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eration ? For his life is taken from the earth. * 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I

pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? 35 Of himself, or of some other man? Then

Philip opened his mouth, and began at the

same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came

unto a certain water; and the eunuch said,

See here is water; what doth hinder me to 37 be baptized ? And Philip said, If thou believ

est with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he

answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ 38 is the Son of God.† And he commanded the

chariot to stand still : and they both went

down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch; 59 and he baptized him. And when they were

come up from the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw

him no more : and he went his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azorus, and as he

passed along, he preached the gospel in all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.

* This quotation is agreeable to the Greek version of the Old Testament, which was made from the original Hebrew some time before tie birth of Christ.

it The learned Griesbach says this verse is wanting in many ancient versions ; and he has not retained it in his last edition of the New Testament.

# The original necessarily implies no more than that they went down to the water, and came up from the water.

CHAP. IX.

1 AND Saul, still breathing out threatenings

and slaughter amongst the disciples of the 2 Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired

of him letters to Damascus* to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, t whether they

were men or women, he might bring them 3 bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed,

he came near Damascus : and suddenly there

shined round about him a light from heaven. 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice

saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest 5 thou me ? And he said, Who art thou,

Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom

thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick 6 against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me

And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee 7 what thou must do. And the men who jour

neyed with him stood speechless, hearing a 8 voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from

the earth ; and when his eyes were opened, he

saw no man : but they led him by the hand, 9 and brought him into Damascus. And he

do ? $

* Damascus was north from Jerusalern, upwards of an hundred miles, in Cælo-Syria.

This sect; that is, Christians. * The latter part of the 5th, and the first part of the sth verscs, are wanting in some ancient versions.

was three clays without sight, and neither did

he eat or drink. 10 And there was a certain disciple at Damas

cus, named Ananias ; and to him said the

Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, il Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said

unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Ju

das, for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for behold 12 he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man

named Ananias, coming in, and putting his

hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias said, Lord, I have heard by

many of this man, how much evil he hath done 14 to tliy saints at Jerusalem. And here he hath

authority from the chief priests to bind all who 15 call on thy name.

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way : for he is a chosen vessel

unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, 16 and kings, and the children of Israel. For I

will shew him what great things he must 17 suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias

went his way, and entered into the house ; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord ( even Jesus who appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me,

that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be 18 filled with the Holy Spirit. And immediately

there fell from his eyes as it were scales : and

he received sight immediately, and arose, and 19 was baptized. And when he had received

meat, he was strengthened. Then Saul was

some days with the disciples who were at 20 Damascus. And immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of 21 God. But all who heard him were amazed,

and said, Is not this he who destroyed them who called on this name in Jerusalem, and who came hither for the intent, that he might

bring them bound unto the chief priests ?* 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and

confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus,

proving that this is the Christ.t 23 And after some days had passed, the Jews 24 took counsel to kill him : (But their intention

was known by Saul :) and they watched the

gates clay and night how they might slay him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and ict 26 him down by the wall in a basket. And when

Saul was come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join himself to the disciples : but they were

all afraid of him, and believed not that he was 27 a disciple. But Barnabas took him and

brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them that he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and that he

had preached boldly at Damascus in the name 28 of Jesus. And he was with them, coming in and 29 going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly

* The conversion of Paul, with all his prejudiees against the gospel, was a most wonderful event. It was elected by a miracle. To the heavenly vision, as he says, he way not disobedient. Though he had been a persecutor of the disciples of Jesus, he says he did it ignorantly. He had been under the influence of designing inen.

But he did not like thein, shut his eyes against the light of heaven.

+ That is, that Jesus of Nazareth is the true Messiah.

# They could hardly believe that he was sincere in professing to be a disciple of Jesus.

in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed

against the Grecians :* but they conspired his 30 death. And when the brethren knew it, 'they

brought him down to Cæsarea, and sent him 31 forth to Tarsus. Then the churches had 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 Spirit,

were multiplied. 32

And it was so that as Peter passed through all places, he came down also to the saints who 33 dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a man

named Eneas, who had kept his bed eight 34 years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter

said unto him, Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh

thee whole : Arise and make thy bed. And 35 he arose immediately. And all who dwelt at

Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the

Lord. 36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple

named Tabitha, who by interpretation is called

Dorcas : This woman was full of good works 37 and alms-giving. And it came to pass in

those days, that she was sick and died: and

when they had washed her, they laid her in an 38 upper chamber. And as Lydda was near to

Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desir.

ing him that he would not delay to come to 39 them. Then Peter arose, and went with them.

When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him

* Those Jerr's who lived in the countries of Greece.

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