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95 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up sted. fasty into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus stand. • ing on the right hand of God. And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

57 Then they cried with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 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,

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God and saying Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this he fell asleep.

i And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was a: Jerusalem ; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

LES SON LXXXVIII.

Acts, Chap. 7, 8. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and healing men and women, committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. '.

7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them : and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were lealed. And there was great joy in that city.

9 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;

10 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.

12 But when they believed Pbilip preaching the things cop

cerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

13 Then Simon himself believed also : and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. : 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto tliem Peter and John : who, when they were come down,' prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.

16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them; only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their liands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

18 And when Simon 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.

20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thice, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter : for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. For 1 perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

24 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.

26 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 is desert..

27 And he arose and went : and behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, 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.

29 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, Voderstandest thou what thou readest ?

31 And he said, How can I, except sowe man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

32 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 hot bis mouth :

33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away; aud who shall declare his generation ? 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 ; of bimself, 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 canje unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized ?

37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered 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; and he baptized him.

9 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. But Philip was found at Azotus : and passing through, he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.

LESSON LXXXIX,

Acts, Chap. 9.

AND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven : and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

5 Aud 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.

6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man.

8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw po man : but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas, for one called Saul of Tarsus, for, bebold, he prayein, and bath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his band on him, that he might receive his sight.

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind' all that call on thy name.

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a cnosen vessel unto me to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will shiew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house, and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, liath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales : and he received sigit forthwith, and arose, and was baptizeri.

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain davs with the disciples which were at Damascus. And strai:htway he preached Christ iu the synagogises, that he is the Son of God.

A But all that ireard hiry were amazed, and said, Is not this be that destroyed them which called on this pame in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests ?

42 Bui Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Crist.

LESSON XC.

Acts, Chap. 10. There was a certain man in Cesarea, called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

3 He saw in a vision evidently, about the ninth hour of tlie day, an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto hini, Cornelius. And when he looked on him he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord ? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter; he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his houshold servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; and when he had declared all these things unto them, be sent them to Joppa. .

9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the house top to pray about the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten : but while they made ready he fell into a trance.

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth ; - wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: 'and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, and called and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

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