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The advice of Gamaliel. THE ACTS. The apostles beaten and dismissed. with the officers, and brought 36 For before these days rose them without violence : for they up Theudas, boasting himself to feared the people, lest they be somebody ; to whom a numshould have been stoned. ber of men, about four hundred,
27 And when they had brought joined themselves: who was them, they set them before the slain; and all, as many as obey, council: and the high priest asked him, were scattered, and ed them,
brought to nought. 28 Saying, Did not we strait- 37 After this man rose up July command you, that ye should das of Galilee, in the days of not teach in this name? and the taxing, and drew away much behold, ye have filled Jerusalem people after him: he also perishwith your doctrine, and intend ed; and all, even as many as to bring this man's blood upon obeyed him, were dispersed.
38 And now I say unto you, 29 Then Peter and the other Refrain from these men, and let apostles answered and said, We them alone : for if this counsel ought to obey God rather than or this work be of men, it will
come to nought: .30 The God of our fathers 39 But if it be of God, ye raised up Jesus, whom ye slew cannot overthrow it; lest haply and hanged on a tree :
ye be found even to fight against 31 Him hath God exalted with God. his right hand to be a Prince 40 And to him they agreed : and a Saviour, for to give re- and when they had called the pentance to Israel, and forgive- apostles, and beaten them, they ness of sins.
commanded that they should not 32 And we are his witnesses speak in the name of Jesus, and of these things; and so is also let them go. the Holy Ghost, whom God hath 41 And they departed from given to them that obey him. the presence of the council, re
33 | When they heard that, joicing that they were counted they were cut to the heart, and worthy to suffer shame for his took counsel to slay them. name.
34 Then stood there up one in 42 And daily in the temple, the council, a Pharisee, named and in every house, they ceased Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, not to teach and preach Jesus had in reputation among all the Christ. people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 1 The apostles, desirous to have the poor re35 And said unto them, Ye men garded for their bodily sustenance, as also
careful themseldes to dispense the word of of Israel, take heed to yourselves God, the food of the soul, 3 appoint the office what ye intend to do as touching of deaconship to seven chosen men.
5 of these men:
whom Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, is one.
12 Who is taken
Seven deacons chosen.
Stephen falsely accused. of those, whom he confounded in disputing, of the synagogue, which is call13 and after falsely accused of blasphemy ed the synagogue of the Liberagainst the law and the temple. ND in those days, when tines, and Cyrenians, and Alex
the number of the disci- andrians, and of them of Cilicia, ples was multiplied, there arose and of Asia, disputing with a murmuring of the Grecians Stephen. against the Hebrews, because 10 And they were not able to their widows were neglected in resist the wisdom and the spirit the daily ministration.
by which he spake.
. 2 Then the twelve called the 11 Then they suborned men, multitude of the disciples unto which said, We have heard them, and said, It is not reason him speak blasphemous words that we should leave the word against Moses, and against of God, and serve tables.
God. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look 12 And they stirred up the ye out among you seven men of people, and the elders, and the honest report, full of the Holy Scribes, and came upon him, and Ghost and wisdom, whom we caught him, and brought him to may appoint over this business. the council,
4 But we will give ourselves 13 And set up false witnesses, continually to prayer, and to which said, This man ceaseth the ministry of the word. not to speak blasphemous words
5 And the saying pleased against this holy place, and the the whole multitude : and they law :
: chose Stephen, a man full of 14 For we have heard him faith and of the Holy Ghost, say, that this Jesus of Nazareth and Philip, and Prochorus, and shall destroy this place, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Par- shall change the customs which menas, and Nicolas a proselyte Moses delivered us. of Antioch,
15 And all that sat in the coun 6 Whom they set before the cil, looking steadfastly on him, apostles : and when they had saw his face as it had been the prayed, they laid their hands on face of an angel.
7 And the word of God increased ; and the number of the
1 Stephen, permitted to answer to the accusation
of blasphemy, 2 sheweth that Abraham wordisciples multiplied in Jerusa- shipped. God rightly, and how God chose the
fathers 20 before Moses was born, and before lem greatly; and a great com- the tabernacle and temple were built : 37 that pany of the priests were obedi- Moses himself witnessed of Christ : 44 and
that all outward ceremonies were ordained acent to the faith.
cording to the heavenly pattern, to last but for 8 And Stephen, full of faith a time : 51 reprehending their rebellion, and
murdering of Christ, the Just One, whom the and power, did great wonders
prophets foretold should come into the world and miracles among the people. 54 Whereupon they stone him to death, who
commendeth his soul to Jesus, and humbly 9 Then there arose certain
prayeth for them.
Stephen's apology. THEN said the high priest, with envy, sold Joseph into
Are these things so? Egypt: but God was with him, 2 And he said, Men, brethren, 10 And delivered him out of and fathers, hearken; The God all his afflictions, and gave him of glory appeared unto our fa- favour and wisdom in the sight ther Abraham when he was in of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and Mesopotamia, before he dwelt he made him governor over in Charran,
Egypt, and all his house. 3 And said unto him, Get 11 Now there came a dearth thee out of thy country, and over all the land of Egypt and from thy kindred, and come in- Chanaan, and great affliction ; to the land which I shall shew and our fathers found no sustethee.
4 Then came he out of the 12 But when Jacob heard that land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt there was corn in Egypt, he in Charran. And from thence, sent out our fathers first. . when his father was dead, he 13 And at the second time Joremoved him into this land seph was made known to his wherein ye now dwell.
brethren: and Joseph's kindred 5 And he gave him none in- was made known unto Pharaoh. heritance in it, no, not so much 14 Then sent Joseph, and callas to set his foot on: yet he ed his father Jacob to him, and promised that he would give it all his kindred, three score and to him for a possession, and to fifteen souls. his seed after him, when as yet 15 So Jacob went down into be had no child.
Egypt, and died, he, and our fa6 And God spake on this wise, thers, That his seed should sojourn in 16 And were carried over into a strange land; and that they Sychem, and laid in the sepulshould bring them into bondage, chre that Abraham bought for a and entreat them evil four hun- sum of money of the sons of
Emmor, the father of Sychem. 7 And the nation to whom 17 But when the time of the they shall be in bondage will I promise drew nigh, which God judge, said God: and after that had sworn to Abraham, the shall they come forth, and serve people grew and multiplied in me in this place.
Egypt 8 And he gave him the cove
18 Till another king arose, nant of circumcision. And so which knew not Joseph. Abrahan begat Isaac, and cir- 19 The same dealt subtilly cumcised him the eighth day; with our kindred, and evil-enand Isaac begat Jacob, and Ja- treated our fathers, so that they cob begat the twelve patriarchs. cast out their young children, 9 And the patriarchs, moved to the end they might not live.
Stephen's apology. 20 In which time Moses was I in the wilderness of mount Sina, born, and was exceeding fair, an angel of the Lord in a flame and nourished up in his father's of fire in a bush. house three months :
31 When Moses saw it, he 21 And when he was cast wondered at the sight; and as out, Pharaoh's daughter took he drew near to behold it, the him up, and nourished him for voice of the Lord came unto her own son.
him, 22 And Moses was learned 32 Saying, I am the God of in all the wisdom of the Egyp- thy fathers, the God of Abratians, and was mighty in words ham, and the God of Isaac, and and in deeds.
the God of Jacob. Then Moses 23 And when he was full trembled, and durst not behold. forty years old, it came into 33 Then said the Lord to his heart to visit his brethren him, Put off thy shoes from thy the children of Israel.
feet: for the place where thou 24 And seeing one of them standest is holy ground. suffer wrong, he defended him, 34 I have seen, I have seen and avenged him that was op- the affliction of my people which pressed, and smote the Egyp- is in Egypt, and I have heard tian :
their groaning, and am come 25 For he supposed his breth- down to deliver them. And ren would have understood how now come, I will send thee into that God by his hand would de- Egypt. liver them: but they understood 35 This Moses, whom they
refused, saying, Who made thee 26 And the next day he shew- a ruler and a judge ? the same ed himself unto them as they did God send to be a ruler and strove, and would have set them a deliverer by the hand of the at one again, saying, Sirs, ye angel which appeared to him in are brethren ; why do ye wrong the bush. one to another ?
36 He brought them out, af27 But he that did his neigh- ter that he had shewed wonbour wrong, thrust him away, ders and signs in the land of saying, Who made thee a ruler Egypt, and in the Red sea, and and a judge over us?
in the wilderness forty years. 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou 37 T This is that Moses, didst the Egyptian yesterday? which said unto the children
29 Then fled Moses at this of Israel, A Prophet shall the saying, and was a stranger in Lord your God raise up unto the land of Madian, where he you of your brethren, like unto begat two sons.
me ; him shall ye hear. . 30 And when forty years were 38 This is he, that was in expired, there appeared to him the church in the wilderness
Stephen's apology. with the angel which spake to 46 Who found favour before him in the mount Sina, and God, and desired to find a tabwith our fathers: who received ernacle for the God of Jacob. the lively oracles to give unto 47 But Solomon built him an
house. 39 To whom our fathers would 48 Howbeit, the Most High not obey, but thrust him from dwelleth not in temples made them, and in their hearts turned with hands; as saith the prophback again into Egypt,
et, 40 Saying unto Aaron, Make 49 Heaven is my throne, and us gods to go before us : for as earth is my footstool : what for this Moses, which brought house will ye build me ? saith us out of the land of Egypt, we the Lord : or what is the place wot not what is become of him. of my rest?
41 And they made a calf in 50 Hath not my hand made those days, and offered sacrifice all these things ? unto the idol, and rejoiced in 51 | Ye stiff-necked, and unthe works of their own hands. circumcised in heart and ears,
42 Then God turned, and ye do always resist the Holy gave them up to worship the Ghost: as your fathers did, so host of heaven; as it is written do
ye. in the book of the prophets, o 52 Which of the prophets ye house of Israel, have ye of- have not your fathers persecu fered to me slain beasts and ted ? and they have slain them sacrifices by the space of forty which shewed before of the com years in the wilderness?
ing of the Just One ; of whom 43 Yea, ye took up the taber- ye have been now the betrayers nacle of Moloch, and the star and murderers; of your God Remphan, figures 53 Who have received the which ye made to worship them: law by the disposition of anand I will carry you away be- gels, and have not kept it. yond Babylon.
54 T When they heard these 44 Our fathers had the tab- things, they were cut to the ernacle of witness in the wil heart, and they gnashed on him derness, as he had appointed, with their teeth. speaking unto Moses, that he
55 But he, being full of the should make it according to the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfashion that he had seen. fastly into heaven, and saw the
45 Which also our fathers, glory of God, and Jesus standthat came after, brought in with ing on the right hand of God, Jesus into the possession of the 56 And said, Behold, I see Gentiles, whom God drave out the heavens opened, and the before the face of our fathers, Son of man standing on the unto the days of David; right hand of God.