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17 And PAnanias 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 as6 thou camest, hath 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 sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
9 comforted. Wi. Co.
6 wherein. Pu. ?suddenly. Gen. 8 food. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi.
do. xxvi. 29: I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. do. xxviii. 17, 20: And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together : and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. For the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 2 Cor. vi. 4, 5: In all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in affictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings. do. xi. 23: In labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. The apostle mentions his bonds or chain, or his being a prisoner, in the following places : Eph. ii. 1, iv. 1, vi. 20, Phil. i. 7, 13, 14, 16, Col.iv.3, 18, 2Tim.i. 8, 16, ii. 9, Phile. 1,9,10.
P Acts, xxii. 12, 13: And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. 9 See on Acts, vi. 6.
See on Acts, v. 32. * Acts, xxvi. 20: But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judæa, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. Gal. i. 17: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; "Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the Chief Priests ?
22 But Saul increased the more in 'strength, and confounded wthe Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 , And after that many days were fulfilled, *the Jews took counsel to kill
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24 But their "laying await was known of Saul.
See on MAT. xvi. 16. u Ver. 1. Acts, viii. 3: As for Saul, he made havock of the Church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Gal.i. 13,23: For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the Church of God, and wasted it. But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
v Ps. lxxxiv, 7: They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
w Acts, xviii. 28 : For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
* Acts, xxiji., 12: And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. do. xxv. 3: And desired favour against him [Paul], that he [Festus] would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him. 2 Cor. xi. 26 : In perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city.
s Ps. xxi. 11: For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. do. xxxvii. 32, 33 : The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. 2 Cor. xi. 32, 33 : In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me; and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night, and alet him down by the wall in a basket.
26 And when Saul was come to a Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples : but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27 But «Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the 'Grecians:10 s but they went about to slay him.
30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Cæsarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
10 Greek Jews. Br. Hellenists. We. Pu.
z Joshua, ii. 15: [Rahab] let them down by a cord through the window : for her house was upon the town wall. I SAM. xix. 12: So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.
a Acts, xxii. 17: It came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance. Gal. i. 17, 18: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
6 Mat. x. 17: Beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils.
Acts, iv. 36, 37: Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas,-having land, sold it.
Ver. 20, 22: See on Acts, iv. 29. e Gal. i. 18: The words under ver. 26. f See on Acts, vi. 1. & See on ver. 23.
31 Then had the Churches i rest throughout all Judæa and Galilee and Samaria, and were Kedified; and 'walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were "multiplied.
A. D. 38. 32 | And it came to pass, as ° Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 And Peter said unto him, Æneas, P Jesus
h Zec. ix. 1: The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD. See Acts, viii. 1.
Ps. xciv. 13: That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
* See on Rom. xiv. 19.
"Ps. lxxxvi. 11: Teach me thy way, 0 LORD; I will walk in thy truth : unite my heart to fear thy name. Col. i. 10: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
John, xiv. 16, 17: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
n Zec. viii. 20—22: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities : And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
• Acts, viii. 14.
P Acts, iii, 6, 16: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. do. iv. 10: Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt in Lydda and 9 Saron saw him, and "turned to the Lord.
36 , Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas :11 this woman was full of *good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an "upper chamber.
38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay 12 to come to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him "weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
" Doe, or Roe. A. V. 12 be grieved. A, V. 91 Chr. v. 16: In all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders.
Acts, xi. 21: And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 2 Cor. iii. 16: Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
* Acts, x. 4: Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 1 Tim. ii. 10: But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Tit. ii. 7: In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works : in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity. do. iii. 8: This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.
t See on Acts, i. 13.
u Acts, viii. 2: Devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 1 Thes. iv. 13: I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.