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le shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren ; why do Fe wrong one to another ? But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a udge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egypian yesterday? Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
Ver. 30. And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he wonilered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from
33 In drawing near to God in wor
thy ship, we are to put aside worldly affecteet : for the place where tions, which are as feet to the soul. thou standest is holy ground. conducting it to evil or to good *. 34 I have seen, I have seen the 34 God hears the cry of all who, affliction of my people which being afflicted in mind, body, or esis in Egypt, and I have heard tate, seek his aid. Art thou, haply, their groaning, and am come a child of sorrow? Seek Him-com
mune with Him-trust in Him. He down to deliver them. And
will comfort thee. now come, I will send thee into Egypt. This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge ? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 37 This is 37 Arguing, that they acted inconthat Moses, which said unto
sistently in rejecting the Messiah,
when their own honoured Prophet the children of Israel, A pro- demanded that they did receive him. phet shall the Lord your God (Deut. xviii. 15.) raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers : who received the lively oracles to give unto 39 The Jews thrust from them “a us : 39 to whom our fathers greater than Moses :" therefore still would not obey, but thrust heavier is their punishment.
* To this day, in Eastern countries, the sandals are removed from the feet before a worshipper enters the house of prayer : thereby indicating deep humility and unworldliness.
him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us : for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them : and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David ; who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 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 place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things ? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted ? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One ; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
Ver. 55. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right 66 We do not wonder that, on se hand of God, 58 and said, Be- special an occasion, special revelahold I see the heavens open- tion of the divine power should be ed, and the Son of man stand- vouchsafed. ing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 88 and cast him 58 Saul became afterward the aposout of the city, and stoned tle St. Paul, and himself died a him : and the witnesses laid martyr to the faith of Christ.
down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 Stephen thus followed the examAnd he kneeled ple of his blessed Master, praying down, and cried with a loud for his murderers. Thus slept he voice, Lord, lay not this sin in his calm and holy death, the first to their charge. And when of the noble army of martyrs. His he had said this, he fell rest was glorious. asleep.
"And Saul was consenting this persecution accomplished unto his death. And at that our Lord's prophecy. (Matt. xxü. time there was a great per- 34.) secution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. ? The mourner's sorrow is permitted * And devout men carried to find relief in tears; though to the Stephen to his burial, and righteous, death be gain. made great lamentation of him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women, committed them to the providence of God turned prison. Therefore they that evil into good ; for the scattering of were scattered abroad went the disciples promoted the further every where preaching the spreading of the Gospel. word. Then Philip went 5 This was Philip the deacon. Phidown to the city of Samaria. lip the Apostle was still at Jerusaand preached Christ unto em them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them : and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one : to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 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. Then Simon
13 How great is the force of truth' hirnself believed alo: and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and wondered, beboiding the miracies and signs which were done. Now when the Apostles, which were at Jerusalem, heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John; who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might re- 16 No apostle had yet laid his hands ceive the Holy Ghost." (For upon them. The deacons did not con as yet he was fallen upon firta, but only baptized. It was the none of them: onls they peculiar province of the apostles to
confirm converts by the imposition were baptized in the name of of hands, and so convey the promise the Lord Jesus.) Then laid of the Holy Gbost. they their hands on them, 18 Simon sinned, not in wishing for and they received the Holy the Holy Ghost, but in supposing Ghost. 18 And when Simon that it might be bought with money, saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee: because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither par: nor lot in this matter : for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent, therefore, of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and is the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise. and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which 27 Where the heart is desirous to is desert. 27 And he arose serve God, no distance is considered and went: and, behold, a too great to attend his worship. This man of Ethiopia, an eunuch illustrious Ethiopian sets us a noble of great authority under Can- example of zeal, and shames those dace queen of the Ethio
who allow trilling difficulties to keep
them from God's service. pians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and
heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest ?
31 Almighty God hath therefore 31 And he said, How can I, appointed his ministers as guides to except some man should aid men in understanding the word. guide me? And he desired The ministers, so appointed, labour Philip that he would come
in their teaching, patiently and hopeup 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 shearer, so opened he not his mouth * : in his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water : and the eunuch said, See, here is water: what doth
37 This epitome of Christian belief
22 hinder me to be baptized ? includes a saving confession of faith, 37 And Philip said, If thou because it declares the divinity of believest with all thine heart, Jesus. The Jews themselves allow,
that if Jesus be the Son of God, he
is God. (1 John v. 18.) swered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; 39 Did he rejoice! So you and I and he baptized him. 39 And may rejoice. He found the same when they were come up out Saviour in whom we believe and of the water, the Spirit of the hope-our Saviour and our God ! Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more : and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.
• This passage is worded rather differently in its corresponding passage, Is. liii. 8. The variation is caused by this circumstance. The Apostle quoted the passage from the Septuagint, or Greek copy of the oid Testament ; consequently the translation of the passage, as introduced here, is made from that. But the passage in Isaiah is translated from the Hebrew copy of the Old Testament. The variation is slight. It is very satisfactory however to find, that as the apostles have in the Gospels and the Acts often given the passages from the Old Testament in the words of the Septuagint, or Greek translation, we may consider that as truth.