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cerning the kingdom of God (c) and the name of

Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and won 13 men. Then Simon himselfbelieved also (d): and when

he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and won

dered, beholding the miracles and signs which were 14 done. Now when the apostles which were at Jeru

falem, heard that Samaria had received the word of 15 God (e), they fent unto them Peter and John. Who

when they were come down, prayed for them that 16 they might receive the holy Ghoit, (For as yet he

was fallen upon none of them : only they were bap17 tized in the name of the Lord Jesus) (f). Then laid

they their hands on them, and they received the holy 18 Ghoft. And when Simon faw that through laying

on of the apostles hands (g), the holy Ghost was 19 given, he oifered them money, Saying, Give ne

also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he 20 may receive the holy Ghost. But Peter said unto

him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hait

thought that the gift of God may be purchased with 21 money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this mat

ter : for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray

God, if perhaps (b) the thought of thine heart may 23 be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in (c) The kingdom of God is the religion of Christ

. Chap. i. 3. (d) Simon was convinced by the reasoning and miracles of Philip; but his corrupt heart was not changed.

(e) The gifts of the holy Ghost could be conferred only by the hands of the apostles, and therefore Peter and John were sent. From hence appears, that St. Peter claimed no supremacy over the rest of the apostles, but obeyed their directions.

(f) According to the command of the Lord Jesus. (9) As if the miracle he had seen were the effect of human art.

(h) This opinion, which approached very nearly to the blasphemy against the holy Ghof (Matt. xii. 31.), you see, was not thought by St. Peter to be absolutely unpardonable.

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the gall of bitterness (i), 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 fpo25 ken coine upon me. And they, when they had testi

fied and preached the word of the Lord, returned

to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many vil26 lages of the Samaritans. And the angel of the Lord

fpake unto Philip, saying, Arise and go toward the

fouth, unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem 27 unto Gaza, which is defert. And he arose and went :

and behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians (k),

who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come 28 to Jerusalem for to worship (1), Was returning, and 29 fitting in his chariot read Efaias the prophet. Then

the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself 30 to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and

heard him read the prophet Efaias, and said, Under31

standeft thou whai thou readest ? And he said, How can I, except fome man ihould guide me? and he

desired Philip that he would come up, and fit with 32 him. The place of the scripture which he read,

was this, He was led as a iheep to the slaughter, and

like a lainb dumb before his Thearer, so opened he 33 not his mouth : In his humiliation his judgment was taken away (m): and who shall declare his genera

tion?

(i) Gall of bitterness fignifies the very worft ftate of corruption : by the bond of iriquity is meant the hardest of all bondage and ilavery, even that of sinful lufs.

(k) It is not necessary to understand the word in its usual sense, it being anciently used for the great officers in the courts of castern princes

(1) Being a Jewish profelyte, he had come to keep the feaf of Pentecoft.

(m) In his flate of humiliation, he was most cruelly and unjusly condemned, and who can express the wickedness of that generation of men? Or, the words may be underslood of the wiesliah, when the gospel of salvation was preached, to signify the great happiness

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34 tion? for his life is taken from the earth. And the

eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of

whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of 35 some cther man? Then Philip opened his mouth,

and began at the same fcripture, and preached unto 36 him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they

came unto a certain water: an the eunuch said,

See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be bap37 tized? And Philip faid, If thou believest with all

thine heart, thou mayeit. And he answered and said, 38 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 39 eunuch; and he baptized him.

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the

Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him. 40 no more : and he went on his way rejoicing. But

Philip was found at Azotuis : and pafing through, he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cefarea,

сн А Р. IX. I AND Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and

slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went 2 unto the high prieit, And desired of bin letters to Da

mascus to tie fynagogues, that if he found any of this

way (a), whether they were men or women, he 3 might bring them bound unto Jerufalem. And as he

journeyed he came near Damascus: and suddenly

there thined 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?

of the times. Again, they may fignify the everlasting duration of his kingdo:n, although the life that he had

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carth is taken away. In every one of these fenfes, the prophecy is exa&tly fulfilled in our Lord Jefus Cbritt. (a). Of this way, or profeffion, any who were Christians.

5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? And the Lord

said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: It is hard 6 for thee to kick against the pricks (6). And he

trembling and astonished, faid, 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 7 thou must do. And the men which journeyed with

him ftood fpeechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no 8 man (c). And Saul arose from the earth; and when

his eyes were opened (d), he faw 110 man: but they

led him by the hand, and brought him into Damal'g cus. And he was three days without fight, and neithcr did eat nor drink.

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. II And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the

1treet which is called Straight, and enquire in the

house of Judas, for one called Saul of Tarsus,, for 12 behold he prayeth,

And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in, and pucting his hand 13 on hiin, that he might receive his fight. Then A

nanias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of

this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints (2) 14 at Jerusalem : And here he hath authority from the 15 chief priests, to bind all that call on thy name (F). But

the Lord said unto hiro, Gothy way: for ne is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my nanie before the

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(6) It is as useless for thee to oppose my religion, as for an ox to kick against the goad of his driver.

(c) They were terrified at the awful sound, though they law not the speaker, nor heard any articulate words.

(d) His eyes, though open, were so dazzled with the brightness of the glorious fight, that he was blind three days, which he spent in repentance, prayer, and fasting:

(e) Saints was a common name for Christians. See Matt. xxvii. 52. W) To lend 10 prison all Christians,

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Gentiles (8), and kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer 17 for

my name's fake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house: and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul (b), the Lord (evin Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest)

hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy figlit, 18 and be filled with the holy Ghost. And immediately

there fell from his eyes as it had been scales (i); and

he received fight forth with, and arcle, and was bap19 tized. And when he had received meat, he was

strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the 20 disciples which were at Damasaus. And straightway

he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the 21 Son of God. But all that heard him were ainazed,

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 22 the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in

strength (k), and confounded the Jews which dwelt

at Damascus, proving that this is the very Christ. 23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews. 24

took counsel to kill him.. But their laying await was

known of Sail: and they watched the gates day and" 25 night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by

night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem (?), he aslay

ed to join himself to the disciples : but they were all.

afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disci2.7 pie. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to

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(g) A choice instrument to propagate my religion among the Gentiles, or heathens.

(h) Ananias now acknowledgerh him for a brother christian.
(i) Something like the scales of a filh.

ik) Was more confirmed in the faith and knowledge of chris tianity.

(1) For the first time, about three years after his conversion. See Galat, i, 18. .R.O

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