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CH A. XI. . 1 Peter accused, defendeth himseli. 19 The Gospel is pread. 27 Agabus prophesietħ.

. AND the apostles and brethren that were in Judea heard

that the Gentiles had alsu 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 wenteft in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.

4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unio 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 licaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fuur-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creepiug things, and fowls of the air.

7 And I heard a volce saying unto me, Arise, Peter, slay, and eat.

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 (leansed, liat call uot thou common.

10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.

!1 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. Moreover these six brethren accompanied ime, and we entered into the man's horise:

i3 Aud he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto hiin, Send inen 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. Ee 4

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15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on thiem, as on us at the beginning.'

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 God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I that I could withstand God?

18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecutions 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 some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.

21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

22 Then tidings of these things came into the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.

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, aid of faith: and much people was added into 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 themselves with the chinch, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

27 | And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem ünto Antioch..

28 And there stood up one of them, named Agabus, ani signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth

throughout

throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudins 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. 1 Herod persecuteth the Christians. S0 His pride and

miserable death. "VTOW about that time Herod the king stretched forth hi* hands to vex certain of the church.

2 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 apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions 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, sajing, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

3 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saidi 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 they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city ; which opciked to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forth with the angel departed from hiin. . .

Il And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know. of a surety that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hạth delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12 And when be had considered the thing, be came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together, praying.

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel çaine 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 then with the hand to bold their peace, declared unto them hot the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go, shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. Andke departed and went into another places

18 Now as soon as it was day there was no small stir ainong the soldiers what was become of Peter:

19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found himn not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. . And be went down from Judea to Cesarea, and there'abode.

20 9 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon : but they came with one accord to him, and having made Blastus, the king's chamberlain, their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.

21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.

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

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

24 g But the word of God grew and multiplied.

25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose suraame was Mark.

CHAP. XIII. | Paul and Barnabas go to the Gentiles. 42 The Gentiles

believe. 45 The Jews blaspheme. ' N OW there were in the church that was at Antioch

certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Mauaen, 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 their minister.

6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus :

7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent mais; who called før Barpabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

8 But Elymas the sorcerer, (for so is his name by intera prektion,) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

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