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8. Then Peter (1) filled with the holy Ghost,said untothem, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9. If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Je. sus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11. This is the stone which was set at nought of you Builders, which is become the head of the

12. Neither is there "falvation in any other : for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were ullearned and ignorant men, they marvelled, and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15. But when they had commanded them to go afide out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16. Saying, "What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them, is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. 18. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the fight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 21. So when they had further threatned them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, * because of the people : for all men glorified God for

that a See on A&ts 2. 24.

Council, and said, what do we? D * Psal. 118.22. : Isa. 28. 16. for this Man doth many Miracles. See on Luk. 2. 34.

: A&s s. 28, 40. c + Mat.1.21.-He shall save his People from their Sins. + Ads 10.5 8: Aes 16. Joh.. 3. 43. See on i Tim. 2. s.

See on A&s 12. 14. dt Joh. 11.47. Then gathered b + Mat. 21. 26. If we shall say, the chief Priests, and Pharisees a

Óf .. (1) See on Mat. 10.19. and you will observe the. Accomplifhment of what our Lord promised, namely, that when they were brought before Gr verneurs, &c. for his Sake, it hould be given them in the fame Howr wbar they ought to speak..

20. For

ft A&ts 5. 29.

that which was done. 22. For the man was above forty rears old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed. 23, | And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 24. And when they heard that, they lift up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God which haft made heaven and earth, and the fea, and all that in them is: 25. Who by the mouth of thy servant David haft 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 Chrift. 27. For of a truth magainst thy n holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel were gathered together, 28. ° For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel(1) determined before to be done. 29.


S. 26.


Of Men, we fear the People ; for

he (Peter) had considered the mat. all hold John as a Prophet. Luk. ter, he came to the House of Mary 20. 6, 19. If we say, 'Of Men ; all the Mother of John, whose firname the People will Stone us ; for they

was Mark, where many were gatber. be persuaded that John was a Pro. sed together praying. pher. The chief Priests and 1 * Pfal. 2. 1. Why do the Heae Scribes, the fame hour fought to then rage, and the People imagine lay Hands on him (Chrift), and a vain thing? they feared the People.- Luk. m+ Mat. 26. 3. Then afsembled 22.2. The chief Priefts and Scribes 1o together the chief Priefts, and the fought how they might kill him ; Scribes, and the Elders of the Peofor they feared the People. A&ts ple, unto the Palace of the high

Priest.- + Luk. 23. 1. 8. The + A&ts 3. 7, 8.

whole Multitude of them arose, and * Ads 1. 13. When they were 15 led him unto Pilate. When Herod come in, they went up into an up

saw Jefus, he wasexceeding glad. per-Room, where abode both Peter, n Joh. 10. 36. Say ye of him and James, &c. Acts 2. 1, 46.

whom the Father hath Sanctified They were all with one accord and sent into the World, Thou in one place. They continuing

dai- 20 blasphemelt; because I said I am ly with one accord in the Temple,

the Son of God? A&s 3. 14. and breaking Bread from House

o See on Ads 2. 23. to House.

+ Acts 12. 12. When (1) The Apostles speak of the wicked Ag of the Jews and Romans in putting our Lord to Death with abhorrence, ascribing it to the Devil, and to such as acted under him as his Instruments. The Sense therefore of these Words cannot be, that God did determine that they

should do what he hates, and what he has

threatned to punith severely. But the Difficulty will be removed, if we render the 27 and 28 Verses thus, which the Original Text will allow of : ! Of Truth, both Herod and


grant unto

his own,

33. And with

And now, Lord, behold their threatnings: and thy servants, that with all • boldness they may Ipeak thy word, 30. By stretching forth thine hand to heal : and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31. And when they had prayed, the place was. "Thaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the holy Ghost, and they fpake the word of God with boldness. 32. And the multitude of them that believed, were of one heart, and of one soul: neither said any of them, that ought of the things which he possessed, was

e but they had all things common. great power gave the apostles f witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus : and great grace was upon them all

. 34. Neither was there any among them that h lacked: for as many as were pofleffors of lands, or houses, fold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold. 35. And i laid them downatthe apostles feet: and distribution was made unto every manaccording as he had reed. 36.And Joses who by the após

Atles a Ezek. 2. 6. And thou Son of 6. 19. That utterance may be give man be not afraid of them, neither en unto me, that I may open my be afraid of their Words, though Mouth boldly, to maké known the briers and thorns be with thee, and Myftery of the Gospel. thou dost dwell among Scorpions: S + Acts 16. 26. See on Rev. be not afraid of their Words, nor be .6. 12. dismayed at their Looks, though

ct A&S 2. 2, 4.

See on A&ts they be a rebellious House. Ver. $. ,32: 13. Ats 9. 27. -He (Saul] had d't 1 Pet. 3. 8. See on Joh: preached boldly at Damascus in the 1017. II. Name of Jesus. Aets 13.46. Paul et A&s 2. 44. And all that be. and Barnabas waxed bold. - Acts lieved were together, and had all 14. 3. Long time therefore abode things common. they Speaking boldly in the Lord.

See on Luk. 24. 48. Acts 19. 8. He went into the Sy-15". See on Acts 2. 47. nagogue, and Spake boldly for the

h Ads 2. 45. And fold their space of three Months. A&ts 26. Poffeffions and Goods, and parted 26. The King knoweth of these them to all Men, as every Man things, before whom I speak free- had need.

1 Joh. 3. 17. Whoso ly:- A&s 28. 31. Preaching the 20 bath this Worlds Goods and feech bis Kingdom of God, and teaching Brother have need, and shutterb up those things which concern the his Bowels of Compassion from Lord Jesus Christ, with all confi- him, how dwelleth the Love of dence. 2 Cor. 3. 12. Seeing then God in him? that we have such hope, we use 25 i.: Ver. 39. great plainness of Speech : Eph. Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and people of Israel, were together against thy holy Child Jesus, whom thou hatt anointed to do "whatsoever thy Hand and thy Counsel determined before to be done.




tles, was firnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, he son of consolation) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,

37. Having land, sold it, and brought the money, .nd laid it at the apostles feet.

C. H A P. V. B UT a certain man named Ananias; with Sapphira his

wife, fold a poffeffion, : 2. And' kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and m laid it at the apostles feet. 3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath " Satani filled thine heart to o* lie to Or, to dèceive] the holy Ghost, and to 'p keep back part of the price of the land? 4. Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine owrì power? why last thou conceived this thing in tlıine heart; thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5. And Ananias hearing these words, fell down and gave up the ghost: and a great * fear came on all them that heard these things.


6. And k Ver. 35. Acts 5. 2.

speaketh of his own for he is a Josh. 7. 1, 21. But the Chil. Liar, and the Father cf it. dren of Israel committed a Tref.

• Pfal. 94. 7. They say, the Lord pass in the accursed thing; for A shall not see: Neither shall the chan --took of the accursed thing. s God of Jacob regard it. Ifa. 29. -When I saw among the Spoils a

15. Wo unto them that seek deep goodly Babylonilh Garment, and to hide their Counsel from the two hundred Shekels of Silver, Lord, and their works are in the and a Wedge of Gold,- then I co dark, and they fay, Who feeth us? ucted them, and took them. 2 King. Io and who knoweth us? 5. 20. Gehazi, the Servant of Eli. P Numb. 30. 2. If a Man vox à fha the Man of God, said, Behold, vow unto the Lord, or swear an my Master hath Spared Naaman Oath to bind his soul with a Bond this Syrian, in not receiving at his he ihall not break his Word, he thali Hands that which he brought : but is do according to all that proceedeth as the Lord liveth, I will run after out of his Mouth. Deut. 23. 21. him, and take somewhat of him. When thou shalt vow a Vow unio i Tim. 6. 10. The Love of Money is

the Lord thy God, thou shalt noc the Root of all Evil : which while pack to pay it : for the Lord thy Some have coveted after, they have 20 God will surely require iť of thee; erred from the Faith, and pierced

and it would be fin in thee., Pfal. themselves through with many Sør 66. 13. '- I will pay thee my

Vows. Eccl. §. 4.

When thou

vowest a Vom Unto God, defer noc n. Luk 22. 3. Then entred Så-25 to pay it: for he hath no Pleature tan into Judas firnamed Iscariot. in Fools; pay that which thou hast Joh. 13. 27. After the Sop Satan vowed. entred into him. Joh. 8. 44.

9 Ver. II.
Father the Devil,

Plal 119 120. My Tleh free and the Lufts of your Father ye will 30

blety do. When he speaketh a lie, he


m.: A&ts 4. 37


are cf

6. And the young men arose, a wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was doue, came in. 8. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much. And she laid, Yea, for so much. 9. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord ? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10. Then fell the 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. 11. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these 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 Solomons porch. 13. And of the rest d durft 110 man join himself to them: but the people magnified him. 14. And believers were the more * added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and 8 women) 15. Insomuch that they brought forth the fick * into the streets [Or, in every strect], and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least, the 5 shadow of Peter passing by, might

overbleth for fear of thee, and I am - See on A&ts 2. 41. fraid of thy Judgments.

& Gal. 3. 28. There is neither 43. Fear came upon every Soul. Jew nor Greek, there is neither

: Joh. 19. 40. Then took Bond nor Free, there is neither they the Body of Jesus, and wound 5 Male nor Female ; for ye are all it in linen clothes, with the Spi one in Christ Jesus. ces, as the manner of the Jews is ht Mat. 9. 21. She said within to bury.

her self, If I may but touch his b See on Mar. 15. 17, 18.

Garment, I shall be whole. Mat. € See on Joh. 10. 23:

1014. 36. And besought him, that 2 Sam. 6.9: David was afraid they mighe only touch the Hem of of the Lord that Day, and said, his Garment : and as many as How shall the Ark of the Lord touched were made perfectly whole. come to me? Isa. 33. 14. The Joh. 14. 12. Verily verily I say un. Sinners of Zion are afraid, fearful- 15 to you, He that believech on me, ness hath surprised the Hypocrites : 'the Works that I do, shall he do Who among us shall dwell with also, and greater Works shall he do; the devouring Fire? Who among because I go unto my Father. us fhall dwell with everlasting † Acts 19. 12. So that from his Burnings? Luk. 5. 8. When Si-20[Pauls] body were brought unto the mon Perer saw it, he fell down at Sick, Handkerchiefs or Aprons, and Jesus Knees, saying, Depart from the Diseases departed from them, ine, for I am a sinful Man, O Lord. and the evil Spirits went out of See on Joh.7.13.

them. e See on A&$ 4. 21.


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