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words : JESUS of Nazareth a man 33 Being exalted therefore by the approved of God among you by right hand of God, and having remiracles and wonders and signs, ceived of the Father the promise of which God did by him in the midst the IIoly Ghost, he hath poured of you, as you also know; forth this which you see and hear.

23 This same being delivered up, 34 For David ascended not into by the determinate counsel and heaven; but he himself said: The foreknowledge of God, you by the Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on hands of wicked men have crucifi- my right hand, ed and slain.

35 Until I make thy enemies thy 24 Whom God hath raised up footstool. having loosed the sorrows of hell, 36 Therefore let all the house of as it was impossible that he should Israel know.most certainly, that be holden by it.

God hath made both Lord, and 25 For David saith concerning Christ, this same Jesus, whom him : I foresaw the Lord before you have crucified. my face : because he is at my right 37 Now when they had heard hand that I may not be moved. these things, they had compunction

26 For this my heart hath been in their heart, and said to Peter and glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced : to the rest of the apostles : What moreover my flesh also shall rest in shall we do, men and brethren ? hope.

38 But Peter said to them : Do 27 Because thou wilt not leave my penance, and be baptized every one soul in hell, nor suffer thy holy one to of you in the name of JesusChrist, see corruption.

for the remission of your sins : and 28 Thou hast made known to me you shall receive the gift of the the ways of life: Thou shalt make Holy Ghost. me full of joy with thy countenance. 39 For the promise is to you, and

29 Yemen brethren, let me free- to your children, and to all that are ly speak to you of the patriarch far off, whomsoever the Lord our David ; that he died, and was bu-God shall call. ried ; and his sepulchre is with us 40 And with very many other unto this present day.

words did he testify and exhort 30 Whereas therefore he was a them, saying : Save yourselves prophet, and knew that God had from this perverse generation. sworn to him with an oath that of 41 They therefore that received the fruit of his loins one should sit his word were baptized : and there upon his throne.

were added in that day about three 31 Foreseeing this, he spoke of thousand souls. the resurrection of Christ. For nei- 42 And they were persevering in ther was he left in hell, neither did the doctrine of the apostles, and in his flesh see corruption.

the communication of the breaking 32 This Jesus hath God raised of bread, and in prayers. again, whereof all we are witnesses. / 43 And fear came upon every soul:

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Ver. 23. By the determinate, &c. God delivered up his Son; and his Son delivered up himself, for the love of us, and for the sake of our salvation : and so Christ's being delivered up was holy, and was God's own determination. But they who betrayed and crucified him, did wickedly, following therein their own malice and the instigation of the devil; not the will and determination of God, who was by no means the author of their wickedness; though he permitted it; because he could and did draw out of it so great a good, riz. the salvation of man.

Ver. 24. Having loosed the sorrows, &c. Having overcome the grievous pains of death, and all the power of hell.


many wonders also and signs were she who sat begging alms at the done by the apostles in Jerusalem, Beautiful gate of the temple : and and there was great fear in all. they were filled with wonder and

44 And all they that believed, amazement at that which had hap were together, and had all things pened to him.

11 And as he held Peter and John, 45 Their possessions and goods all the people ran to them to the they sold, and divided them to all, porch which is called Solomon's, according as every one liad need. greatly wondering.

46 And continuing daily with one 12 But Peter seeing, made answer accord in the temple, and breaking to the people : Ye men of Israel, bread from house to house, they why wonder you at this ! or why took their meat with gladness and look you upon us, as if by our simplicity of heart :

strength or power we had made this 47 Praising God and having fa- man to walk ? vour with all the people. And the 13 The God of Abraham, and the Lord increased daily together such God

of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, as should be saved.

the God of our fathers hath glorifiCHAP. III.

ed his Son JESUS, whom you inThe miracle upon the lame man. deed delivered up and denied be

OW Peter and John went up fore the face of Pilate, when he hour of prayer.

14 But you denied the Holy one 2 And a certain man who was and the Just, and desired a murlame from his mother's womb, was derer to be granted unto you. carried ; whom they laid every day 15 But the author of life you at the gate of the temple, which is killed, whom God hạth raised from called Beautiful, that he might ask the dead, of which we are witnesses. alms of them that went into the 16 And in the faith of his name, temple.

this man whom you have seen and 3 He, when he had seen Peter known, hath his name strengthened; and John about to go into the temple and the faith which is by him, hath asked to receive an alms.

given this perfect soundness in the 4But Peter with John fastening his sight of you all. eyes upon him,said: Look upon us. 17 And now brethren I know

5 But he looked earnestly upon that you did it through ignorance, them, hoping that he should receive as did also your

rulers. something of them.

18 But those things which God 6 But Peter said: Silver and gold before had shewed by the mouth of I have none: but what I have, I give all the prophets, that his CHRIST thee: In the name of Jesus Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. of Nazareth, arise, and walk. 19 Repent therefore, and be con

7 And taking him by the right verted, that your sins may be blothand, he lifted him up,and forthwith ted out. his feet and soles received strength. 20 That, when the times of re

8 And he leaping up stood, and freshment shall come from the prewalked and went in with them into sence of the Lord, and he shall send the temple, walking, and leaping, him who hath been preached unto and praising God.

you, JESUS CHRIST, 9 And all the people saw him 21 Whom heaven indeed must walking and praising God. receive until the times of the resti,

10 And they knew him, that it was/tution of all things, which God hath


spoken by the mouth of his holy 8 Then Peter filled with the Holy prophets from the beginning of the Ghost, said to them : Ye princes of world.

the people and ancients, hear : 22 For Moses said : A prophet 9 If we this day are examined shall the Lord your God raise up concerning the good deed done to unto you of your brethren, like unto the infirm man, by what means he me : him you shall hear according hath been made whole, to all things whatsoever he shall 10 Beit known to you all, and to speak to you.

all the people of Israel, that by the 23 And it shall be, that every soul name of our Lord Jesus Christ which will not hear that prophet, of Nazareth, whom you crucified, shall be destroyed from among the whom God hath raised from the people.

dead, even by him this man stand24 And all the prophets from eth here before you whole. Samuel and afterwards, who have 11 This is the stone which was respoken, have told of these days. jected by you the builders: which is

25 You are the children of the become the head of the corner : prophets and of the testament 12 Neither is there salvation in which God made to our fathers, any other. For there is no other saying to Abraham: And in thy name under heaven given to men, seed shall all the kindreds of the whereby we must be saved. earth be blessed.

13 Now seeing the constancy of 26 To you first God raising up Peter and of John, understanding his Son háth sent him to bless you: that they were illiterate, and ignothat every one may convert himself rant men, they wondered ; and from his wickedness.

they knew them that they had been CHAP: IV.

with JESUS : Peter and John are apprehended. 14 Seeing the man also who had

ND as they were speaking to been healed, standing with them, officers ofthe temple and the Sad- 15 But they commanded them to ducees came upon them,

go aside out of the council: and 2 Being grieved that they taught they conferred among themselves, the people and preached in JESUS 16 Saying: What shall we do to the resurrection from the dead : these men ? for indeed a known mi

3 And they laid hands upon them, racle hath been done by them, to all and put them in hold, till the next the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; it is day: for it was now evening. manifest, and we cannot deny it. 4 But many ofthem, whohad heard 17 But that it

may be no farther the word, believed: and the number spread among the people, let us of the men was made five thousand. threaten them, that they speak no

5 And it came to pass on the more in this name to any man. morrow, that their princes, and 18 And calling them, they charg ancients, and scribes were gathered ed them not to speak at all, nở. together in Jerusalem ;

teach in the name of Jesus. 6 And Annas the high-priest, and 19 But Peter and John answerCaiphas and John, and Alexander, ing said to them: If it be just in the and as many as were of the kindred sight of God, to hear you rather of the high priest.

than God, judge ye. 7 And setting them in the midst, 20 For we cannot but speak the they asked: By what power, or by things which we have seen and what name have you done this heard.

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21 But they threatening, sent was his own, but all things were them away: not finding how they common unto them. might punish them, because of the 33 And with great power did the people : for all men glorified what apostles give testimony of the resurhad been done, in that which had rection of Jesus Christ our Lord: come to pass.

and great grace was in them all. 22 For the man was above forty 34 For neither was there any one years old, in whom that miraculous needy among them. For as many cure had been wrought.

as were owners of lands or houses 23 And being let go they came to sold them and brought the price of their own company, and related all the things they sold. that the chief priests and ancients 35 And laid it down before the had said to them.

feet of the apostles. And distribu24 Who having heard it, with one tion was made to every one accordaccord lifted up their voice to God, ing as he had need. and said : Lord, thou art he that| 36 AndJoseph who by the apostles didst make heaven and earth, the was surnamed Barnabas (which is sea, and all things that are in them. by interpretation, the son of conso

25 Who by the Holy Ghost, by lation) a Levite, a Cyprian born, the mouth of our father David thy 37 Having land, sold it, and servant hast said, Why did the gen- brought the price, and laid it at. tiles

rage, and the people meditate the feet of the apostles. vain things :

CHAP. V. 26 The kings of the earth stood Judgment upon Ananias and Saup, and the princes assembled to

phira. UT a certain man pamed Ana

nias, with Saphira his wife, 27 For of a truth there assembled sold a piece of land, together in this city against thy holy 2 And by fraud kept back part of child Jesus whom thou hast anoint- the price of the land, his wife being ed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with privy thereunto: and bringing a the gentiles and the people of Israel, certain part of it, laid it at the feet

28 To do what thy hand and thy of the apostles. counsel decreed to be done.

3 But Peter said : Ananias, why 29 And now, Lord, behold their hath satan tempted thy heart, that threatenings, and grant unto thy thou shouldest lie to the Ifoly servants, that with all confidence Ghost, and by fraud keep part of they may speak thy word, the price of the land ?

30 By stretching forth thy hand 4 Whilst it remained did it not to cures and signs and wonders, to remain to thee? and after it was be done by the name of thy huly sold, was it not in thy power? Why Son Jesus.

hast thou conceived this thing in 31 And when they had prayed, the thy heart? Thou hast not lied to place was moved wherein they were men, but to God. assembled : and they were all filled 5 And Ananias hearing these with the Holy Ghost, and they words, fell down, and gave up the spoke the word of God with con- ghost. And there came great fear fiuence.

upon all that heard it. 32 And the multitude of believ- 6 And the young men rising up, ers had but one heart and one soul: removed him, and carrying him out neither did any one say that aught buried him. of the things which he possessed 7 And it was about the space of

gether against the Lord, and against BT

three hours after, when his wife, 19 But an angel of the Lord by not knowing what had happened, night opening the doors of the pricame in.

son, and leading them out, said : 8 And Peter said to her : Tell 20 Go, and standing speak in the me, woman, whether you sold the temple to the people all the words land for so much ? And she said : of this life. Yea, for so much.

21 Who having heard this, early 9 And Peter said unto her : Why in the morning entered into the temhave you agreed together to tempt ple, and taught. And the high-priest the Spirit of the Lord ? Behold, the coming, and they that were with feet of them who have buried thy him, called together the council,and husband are at the door, and they all the ancients of the children of shall carry thee out.

Israel: and they sent to the prison 10 Immediately she fell down be- to have them brought. fore his feet, and gave up the ghost.

22 But when the ministers came, And the young men coming in, and opening the prison, found them found her dead': and carried her not there; they returned and told. out, and buried her by her husband. 23 Saying: The prison indeed we

11 And there came great fear found shut with all diligence, and upon the whole church, and upon the keepers standing before the all that heard these things. doors: but opening it, we found no

12 And by the hands of the man within. apostles were many signs and won- 24 Now when the officer of the ders wrought among the people. temple and the chief priests heard And they were all with one accord these words, they were in doubt in Solomon's porch.

concerning them, what would come 13 But of the rest no man durst to pass. join himself unto them; but the 25 But one came and told them : people magnified them.

Behold the men whom you put in 14 And the multitude of men and prison, are in the temple standing, women who believed in the Lord and teaching the people. was more increased;

26 Then went the officer with the 15 Insomuch that they brought ministers and brought them without forth the sick into the streets, and violence; for they feared the peolaid them on beds and couches, ple, lest they should be stoned. that when Peter came, his shadow 27 And when they had brought at the least might overshadow any them, they set them before the counof them, and they might be deliver- cil. And the high-priest asked them, ed from their infirmities.

28 Saying: Commanding we com16 And there came also together manded you that you should not to Jerusalem a multitude out of the teach in this name: and behold you neighbouring cities, bringing sick have filled Jerusalem with your persons and such as were troubled doctrine, and you have a mind to with unclean spirits; who were all bring the blood of this man upon us. healed.

29 But Peter and the apostles, 17 Then the high-priest rising up answering said : We ought to obey and all they that were with him, God rather than men. (which is the heresy of the Saddu- 30 The God of our fathers hath cees), were filled with envy: raised up JESUS, whom you put to

18 And they laid hands on the death, hanging him upon a tree. apostles, and put them in the com- 31 Him hath God exalted with mon prison.

his right hand to be prince and Sa

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