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12 4 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, $declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles, by them. 13 | And after they had held their peace

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14 "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did 'visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

16 w After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my

? arose up and said. Wh. 6 that which is fallen in decay. Co. Ma. Cr. salvation hath appeared to all men. do. iii. 4,5: After that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeara ed, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.

& Acts, xiv. 27.

* Acts, xii. 17: Go show these things unto James, and to the brethren.

"Ver. 7. Luke,.ii. 31, 32: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people ; a light to lighten the Gentiles

, and the glory of thy people Israel.

1 Pet. 1: 1: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia

, Asia, and Bithynia.

w Amos, ix. 11, 12: In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and! will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.

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* Num. xxiii. 19: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make

it good? Isa. xlvi. 10: Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.

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? 1 Thes. i.9: For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

a Gen. xxxv.2: Then Jacob said unto his houshold, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among

you, and be clean, and change your garments. Exod. xx.3,23 : del Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Ye shall not make

with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of it gold. do. xxxiv. 15: Lest thou make a covenant with the

inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice. Ezek. xx. 30: Wherefore say

unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God; Are ye pollaz: luted after the manner of your fathers ? and commit


whoredom after their abominations? Dan. i. 8: Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Acts, xxi.25 : As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written

and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that un they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. 1 Cor.viii. 1,9:

as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 'do. x. 19, 20: What say I then ? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say,




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and from things strangled, and from blood.

that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God; and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Rev. ï. 14, 20: But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling. block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calletb herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. do. ix. 20: And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.

• 1 Cor. vi. 9, 18: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. GAL. v. 19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Epa. v. 3: But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. COL. iž. 5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil con cupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 1 3: For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. 1 Pet. iv. 3: For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.

cGen. ix. 4: But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat. Lev. iii. 17: It shall be a perpetual statute-that ye eat neither fat nor blood. 1 SAM. xiv. 32: The people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground : and the people did eat them with the blood.

Lev. vii. 26: Ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. do. xvii. 14: Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof; whosoever eateth it shall be cut off do. xix. 26: Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood. Deut. xii. 16, 23: Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it


21 For Moses of old time 12 hath in every city them that preach him, being ® read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole Church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed 'Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

23 And they wrote letters 13 by them "4 after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting 15 unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia :

24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, 16 saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandinent :

12 from the ancient times. Ham. gave them letters. Co. Ma. Cr. 14 in their hands. Co. Ma. Cr. 15 wish health. Co. 16 unsettling your minds. We upon the earth as water. Only be sure that thou eat not the blood : for the blood is the life, and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh. do. xv. 23: Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.

e Acts, xiii. 14, 15, 27 : And went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets.-They that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

Acts, i. 23 : They appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

• Ver. 1. GAL. ii. 4: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. do. v. 4,12: Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. Tit. i. 10, 11: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision : whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

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