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up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas : who, speaking to them, o persuaded 19 them to continue in the grace of God.

44 | And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the P Jews saw the multitudes,

18 after the assembly was dissolved. Pu. 19 counselled. Wi. • Acts, xi. 23: When he [Barnabas) came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. do. xii. 15: The rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. do. xiv. 22 : Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. do. xv. 32,41 : Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them. He [Paul] went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches. do. xvi. 5: So were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. do. xviii. 23: He [Paul] departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. do. xx. 24: To testify the Gospel of the grace of God. Tit. ii. 11: The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all

HEB. vi. 11, 12: And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. do. xii. 15: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God. do. xiii. 22: I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation. 1 Pet. v. 12: I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

P Ver. 50, Acts, xiv. 2, 5, 19. do. xvii. 5, 13 : The Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. When the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.. 1 Thes. ii. 16: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own praphets, and have persecuted us. 2 Tim. ii. 10, 11: Thou hast fully known my doctrine,- persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra ; what persecutions I endured.

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they were filled with envy, and I spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 20

46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed "bold, and said, 21 It was necessary that the word of God should 'first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye 'put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, u we turn to the Gentiles.

20 railing. Bi. Ham. 21 speaking boldly said. We.

9 Acts, xviii. 6: They opposed themselves, and blasphemed. James, ii. 7: Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called ? 1 Pet. ii. 12 : Whereas they speak against you as evil doers. do. iv. 4: Speaking evil of you. JUDE, 10 : These speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

"See on Acts, iv. 29.

• Ver. 26. LUKE, xxiv. 47: That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Rom. i. 16: I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. See on Mat. x. 6. Exod. xxxii. 10: Let me alone, that my

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may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. Deut. xxxii. 21 : They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities : and 'I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I

provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. Isa. lv. 5: Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Mat. viii. 12: The children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness. do. xxi. 43 : The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. John, i. 11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not. Acts, vii. 51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Rom. x. 19: Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish 'nation I will anger you. "Acts, xviii. 6, xxviii. 28. See on Acts, ix. 15.

47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a 'light of 22 the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.23

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord:24 wand as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.25

49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised *persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.26

51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

52 And the disciples 'were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

CHAP. XIV. 1 Paul and Barnabas are persecuted from Iconium: 7 at Lystra Paul

healeth a cripple, whereupon they are reputed as gods : 19 Paul is stoned : 21 they pass through divers Churches, confirming the disciples in faith and patience : 26 returning to Antioch, they report

what God had done with them.

AND it came to pass in Iconium, that they

22 unto. Co. 23 world. Ma. Cr. 24 received the word of God. Wh, 25 and believer, as many as were disposed for eternal life. Ham. 26 countries. Wi.

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v See on LUKE, ii. 32.

Acts, ii. 47: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.

* See on ver. 45.
y See on Mat. x. 14.

z Mat. v. 12: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad : for your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. JOHN, xvi. 22: And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. Acts, ii. 46 : And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. I Thes. i. 6: And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

2 But the unbelieving Jews a stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds 1 bevil affected against the brethren.

3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave a testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

A. D. 46. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided : ® and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to fuse them despitefully, and to stone them,

6 They were ware of it, and 6 fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about :

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CHAP. XIV. a See on Acts, xiii. 45.

b JER. xxvi. 11 : Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears. Amos, vii. 10 : Then Amaziah the priest of Beth-el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel : the land is not able to bear all his words.

c See on Acts, iv. 29.

d Mark, xvi. 20: They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Acts, xix. 11: God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. Heb. ii. 4: God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.

• Acts, xxviii. 24. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

12 Tim. iii. 11 ; See on Acts, xiii. 45. & See on Mat. x. 23.

7 'And there they "preached the Gospel.

8 9 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a . cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked :

9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he 'leaped and walked.

11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

13 Then the priest of Jupiter, wbich was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done "sacrifice with the people.

"Acts, viii. 4: They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. do. xi. 19: They that were scattered abroad, upon the persecution that arose about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but the Jews only. Phil. i. 12: I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which have happened to me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel

Acts, iii. 2: A certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried.

* Mat. viii. 10: Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. do. ix. 28, 29; Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it

Isa. xxxv. 6: Then shall the lame man leap as an hart. mActs, viii. 10: To whom [Simon Magus) they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. do. xxviii. 6: After they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he [Paul] was a god. n Dan. ii. 46 : Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon

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