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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 Pable to resist the I 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.

12 And they 'stirred up the people, and the elders, and the Scribes, and came upon him, of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. 2 Cor. x. 5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

PExod. iv. 12: I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Isa. liv. 17: Every tongue that shall ise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. LUKE, xi. 15: I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your dversaries shalt not be able to gainsay nor resist. Acts, v. 9: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye e found even to fight against God. 4 MAT. X. 20: For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of our Father which speaketh in you. PIKINGS, xxi. 10, 13: And set two men, sons of Belial, fore him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst aspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and one him, that he may die. And there came in two men, ildren of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial tnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of

people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. en they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him h stones, that he died. Mat. xxvi. 59, 60: Now the Chief ests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness inst Jesus, to put him to death: But found none : yea, ugh many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At last came two false witnesses. Acts, xiii. 50 : The Jews stirred up the devout and honourwomen, and the chief men of the city, and raised per

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and caught him, and brought him to the council,

13 And set up 'false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law :

14 u 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 Wangel.

CHAP. VII. 1 Stephen, permitted to answer to the accusation of blasphemy, 2 showeth

that Abraham worshipped God rightly, and how God chose the fathers 20 before Moses was born, and before the tabernacle and temple were built : 37 that Moses himself witnessed of Christ, 44 and that all outward ceremonies were ordained according to the heavenly pattern, to last but for a time : 51 reprehending their rebellion, and murdering of Christ, the Just One, whom the prophets foretold should come into the world : 54 whereupon they stone him to death, who commendeth his soul to Jesus, and humbly prayeth for them.

THEN said the High Priest, Are these things so?

2 And he said, “Men, brethren, and fathers,

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secution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

+ MAT. xxvi. 59 : The Chief Priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death.

"Acts, xxv. 8: Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Cæsar, have I offended any thing at all.

Dan. ix. 26: And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

w Exod. xxxiv. 30, 35: When Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him. MAT. xxviii. 3: His [the angel's] countenance was like lightning, and his raiment was white as snow.

CHAP. VII. Acts, xxii. 1: Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence, which I make now unto you.


hearken ; The "God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

3 And said unto him, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee.

4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldæans, 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.

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2 the breadth of a foot. Co. Ma, Cr. Bi. Gen.

• Ps. xxix. 3 : The God of glory thundereth.

cGen. xii. 1, 4: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him. do. xv.7: I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. Neh. ix. 7: Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham.

d Gen. xi. 31: Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came into Haran, and dwelt there. do. xii. 4,5: So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

e Gen. xii. 7: The LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land. do. xiii. 15: All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

GEN. xv.3, 18: Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given

6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should s sojourn in a strange land, and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them eyil bfour hundred

years. 7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and i serve me in this place.

8 And he kgave him the covenant of circumcision: and so 'Abraham begat Isaac, and circumno seed.-In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates. do. xvii. 8: And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. do. xxvi. 3 : Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father.

8 Gen. xv. 13, 16: He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not their's, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again.

'n Exod. xii. 40, 41: Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in. Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass, at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. GAL. iii. 17: The covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul.

• Exod. iii. 12: And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token : unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

* Gen. xvii. 9-11: God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

"Gen. xxi. 2-4: Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age.-And Abraham called the name of his son

cised him the eighth day; and n 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 afflic

that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare unto him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

m Gen. xxv. 26: His hand took hold of Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob.

n Gen. xxix. 32, &c: Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben. do. xxx.5, &c: Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son, &c. do. xxxv. 18, 23, &c: And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni : but his father called him Benjamin. The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun, &c.

.Gen. xxxvii. 4, 11, 28: When his brethren saw that their father loved him [Joseph] more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. And his brethren envied him.-Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. 17: He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant.

p Gen. xxxix. 2, 21, 23: The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man.- - The LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. WISD. X. 13: When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not, but delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit.

4 1 SAM. xvii. 37: David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. Ps. xxxiv. 19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. PRO. xxiv. 16: A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. 2 Cor. i. 10: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will get deliver us. 2 Tim. iii. 11: Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

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