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The apostles’ imprisonment.

15 Insomuch, that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that, at the least, the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. 17 || Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison-doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20 Go, stand and speak 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 senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, 23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors; but, when we had opened, we found no man within. 24 Now, when the high priest, and the captain of the temple, and the chief priests, heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

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25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. 26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: (for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned :) 27 And, when they hadbrought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them. 28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you, that ye should not teach in this name 2 and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doćtrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29 || Then Peter and the other apostles answered, and said, We ought to obey God rather than IIlall. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew 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 Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. 33 is When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. 34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doćtor of law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourSelves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

36 For before these days rose Deacons chosen. The


up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished: and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. 38 And now, I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel, or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. 40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 || And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his Ilanne. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus


Stephen accused falsely.

ND in those days, often the

number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

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that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you, seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 T And the saying pleased the whole multitude; and they chose

|Stephen, a man full of faith and

of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch; 6 Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 's And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 8 || And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia, and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. 1. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the

3. Then the twelve called the

scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to

multitude of the disciples unto the council,

them, and said, It is not reason

13 And sct up false witnesses, Stephen in defence

which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: 14 For we have heard him say, That this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. 15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face, as it had been the face of an angel. CHAP. VII. Stephen stoned to death. To said the high priest, Are these things so : 2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in harran, 3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on : yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. 6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. 7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: And after that silali

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they come forth, and serve me in this place. 8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob ; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10 And delivered him out of all his afflićtions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharoah king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt, and all his house. 11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great afflićtion: and our fathers found no SusteIlall CC. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren ; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharoah. 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fif. teen souls. 15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he and our fathers, 16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor, the father of Sychem. 17 is But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew, and multiplied in E3ypt, .... 18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.

19 The same dealt subtilly with Moses himself

our kindred, and evil-entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. 20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: 21 And when he was cast out, Pharoah's daughter took him up, andnourished him forherownson. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom 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 visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suf. fer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them : but they understood Inot. 26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another ? 27 But he thatdidhismeighbour wrong, thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday : 29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat tWO SOnS. 3O 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.

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a witness of Christ, 31. When Moses, saw it, he

wondered at the sight: and, as he drew near to behold it, 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 Isaac, and the God of Jacob. trembled, and durst not behold.

Then Moses

33 Then said the Lord to him,

Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

34. I have seen, I have seen 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, I will send thee into Egypt.

35 This Moses, whom they

refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler, and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the

bush. 36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 37 || This is that Moses which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him shall

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Chap. viii.


this Moses, which brought us do always resist the Holy Ghost: out of the land of Egypt, we wotas your fathers did, so do ye.

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as he had appointed, speaking un-God to Moses, that he should make it

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52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted 2 and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One ; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. 54 is When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their tecth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him ; and the witHesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Andi when he had said this he fell

asleep. CHAP. VIII.

Simon the sorcerer. A ND Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that ume there was a great perselcution against the church which was at Jerusalem ; and they were all scattered abroad throughout

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