Immagini della pagina
PDF
ePub

Peter

know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation : but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for : I ask, therefore, for what intent ye have sent for me 3 3o And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send, therefore, to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged In the house of one Simon a tanner, by the sea-side; who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately, therefore, I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now, therefore, are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. 34 T Then Peter opened bis mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (he is Lord of all, 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John

[blocks in formation]

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew, and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly ; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that, through his name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44 * While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision, which believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we ? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the

preached;

Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Peter's defence, The CHAP. XI. Peter’s defence, being accused. ND the apostles and brethren that were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

3 Saying, Thou wentest in tol. Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. 4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, : * 5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: 6 Upon the which, when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. # Andi heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and Cat. 8 But I said, Not so, Lord; for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. 9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou COInnlon. 1o And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Cesarea unto me. 12 And the spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting.

gave them the like gift as he di unto us, Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

14 Who shall tell thee words,

whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

15 And, as I began tospeak, the

16 Then remembered I the

word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost:

17 Forasmuch then as §

who believed on the

18 When they heard these

things, they held their peace, and glorified God, God also to the

*ś Then hath entiles granted repentance unto life. 19 || Now they which were scattered abroad upon the perse. cution that arose about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And someofthem were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, , which, when they were come to Antioch, Spake unto the Grecians, preach. ing the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. . . . . 22 T Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem; and they sent forth Barnabas, that

Moreover, these six brethren ac

be should *%as far as Antioch :

Herod killeth james.

23 Who, when he 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. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And, when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themseives with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27 || And in those days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, and signified, by the spirit, that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cesar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea: 30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. CHAP. XII. Herod persecuteið the Christians. OW, about that time, Herod the king stretched forth Ais honds to vex certain of the church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. 3 And, because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And, when he had apprehen

[blocks in formation]

and delivered him to four quatcrnions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he Smote Peter on the side, and raiSed him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy san. dals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And, when he had considered the thing, he came to the house. of Mary the mother of John,

ded him, and put on in prison,

whose surname was Mark; where

f/orod's death. The many were gathered together, praying.

13 And, as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14 And, when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go, shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. 18 Now, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19 And, when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Cesarea, and there abode. 20 T And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon : but they came with one accord to him, and, having made

A&ts. Of Elymas the sorcerer.

22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

23 And immediately th of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

24 || But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saúl returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose Surname was Mark.

CHAP. XIII.

Fl/mas the sorcerer struck blind.

N O W there were in the

[ocr errors]

church that was at Antioch

certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost Said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4 | So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to

Blastus the king's chamberlain their minister.

their friend, desired peace; be-
cause their Čountry was nourish-
cd by the king’s country.
21 And upon a set day, Herod,
arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon
his throne, and made an oration

6 And when they had gone through the isles unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus, 7. Which was with the deputy

unto them.

of the countryou. Paulus, a 2

[graphic]

Paul preacheth Christ Chap

prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymasthe sorcerer, (for so is his name by interpretation,) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul.) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all Subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness! wilt thou not cease to o the right ways of the ord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. 13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem, 14 T. But, when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the syHagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Te men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 Then fami stood up, and beckoning with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear

[ocr errors][merged small]

Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it. 18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. 19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. 20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they desired a king : and God gave unto them Saul the Son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them Dawid to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David theson of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 23 Of this man’s seed hath God, according to his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 24. When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am nothe. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose. 26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this Salvation sent. 27 For they that dwell at Jeru

God, give audience. . . 17. The God of this people of

salem, and their rulers, because

they knew him not, nor yet the

« IndietroContinua »