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20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of

Tyre and Sidon : but they came with one accord to him, and having made Blaitus the king's chamberlain

their friend, defired peace; because their country 21 was nourished by the king's country. And upon a set

day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his 22 throne, and made an oration unto them. And the

people gave a lout, saying, It is the voice of a god, 23 and not of a man. And immediately the angel of

the Lord (mote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the

ghost. 24

But the word of God grew and multiplied. And 25

Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ininistry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.

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I NOW there were in the church that was at Anti

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

Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up 2 with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they mini

ftred to the Lord, and fafted (a), the holy Ghost said,

Separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work where3 unto I have called them. And when they had falled

and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away:

So they being sent forth by the holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they failed 5 to Cyprus. And when they were at Salamis, they

preached the word of God in the synagogues of the (a) Whilf they were engaged in a course of devotion and fasting.



Jews : and they had also John (b) to their minister. 6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Pa

phos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a 7 Jew, whose name was Barjesus: Which was with

the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent

man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired 8 to hear the word of God. But Elymas the forcerer

(for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them,

seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9. Then Saul (c) (who also is called Paul) filled with 10 the holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, o

full of all subtilty and all inischief, thou child of the

devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not II 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 fun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a dark

ness; and he went about seeking some to lead him 12 by the hand. Then the deputy, when he faw what

was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine 13

of the Lord. Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia : and John departing from them, 'returned to

Jerusalem (d). 14

But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue 15 on the fabbath-day, and sat down. And after the

reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of

(6) That John, whose surname was Mark (Chap. xii. 12, 25.) viz. the Evangelist, was chosen by St. Paul and Barnabas, to alliit them in their ministry.

(c) Saul was from this time called Paul, having taken that nam: either at his baptism, according to a custom which then prevailed or in honour of the governor of Cyprus, who was his first considera ble convert.

(d) Mark chose rather to be with St. Peter at Jerusalem ; an: the affection between them was reciprocal; for St. Peter calls hire in the conclusion of his first epistle his son, which means his faith. ful and beloved disciple.

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the fynagogue fent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye

have any word of exhortation for the 16 people, fay on (e). Then Paul ftood up, and beck

oning with his hand, said, Men of Ifrael, and ye that 17 fear God (f), give audience. The God of this peo

ple of Israel chofe our fathers, and exalted the peo-
ple when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt,

and with an high arm brought he them out of it. 18 And about the time of forty years suffered he (8) 19

their manners in the wilderness. And when he had

destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he di20 vided their land to them by lot. And after that, he

gave unto them judges, about the space of four hun21 dred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. And

afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto

them Saul the fon of Cis, a man of the tribe of Ben22 jamin, by the fpace of forty years. And when he had

removed him, he raised up unto them David to be
their king; to whom also he gave teftimony, and

faid, I have found David the son of Jeffe, a man after 23

mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of

this man's feed hath God according to his promise, 24 raised unto Ifrael a Saviour Jesus :. Wher John had

first preached, before his coming, the baptifm of re25 pentance to all the people of Ifrael.

And as John (1)
fulfilled his courfe, he said, Whoin think ye that I
am? I am not he. But behold, there cometh one

whofe shoes of his feet I am not worthy to 26 loose. Men and brethren, children of the stock of

Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God,

fe) See Luke iv. 17. Note.

(f) Ye that believe in and worship the one true God, though ye do not keep the whole ceremonial law of the Jews. These are called religious profelytes. Verse 43. Chap. ij. 10.

(g) Patiently bore with tbeir behaviour, as a nurse bears with the frowardness of an infant.

(h) As St. John Baptift was near the end of his ministry. See Luke vii. 16.

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27 to you is the word of this falvation fent (i). For

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 (k), they 21 have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though

they found no cause of death in him (1), yet defired 29 they Pilate that he should be flain. And when they

had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him

from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses un32 to the people. And we declare unto you glad tidinge,

how that the promise which was made unto the fa33 thers, God hath fulfilled the fame unto us their

children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it

is also written in the second pfalm, Thou art my Song 34 this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning

that he raised him up from the dead, now no more

to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will 35 give you the fure mercies of David. Wherefore he

faith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer 36 thine holy One to fee corruption. For David, after

he had served his own generation by the will of God,

fell on seep, and was laid unto his fathers, and faw 37 corruption: But he whom God raised again, faw no corruption.

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren,

that through this inan is preached unto you the for39 giveness of fins : And by him all that believe are juf

tified from all things, from which ye could not be 40 justified by the law of Mofes.

Beware therefore,


(i) As in verse 16.

(k) Lessons as well out of the prophets as the law were read on the fabbath-days (verse 15), whereas on other days out of the law only:

(1) They could not prove what they accused him of,



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left that come upon you which is spoken of in the 41 prophets, Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and

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

which you shall in no wife believe, though a man 42 declare it unto you. And when the Jews were gone

out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that

these words might be preached to them the next 43 fabbath. Now when the congregation was broken

up, many of the Jews and religious profelytes fol-
lowed Paul and Barnabas ; who speaking to them,

persuaded them to continue in the grace of God (m). 44 And the next fabbath-day came almost the whole 45 city together to hear the word of God. But when

the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with
envy, and spake against those things which were

spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It

was neceflary that the word of God should firft have
been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you,

and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, 47 we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord

commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light

of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation 48 unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles

heard this they were glad, and glorified the word

of the Lord : and as many as were ordained to eter49 nal life (n), believed. And the word of the Lord 50 was published throughout all the region. But the

Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women,
and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution

againit Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out (51 of their coafts. But they shook off the dust of their

(m) To continue stedfaft in the profession which God had given thern grace to embrace. Chap. xiv. 22.

(n) As many as were duly prepared and disposed in their hearts for the doctrine of eternal life, they with readiness received the word (as in Chap. xvii, 11.) and became christians.

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