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when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he
girt his fisher's coat unto him (for he was naked), (c) 8 and did cast himself into the lea. And the other dif
ciples came in a little ship (for they were not far from
land, but as it were two hundred cubits) dragging 9 the net with fishes. As foon then as they were come
to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid 10 thereon, and bread (d). Jefus faith unto them, Bring II of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter
went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes,
an hundred and fifty and three; and for all there 12 were so many, yet was not the net broken.' Jesus
faith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the
disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that 13 it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh and taketh 14 bread, and giveth them, and fish like wise. This is
now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his
disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. 15 So when they had dined, Jesus faith to Simon
Peter, Simon fon of Jonas, loveft thou me more than these (e)? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou
knowest that I love thee. He faith unto him, Feed 16 my lambs (f). He faith to him again the second
time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He faith
unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. 17 He faith unto him, Feed my sheep (g). He faith unto
hin the third time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he said unto him
(c) The Jews were faid to be naked, when they had only their inner garment. St. Peter was impatient, and eager to go to Christ as soon as possible. (d) Miraculously provided by our blessed Lord.
i (e) Do you now love me, as you professed to do, Matt. xxvi. 33. more than the rest of my disciples ?
(f) You will have no opportunity of shewing your love to my perfon. Shew it by being a good fhepherd of my flock. Feed my lambs. Neglect not those that are weak and unstable in the faith.
(g) Cease not to labour for the instruction and falvation of such as, are more firmly established. Qa
the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowelt all things; thou knowest
that I love thee. Jesus faith unto him, Feed my 18 sheep (b). Verily, verily I say unto thee (i), When
thou wast young, thou girdedit thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldeft: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt ftretch forth thy hands, and another
shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest 19 not (k). This spake he, fignifying by what death he
should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, 20 he faith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter turning
about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, follow
ing; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and 21 faid, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee (1) ? Peter
seeing him, faith to Jesus, Lord, and what fall this man do? Jesus faith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou
Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He thall not die: but, If I will
that he tarry till I come (m), what is that to thee ? 24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things,
and wrote these things: and we know that his testi25 mony is true (n). And there are also many other
(2) These three questions correspond with Peter's threefold denial of his Master. The repetition is intended to make our Saviour's injunction the more folemn and forcible.
(i) I tell you in the most folemn manner, that you will shortly be called upon to suffer death, as I did, upon a Cross, in testimony of the truth; for, the holy Spirit of God will enable you to lay down
(k) Thou shalt be girt and bound against thy will, and with thay hands stretched out, shalt be faltened to a Cross: which accordingly came to pass a little before the destruction of Jerusalem; whereas St. John is said to have lived about thirty years after that destruction,
) See Chap. xiii. 25. (m) Until I come to take vengeance in the destruction of Jerusalem.
(n) The Church of that time, who had been instructed by Se. John, here bear witness that what he delivered in his Gospel is true.
things which Jesus did (n), the which if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
(n) It would be impossible to record every particular incident of our Saviour's life, nor is it necessary ; ihose which are here recorded being fufficient for our instruction, and being certainly and undoubtedly true, are most worthy of our entire belief.
Ámen is a reverential attestation of the truth and importance of the contents of this booki
HE former treatife have I made, O Theophi
lus (a), of all that Jesus began both to do and 2 teach (b), Until the day in which he was taken up, after
that he through the holy Ghost had given command
(a) The Acts of the Apostles were written by St. Luke, and addressed to the same person to whom he had before addressed his Gospel, called here the former treatife. The prefent work contains the history of Christianity for the first thirty years after our Lord's ascension. St. Luke's design, however, was not to relate the acts of all the Apostles, but principally those only of St. Peter and St. Paul. In the first eight chapters are delivered the origin and progress of the Christian church among the Jews. From the ninth to the sixteenth is described the extenlion of it
the Gentiles. From the fixteenth chapter to the twentieth are contained the travels of St. Paul, including his last journey to Jerusalem; and from thence to the end of the book is an account of his various distresses, and at last his arrival and behaviour at Rome.
(6) Of all that Jefus did and taught from the beginning.
3 ments 3 dients unto the apostles whom he had chosen. To
whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days,
and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom 4 of God (c). And being assembled together with
them, commanded them that they should not depart
from Jerufalemn, but wait for the promise of the Far 5 ther, which, faith he, ye have heard of me (d). For
John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be bap.
tized with the holy Ghost, not many days hence, 6 When they therefore were come together, they
asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time re7 store again the kingdom to Israel (e)? And he said un
to them, It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and
in Samaria, and unto the utmost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they
beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him Io out of their fight. And while they looked stedfastly
towards heaven, as he went up, behold, two men II ftood by them in white apparel; Which also said,
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven ? this fame Jesus which is taken up from you
into heaven, shall so come, in like manner as ye have 12 seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto
Jerusalem, from the mount called Olivet, which is 13 from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when
they were come in, they went up into an upper: (c) The doctrine of chriflianity. Matt. iii. 2.: (d) Ye have heard me discourse of.
(e) Jesus having proved himself to be the Mesliah by his resurrçetion, they expected that his kingdom (which they considered as a temporal one) would immediately appear in all its grandeur; the consequence of which they thought must be the relloring the Jews to their former profperous and independent state.