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lip : Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And
Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the pro-
phet Esaias, and said: Understandest thou what thou
readest ? And he said ; How can I, except some man
should guide me ! And he desired Philip that he
would come up and sit with him. The place of the
scripture which he read was this ; He was led as a
; to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before
his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. In his humilia-
tion his judgment was taken away; and who shall de-
clare his generation ? for his life is taken from the
earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said; I
pray thee of whom speaketh the prophet this? of him.
self, or of some other man Then Philip opened his
mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached
unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way,
they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said;
See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be bap-
tized 7 And Philip said; If thou believest with all
thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said;
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he
commanded the chariot to stand still; and they went
down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch;
and he baptized him. And, when they were come up
out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away
Philip ; that the eunuch saw him no more, and he
went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at
Azotus; and passing through, he preached in all the
cities, till he came to Cesarea.
§ 3. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and
slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto
the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damas-
cus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this
way, whether they were men or women, he might
bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he jour-
neyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven, and he
fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him;
Saul, Saul, ; persecutest thou me 2 and he said;

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Who art thou, Lord ' And the Lord said ; I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished, said ; Lord, what wilt thou have me to do 3 And the Lord said unto him ; Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man ; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said; Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him; Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus ; for behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered; Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem, and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him; Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. And Amanias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him, said ; Brother Saul, the Lord even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the Way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales, and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat,

he was strengthened.

Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus; And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said: Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him; But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the dis. ciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him,

and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the

name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in
and going out at Jerusalem, and he spake boldly in
the name of the Lord Jesus. And disputed against
the Grecians ; but they went about to slay him.
Which when the brethren knew they brought him down
to Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. Then had
the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee
and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the
fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy
Ghost, were multiplied.
4. And it came to pass, as Peter passed through:
out all quarters, he came down also to the saints which
dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a certain man
named Eneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and
was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him;
Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole; arise, and
make thy bel,...And he arose immediately. And all

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that dwelt in Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned
to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a certain dis-
ciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is
called Dorcas; this woman was full of good works,
and alms-deeds which she did. And it came to pass
in those days, that she was sick, and died ; whom
when they had washed, they laid her in an upper
chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Jop-
pa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there,
they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he
would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose
and went with them. When he , was come, they
brought him into the upper chamber; and all the wi-
dows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats
and garments which Dorcas made while she was with
them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled
down, and prayed ; and, turning him to the body,
said; Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and,
when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her
his hand, and lifted her up ; and when he had called
the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And
it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believ-
ed in the Lord. And it came to pass that he tarried
many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
There was a certain man in Cesarea called Corne-
lius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band.
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his
house; which gave much alms to the people, and
prayed to God alway ; he saw in a vision evidently
about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God
coming in to him, and saying unto him ; Cornelius.
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said ;
What is it, Lord ' And he said unto him; Thy
prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial
before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call
for one Simon, whose surname is Peter; he lodgeth
with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea-
side; he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius


was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually, and when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet, knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth; wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him; Rise, Peter, kill and eat. But Peter said; Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time; What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice; and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate ; and called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him; Behold, three men seek thee; arise, therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing ; for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius, and said; Behold, I am he whom ye seek; what is the cause wherefore ye are come! And they said ; Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nations of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them.

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