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the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to
him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus 28 in the name of Jesus. And he was with them com29 ing in, and going out at Jerusalem (m). And he fpake
boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed
against the Grecians (n): but they went about to day 30 him. Which when the brethren knew, they brought
him down to Cefarea, and fent him forth to Tarfus. 31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea
and Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified, and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort
of the holy Ghost, were multiplied. 32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout
all quarters, he came down also to the faints which 33 dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a certain man
named Eneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was fick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him,
Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole : arife and 35 make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all
that dwelt at Lydda, and Saron, faw him, and turned to the Lord.
Now there was at Joppa, a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas :
this woman was full of good works, and alms--deeds37 which she did. And it came to pass in those days,
that she was sick, and died : whom when they had 38 washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And
forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the difciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent un
to him two men, desiring him that he would not de39 lay to come to them. Then Peter arose, and went
with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber; and all the widows stood
(m) Familiarly and consantly.
(n) The Grecians were Jews, who used a Greek translation of the criptures of tıc Old Testament. Chap. vi. 1. Note.
by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments 40 which Dorcas made while fhe was with them. But
Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down and prayed, and turning him to the body, said, Tabitha, a
rise. And she opened her eyes : and when the faw 41 Peter, she fat up. And he gave her his hand, and
lift her up; and when he had called the faints and 42 widows, presented her alive. And it was known
throughout all Joppa ; and many believed in the 43 Lord. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days
in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
CH A P.
nelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian 2 band. Adevout (a) man, and one thať feared God with
all his house, which gave much alms to the people, 3 and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evi
dently, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of
God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Corne4 lius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid,
and said, What is it, Lord ? And he said unto him,
Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a me5 morial before God. And now send men to Joppa, 6 and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter : Hé
lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by
the fea-fide: he fhall tell thee what thou oughteft to 7 do. And when the angel which spake unto Corne
lius, was departed, he called two of his houshold fer
vants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on 8 him continually: And when he had declared all these
things unto them, he fent them to Joppa.
(a) Devout is the word which throughout this book of the Afts is used for all uncircumcised Gentile converts, who had renounced idolatry, and worshipped the true God, without fubmitting to the whole ceremonial law.
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon 10 the house-top(b) to pray, about the sixth hour.(c). And
he became very hungry, and would have eaten : but JI while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And
saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending
unto him, as it had been a great sheet, knit at the 12 four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein
were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth,
and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of 13
the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Pe14 ter ; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not fo, Lord:
for I have never eaten any thing that is common or 15 unclean (d). And the voice spake unto him again the
fecond time, What God hath cleansed, that call not 16 thou common. This was done thrice: and the vef17 fel was received up again into heaven. Now while
Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he kad seen, fhould mean; behold, the men which were
sent from Cornelius, had made enquiry for Simon's 18 house, and stood before the gate, And called, and
asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there. 19
While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit faid 20 unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arile there
fore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubt21 ing nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter
went down to the men which were fent unto him
ye are come? 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a juít man,
and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by
(6) See Mall. x. 27.
(d) By common food the Jews meant such as was eaten by the Gentiles, but forbidden by the law. of Moses to the Jews,, to whom. it was therefore unclean..
an holy angel, to send for thee into his house, and to 23 hear words of thee.
Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away
with them, and certain brethren (e) from Joppa ac24 companied him.' And the morrow after they entered
into Cesarea : and Cornelius waited for them, and.'
had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, 26 and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But
Peter took him up, saying, Stand up (f); I myself. 27 also am a man. And as he talked with hiin, he went 28 in, and found many that were come together. And.
he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew, to keep company, or come unto one of another nation : but God hath
shewed me, that I fhould not call any man common. 29 or unclean (s). Therefore came I into you without
gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for : I ask therefore 30. for what intent
have sent for me? And Cornelius faid!, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour (h),. and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and be
hold, a man stood before me in bright cloathing,, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine
alms are had in remembrance in the fight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon whose.
surname is Peter ; he is lodged in the house of one
Simon a tanner, by the sea-side; who when he com33 eth, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I
sent to thee;, and thou hast well done that thou art.
(e) Certain brethren; that is, certain fellow-christians.
f) Obferve here that St. Peter refused to be worshipped; nor can he be supposed in his glorified ftate to desire, or accept, that worship which he intimates in this paffage ought to be paid to God: alone, and not to man or any creature.
(g) See John iv. 9. xviii. 28.
(h) That hour being the sixth or noon, the ninth was three o'clock after noon.
Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of
Then Peter opened his mouth, and faid, Of a truth I perceive that God is no refpecter of perfons : 35 But in every nation, he that feareth him, and work36 eth righteousness, is accepted with him. The word
which God fent unto the children of Ifrael, preach
ing peace (i) by Jefus Chrift, (he is Lord of all) 37 That word (Isay), you know (k), which was published:
throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after 38 the baptism which John preached: How God a
nointed Jefus of Nazareth with the holy Ghost, and with power; who went about doing good, and heal
ing all that were oppressed of the devil : for God was 39 with him. And we are witnesses of all things which
he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusa40 lem ; whom they new and hanged on a tree : Him
God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly, 41 Not to all the people, but unto witneffes, chofen be
fore of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with 42 him after he rose from the dead. And he command
ed us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it
is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of 43 quick and dead. To him give all the prophets wit
nefs, that through his name whofoever believeth in
him fhall receive remiffion of fins. 44
While Peter yet fpake these words, the holy Ghoft 45 fell on all them which heard the word. And they
of the circumcision which believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the
Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the holy 46 Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, 47 and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any
(i) Peace signifies forgiveness, and reconciliation with God. (*) They had at least heard of it, it being every where preached.