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38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still :16 and wthey went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
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.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.
CHAP. IX. 1 Saul, going towards Damascus, 4 is stricken down to the earth, 10 is
called to the apostleship, 18 and is baptized by Ananias : 20 he preacheth Christ boldly : 23 the Jews lay wait to kill him : 29 so do the Grecians, but he escapeth both : 31 the Church having rest, Peter healeth Æneas of the palsy, 36 and restoreth Tabitha to life.
A. D. 35. AND Saul, yet a breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the High Priest,
2 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 unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he bjourneyed, he came near Da16 to hold still the chariot. Co. " the way: so chap. xix. 9, 23. A. V. he worshipped him. 1 John, v. 13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. See on Mat. xvi. 16.
w Mat, iii. 16: Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water.
* See on Mat. iv. 1.
y Ps. cxix. 14, 111: I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart,
CHAP. IX. a See on Acts, viii. 3.
b Acts, xxii. 6: It came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. do. xxvi. 12: Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority
mascus : and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
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.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, ewhat 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
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man:' but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Da
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and commission from the Chief Priests. 1 Cor. xv. 8: Last
Isa. lxiii. 9: In their affliction he was afflicted. Mat. xxv. 40, &c: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me, &c. 1 Cor. xii. 12: As the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
d See on Acts, v.39. e See on Acts, ii. 37.
f Dan.3.7: I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Acts, xxii.9: They that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid ; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. do. xxvi. 13 : At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me, and them which journeyed with me.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 ( And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, 5named 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, behold, he 'prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much Kevil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem :
14 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 m he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my
8 Acts, xxii. 12: One Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, came unto me.
h Acts, xxi. 39: Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus. do. xxii. 3: I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus. 2 Cor. xi. 22: Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
Job, xxii. 27 : Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. Ps. 1. 15: Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. do. xci. 15: He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and honour him. Dan. ix. 20: Whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel.
See on Acts, viii. 3.
m This being the first notice of St. Paul's being called to be Preacher and an Apostle to the Jews, but more particularly to the Gentiles, and these subjects being often mentioned together, the references relating to them are brought together in this place, which
name before the Gentiles, "and kings, and the children of Israel:
will be referred to when any of them occur in the following parts of the New Testament. The reader will easily apply that which relates to the apostle's being chosen, called, or ordained, what to his preaching to the Jews, and what to the Gentiles. Acts, xiii. 2, 46, 47: As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. do. xviii. 6: He shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. do. xxii. 21: Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. do. xxiii. 11 : The Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. do. xxvi. 16, 17, 18: Rise, and stand upon thy feet : for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose,
, to make thee a minister.—Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open
their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light. do. xxviii. 28: Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. Rom. i. 1,5: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God. By whom [Jesus Christ
] we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name. `do. xi. 13 : I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. do. xv. 16, 19: That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ. 1 Cor. xv. 10: But by the grace of God I am what I am : and his
which was be stowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. "Gal. i. 1, 12, 15, 16: Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father. I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the
16 For I will show him how great things he must osuffer for my name's sake.
revelation of Jesus Christ. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen. do. ii. 2,7-9: I went up to Jerusalem] by revelation, and communicated unto them that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles.-When they saw that the Gospel of the uncircuincision was comunitted unto me, as the Gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles :) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. Eph. iii. 2, 7, 8: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward." Whereof [the Gospel] I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me.- Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. 1 Tim. ji. 7: Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, –a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 2 Tim. i. 11: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. do. iv. 17: The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear.
" Acts, xxv. 22, 23 : Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth. do. xxvi. 1, &c: Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself.
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