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THE GREAT DAY OF PENTECOST.
$3. THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT.
I And when the day of Pentecost 1 was now come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans ? 8 And how hear we, every man in our own language, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judæa and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, 10 in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, ni Cretans and Arabians, we do hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 But others mocking said, They are filled with new wine.
$4. PETER'S SERMON ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST.
Acts 2: 14-36. 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them, saying, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell. at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words. 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day; 16 but this is that which hath been spoken 8 by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall be in the last days, saith God,
I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh:
1 Gr. was being fulfilled. ? Or, parting among them Or, through
Or, distributing themselves
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams : 18 Yea and on my 1 servants and on my 2 handmaidens in those days
Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will shew wonders in the heaven above,
And signs on the earth beneath;
Blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
That great and notable day : 21 And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved. 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words : Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God unto you by 8 mighty works and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, even as ye yourselves know; 23 him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of 4 lawless men did crucify and slay: 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David saith concerning him,
I beheld the Lord always before my face;
For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved : 26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
Moreover my flesh also shall 5 dwell in hope: 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in Hades,
Neither wilt thou give thy Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou madest known unto me the ways of life;
Thou shalt make me full of gladness with thy countenance. 29 Brethren, I may say unto you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins 7 he would set one upon his throne; 31 he foreseeing this spake of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he left in Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus did God raise up, 8 whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore ' by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this, which ye see and hear. 34 For David ascended not into the heavens : but he saith himself,
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet. 36 Let 10 all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God hath made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified.
1 Gr. bondmen. Gr. bondmaidens. Gr. powers. "Or, men without the law & Or, tabernacle & Or, in thy presence ? Or, one should sit & Ór, of whom Or, at 10 Or, every house
$5. THE CONVERSION OF THE THREE THOUSAND.
Acts 2: 37-42. 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? 38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him. 40 And with many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation. 41 They then Ithat received his word were baptized : and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' teaching and a fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.
$6. THE CHURCH IN PEACE AND FAVOUR.
Acts 2:43-47. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs vere done by the apostles. 4 44 And all that believed were together, und had all things common; 45 and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need. 46 And day by day, continuing stedfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they did take their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added 5 to them day by day those that were being saved.
CHAPTER III. .
THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM.
$7. THE HEALING OF THE LAME MAN BY PETER AND JOHN.
I Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man that was lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expect
1 Or, havirg received 2 Or, in fellowship 8 Or, through Many ancient authoriies add in Jerusalem; and great fear was upon all. Gr. together.
ing to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that I give thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and raised him up: and immediately his feet and his ankle-bones received strength. 8 And leaping up, he stood, and began to walk; and he entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 and they took knowledge of him, that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
$8. PETER'S SERMON IN SOLOMON'S PORCH.
ACTS 3: 11-26. 11 And as he held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the 1 porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this a man? or why fasten ye your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him to walk? 13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his 3 Servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. 14 But ye denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted unto you, A5 and killed the 4 Prince of life; whom God raised from the dead ; 5 whereof we are witnesses. 16 And by faith in his name hath his name made this man strong, whom ye behold and know: yea, the faith which is through him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17 And now, brethren, I wot that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18 But the things which God foreshewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord ; 20 and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus : 21 whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the world began. 22 Moses indeed said, A prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you from among your brethren, I like unto me; to him
shall ye hearken in all things whatsoever he shall speak unto you. A 23 And it shall be, that every soul, which shall not hearken to that prophet, shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. 24 Yea and all the prophets from Samuel and them that followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. 25 Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God 8 made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.
10r, portico ? Or, thing Or, Child: and so in ver. 26; iv, 27, 30. See Matt. xii, 18; Is. xlii. 1; lii. 13; liii. 11. Or, Author Or, of whom Or, on the ground of Or, as he raised up me 8 Gr. covenanted.
$9. THE FIRST IMPRISONMENT OF PETER AND JOHN.
Acts 4:1-31. 1 And as they spake unto the people, 1 the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being sore troubled because they taught the people, and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in ward unto the morrow: for it was now eventide. 4 But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6 and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power, or in what name, have ye done this? 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders, 9 if we this day are examined concerning a good deed done to an impotent man, 2 by what means this man is 8 made whole; to be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even in 4 him doth this man stand here before you whole. If He is the stone which was set at nought of you the builders, which was made the head of the corner. 12 And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.
13 Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled ; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable 5 miracle hath been wrought through them, is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem ; and we cannot deny it, 17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. 18 And they called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God, judge ye: 20 for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard. 21 And they, when they had further threatened them, let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people; for all men glorified God for that which was done. 22 For the man was more than forty years old, on whom this 5 miracle of healing was wrought.
23 And being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said unto them. 24 And they, when they heard it, lifted up their voice to God with one accord,
1 Some ancient authorities read the chief priests. this name "Gr, sign.
2 Or, in whom
s Or, saved 4Or,