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one of you in the name of Jesus I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, Christ of Nazareth rise up and and ye shall receive the gift of walk. And he took him by the the Holy Ghost. For the promise right hand, and lifted him up: is unto you, and to your children, and immediately his feet and and to all that are afar off, even ancle bones received strength. as many as the Lord our God And he leaping up stood, and shall call. And with many other walked, and entered with them words did he testify and exhort, into the temple, walking, and saying, Save yourselves from this leaping, and praising God. And untoward generation. Then they all the people saw him walking that gladly received his word and praising God: and they knew were baptized : and the same that it was he which sat for alms day there were added unto them at the Beautiful gate of the temabout three thousand souls. And ple: and they were filled with they continued stedfastly in the wonder and amazement at that apostles' doctrine and fellowship, which had happened unto him. and in breaking of bread, and And as the lame man which was in prayers. And fear came upon healed held Peter and John, every soul : and many wonders all the people ran together unto and signs were done by the apo them in the porch that is callstles. And all that believed were ed Solomon's, greatly wondering. together, and had all things com- | And when Peter saw it, he anmon; and sold their possessions swered unto the people, Ye men and goods, and parted them to of Israel, why marvel ye at this? all men, as every man had need. | or why look ye so earnestly on And they, continuing daily with us, as though by our own power one accord in the temple, and or holiness we had made this breaking bread from house to man to walk? The God of Abrahouse, did eat their meat with ham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, gladness and singleness of heart, the God of our fathers, hath glopraising God, and having favour rified his Son Jesus; whom ye dewith all the people. And the livered up, and denied him in the Lord added to the church daily presence of Pilate, when he was such as should be saved.
determined to let him go. But
ye denied the Holy One and the CHAP. III.
Just, and desired a murderer to April 6, August 5, Dec. 2.
be granted unto you; and killed
the Prince of life, whom God Monday in Easter-week, Evening. hath raised from the dead; whereSt. Peter, Morning.
of we are witnesses. And his
name through faith in his name NOW Peter and John went up hath made this man strong, whom
N together into the temple at ye see and know: yea, the faith the hour of prayer, being the which is by him hath given him ninth hour. And a certain man this perfect soundness in the prelame from his mother's womb was sence of you all. And now, brecarried, whom they laid daily at thren, I wot that through ignothe gate of the temple which is rance ye did it, as did also your called Beautiful, to ask alms of rulers. But those things, which them that entered into the tem God before had shewed by the ple; who seeing Peter and John mouth of all his prophets, that about to go into the temple asked Christ should suffer, he hath so an alms. And Peter, fastening fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and his eyes upon him with John, be converted, that your sins may said, Look on us. And he gavel | be blotted out, when the times heed unto them, expecting to re- | of refreshing shall come from the ceive something of them. Then presence of the Lord; and he Peter said, Silver and gold have shall send Jesus Christ, which I none; but such as I have give | before was preached unto you:
whom the heaven must receive unto them, Ye rulers of the peountil the times of restitution of ple, and elders of Israel, if we all things, which God hath spo this day be examined of the good ken by the mouth of all his holy deed done to the impotent man, prophets since the world began. by what means lie is made whole; For Moses truly said unto the be it known unto you all, and fathers, A prophet shall the Lord to all the people of Israel, that your God raise up unto you of | by the name of Jesus Christ of your brethren, like unto me; him Nazareth, whom ye crucified, shall ye hear in all things what whom God raised from the dead, soever he shall say unto you. even by him doth this man stand And it shall come to pass, that here before you whole. This is every soul, which will not hear the stone which was set at nought that prophet, shall be destroyed of you builders, which is become from among the people. Yea, and the head of the eorner. Neither all the prophets from Samuel is there salvation in any other: and those that follow after, as for there is none other name inmany as have spoken, have like-l der heaven given among men, wise foretold of these days. Ye | whereby we must be saved. Now are the children of the prophets, / when they saw the boldness of and of the covenant which God | Peter and John, and perceived made with our fathers, saying that they were unlearned and unto Abraham, And in thy seed ignorant men, they marvelled ; shall all the kindreds of the earth and they took knowledge of them, be blessed. Unto you first God, that they had been with Jesus. having raised up his Son Jesus, And beholding the man which sent him to bless you, in turning was healed standing with them, away every one of you from his they could say nothing against iniquities.
it. But when they had command
ed them to go aside out of the CHAP. IV.
council, they conferred among April 7, August 6, Dec. 3. themselves, saying, What shali
we do to these men? for that St. Peter, Evening.
indeed a notable miracle hath AND as they spake unto the been done by them is manifest A people, the priests, and the to all them that dwell in Jerucaptain of the temple, and the salem; and we cannot deny it. Sadducees, came upon them, be- But that it spread no further ing grieved that they taught the among the people, let us straitly people, and preached through Je threaten them, that they speak sus the resurrection from the henceforth to no man in this dead. And they laid hands on name. And they called them, them, and put them in hold un- and commanded them not to to the next day: for it was now speak at all nor teach in the eventide. Howbeit many of them name of Jesus. But Peter and which heard the word believed ; John answered and said unto and the number of the men was them, Whether it be right in about five thousand. And it came the sight of God to hearken unto pass on the morrow, that their to you more than unto God, rulers, and elders, and scribes, judge ye. For we cannot but and Annas the high priest, and speak the things which we have Caiaphas, and John, and Alex seen and heard. So when they ander, and as many as were of had further threatened them, the kindred of the high priest, they let them go, finding nothing were gathered together at Jeru how they might punish them, salem. And when they had set because of the people: for all them in the midst, they asked, men glorified God for that which By what power, or by what name, was done. For the man was ahave ye done this? Then Peter, bove forty years old, on whom filled with the Holy Ghost, said this miracle of healing was shew
ed. And being let go, they went | Levite, and of the country of to their own company, and re- Cyprus, having land, sold it, and ported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. | at the apostles' feet. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with
CHAP. V. one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made hea
April 8, August 7, Dec. 4. ven, and earth, and the sea, and PUT a certain man named all that in them is: who by the D Ananias, with Sapphira his mouth of thy servant David hast wife, sold a possession, and kept said, Why did the heathen rage, back part of the price, his wife and the people imagine vain also being privy to it, and brought things? The kings of the earth a certain part, and laid it at the stood up, and the rulers were ga apostles' feet. But Peter said, thered together against the Lord, Ananias, why hath Satan filled and against his Christ. For of thine heart to lie to the Holy a truth against thy holy child Ghost, and to keep back part of Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, the price of the land? Whiles it both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, remained, was it not thine own? with the Gentiles, and the people and after it was sold, was it not of Israel, were gathered together, in thine own power? why hast for to do whatsoever thy hand thou conceived this thing in thine and thy counsel determined be heart? thou hast not lied unto fore to be done. And now, Lord, men, but unto God. And Anabehold their threatenings: and nias hearing these words fell down, grant unto thy servants, that | and gave up the ghost: and great with all boldness they may speak fear came on all them that heard thy word, by stretching forth these things. And the young men thine hand to heal; and that arose, wound him up, and carsigns and wonders may be done | ried him out, and buried him. by the name of thy holy child And it was about the space of Jesus. And when they had pray three hours after, when his wife, ed, the place was shaken where not knowing what was done, came they were assembled together; | in. And Peter answered unto her. and they were all filled with the Tell me whether ye sold the land Holy Ghost, and they spake the for so much? And she said, Yea, word of God with boldness. And for so much. Then Peter said the multitude of them that be unto her, How is it that ye have lieved were of one heart and of agreed together to tempt the Spione soul: neither said any of rit of the Lord ? behold, the feet of them that ought of the things them which have buried thy huswhich he possessed was his own; band are at the door, and shall but they had all things common. carry thee out. Then fell she And with great power gave the down straightway at his feet, and apostles witness of the resurrec yielded up the ghost: and the tion of the Lord Jesus: and great young men came in, and found grace was upon them all. Nei. her dead, and, carrying her forth, ther was there any among them buried her by her husband. And that lacked : for as many as were great fear came upon all the possessors of lands or houses sold church, and upon as many as them, and brought the prices of heard these things. And by the the things that were sold, and hands of the apostles were many laid them down at the apostles' signs and wonders wrought afeet: and distribution was made mong the people ; (and they were unto every man according as he all with one accord in Solomon's had need. And Josés, who by porch. And of the rest durst no the apostles was surnamed Bar man join himself to them: but nabas, (which is, being interpret- | the people magnified them. And ed, The son of consolation,) a I believers were the more added to
But the ch great of the and great
streechat forth themuch that then , ed Jemen,
the Lord, multitudes both of men ed Jerusalem with your doctrine, and women.) Insomuch that they and intend to bring this man's brought forth the sick into the blood upon us. Then Peter and streets, and laid them on beds the other apostles answered and and couches, that at the least said, We ought to obey God rathe shadow of Peter passing by ther than men. The God of our mnight overshadow some of them. fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye There came also a multitude out slew and hanged on a tree. Him of the cities round about unto hath God exalted with his right Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, | hand to be a Prince and a Saand them which were vexed with viour, for to give repentance to unclean spirits: and they were Israel, and forgiveness of sins. healed every one. Then the high And we are his witnesses of these priest rose up, and all they that things, and so is also the Holy were with him, (which is the sect | Ghost, whom God hath given to of the Sadducees,) and were filled them that obey him. When they with indignation, and laid their heard that, they were cut to the hands on the apostles, and put heart, and took counsel to slay them in the common prison. But them. Then stood there up one the angel of the Lord by night in the council, a Pharisee, namopened the prison doors, and ed Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, brought them forth, and said, Go, I had in reputation among all the stand and speak in the temple to people, and commanded to put the people all the words of this the apostles forth a little space; life. And when they heard that, and said unto them, Ye men of they entered into the temple early Israel, take heed to yourselves in the morning, and taught. But what ye intend to do as touching the high priest came, and they these men. For before these days that were with him, and called rose up Theudas, boasting himthe council together, and all the self to be somebody; to whom a senate of the children of Israel, number of men, about four hunand sent to the prison to have dred, joined themselves : who was them brought. But when the of- slain; and all, as many as obeyed ficers came, and found them not him, were scattered, and brought in the prison, they returned, and to nought. After this man rose told, saying, The prison truly up Judas of Galilee in the days found we shut with all safety, 1 of the taxing, and drew away and the keepers standing without much people after him: he also before the doors : but when we perished; and all, even as many had opened, we found no man as obeyed him, were dispersed. within. Now when the high priest And now I say unto you, Refrain and the captain of the temple from these men, and let them and the chief priests heard these alone: for if this counsel or this things, they doubted of them work be of men, it will come to whereunto this would grow. Then nought: but if it be of God, ye came one and told them, saying, cannot overthrow it; lest haply Behold, the men whom ye put ye be found even to fight against in prison are standing in the God. And to him they agreed : temple, and teaching the people. and when they had called the Then went the captain with the | apostles, and beaten them, they officers, and brought them with commanded that they should not out violence : for they feared the speak in the name of Jesus, and people, lest they should have | let them go. And they departed been stoned. And when they had from the presence of the council, brought them, they set them be rejoicing that they were counted fore the council: and the high worthy to suffer shame for his priest asked them, saying, Did name. And daily in the temple, not we straitly command you and in every house, they ceased that ye should not teach in this not to teach and preach Jesus name? and, behold, ye have fill- | Christ.
| CHAP. VI. .
man ceaseth not to speak blas
phemous words against this holy April 9, August 8, Dec. 5. place, and the law: for we have St. Stephen, Morning, ver. 8, and
heard him say, that this Jesus
of Nazareth shall destroy this chap. vii. to ver. 30.
place, and shall change the cusAND in those days, when the toms which Moses delivered us. A number of the disciples was And all that sat in the council, multiplied, there arose a mur looking stedfastly on him, saw his muring of the Grecians against face as it had been the face of an the Hebrews, because their wi angel. dows were neglected in the daily
CHAP. VII. ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the dis- | April 10, August 9, Decem. 6, to ciples unto them, and said, It is ver. 30. Dec. 7, from ver. 30. not reason that we should leave St. Stephen, Evening, ver. 30 to the word of God, and serve ta ver. 55. bles. Wherefore, brethren, look THEN said the high priest, ye out among you seven men of 1 Are these things so? And he honest report, full of the Holy said, Men, brethren, and fathers, Ghost and wisdom, whom we hearken ; The God of glory apmay appoint over this business. peared unto our father Abraham, But we will give ourselves con when he was in Mesopotamia, tinually to prayer, and to the before he dwelt in Charran, and ministry of the word. And the said unto him, Get thee out of saying pleased the whole multi thy country, and from thy kintude: and they chose Stephen, a dred, and come into the land man full of faith and of the Holy which I shall shew thee. Then Ghost, and Philip, and Procho came he out of the land of the rus, and Nicanor, and Timon, Chaldæans, and dwelt in Charand Parmenas, and Nicolas a ran: and from thence, when his proselyte of Antioch: whom they father was dead, he removed him set before the apostles: and when into this land, wherein ye now they had prayed, they laid their dwell. And he gave him none hands on them. And the word of inheritance in it, no, not so much God increased ; and the number as to set his foot on : yet he proof the disciples multiplied in Je mised that he would give it to rusalem greatly; and a great com him for a possession, and to his pany of the priests were obedient seed after him, when as yet he to the faith.
had no child. And God spake on Ver. 8. And Stephen, full of this wise, That his seed should faith and power, did great won- sojourn in a strange land; and ders and miracles among the peo- | that they should bring them into ple. Then there arose certain of bondage, and entreat them evil the synagogue, which is called the four hundred years. And the nasynagogue of the Libertines, and tion to whom they shall be in Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and bondage will I judge, said God: of them of Cilicia and of Asia, dis and after that shall they come puting with Stephen. And they forth, and serve me in this place. were not able to resist the wisdom And he gave him the covenant and the spirit by which he spake. of circumcision : and so Abraham Then they suborned men, which begat Isaac, and circumcised him said, We have heard him speak the eighth day; and Isaac begat blasphemous words against Moses, Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve and against God. And they stirred patriarchs. And the patriarchs, up the people, and the elders, moved with envy, sold Joseph and the scribes, and came upon into Egypt: but God was with him, and caught him, and brought him, and delivered him out of him to the council, and set up all his afflictions, and gave him false witnesses, which said, This | favour and wisdom in the sight