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The sermon of Peter.


He baptizes many. own tongue, wherein we were born? in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, One to see corruption.

and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in 28 Thou hast made known to me the Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and ways of life; thou shalt make me full of Asia, joy with thy countenance.

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, 29 Men and brethren, let me freely and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, speak unto you of the patriarch David, and strangers of Rome, Jews and prose- that he is both dead and buried, and his lytes, sepulchre is with us unto this day.

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, accord12 And they were all amazed, and were ing to the flesh, he would raise up Christ in doubt, saying one to another, What to sit on his throne; meaneth this?

31 He seeing this before, spake of the

13 Others mocking, said, These men resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not are full of new wine. left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel,

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams :

18 And on my servants, and on my hand-maidens,I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy :

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke.

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come. 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens, but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God 40 And with many other words did he among you by miracles, and wonders, and testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves signs, which God did by him in the midst from this untoward generation. of you, as ye yourselves also know:

41 ¶ Then they that gladly received his

23 Him, being delivered by the deter-word, were baptized: and the same day minate counsel and foreknowledge of God, there were added unto them about three ye have taken, and by wicked hands have thousand souls. crucified and slain:

42 And they continued steadfastly in 24 Whom God hath raised up, having the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and loosed the pains of death: because it was in breaking of bread, and in prayers. not possible that he should be holden of it. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and 25 For David speaketh concerning him, many wonders and signs were done by the I foresaw the Lord always before my face; apostles. for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and! my tongue was glad; moreover also, my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul!

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one

The lame man restored.

CHAP. III, IV. Peter and John imprisoned.

accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things which God before 47 Praising God, and having favour with had shewed by the mouth of all his proall the people. And the Lord added to phets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so the church daily such as should be saved. fulfilled.


19 Repent ye therefore, and be conTOW Peter and John went up together verted, that your sins may be blotted out,

Now Peter and, of the hour of prayer, when the times of refreshing, shall come

being the ninth hour.

2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

3 Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms.

4 And Peter fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

from the presence of the Lord;

20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21 Whom the heaven must receive, until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began.

22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you.

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold 23 And it shall come to pass, that every have I none; but such as I have give soul which will not hear that Prophet, shall thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Na-be destroyed from among the people. zareth, rise up and walk.

7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle-bones received strength.

8 And he,leaping up,stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

10 And they knew that it was he which

24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

26 Unto you first, God having raised up sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in temple and they were filled with wonder turning away every one of you from his and amazement at that which had happen- iniquities. ed unto him.



11 And as the lame man which was AND as they spake unto the people, healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 2 Being grieved that they taught the 12 ¶ And when Peter saw it, he an-people, and preached through Jesus the swered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, resurrection from the dead.

why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so 3 And they laid hands on them, and put earnestly on us, as though by our own them in hold unto the next day: for it was power or holiness we had made this man now even-tide.

to walk?

4 Howbeit, many of them which heard 13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, the word, believed; and the number of and of Jacob, the God of our fathers hath the men was about five thousand. glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye deliver- 5 ¶ And it came to pass on the morrow, ed up, and denied him in the presence of that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, Pilate, when he was determined to let 6 And Annas the high priest, and Caihim go. aphas, and John, and Alexander, and as 14 But ye denied the Holy One, and many as were of the kindred of the high the Just, and desired a murderer to be priest, were gathered togetherat Jerusalem. granted unto you; 7 And when they had set them in the 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom midst, they asked, By what power, or by God hath raised from the dead; whereof what name have ye done this? we are witnesses. 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy 16 And his name, through faith in his Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the name, hath made this man strong, whom people, and elders of Israel, ye see and know: yea, the faith which is 9 If we this day be examined of the by him, hath given him this perfect sound-good deed done to the impotent man, by ness in the presence of you all. what means he is made whole;

The apostles are threatened.

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all
Ananias and Sapphira.
the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both
27 For of a truth against thy boly child
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye cruci- Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gen-
fied, whom God raised from the dead, even tiles, and the people of Israel, were ga-
by him doth this man stand here before thered together,

you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at thy counsel determined before to be done.
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and
nought of you builders, which is become
the head of the corner.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threat-
12 Neither is there salvation in any with all boldness they may speak thy word,
enings; and grant unto thy servants, that
other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we heal; and that signs and wonders may be
30 By stretching forth thy hand to
must be saved.

13 Now, when they saw the boldness
done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
of Peter and John, and perceived that they place was shaken where they were assem-
31 And when they had prayed, the
were unlearned and ignorant men, they bled together; and they were all filled
marvelled; and they took knowledge of with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the
them, that they had been with Jesus.
14 And beholding the man which was
word of God with boldness.
healed standing with them, they could say
nothing against it.

15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

lieved were of one heart, and of one soul:
32 And the multitude of them that be-
things which he possessed was his own;
neither said any of them that aught of the
but they had all things common.

16 Saying, What shall we do to these apostles witness of the resurrection of the 33 And with great power gave the men? for that indeed a notable miracle Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon hath been done by them is manifest to all them all. them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

34 Neither was there any among them 17 But that it spread no further among sors of lands or houses sold them, and that lacked: for as many as were possesthe people, let us straitly threaten them, brought the prices of the things that were that they speak henceforth to no man in sold,

this name.

35 And laid them down at the apostles'

18 And they called them, and com- feet: and distribution was made unto every manded them not to speak at all, nor teach man according as he had need. in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being in36 And Joses, who by the apostles was said unto them, Whether it be right in the terpreted, The son of consolation,) à Lesight of God to hearken unto you more vite, and of the country of Cyprus, than unto God, judge ye. money, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 37 Having land, sold it, and brought the CHAP. V.

20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

21 So, when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

22 For the man was above forty years old on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.

a certain man named Ananias,
with Sapphira his wife, sold a pos-


2 And kept back part of the price, (his certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. wife also being privy to it,) and brought a

3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Ghost, and to keep back part of the price Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy

23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that of the land? the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is ;

25 Who, by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

4 While it remained, was it not thine thine own power? why hast thou conceived own? and after it was sold, was it not in this thing in thy heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

5 And Ananias hearing these words, fell fear came on all them that heard these things. down, and gave up the ghost. And great

6 And the young men arose, wound him
up, and carried him out, and buried him.

hours after, when his wife, not knowing
7 And it was about the space of three
what was done, came in.

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An angel delivers the apostles.


The counsel of Gamaliel.

8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell 25 Then came one and told them, say. me whether ye sold the land for so much? ing, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and And she said, Yea, for so much.

9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it teaching the people. 26 Then went the captain with the that have agreed together to tempt the ye Spirit of the Lord? behold the feet of them officers, and brought them without viowhich have buried thy husband are at the lence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. door, and shall carry thee out.

10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost. And the young men came in, and found her dead, and carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you, that ye should not teach in this name? 11 And great fear came upon all the and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with man's blood upon us. church, and upon as many as heard these your doctrine, and intend to bring this things.

12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women;)

15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits; and they were healed every one.

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison-doors, and brought them forth, and said,

20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

30 The God of our fathers raised up Je-
sus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree:
31 Him hath God exalted with his right
hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to
give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness
of sins.

32 And we are his witnesses of these
things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom
33 When they heard that, they were
God hath given to them that obey him.
cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay

34 Then stood there up one in the coun-
cil, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor
of the law, had in reputation among all the
forth a little space;
people, and commanded to put the apostles

35 And said unto them, Ye men of Is-
rael, take heed to yourselves what ye
intend to do as touching these men:

36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the taxing, and drew 21 And when they heard that, they en-away much people after him: he also pertered into the temple early in the morning, ished; and all, even as many as obeyed and taught. But the high priest came, him, were dispersed. and they that were with him, and called

38 And now I say unto you, Refrain the council together, and all the senate of from these men, and let them alone: for if the children of Israel, and sent to the this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: prison to have them brought.

22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,

23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

24 Now, when the high priest, and the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they ¡his name. were counted worthy to suffer shame for


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Stephen falsely accused:


His answer in his defence.

42 And daily in the temple, and infunto our father Abraham when he was in every house, they ceased not to teach and Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, preach Jesus Christ. 3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come


AND in those days, when the number into the land which I shall shew thee.

of the disciples was multiplied, there 4 Then came he out of the land of the arose a murmuring of the Grecians against Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charran. And the Hebrews, because their widows were from thence, when his father was dead, he neglected in the daily ministration. removed him into this land wherein ye

2 Then the twelve called the multitude now dwell. of the disciples unto them, and said, It is And he gave him none inheritance in not reason that we should leave the word it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet of God, and serve tables. he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; 4 But we will give ourselves continually and that they should bring them into bondto prayer, and to the ministry of the word. age, and entreat them evil four hundred 5 And the saying pleased the whole years.

multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man 7 And the nation to whom they shall be full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and in bondage will I judge, said God: and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and after that shall they come forth, and serve Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a me in this place. proselyte of Antioch,

8 And he gave him the covenant of And so Abraham begat

6 Whom they set before the apostles: circumcision. and when they had prayed, they laid their Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob

hands on them.

7 And the word of God increased; and begat the twelve patriarchs. the number of the disciples multiplied in 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, Jerusalem greatly; and a great company sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with of the priests were obedient to the faith. him,

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, 10 And delivered him out of all his afdid great wonders and miracles among the flictions, and gave him favour and wisdom people. in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and 9 Then there arose certain of the he made him governor over Egypt, and all synagogue, which is called the synagogue his house.

of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and 11 Now there came a dearth over all Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia, and the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great of Asia, disputing with Stephen. affliction; and our fathers found no sustenance.

10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was 11 Then they suborned men, which said, corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. We have heard him speak blasphemous 13 And at the second time Joseph was words against Moses, and against God. made known to his brethren: and Joseph's 12 And they stirred up the people, and kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. the elders, and the scribes, and came upon 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his him, and caught him, and brought him to father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, the council, threescore and fifteen souls.

13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blas- and died, he, and our fathers, phemous words against this holy place, and the law:

15 So Jacob went down into Egypt,

14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. CHAP. VII.

HEN said the high priest, Are these

Tthings so?

2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared

16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor, the father of Sychem.

17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.

19 The same dealt subtilely with our kindred, and evil-entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.

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