said unto him, Thy prayers the air. and thine alms are come up for 13 And there came a voice a memorial before God. to him, Rise, Peter; kill, & eat.

5 And now send men to Jop- 14 But Peter said, Not so, pa, and call for one Simon, Lord; for I have never eaten whose surname is Peter; any thing that is common or

6 He lodgeth with one Si- unclean. mon a tanner, whose house is 15 And the voice spake unto by the sea-side ;- he shall tell him again the second time, thee what thou oughtest to do. What God hath cleansed, that

? And, when the angel call not thou common. which spake unto Cornelius 16 This was done thrice

; was departed, he called two and the vessel was received of his household servants, and up again into heaven. a devout soldier of them that 17 [ Now, while Peter waited on him continually: doubted in himself what this

8 And, when he had declar- vision, which he had seen ed all these things unto them; should mean, behold, the men be sent them to Joppa.

which were sent from Corne9.1 On the morrow, as they lius had made inquiry for Siwent on their journey, and mon's house, and stood before drew nigh unto the city, Peter the gate, went up upon the house-top to 18 And called, and asked pray about the sixth hour.c whether Simon, which was 10 And he became very surnamed Peter were lodged

there. 6 Ninth bour, about three in the 19 While Peter thought afternoon.

on the vision, the Spirit said Sixth hour, about twelve at noon. The devout Jews had three stated

unto him, Behold, three men

seek thee. hours of prayer; thus David says, evening, morning, and at noon will I

20 Arise, therefore, and get pray. Psalm lv. 17.

thee down, and go with them,

Peter preacheth


to Cornelius, goc. doubting nothing; for I have 29 Therefore came I unto sent them.

you without gainsaying, as 21 Then Peter went down soon as I was sent for; I ask, to the men, which were sent therefore, for what intent ye unto him from Cornelius, and have sent for me ? said, Behold, I am he whom ye 30 And Cornelius said, Four seek; what is the cause where- days ago I was fasting until fore ye are come ?

this hour; and at the ninth 22 And they said, Corneli- hour I prayed in my house, us the centurion, a just man, and, behold, a man stood beand one that feareth God, and fore me in bright clothing, of good report among all the 31 And said, Cornelius, thy nation of the Jews, was warn- prayer is heard, & thinę alms ed from God by an holy angel are had in remembrance in the to send for thee into his house, sight of God. and to hear words of thee. 32 Send, therefore, to Joppa,

23 Then called he them in, and call hither Simon, whose and lodged them. And on the surname is Peter: he is lodgmorrow Peter went away with ed in the house of one Simon a them, and certain brethren tanner, by the sea-side; who, from Joppa accompanied him. when he cometh, shall speak

24 And the morrow after, unto thee. they entered into Cesarea. 33 Immediately, therefore, And Cornelius waited for them, I sent to thee; and thou hast and had called together his well done, that thou art come. kinsmen and near friends. Now, therefore, are we all

25 | And as Peter was com- here present before God, to ing in, Cornelius met him, and hear all things, that are comfell down at his feet, and wor- manded thee of God. shipped him.

34 4 Then Peter opened his 26 But Peter took him up, mouth, and said, Of a truth I saying, Stand up; I myself perceive that God is no realso am a man.

specter of persons : 27 And, as he talked with 35 But in every nation he him, he went in, and found that feareth him, and worketh many that were come together. righteousness, is accepted with

28 And he said unto them, him. Ye know how that it is an un- 36 The word which God sent lawful thing for a man, that is unto the children of Israel, a Jew, to keep company, or preaching peace by Jesus come unto one of another na- Christ; (he is Lord of all ;) tion; but God hath shewed 37 That word, I say, ye me, that I should not call any know, which was published man cominon or unclean. throughout all Judea, and be

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