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brews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. There arose a murmur of those proselytes, and Jews (now converted to the Christian faith) that were bred in Greece and had liv. ed there, against those that were born and bred in Judea ; because, in the distribution of the Church's money and alms, their widows were not as well provided for as the other.

VI. 2 It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. It is no reason, that we, who are appointed by Christ our Master to preach the Gospel, and to attend the winning of souls to God, and the planting and ordering of his Church, should be taken up with the cares of the distributions of money and other alms, for the relief and provision of the body.

VI. 6 And when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them; as hereby to siguify and import the setting apart and consecration of them to this useful office.

VI. 9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And there arose certain of that famous School or Synagogue, which the freemen of Rome had built for those Jews, which came out of the provinces, being strangers, of many several nations; and they disputed with Stephen.

VI. 15 Saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. They saw a certain majesty, and angelical brightness, in the countenance of Stephen.

VII. 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. Being in all, to the number of threescore and fifteen souls: for the making up whereof, there are reckoned, above those which Moses mentioneth, two sons and a nephew of Ephraim, and two sons of Manasseh, which were born after the coming down into Egypt.

VII. 16 And were carried over unto Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem. And were carried, some of them to Hebron, some to Sychem ; whether to that plot of ground, which was bought of Emmor the father of Sychem; or to that sepulchre, which Abraham bought for money, for the burial of his dead, of Ephron the Hittite.

VII. 43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them. Yea, rather neglecting my tabernacle, ye erected a tabernacle to Moloch, the idol of the Ammonites, and to those other false deities, which ye chose out to yourselves, out of the host of heaven; whose images and representations ye framed to yourselves, to worship them.

VII. 45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles. Which also our fathers carried about with them, as the visible testimony of God's presence; and brought in with Joshua; and, under his conduct, into the promised land, which was then the possession of the Gentiles.

VII. 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost : as your fathers did, so do ye. Ye stubborn and perverse people, men whose hearts are corrupt and graceless, and whose ears are wilfully shut up against all good counsel, ye do always rebelliously set yourselves against those wholesome doctrines and holy admonitions, which the Spirit of God gives you by his messengers: as your fathers did before you, even so do ye, obstinately resist all the means of grace and goodness.

VII. 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Who have received the Law by the ministration of angels, on mount Sinai, and have not kept it.

VII. 55 But he, being full of the Iloly Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. But he, being full of faith and all other graces of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven; and there saw a glorious representation of the Majesty of God, and Jesus appearing in bis glorified human nature, invested with that infinite resplendence, which was fit for him, to whom the Father bath committed all power and glory. So also verse 56.

VII. 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. Yet this tumultuous violence was not without some pretence of a legal proceeding : for there came in certain men, which gave evidence against Stephen; and these witnesses, according to the law being to cast the first stones at the condemned, laid down their garments at the feet of one that was a favourer and abettor of their proceedings, even a young man, named Saul.

VIII. 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. And when Simon, the Sorcerer, saw, that, upon the outward ceremony of laying on of hands (though accompanied with the faithful prayers of the Apostles) the miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost were sensibly conferred on the persons formerly baptized, he offered them money.

VIII. 23 For 1 perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. For I perceive thou art all over tainted and empoisoned with the

most deadly venom of wickedness, and fast bound with the fetters. and manacles of thine iniquity.

VIII. 33 In his humiliation &c. See Isaiah liji. 8.

VIII. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. And the Spirit of the Lord suddenly and miraculously withdrew Philip, from the presence and sight of the eunuch; who went on his way, thereupon more rejoicing, for that he saw God had; by so wonderful means, wrought his conversion.

IX. 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest : it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.. It is no boot for thee, to struggle and spurn against my Almighty power : herein thou shalt so much the inore punish and wrong thyself; cease therefore from this thy violent and unjust persecution.

IX. 29 And disputed against the Grecians : but they went about to slay him. And he disputed with those Jews, which came out of Greece to Jerusalem.

X. 2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house. A man, that, in his kind, and according to his knowledge, was very devout; and that, according to those general principles which he had received, feared God; and had wrought his family to an orderly and religious course.

X. 4 Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. Thy prayers, which thou hast made unto God, proceeding from such weak and imperfect (though true) faith, as his Spirit bath wrought in thee; and those charitable alms of thine, which, upon the same grounds, thou hast given; are graciously taken notice of and accepted by Almighty God. .

X. 15 What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. That, which God hath sanctified, and delivered from all that legal pollution which formerly debarred it from ordinary and allowed use, do not thou hold profane and unclean.

XI. 16 John baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. See Matthew iii. 11.

XI. 30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. And sent it to the Presbyters and Deacons of the Church, by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

XII. 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered bim to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him. Delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers; that so there might

be, for every change of the watch, both day and night, four sol. diers to guard him; that he might not fail to be forth-coming.

XII. 11 Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, &c. Now, when that astonishment was overpast, and Peter began sensibly to perceive that it was not a vision, but a real act of deliverance, he said, &c.

XII. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she con. stantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. It is his angel, who hath taken upon him the shape of Peter : bime self it cannot be.

XII. 20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace ; &c. They desired peace, because their country, being of itself but barren, was nourished with that corn, which was transported to them out of Herod's dominions; the importation whereof being upon this late hostility forbidden, they were forced to submit, and sue to Herod.

XII. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, be. cause he gave not God the glory, and he was eaten with worms, and gave up the ghost. And God smote him by the immediate band of his angel, with a loathsome and painful disease; because he took to himself that vain and wicked applause; and was willing enough, that the people should rob God of glory, to bestow it upon him; and his entrails were noisomely corrupted, and eaten through with worms; and he gave up the ghost.

XIII. 1 And Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch. And Manaen, who had been a courtier of great note, bred familiarly with Herod the tetrarch.

XIII. 2 Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Set ye apart Barnabas and Saul, by solemn prayer and fasting, and imposition of bands, to be the Apostles of the Gentiles; and send them on that errand, accordingly.

XIII. 5 And they had also John to their minister. And they had John, which was called Mark, to be their Minister; to assist them in those holy labours, though in an inferior degree.

XIII. 9 Set his eyes on him. Fixed his eyes upon him, with much indignation and zealous anger.

XIII. 34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. And, as concerning his raising up &c. he said on this wise, I will make good that firm and faithful and no less gracious promise, which I made to David, That from his loins should proceed a king, whose dominion should be everlasting.

XIII. 39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. By him, and through faith in his blood, all, that believe, receive a full discharge from all those sins, whereof they could never be acquitted by the Law of Moses: it is our Faith in him, which shall give us that Justification, which we should in vain seek in the Law of Works.

XIII. 51 They shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. See Matthew x. 14.

XIV. 9 Who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed. Paul knowing, by the instinct and intimation of the Spirit of God, that the lame man, who had heard his preaching, had now faith enough to make him capable of this miraculous cure.

XIV. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. Nevertheless, God hath not left the blindest heathens, in their darkest times of ignorance, without a sufficient conviction of his jufinite goodness and power; in that he hath heaped upon them many blessings, for the present life; and hath given clear demonstrations of his Providence and Omnipotence, in ordering the seasons according to a regular course, and making plentiful purveyance for his creatures, of all, both necessary and expedient helps and comforts.

XV. 4 They were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders. They were gladly received by the whole congregation; and especially by the Apostles, and those Presbyters which the Apostles had there ordained.

XV. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Why do ye go about to cross God, in thwarting his ordinance; and altering the course, which he hath set for the justification and salvation of men; by imposing upon the disciples a necessity of subjecting themselves to this yoke of the Law of Ceremonies, and, by consequence, to the Law of Works; a condition, which not they only, but even the holiest of our fathers, were utterly unable to undergo and fulfil?

XV. 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Only, that we write unto them, that they abstain from those things, which are the most common and ordinary offences of the times, in

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