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he was taken up ; and a cloud received him out of their 10 sight. And while they looked earnestly toward heaven*

as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white Il apparel ; who said also, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand

ye looking toward heaven ? this Jesus, that is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come again in like manner

as ye have seen him go into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount call

ed Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath-day's jour. 13 neyt. And when they entered the city, they went into an

upper room, where abode Peter and James and John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Mat.

thew, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and 14 Judas the brother of James. All these stedfastly continued

with one consent in prayerf, with certain women, and

Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the

disciples, and said, (now the number of theft persons to16 gether was about an hundred and twenty ;) “ Brethren,

this part of scripture, which the holy spirit spake before

by the mouth of David, must needs be fulfilled concern17 ing Judas, that was guide to those who took Jesus ; for

he was numbered with us, and obtained the allotinent of 18 this ministry." || Now this man caused a field to be pur

chased with the reward of his iniquity ; (and, when he

had fallen on his face, he burst asunder in the midst, and 19 all his bowels gushed out) : || and it was known to all

who dwelt in Jerusalem ; so that the field was called in

* Or, as he was going up to heaven.

† “ The Syriac version says that this was about seven furlongs. The Talmudists reckon it two thousand cubits, the distance between the ark and the Israelites in journeying: Josh. iii. 4: which the Jews estimated at a Roman mile. Biscoe's Boyle's Lectures, p. 393.” Newcome.

| R. T. adds, “and supplication.” tt Gr. names. N. t. Sym, 131.

| 18, 19. * These verses may be considered as the words of St. Luke, the historian : and from the phrase in their prour tongue, compared with Col. iv. 11, 14, some inter that Luke was a gentile," New come.

their own language, Aceldama, that is, The field of blood. 20 “ For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habita

tion be desolate ; and let no man dwell therein.' And, 21 His office let another take.' Wherefore, of these men

that accompanied us all the time when the Lord Jesus 22 consorted with us*, having begun from the baptism of

John to that day on which he was taken up from us, one

must be appointed to become a witness with us of his re23 surrection.” Then they set apart two ; Joseph, called 24 Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And

when they had prayed, they said, “ Thou, Lord, who

knowest the hearts of all men, shew which of these two 25 thou hast chosen, that he may take the allotment of this

ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgres. 26 sion fell, so that he went to his own place.” And their

lots were cast : and the lot fell upon Matthias ; and he

was numbered with the eleven apostles. CH. 11. Now when the day of Pentecostt was come, they 2 were all with one consent in the same place. And sud

denly there came from heaven a sound, as of a rushing imighty wind ; and it filled all the house where they were 3 sitting. And divided tongues, as of fire, appeared to 4 them; and af tongue sat on each of them. And they were

all filled with the holy spirit ; and began to speak in dif5 ferent languages, as the spirit gave them utterance. Now

there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, religious men, 6 out of every nation under heaven. And when this report

was spread abroad, the multitude came together, and

were perplexed, because every man heard them speak7 ing in his own language. And they were all amazed,

and wondered, saying one to another, “ Behold, are not 8 all these who speak Galileans ? How then hear we every

* Gr. went in and out among us. Symonds, 131. N. m. * * The fiftieth day, reckoning as the law directs; Lev. xsüü. 11, 15, 16," Newcome.

Or, one tongue.

man in our own language, in which we were born ? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and dwellers in

Mesopotamia, and in Judea* and Cappadocia, in Pon10 tus and Asia, in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and · in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers from 11 Rome both Jews and proselytes, Cretans also and Ara

bians ; we hear them speaking in our own tongues the 12 wonderful works of God.” And they were all amazed,

and doubted; saying one to another, “ What can this 13 mean?” But others, scoffing, said, “ These men are 14 full of new wine.” But when Peter and the eleven had

stood up, he lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

« Ye Jews, and all ye who dwell in Jerusalem, be this 15 known unto you, and hearken to my words. For these

are not drunken, as ye suppose ; since it is but the third 16 hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the pro17 phet Joel, • And it shall come to pass in the last days,

saith God, that I will pour out my spiritt upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and

your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall 18 dream dreams: and on my men-servants and on my maid

servants I will pour out my spirit in those days; and they 19 shall prophesy: and I will shew wonders in heaven

above, and signs on the earth beneath ; blood, and fire, 20 and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into

darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and 21 signal day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass,

that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall 22 be delivered|l.' Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus

of Nazareth, a man from God, manifested among you by mighty works and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves (also] 23 know ; him, being delivered up to you by the determinate

* " India, Idumea, Cilicia, Bithynia, Lydia ; are different conjectures." Sewcome. + Gr. of my spirit.

19, 20. "These verses refer to the destruction of Jerusalem." N. 1 " The providence of God preserved the Christians, at the time when sneh unex ampled calamities befel the Jews.” Newcome.

See bishop Pearec. A man whom God hath attested among yon. I

counsel and foreknowledge of God, [ye have taken; and] 24 by wicked hands ye have crucified and slain : whom God

hath raised up, having loosed the bands of death; be

cause it was not possible* that he should be holden by 25 it. For David speaketh concerning him, • I saw the

Lord always before me; for he is on my right hand, so 26 that I cannot be moved. Wherefore my heart rejoiced,

and my tongue was glad : moreover my flesh also will 27 rest in hope ; because thou wilt not leave me in the grave; 28 nor suffer thine holy one to see corruption. Thou hast

made known to me the ways of life; thou wilt make me 29 full of joy with thy countenance.' Brethren, let me

plainly speak to you of the patriarch David, that he both

died and was buried, and his sepulchre is among us to this 30 day. Wherefore, being a prophet, and knowing that

God had sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of 31 his loinst he would place successors on his throne ; he

foresaw this, and spake concerning the resurrection of

Christ ; that hell was not left in the grave, nor did his 32 flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised upf; of 33 which all we are witnesses. Having therefore been exalt

ed to the right hand of God, and having received from

the Father the promise of the holy spirit, he hath poured 34 out this, which ye now see and hear. For David hath

not ascended into the heavens : but he himself saith,

Jehovah said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 until I make thine enemies thy footstool,' Wherefore let 36 all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God made*

* " It was unfit in itself, and contrary to the tenour of prophecy." Newconc.

+ according to the flesh he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne, R. T. These words are wanting in the Alex. Ephr. and Camb. MSS., and are left out of the test by Griesbach and Newcome.

* The prophecy in its most eminent sense referred to Christ; though it had an inferior sense also, that David should be preserved from death, notwithstanding the malice and power of his enemies." Newcome. I his soul, R. T.

I hath God raised up, N.

that Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and

Christ." 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the

heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles, 38 “ Brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said unto

them, “ Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in

the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins; and 39 ye shall receive the gift of the holy spirit. For the pro

mise is to you, and to your children ; and to all that are 40 afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.” And

with many other words he testified and exhorted, saying,

“ Save yourselves from this perverse generation.” 41. Then those who [gladly) received his words, were bap

tized : and on that day about three thousand persons were 42 added to the churcht. And they stedfastly continued in

the doctrine of the apostles, and in fellowship, and in the 43 breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon

every one ; and many wonders and signs were done by 44 the apostles. And all who believed were together, and 45 had all things common ; and sold their possessions and

substance, and parted them among all, as every one had 46 need. And stedfastly continuing in the temple every

daył with one consent, and breaking bread from house

to house, they partook of food with gladness, and single47 ness of heart ; praising God, and having favour with all

the people. And the Lord daily added to the church

those who were savedll. CH. III. Now Peter and John went up together into the tem2 ple at the hour of prayer, which was the ninth hour. And

a certain man, lame from his mother's womb, was carried ; who was laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of those that entered into the

* God hath made, N.

† Or, to the disciples. Symonds, p. 36. 1 day by day, N. | Or, added converts daily to the church. Sve S. 131. Newcome's m.

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