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Jain their friend, desired peace; because their country 21 was fed by the king's country. And on a day appointed,

Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne, and 22 made an oration to them*. And the people gave a shout,

saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.” 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him t, be

cause he gave not glory to God: and he was eaten by

worms, and expired. 94 And the word of God grew and multiplied. And 25 Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they

had fulfilled their office; and brought with them John,

whose surname was Mark. Ch. xi. Noy in the church that was at Antioch there were

certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrenè, and Ma

naen that had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, ? and Saul. And while they were publicly ministering to

the Lord and fasting, the holy spirit said, “Separate

for me I now Barnabas and Saul, for the work to which 3 I have called them.” And when they had fasted and

prayed, and put their hands on them, they sent them

away. 4 So these, having been sent forth by the holy spirit, de

parted to Seleucia; and 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 6 John also for their attendant. And when they had gone

through the whole island to Paphos, they found a certain

Magian, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Bar7 jesus, that was with the deputy of the country, Sergius

Paulus, a wise man. This deputy called to him Barna

“ This history is remarkably confirmed by Josephus, Ant. xix. viii. 2. Bishop Pearce has quoted the passage.” Newcome.

+ " This is the Jewish mode of expressing that God inflicted a disease on him," Newcome.

# separate me. N.

8 bas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But

Elymas, that is, the Magian, (for so is his name by in

terpretation,) withstood them, seeking to turn aside the 9 deputy from the faith. Then Saul, who is called Paul

also, filled with the holy spirit; looked earnestly on him, 10 and said, “ O full of all subtilty and of all mischief, thou

son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt 11 thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord ? And

now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee; and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun, for a time.” And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness: and

he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed;

being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. 13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Pa

phos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia. But John de14 parted from them, and returned to Jerusalem. And when

they had passed through from Perga, they came to An

tioch in Pisidia; and went into the synagogue on the 15 sabbath-day, and sat down. And after the reading of the

law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to

them, saying, “ Brethren, if ye have any word of exhor16 tation to the people, speak.” Then Paul stood

beckoned with his hand, and said, “Men of Israel, 17 and ye of the gentiles who fear God, hearken. The God

of this people * chose our fathers, and exalted the people,

when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and brought 18 them out of it with a high arm.

And about the space of forty years he bare † with their manners in the desert. 19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of

Canaan, he gave our fathers their land for an inheri20 tance. And after that, he appointed unto them judges,

up, and

* This people Israel, R. T.

+ Or, he carried them as a nurse. MSS. Bishop Pearce. Or, he fed them. Hesychius Wakefield. N. m. See also Griesbach. ed. 1806,

I be divided their land to them by lot, R. T.

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for about four hundred and fifty years, until the prophet 21 Samuel. And afterward they desired a king : and God

appointed unto them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the 22 tribe of Benjamin, during forty years. And when God

had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king: to whom he gave his testimony also, and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to mine own heart, who will perform all my

pleasure.' 23 “Of this man's race God, according to his promise, 24 hath given * unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus; when John

had first preached, before his appearance, the baptism 25 of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John

was fulfilling his course, he said, “Who † think ye that I am ? I am not the Christ. But, behold, one cometh after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to

unloose.' 26 so Brethren, sons of the stock of Abraham, and who

soever of the gentiles among you fear I God, to you the 27 doctrine of this salvation hath been sent. For those who

dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, when they knew not Christ, nor the words of the prophets, which are read

on every sabbath, have fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found no just cause of death in him,

yet they besought Pilate that he might be put to death. 29 And when they had fulfilled all which was written of

him, they took him down from the cross, and laid him in 30 a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead : and 31 he was seen many days by those who came up with him

from Galilee to Jerusalem ; who are his witnesses to the 32 people. And we declare to you glad tidings concerning 33 the promise which was made to the fathers; that God

hath fulfilled it to us their children, in that he hath rais

* Gr. hath brought. MSS.

+ Whom, N.

feareth, N

ed up Jesus; as it is written also in the second psalm *; 34 - Thou art my son, this day I have begotten thee.' And,

that God raised him up from the dead, now no more to

return to corruption, he speaketh thus, ‘I will give you 35 the sure mercics promised to David.' Wherefore it is

said in another psalm also, 'Thou shalt not suffer thy holy 36 one to see corruption. For after David had served his

own generation according to the counsel of God, he fell

asleep, and was gathered to his fathers, and saw corrup37 tion: but he whom God raised, did not see corruption. 38 “ Be it therefore known unto you, brethren, that

through him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed unto you. 39 And by him all who believe are justified from all things,

from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore lest that come upon you which is spoken 41 of in the prophets, · Behold, ye scorners, and wonder,

and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which

ye will in no wise believe, though it be declared 42 unto you."" And as Paul and Barnabas were going out

of the synagogue, the people desired † that [these words] 43 might be spoken to them on the next sabbath. And when

the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews, and of the proselytes who worshipped God, followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking [to them,] persuaded them to

continue in the favour of God. 44 And on the following sabbath almost the whole city 45 came together to hear the word of God. But when the

Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with indigna

tion, and contradicted those things which were spoken 46 by Paul, contradicting and speaking evil. Then Paul and Barnabas spake freely, and said,

freely, and said, “ It was necessary

The first psalm is a reading better supported. The two first psalms, as they stand in our editions, were anciently joined together. See Wetstein. Or, the first psalm was originally a kind of preface. Michaelis by Marsh, i. 515.” Newcome.

+ And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue the gentiles desired, &c. R. T.

that the word of God should have been spoken first to you; but since ye put it from you, and do not judge

yourselves worthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to 47 the gentiles. For so the Lord hath commanded us, say

ing, I have set thee for a light to the gentiles, that thou 48 shouldest be for salvation to the ends of the earth."" And

when the gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glo

rified the word of the Lord: and as many as were dis49 posed to everlasting life believed *. And the word of the 50 Lord was published throughout all the country. But the

Jews stirred up the gentile women of rank who worshipped God, and the chief men of the city, and raised a

persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them 51 out of their borders. But they shook off the dust of their 52 feet against them, and came to Iconium. And the dis

ciples were filled with joy, and with the holy spirit. CH. XIV. And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went

both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake

that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks be2 lieved. (But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the minds

of the gentiles, and made them evil-affected against the 3 brethren.) The apostles abode therefore for a long time,

speaking freely concerning the Lord, who gave testimony to his gracious word, and granted that signs and wonders should be done by their hands. But the multitude of the

city was divided : and part held with the Jews, and part 5 with the apostles. And when there was a design, both of 6 the gentiles, and of the Jews and their rulers, to insult

them t, and to stone them, having considered the matter,

they fled into Lystra, and Derbè, cities of Lycaonia, 7 and to the country round about: and there they preached the gospel.

• " Another import of the words is, ' As many of the gentiles believed as were inwardly disposed to receive the doctrine of everlasting life; as had an orderly and well-prepared mind for that purpose; as had disposed themselves to it.'Or, As many as were disposed, believed to everlasting life.' See 1 Tim. i. 16," Newcome.

of to treat them contemptuously, N,

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