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The apofles again imprifoned, CHAP. V. and their lives in danger. ders wrought among the people; 24 Now when the high priest, (and they were all with one accord and the captain of the temple, and in Solomon's porch. the chief priests, heard thefe things,

13 And of the reft durft no man they doubted of them whereunto join himself to them but the this would grow.

people magnified them.

25 Then came one and told them, 14 And believers were the more faying, Behold, the men whom ye added to the Lord, multitudes both put in prifon are ftanding in the of men and women;) temple, and teaching the people

15 Infomuch that they brought 26 Then went the captain with forth the fick into the ftreets, and the officers, and brought them laid them on beds and couches, without violence: (for they feareḍ that at the least the fhadow of Peter the people, left they should have paling by might overfhadow fome been ftoned:)

of them.

16 There came alfo a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerufalem, bringing fick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean fpirits and they were healed every one.

17 Then the high pricft rofe up, and all they that were with him, (which is the fect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prifon.

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prifon-doors, and brought them forth, and faid,

20 Go, ftand and fpeak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the fenate of the children of Ifrael, and fent to the prifon to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prifon, they returned, and told,

23 Saying, The prifon truly found we hut with all fafety, and the keepers ftanding without beforethe doors: but, when we had opened, we found no man within,

27 And when they had brought them,they fet them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

28 Saying, Did not we ftraitly command you that ye fhould not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerufalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

29 Then Peter and the other apoftles anfwered, and faid, We ought to obey God rather than men.

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jefus, whom ye flew, and hanged on a tree:

31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Ifrael, and forgiveness of fins.

32 And we are his witneffes of these things; and fo is alfo the Holy Ghoft, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

33 When they heard that, they were c cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

34 Then ftood there up one in the council, a Pharifee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apoftles forth a little fpace;

35 And faid unto them, Yemen of Ifrael, take heed to yourselves, what ye intend to do as touching thefe men.

Gamaliel's counfel, &c. The ACTS.

Stephen accufed.

36 For before thefe days rofe up and wifdom, whom we may appoin Theudas, boafting himfelf to be over this bufinefs. fomebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was flain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were feattered, and brought to nought. 37After this man arofe up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he alfo perifhed; and all, ven as many as obeyed him, were difperfed.

4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the miniftry of the word.

38 And now I fay unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counfel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; left haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apoftles, and beaten them, they commanded that they fhould not fpeak in the name of Jefus, and let them go.

411 And they departed from the prefence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to fuffer fhame for his name.

42 And daily in the temple, and in every houfe, they ceafed not to teach and preach Jefus Chrift.

CHAP. VI.

Seven deacons appointed, &c. A number of the difciples was ND in thofe days, when the

multiplied, there arofe a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily miniftration.

2 Then thetwelve called the multitude of the difciples unto them, and faid, It is not reafon that we fhould leave the word of God, and ferve tables.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you feven men of honeft report, full of the Holy Ghost

5 And the faying pleased the whole multitude: and they chofe Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghoft, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Painenas, and Nicolas a profelyte of Antioch:

6 Whom they fet before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

7 And the word of God increafed; and the number of the difciples multiplied in Jerufalem greatly; and a great company of the priefts were obedient to the faith.

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

9 Then there arofe certain of the fynagogue, which is called the Synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia, and of Afia, difputing with Stephen.

10 And they were not able to refift the wifdom and the fpirit by which he fpake.

11- Then they fuborned men, which faid, We have heard J him fpeak blafphemous words againft Mofes, and againf God.

12 And theyftirred up the people and the elders, and the fcribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

13 And fet up falfe witneffes, which faid, This man ceafeth not to fpeak blafphemous words againft this holy place, and the law:

14 For we have heard him fay, That this Jefus of Nazareth fhall de ftroy this place, and fhallchangethe cuftoms which Mofes delivered us.

15 And all that fat in the council, looking ftedfaftly on him, faw

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Stephen, being accufed, CHAP. VII. is allowed to anfaver. his face as it had been the face of governor over Egypt, and all his an angel. houfe.

CHAP VII.
Stephen answereth for himself.
CHEN faid the high prieft, Are
thefe things fo?

2 And he faid, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mefopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

3 And faid unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I fhall fhew thee.

4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Chiarran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

5 And he gave him none inhe

ritance in it, no, not fo much as to fet his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a poffeffion, and to his feed after him, when as yet he had no child.

6. And God fpake on this wife, That his feed fhould fojourn in a ftrange land; and that they fhould bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.

II Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no fuftenance.

12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt he fent out our fathers firft.

13 And at the fecond time Jofeph was made known to his brethren; and Jofeph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.

14 Then fent Jofeph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred,threefcore and fifteenfouls.

15 So Jacob went down into Egypt and died, he, and our fathers,

16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the fepulchre that Abraham bought for a fum of money of the fons of Emmor, the father of Sychem.

17 But when the time of the promife drew nigh, which God had fworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

18 Till another king arofe, which knew not Jofeph:

19 The fame dealt fubtilly with our kindred, and evil-intreated our fathers, fo that they caft out their young children, to the end they might not live.

And the nation to whom they fhall be in bondage will I judge, faid God: and after that fhall they20 In which time Mofes was come forth, and ferve me in this born, and was exceeding fair, and place. nourished up in his father's houfe three months:

8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcifion: and fo Abraham begat Ifaac, and circumcifed him the eighth day; and Ifaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, fold Jofeph into Egypt: but God was with him,

21 And when he was caft out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own fon.

22 And Mofes was learned in all the wifdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to vifit his brethren the children of Ifracl.

10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wildom in the fight of Pharaoh 14 And feeing one of them suffer king of Egypt; and he made him wrong, he defended him, and

avenged

Stephen declareth the The ACTS. avenged him that he was oppreffed, and Imote the Egyptian:

25 For ke fuppofed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them; but they understood not.

biftory of Ifrael, &c.

36 He brought them out, after that he had thewed wonders and figns in the land of Egypt, and in the Red fea, and in the wilderness forty years.

37 This is that Mofes, which faid unto the children of Ifrael, A Prophet hall the Lord your God raife up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him fhall ye hear. 38 This is he that was in the church

26 And the next day he fhewed himfelf unto them as they ftrove, and would have fet them at one again, faying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27 But he that did his neighbour in the wilderness with the angel wrong thruft him away, faying, which spake to him in the mount Who made thee a ruler and a judge Sina, and with our fathers: who over us? received the lively oracles to give unto us:

28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou killedft the Egyptian yefterday?

29 Then fled Mofes at this faying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two fons.

30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him, in the wilderness of mount Sina, an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

31 When Mofes faw it he wondered at the fight: and, as he drew near to behold the voice of the Lord came unto him,

32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Ifaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Mofes trembled, and durft not behold.

33 Then faid the Lord to him, Put off thy fhoes from thy feet: for the place where thou ftandeft is holy ground.

34 I have feen, I have feen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now, come will fend thee into Egypt.

35 This Mofes whom they refufed, faying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the fame did God fend to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thruft him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Mofes, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

41 And they made a calf in thofe days, and offered facrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

42 Then God turned, and gare them up to worship the noft of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, Oye houfe of Ifrael, have ye offered to me flain beafts and facrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the ftar of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

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44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witnefs in the wildernefs, as he had appointed, fpeaking unto Mofes, that he fhould make it according to the fashion that he had feen:

45 Which alfo our fathers that came after brought in with Jefus

He reciteth their wickedness, CHAP. VIII. and is foned, &c.

into the poffeffion of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

46 Who found favour before God, and defired to find a taberdacle for the God of Jacob.

47 But Solomon built him an noure

48 Howbeit, the moft High

dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as faith the prophet,

59 And they ftoned Stephen, calling upon God, and faying, Lord Jefus, receive my fpirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this fin to their charge. And when he had faid this, he fell asleep. CHA P.VII: Perfecution in Jerufalem, &c. AND Saul was confenting unto

his death. And at that time there was a great perfecution against 49 Heaven is my throne, and the church which was at Jerufalem; earth is my footstool: what houfe and they were all fcattered abroad will ye build me? faith the Lord: throughout the regions of Judea what is the place of my reft? and Samaria, except the apoftles. 50 Hath not my hand made all thefe things?

51 ¶ Ye ftiff-necked, and uncircumcifed in heart and ears, ye do always refift the Holy Ghoft: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Which of the prophets have not your fathers perfecuted? and they have flain them which thewed before of the coming of the juft One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

53 Who have received the law by the difpofition of angels, and have not kept it.

54 When they heard thefe things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnaihed on him with their teeth.

55 But he, being fall of the Holy Ghoft, looked up ftedfaftly into heaven, and faw the glory of God, and Jefus ftanding on the right hand of God,

2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every houfe, and haling men and women, committed them to prifon.

4 Therefore they that were feattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Chrift unto them.

6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto thofe things which Philip fpake, hearing and feeing the miracles which he did.

7 For unclean fpirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were poffeffed with them: and many taken with palfies, and that were lame, were healed.

8 And there was great joy in that city.

9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the fame city used forcercy, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himfelf was fome great one:

56 And faid, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man ftanding on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and ftopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And caft bim out of the city, 10 To whom they all gave heed, and ftoned him and the witneffes from the leaft to the greateft, faylaid down their clothes at a young ing, This man is the great power man's feet, whofe name was Saul. of God.

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