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those that are become converts to Christianity; namely, from hav ing any thing to do with the pollutions of idolatry, in partaking of their idol services, or ought that pertains thereunto: secondly, that they abstain from fornication, and all bodily uncleanness; which, however the Gentiles, especially in those parts, are wont to make slight account of, as if it were a matter of little or no offence, yet they must be better taught, that it is a very heinous sin against God and their own bodies: and, thirdly, that they do abstain, for the time, from the eating of ought strangled, and of blood, whether within the body of the thing killed or severed from it; because this charge was not peculiarly given to the Jews alone in the Law, but, before the Law, to whole mankind, and therefore not too suddenly to be abrogated.
XV. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
For we may not, all at once, inhibit the observations of these rites and Mosaical ceremonies, forasmuch as the people have been of old trained up in them, and are taught in every city to regard and observe them; in that, every sabbath day, the Law of Moses is, by several sections, read to them in their Synagogues: they must therefore be weaned from them, by degrees and meet leisure.
XV. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you &c.
It seemed good to us, being herein led and guided by the Holy Ghost, to lay upon you &c.
XVI. 14 Whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Whose understanding the Lord enlightened with the knowledge and apprehension of that which was taught, and whose heart was moved to affect that truth which she heard.
XVI. 16 A certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination
A certain damsel, possessed with an Ill Spirit, which had the power, through the permission of God, to foretell things to come,
XVI. 37 Being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily?
Being free denizens of Rome, and therefore privileged by the law from these base usages.
XVII. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
These Jews of Berea were more ingenuous and better affected, than those of Thessalonica; for they cheerfully received the word of our Gospel, and took pains to search the Scriptures, and to compare our doctrine with the text of the Prophets, to see if we had alleged them aright.
XVII. 19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus.
And they brought him into that spacious room, wherein was wont to be held the chief Court of Justice in Athens, called Areopagus, or Mars his hill.
XVII. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
Forasmuch then as we are of a divine original, having our souls inspired into us by Almighty God, we might by our very selves easily reach to so much knowledge of God, as to understand, that he is of a spiritual nature, and not to be resembled by gold, or silver, or stone, graven by the art and device of man, or any other bodily creature.
XVII. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.
As for those former times of ignorance, God hath seemed, as it were, to overlook and disregard them, in not giving them the means of knowledge and conversion; and therefore hath expected the less from them: but now, that he hath offered so effectual means of salvation, he looks for other manner of obedience, com manding all men every where now to repent them of their sins.
XVIII. 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought; for by their occupation they were tentmakers. And, because he was of the same craft of tent-making, which he had learned, and (though formerly a Pharisee and now an Apostle by profession, and by privilege a Citizen of Rome) practised for his own necessary maintenance, as one that would not, in those tender beginnings, charge the Church; nor, in this holy care and frugality, be gone beyond by the false apostles: he abode with them, and wrought in their trade.
XVIII. 18 Having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a
Having purposely so far conformed himself to the Law of Moses, as to shave his head upon a vow made to God, and to be performed by him at Jerusalem; that, by this means, he might win the weak Jews; in that they should see he was not, as was suggested, an enemy and despiser of the Law, but one, that was willing to observe it for the time, till those ceremonies, which were dead with Christ, might also be safely and decently buried.
XIX. 2 Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Have ye received the extraordinary and miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost, since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard that there are those miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost bestowed on men that believe.
XIX. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
And he said unto them, These graces and gifts are wont to be given by imposition of hands, after baptism; which since ye have not taken notice of, tell me, unto what were ye baptized? And they said, We were baptized by John's baptism, to the remission of sins by Jesus Christ, that Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.
XIX. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Then said Paul, John verily, as the outward Minister of Baptism, baptized you with water, to the remission of sins; together with his baptism, teaching the people that they should believe in that Jesus Christ, which should come after him: so as, his baptism was true and perfect; yet such, as was not accompanied and attended with these miraculous gifts, which now, since the full glorification of Christ, are bestowed upon men.
XIX. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
While therefore John taught them thus, and made this holy commentary upon his said baptism, they, that heard it, in receiving his baptism were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
XIX. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they &c.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, as having before been fully and duly baptized, the Holy Ghost came down upon them, in miraculous gifts; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
XIX. 19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, &c.
Many of them, which used magical and devilish Arts, in a professed remorse brought their books together, &c.
XX. 7 When the disciples came together to break bread. When the disciples came together to celebrate the Lord's Supper. XX. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Terusalem.
And now, behold, I am, by the strong motions of God's Spirit, overruled, and, as it were, forcibly urged, to go up to Jerusalem.
XX. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, &c.
Amongst whom I have gone preaching the Gospel of Christ; and, by the power thereof, laboured to erect and advance the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus, &c.
XX. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Be careful and vigilant, O ye Ephesian Pastors, over the flock committed unto you; for I do well know, by revelation from God, that, when I am gone, there will arise dangerous falseteachers, who will intrude themselves into your assemblies, and make havock of the souls of your people.
XXI. 4 Who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
Who said to Paul, through those revelations, which they had from the Spirit of God, of the dangers, which Paul should pass at Jerusalem, that they thought good to advise him not to go up thither.
XXI. 23, 24 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them; Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads and all may know that those things, &c.
We have four men, which, having vowed themselves Nazarites for a season, are now come up to accomplish those oblations, which are in the Law required; Them do thou take with thee, and join with them in the ceremonies of their purification in the Temple, and in the charge of their offerings; that they, by shaving their heads, giving open testimony of their vow, may, as by thy countenance and allowance, put themselves forward to the full performance thereof, &c.
XXI. 26 And the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. And the next day purifying himself with them, entered into the Temple, according to the Law, to signify the accomplishment of the days of their separation; and there stayed with them, until those three sacrifices of the three lambs (one for a burnt offering, another for a sin offering, a third for a peace offering) should be offered for every one of them; and till the rest of the oblations and rites should be accomplished.
XXI. 30 And forthwith the doors were shut.
And immediately they shut to the outer gates of the Temple, Jest that holy place should be defiled with that blood, which they
meant to shed.
XXI. 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
Art not thou that Egyptian impostor, which, under the name of a Prophet, didst lately draw together four thousand debauched men into the Mount of Olives, and make an insurrection against the Roman Government?
XXII. 28 But I was free born.
But I was free born, in that I was born a citizen of Tarsus, a colony of Rome, endued with the privileges of that mother city.
XXIII. 3 God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
God shall be revenged of thee, O thou counterfeit of a high priest, and mere painted visor of justice: for, dost thou pretend to come hither to judge me according to the law; and now, preventing and abusing justice, dost thou command me to be smitten contrary to law? The law forbids to punish any man causelessly
and unheard; thou commandest this unjust measure to be offered
XXIII. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
Then said Paul, Brethren, I acknowledge not this man, (being a known and palpable usurper,) to be the high priest: for I well know what is written in the Law, Thou shalt not speak ill of the ruler of thy people: were he so, I would have forborne to speak unreverently and unrespectively to him; but, being as he is, a noted intruder, I have made bold to speak home unto him.
XXIII. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men&c. But when Paul perceived that the one part of the assembly were Sadducees, which denied the Resurrection, the other Pharisees; in a holy policy to divert the malice of the multitude, and so to divide them, that his just cause might find a party among them, he cried out in the council, and said, &c.
XXIII. 9 But if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
If the Spirit of God, or some angel of God, hath spoken to him, what reason have we to quarrel with him, in this?" or, if we do, what do we else but fight against God himself?
XXIV: 1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus. And, after five days, Ananias, the high priest, out of his malicious stomach against Paul, took his journey, with the elders of the Jews, to Cesarea; and carried with him a certain famous pleader, named Tertullus.
XXIV. 6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. Who hath gene about to profane the Temple, in carrying in thither with him a foreigner, both in nation and religion.
XXVI. 6 And now I stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
And now I stand here before thee, and am judged for maintaining the accomplishing of that blessed hope, which our fathers conceived, from those clear promises, made by God unto them, of that Messiah, which he would send, and now hath sent into the world; as also for averring that assured hope of our Resurrection from the dead:
XXVI. 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
To the happy fruition whereof, our twelve tribes, and all that are faithful amongst them, serving God, day and night, hope to attain: for the maintenance of which hope, O king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
XXVI. 11 And compelled them to blaspheme.