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The apostles' imprisonment. Chap. v.

Gamaliel's council.

15 Insomuch, that they brought 25 Then came one and told forth the sick into the streets, and them, saying, Behold, the men laid them on beds and couches, whom ye put in prison are standthat, at the least, the shadow of ing in the temple, and teaching Peter passing by might oversha- the people.

dow some of them.

26 Then went the captain with

16 There came also a multitude the officers, and brought them out of the cities round about unto without violence: (for they fearJerusalem, bringing sick folks, ed the people, lest they should and them which were vexed with have been stoned :)

unclean spirits: and they were 27 And, when they had brought healed every one. them, they set them before the 17 ¶ Then the high priest rose council: and the high priest askup, and all they that were with ed them. him, (which is the sect of the 28 Saying, Did not we straitly Sadducees,) and were filled with command you, that ye should not indignation, teach in this name? and, behold,

18 And laid their hands on the ye have filled Jerusalem with your apostles, and put them in the doctrine, and intend to bring this common prison. man's blood upon us.

19 But the angel of the Lord 29 Then Peter and the other by night opened the prison-doors, apostles answered, and said, We and brought them forth, and said, ought to obey God rather than 20 Go, stand and speak in the man. temple to the people, all the words of this life.

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and 21 And when they heard that, hanged on a tree:

they entered into the temple early 31 Him hath God exalted with in the morning, and taught. But his right hand to be a Prince and a the high priest came, and they Saviour, for to give repentance to that were with him, and called the Israel, and forgiveness of sins. council together, and all the se- 32 And we are his witnesses of nate of the children of Israel, and these things; and so is also the sent to the prison to have them Holy Ghost, whom God hath brought. given to them that obey him.

22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,

33When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

23 Saying, The prison truly 34 Then stood there up one in found we shut with all safety, and the council, a Pharisee, named the keepers standing without be- Gamaliel, a doctor of law, had fore the doors; but, when we in reputation among all the peohad opened, we found no man ple, and commanded to put the within. apostles forth a little space;

24 Now, when the high priest, 35 And said unto them, Ye and the captain of the temple, and men of Israel, take heed to yourthe chief priests, heard these selves what ye intend to do as things, they doubted of them touching these men. 36 For before these days rose

whereunto this would grow.

Deacons chosen.

The Acts. Stephen falsely accused. up Theudas, boasting himself to that we should leave the word of be somebody; to whom a num-God, and serve tables.

ber of men, about four hundred, 3 Wherefore, brethren, look joined themselves: who was ye out among you, seven men of slain; and all, as many as obeyed honest report, full of the Holy him, were scattered, and brought Ghost and wisdom, whom we to nought. may appoint over this business. 37 After this man rose up Ju- 4 But we will give ourselves das of Galilee, in the days of the continually to prayer, and to the taxing, and drew away much ministry of the word.

people after him: he also perish- 5 ¶ And the saying pleased the ed: and all, even as many as whole multitude; and they chose obeyed him, were dispersed. Stephen, a man full of faith and 38 And now, I say unto you, of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, Refrain from these men, and let and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and them alone for if this counsel, Timon, and Parmenas, and Nior this work be of men, it will colas a proselyte of Antioch; come to nought:

6 Whom they set before the 39 But if it be of God, ye can- apostles; and when they had not overthrow it; lest haply ye prayed, they laid their hands on be found even to fight against them.


7 ¶ And the word of God in40 And to him they agreed: creased; and the number of the and when they had called the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem apostles, and beaten them, they greatly; and a great company of commanded that they should not the priests were obedient to the speak in the name of Jesus, and faith.

let them go.

8 T And Stephen, full of faith 41 ¶ And they departed from and power, did great wonders the presence of the council, re-and miracles among the people. joicing that they were counted 9 Then there arose certain of worthy to suffer shame for his the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and 42 And daily in the temple, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and and in every house, they ceased of them of Cilicia, and of Ásia, not to teach and preach Jesus disputing with Stephen. Christ.



Stephen accused falsely.

in those when the

io And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

11 Then they suborned men,

A number of the disciples was which said, "We have heard him

multiplied, there arose a mur-speak blasphemous words against muring of the Grecians against Moses, and against God. the Hebrews, because their wi- 12 And they stirred up the dows were neglected in the daily people, and the elders, and the ministration. scribes, and came upon him, and 2 Then the twelve called the caught him, and brought him to multitude of the disciples unto the council,

them, and said, It is not reason 13 And set up false witnesses,

Stephen in defence

Chap. vii.

answereth for himself. which said, This man ceaseth not they come forth, and serve me in. to speak blasphemous words a-this place. gainst this holy place, and the 8 And he gave him the covelaw: nant of circumcision: and so

14 For we have heard him say, Abraham begat Isaac, and circumThat this Jesus of Nazareth shall cised him the eighth day; and destroy this place, and shall Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob bechange the customs which Moses gat the twelve patriarchs.

delivered us.

9 And the patriarchs, moved 15 And all that sat in the coun-with envy, sold Joseph into cil, looking stedfastly on him, Egypt: but God was with him, saw his face, as it had been the face of an angel.

Stephen stoned to death.
HEN said the high priest,
Are these things so?


10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, 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.

2 And he said, Men, brethren, 11 Now there came a dearth and fathers, hearken; The God over all the land of Egypt and of glory appeared unto our father Chanaan, and great affliction: Abraham, when he was in Me- and our fathers found no sustesopotamia, before he dwelt innance.


12 But when Jacob heard that 3 And said unto him, Get thee there was corn in Egypt, he sent out of thy country, and from thy out our fathers first. kindred, and come into the land 13 And at the second time Jowhich I shall shew thee. seph was made known to his

4 Then came he out of the land brethren; and Joseph's kindred of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in was made known unto Pharoah. Charran and from thence, when 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father was dead, he removed his father Jacob to him, and all him into this land, wherein ye his kindred, threescore and fifnow dwell. teen souls.

5 And he gave him none inhe- 15 So Jacob went down into ritance in it, no, not so much as to Egypt, and died, he and our faset his foot on: yet he promised thers,

that he would give it to him for a 16 And were carried over into possession, and to his seed after Sychem, and laid in the sepulhim, when as yet he had no chre that Abraham bought for a child. sum of money of the sons of Em6 And God spake on this wise, mor, the father of Sychem. That his seed should sojourn in a 17¶ But when the time of the strange land; and that they should promise drew nigh, which God bring them into bondage, and had sworn to Abraham, the peoentreat them evil four hundred ple grew, and multiplied in Eyears. [gypt,

7 And the nation to whom they 18 Till another king arose, shall be in bondage will I judge, which knew not Joseph.

said God: And after that shali 19 The same dealt subtilly with

Moses himself our kindred, and evil-entreated 31 When Moses saw it, he our fathers, so that they cast out wondered at the sight: and, as their young children, to the end he drew near to behold it, the they might not live. voice of the Lord came unto him,

The Acts. a witness of Christ

20 In which time Moses was 32 Saying, I am the God of born, and was exceeding fair, thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and nourished up in his father's and the God of Isaac, and the house three months: God of Jacob. Then Moses

21 And when he was cast out, trembled, and durst not behold. Pharoah's daughter took him up, 33 Then said the Lord to him, and nourished him for her own son. Put off thy shoes from thy feet :

22 And Moses was learned in for the place where thou standest all the wisdom of the Egyptians, is holy ground.


and was mighty in words and in 34 I have seen, I have seen the deeds. affliction of my people which is in 23 And, when he was full forty Egypt, and I have heard their years old, it came into his heart groaning, and am come down to to visit his brethren the children deliver them. And now, come, of Israel. will send thee into Egypt. 24 And seeing one of them suf- 35 This Moses, whom they fer wrong, he defended him, and refused, saying, Who made thee avenged him that was oppressed, a ruler, and a judge? the same and smote the Egyptian: did God send to be a ruler and a 25 For he supposed his breth-deliverer by the hand of the angel ren would have understood how which appeared to him in the that God by his hand would deli-bush.

ver them but they understood 36 He brought them out, after not. that he had shewed wonders and 26 And the next day he shewed signs in the land of Egypt, and in himself unto them as they strove, the Red sea, and in the wilderand would have set them at one ness forty years. again, saying, Sirs, ye are breth- 37 T This is that Moses which ren; why do ye wrong one to said unto the children of Israel, another? A prophet shall the Lord your 27 But he that did his neighbour God raise up unto you of your wrong, thrust him away, saying, brethren, like unto me: him shall Who made thee a ruler and alye hear. judge over us?

38 This is he that was in the 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou church in the wilderness, with the didst the Egyptian yesterday? angel which spake to him in the

29 Then fled Moses at this say-mount Sina, and with our fathers; ing, and was a stranger in the who received the lively oracles to land of Madian, where he begat give unto us :

two sons.

39 To whom our fathers would 30 And when forty years were not obey, but thrust him from expired, there appeared to him in them, and in their hearts turned the wilderness of mount Sina an back again into Egypt, angel of the Lord, in a flame of 40 Saying unto Aaron, Make fire, in a bush. lus gods to go before us: for as for Y


Chap. viii.

stoned. this Moses, which brought us do always resist the Holy Ghost: out of the land of Egypt, we wot as your fathers did, so do ye. not what is become of him.

52 Which of the prophets have

41 And they made a calf in not your fathers persecuted? and those days, and offered sacrifice they have slain them which shewunto the idol, and rejoiced in the ed before of the coming of the Just works of their own hands. One; of whom ye have been now

42 Then God turned, and gave the betrayers and murderers: them up to worship the host of 53 Who have received the law heaven; as it is written in the by the disposition of angels, and book of the prophets, O ye house have not kept it.

of Israel, have ye offered to me 54 When they heard these slain beasts and sacrifices, by the things, they were cut to the heart, space of forty years in the wilder- and they gnashed on him with ness? their teeth.

43 Yea, ye took up the taber- 55 But he, being full of the nacle of Moloch, and the star of Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly your god Remphan, figures which into heaven, and saw the glory of ye made, to worship them: and God, and Jesus standing on the I will carry you away beyond right hand of God,


56 And said, Behold, I see the 44 Our fathers had the taberna-heavens opened, and the Son of cle of witness in the wilderness, man standing on the right hand of as he had appointed, speaking un- God.

to Moses, that he should make it 57 Then they cried out with a according to the fashion that he loud voice, and stopped their had seen: ears, and ran upon him with one

45 Which also our fathers that accord, came after, brought in with Jesus 58 And cast him out of the ciinto the possession of the Gen-ty, and stoned him and the wittiles, whom God drave out be-nesses laid down their clothes at fore the face of our fathers, unto a young man's feet, whose name the days of David; was Saul.

46 Who found favour before 59 And they stoned Stephen, God, and desired to find a taber-calling upon God, and saying, nacle for the God of Jacob. Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 47 But Solomon built him an 60 And he kneeled down, and house. cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay 48 Howbeit the most High not this sin to their charge. And dwelleth not in temples made with when he had said this he fell hands; as saith the prophet, asleep.

49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house

Simon the sorcerer.

will ye build me? saith the Lord; AND Saul was consenting

or, what is the place of my rest?

his death. And at 50 Hath not my hand made that ume there was a great perseall these things? cution against the church which 51 Ye stiff-necked, and un-was at Jerusalem; and they were circumcised in heart and ears, yefall scattered abroad throughout

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