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fices, by the space of forty years in the wilder43 ness ?* Yes, ye took up the tabernacle of

Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, images which ye made, to worship ; and

I will carry you away beyond Babylon. Our 44 fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the

wilderness, as God had appointed, who spake

unto Moses, that he should make it according 45 to the fashion that he had seen. Which our

fathers also received who came with Joshuat into the possessions of the Gentiles, whom

God drave out before the face of our fathers 46 even unto the days of David. Who found

favour before God, and desired to provide a 47 tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solo48 mon built him an house. However, the Most

High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, 49 as saith the prophet.[ Heaven is my throne,

and earth is my footstool. What house will

ye build me? saith the Lord : or what is the 50 place of my rest? Hath not my hand made

all these things? 51 Ye stiff-necked, and uncircumcised in heart

and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: 52 as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the

prophets have not your fathers persecuted ? They have also slain those who predicted the coming of that righteous person, of whom ye

* See Amos y. 25. It is there a question, and so it: should be hiere.

+ Jesus, in Greek, has the same meaning, as Joshua in Hebrew.

| See lsaiah chap. lxvi. 1, 2. Ś Neh. ix. 20. Isaiah Ixiii. 10.

have been now the betrayers and murderers : 53 Who received the law by the ministry of an

gels, and have not kept it. 54 When they heard these things, they were

cut to the heart, and gnashed their teeth at 55 him. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly

into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right 56 hand of God. And he said, Behold, I see the

heavens opened, and the Son of man standing 57 on the right hand of God. Then they cried

out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, 58 and ran upon him with one accord, and cast

him out of the city, and stoned him. And the

witnesses laid down their clothes at a young 59 man's feet, whose name was Saul; and they

stoned Stephen, calling upon, and saying, 60 Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. * And he

kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

CHAP. VIII.

1

NOW Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the

* The meaning is, that Stephen ealled upon, or invoked the name of Jesus, and said, Lord, receive my spirit.

2 apostles.* And devout men carried Ste

phen to his burial, and made great lamentation 3 over him. But Saul laid waste the church,

entering into every house, and dragging men 4 and women, committing them to prison. Then

they who were thus dispersed abroad, went 5 about preaching the word. Then Philip went

down to the city of Samaria, and preached 6 Christ unto them. And the people with one

accord gave heed unto those things which

Philip spake, when they heard and saw the 7 miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, cry

ing with a loud voice, came out of many that

were possessed; and those who were paralytic 8 and lame were made whole. And there was 9 great joy in that city. But there was a certain

man whose name was Simon, who had for some time been in that city, a magician, who deceiv

ed the people, claiming to be some great one. 10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least

to the greatest, saying, This man is the great 11 power of God. And to him they had regard,

because for a long time he had deluded them 12 with magical arts. But when they believed

Philip, preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ,

they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when

he was baptized, he continued with Philip,

* Till this time the disciples seem to have kept in and about Jerusalem. Now they went into other parts of Judea, and many years after into other countries, and preached to heathens.

+ Is a god; or has divine power.

and wondered, beholding the miracles and 14 signs which were done. * Now when the

apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that

Samaria had received the word of God, they 15 sent unto them Peter and John; who, when

they were come down, prayed for them that 16 they might receive the Holy Spirit. (For as

yet he was fallen upon none of them : only

they were baptized in the name of the Lord 17 Jesus) Then they laid hands on them, and 18 they received the Holy Spirit. And when

Simon saw that by laying on of the apostles'

hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered 19 them money ; saying, Give me also this power,

that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may re20 ceive the Holy Spirit.†. But Peter said unto

hin, Thy money perish with thee, because

thou hast thought that the gift of God may be 21 purchased with money. Thou hast neither

part nor lot in this matter : for thy heart is not 22 right in the sight of God. Repent therefore

of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if per

haps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven 23 thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall

of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. 24 Then Simon said, Pray ye to the Lord for me,

that none of these things whiclı ye have spoken

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* Simon, the Magician, professed to believe in Christ, but he was not sincere; he was a vile impostor, and bitter enemy of the gospel.

† The miraculous gifts of the Spirit are here intended.

25 come upon me.* And when they had testified

and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned

to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many 26 villages of the Samaritans. And an angel of

the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south, unto the way which go

eth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is 27 desert. And he arose and went: and behold,

a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians,

who had the charge of all her treasure, and 28 had come to Jerusalem to worship, was return

ing, and sitting in his chariot, reading Isaiah 29 the prophet.Ť Then the spirit said unto Philip, 30 Go near and join thyself to this chariot. And

Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read

the prophet Isaiah ; and he said, Understand31 est thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, cxcept some man should guide

And he desired Philip, that he would 32 come up, and sit with him. The place of the

scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;

and like a lamb dumb before his shearers, so he opened not 33 his mouth. In his humiliation his judgment

was taken away: and who shall declare his gen

me ?

* Simon attempted to imitate the miracles of the apostles, probably by art and juggling. He continued to be a malignant enemy of Christianity; and opposed to the simplicity of the gospel the most fanciful and absurd notions respecting God, the Son of God, and the Christ, whom he himself claimed to be, in contradistinction from Jesus of Nazareth, who died on the cross.

+ That remarkable prophecy in the lviii. chap. so descriptive of the character and sufferings of Christ.

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