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The Jews blaspheme. Acts. Paul & Barnabas persecuted.

44 And the next sabbath 52 And the disciples were day came almost the whole filled with joy, and with the city together to hear the word Holy Ghost. of God. 45 But when the Jews saw

CHAP. XIV. the multitudes, they were fill- 1 Paul and Barnabas are pered with envy, and spake a secuted. 8 Paul healing a gainst those things which were cripple, they are reputed as spoken by Paul, contradicting gods. 19 Paul is stoned. 21 and blaspheming.

They pass through divers 46 Then Paul and Barna churches, and return to Anbas waxed bold, and said, It tioch. was necessary that the word of

AND it came to pass in IcoGod should first have been nium, that they went both tospoken to you; but seeing ye gether into the synagogue of put it from you, and judge the Jews, and so spake, that yourselves unworthy of ever a great multitude, both of the lasting life, lo, we turn to the Jews, and also of the Greeks, Gentiles :

believed. 47 For so hath the Lord 2 But the unbelieving Jews commanded us, saying, I have stirred up the Gentiles, and set thee to be a light of the made their minds evil-affected Gentiles, that thou shouldest against the breti ren. be for salvation unto the ends 3 Long time, therefore, a. of the earth.

bode they speaking boldly in 48 And when the Gentiles the Lord, which gave testimoheard this, they were glad, nya unto the word of this grace, and glorified the word of the and granted signs and wonders Lord;

and as many as were or to be done by their hands. dained to eternal life believed. 4 But the multitude of the

49 And the word of the Lord city was divided ; and part was published throughout all held with the Jews, and part the region.

with the apostles. 50 But the Jews stirred up 5 And when there was an the devout and honourable wo- assault made, both of the Genmen, and the chief men of the tiles, and also of the Jews, city, and raised persecution with their rulers to use them against Paul and Barnabas, despitefully, and to stone them, and expelled them out of their

6 They were ware of it, and coasts.

fled unto Lystra and Derbe, 51 But they shook off the cities of Lycaonia, and unto dust of their feet against them, and came unto lconium.i

a Which gave testimony, &c. Who i Iconium, the capital of Lycaonia gave evidence to the power of his in Asia Minor,

word and grace by granting signs, &c.

Paul healeth a cripple. Chap. xiv. He is stoned, g'c. the region that lieth round a 15 And saying, Sirs, why bout:

do ye these things we also 7 And there they preached are men of like passions with the Gospel.

you, and preach unto you, that 8 4 And there sat a certain ye should turn from these man at Lystra, impotent b in vanitiese unto the living God, his feet, being a cripple from which made heaven, and earth, his mother's womb, who never and the sea, and all things, had walked :

that are therein ; 9 The same heard Paul 16 Who in times past sufferspeak; who steadfastly be- ed all nations to walk in their holding him, and perceiving own ways. that he had faith to be healed, 17 Nevertheless, he left not

10 Said with a loud voice, himself without witness, in Stand upright on thy feet. that he did good, and gave us And he leaped and walked. rain from heaven, and fruit

11 And when the people ful seasons, filling our hearts saw what Paul had done, they with food and gladness. lifted up their voices, saying, 18. And with these sayings in the speech of Lycaonia, scarce restrained they the peoThe gods are come down to ple, that they had not done saus in the likeness of men. crifice unto them.f

12 And they called Barna 19 And there came thithbas Jupiter, and Paul Mercu- er certain Jews from Antioch rius, because he was the chief and Iconium, who persuaded speaker.

the people; and, having ston13 Then the priest of Ju- ed Paul, drew him out of the piter, which was before their city, supposing he had been city, brought oxen and gar- dead. lands unto the gates, and 20 Howbeit, as the disciwould have done sacrificec ples stood round about him, he with the people.

rose up, and came into the 14 Which when the apos- eity; and the next day he tles, Barnabas and Paul, heard departed with Barnabas to of, they rent their clothes,d Derbe. and ran in among the people, 21 And when they had crying out,

preached the gospel to that

city, and had taught many, 6 Impotent, disordered.

c Done sacrifice, &c. would with e These vanities, this vain and idolthe people have offered sacrifice to atrous worship Paul and Barnabas.

f Scarcely could Paul and Barna. d Rent their clothes. To rend the bas with these words, prevent the garments was, among the Jews, an Lycaonians from worshipping them expression of great sorrow & regret. as gods.

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The apostles consult Acts. about circumcision. they returned again to Lystra, ye be eireumcised after the and to Iconium, and to Antioch, manner of Moses ye cannot be

22 Confirming the souls of saved. the disciples, and exhorting 2 When, therefore, Paul & them to continue in the faith, Barnabas had no small dissenand that we must through sion and disputation with them, much tribulation enter into the they determined that Paul and kingdom of God.

Barnabas, and certain other 23 And when they had or of their, should go up to Jerudained them elders in every salem unto the apostles and church, and had prayed with elders about this question. fastirg, they commended them 3 And, being brought on to the Lord, on whom they be- their way by the church, they lieved.

passed through Phenice and 24 And after they had pass. Samaria, declaring the coned throughout Pisidia, they version of the Gentiles; and came to Pamphylia.

they cansed great joy unto all 25 And when they had the brethren. preached the word in Perga 4 And when they were come they went down into Attalia; to Jerusalem, they were re.

26 And thence sailed to An- ceived of the church, and of tioch, from whence they had the apostles and elders, and been recominended to the grace they declared all things, that of God for the work which they God had done with them. fulfilled.

5 But there rose up certain 27 And when they were

of the sect of the Pharisees a come, and had gathered the which believed, saying, That church together, they rehears- it was needful to circumcise ed all that God had done with them, and to command them them, and how he had opened to keep the law of Moses. the door of faith unto the Gen 6 4 And the apostles and tiles.

elders came together for to 28 And there they abode consider of this matter. long time with the disciples. And, when there had been

much disputing, Peter rose up; CHAP. XV.

and said unto them, Men and 1 Dissension about oircumci- brethren, ye know how that a

sion: 6 The apostles consult good while ago, God made about it: 22 their determi- choice among us, that the Gennation. 36 Paul and Bar. tiles by my mouth should hear nabas contend, and part. the word of the Gospel, and

AND certain men which believe. came down from Judea taught 8 And God, which knoweth the brethren, and said, Except a Pharisees. See Introduction, p. 6.

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Letters to

Chap. xv.

the churches, the hearts, bear them witness, 117 That the residue of men giving them the Holy Ghost, might seek after the Lord, and even as he did unto us; all the Gentiles upon whom

my 9 And put no difference be. name is called, saith the Lord, tween us and them, purifying who doeth all these

things. their hearts by faith.b

18 Known unto God are all 10 Now, therefore, why his works from the beginning tempt ye God to put a yoke of the world. upon the neck of the disciples, 19 Wherefore, my sentence which neither our fathers nor is, that we trouble not them we were able to bear ?

which from among the Gen11 But we believe that, tiles are turned to God : through the grace of the Lord 20 But that we write unto Jesus Christ, we shall be say- them, that they abstain from ed even as they.

pollutions of idols, and from 12 4 Then all the multitude fornication, and from things kept silence, and gave audi- strangled, and from blood.e ence to Barnabas and Paul, 21 For Moses of old time declaring what miracles and hath in every city them that wonders

God had wrought a. preach him, being read in the mong the Gentiles by them. synagogues every sabbath day.

13 9 And, after they had 22 Then pleased it the aheld their peace, James an- postles and elders, with the swered, saying, Men and breth- whole church, to send choren, hearken unto me.

sen men of their own company 14 Simeon, c hath declared to Antioch with Paul and Barhow God at the first did visit nabas; namely,Judas surnamthe Gentiles, to take out of ed Barsabas, and Si! s, chief them a people for his name. men among the brethren:

15 And to this agree the 23 And they wrote letters words of the prophet; as it by them after this manner; The is written,d

apostles and elders and breth16 After this I will return, ren send greetingf unto the and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is

e Pollutions of idols, or meats offered fallen down; and I will build

to idols, see ver. 29. things strangled,

and blood have reference to certain again the ruins thereof, and I idolatrous practices, from which the

apostles thought it prudent to advise

christian converts to abstain; be6 In 7-9 verses Peter refers to cause they are forbidden by the law the conversion of Cornelius, Chap. X. of Moses, which, we are told in the

c Simeon, Simon Peter, who in the 2 Ist verse, is every sabbath read in seventh verse rose to speak.

the synagogues: d As it is written in Amos, ix. II, f Greeting is here a term of civili

ty, implying, best wishes for health and prosprity

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Paul and

Acts.

Barnabas part. brethren which are of the Gen 32 And Judas and Silas, tiles in Antioch and Syria and being prophets h also them. Cilicia :

selves, exhorted the brethren 24 Forasmuch as we have with many words, and conheard, that certain which went firmed them. out from us have troubled you 33 And after they had tarwith wordsg subverting your ried there a space, they were souls, saying, Ye must be cir- let go in peace from the brethcumcised, and keep the law; ren unto the apostles. to whom we gave no such com

34 Notwithstanding, it pleasmandment:

ed Silas to abide there still. 25 It seemed good unto us,

35 Paul also and Barnabeing assembled with one ac bas continued in Antioch, cord, to send chosen men unto teaching and preaching the you with our beloved Barna word of the Lord, with many bas and Panl,

others also. 26 Men that have hazarded 36 | And some days after their lives for the name of our Paul said unto Barnabas, Let Lord Jesus Christ.

us go again and visit our breth27 We have sent, therefore, ren in every city where we Judas and Silas, who shall al-. have preached the word of the so tell you the same things by Lord, and see how they do. mouth.

37 And Barnabas determin. 28 For it seemed good to . ed to take with them John, the Holy Ghost, and to us, to whose surname was Mark. lay upon you no greater burden 37 But Paul thought not than these necessary things; good to take him with them,

29 '1: at ye abstain from who departed from them from meats offered to idols, and Pamphylia, and went not with from blood, and from things them to the work.i strangled, and from fornica 39 And the contention was tion; from which if ye keep so sharp between them, that yourselves ye shall do well. they departed asunder one from l'are ye well,

the other; and so Barnabas 30 So when they were dis. took Mark, and sailed unto missed they came to Antioch: Cyprus; and, when they had gathered 40 And Paul chose Silas, the multitude together, they and departed, being recomdelivered the epistle.

mended by the brethren unto 30 Which, when they had the grace of God.j read, they rejoiced for the consolation,

Propbets frequently means only

teachers & Ward here means unnecessary restrictions or wjuecciona

i Tøe reork of preaching the Gospel.

i Grece, &c. the blessing and faPer of God.

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