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unless some man shew me? and he this way he might bring them bound desired Philip that he would come to Jerusalem. up and sit with him.
3 And as he went on his journey, 32 And the place of the scripture it came to pass that be drew nigh which he was reading was this ; He to Damascus : and suddenly a light was led as a sheep to the slaughter: from heavenshined roundabouthim. and like a lamb without voice be 4 And falling on the ground he fore his shearer, so openeth he not heard a voice saying to him: Saul, his mouth.
Saul, why persecutest thou me ? 33 In humility his judgment was
5 Who said: Who art thou, taken away. His generation who Lord ? And he: I am Jesus whom shall declare, for his life shall be ta- thou persecutest. It is hard for ken from the earth ?
thee to kick against the goad. 34 And the eunuch answering 6 And he trembling and astonishPhilip, said : 1 beseech thee, of ed, said: Lord what wilt thou have whom doth the prophet speak this? me to do? of himself, or of some other man ? 7 And the Lord said to him :
35 Then Philip opening his Arise, and go into the city, and mouth, and beginning at this scrip- there it shall be told thee what thou ture, preached unto him JESUS. must do. Now the men who went
36 And as they went on their in company with him stood amazed, way, they came to a certain water : hearing indeed a voice, but seeing and the eunuch said : See here is no man. water, what doth hinder me from 8 And Saul arose from the ground, being baptized ?
and when his eyes were opened, he 37 And Philip said : If thou be- saw nothing. But they leading him lievest with all thy heart, thou by the hands, brought him to Damayest. And he answering said : mascus. I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the 9 And he was there three days Son of God.
without sight, and he did neither 38 And he commanded the cha- eat nor drink. ciot to stand still : and they went 10 Now there was a certain disdown into the water, both Philip and ciple at Damascus, named Ananias: the eunuch, and he baptized him. and the Lord said to him in a vi
39 And when they were come up sion : Ananias. And he said : Beout of the water, the Spirit of the hold I am here, Lord. Lord took away Philip, and the eu 11 And the Lord said to him : nuch saw him no more. And he Arise, and go into the street that is went on his way rejoicing. called Strait, and seek in the house
40 But Philip was found in Azo- of Judas, one named Saul of Tartus, and passing through he preach-sus. For behold he prayéth. ed the gospel to all the cities till he 12 (And he saw a man named came to Cesarea.
Ananias, coming in and putting his CHAP. IX.
hands upon him that he might rePaul's conversion and zeal.
ceive his sight.) ND Saul as yet breathing out 13 But Ananias answered: Lord, AN
threatenings and slaughter I have heard by many of this man, against the disciples of the Lord, how much evil he hath done to thy went to the high priest,
saints in Jerusalem : And asked of him letters to Da 14 And here he hath authority mascus, to the synagogues, that if from the chief priests to bind all he found any men
or women ofl that invoke thy name.
15 And the Lord said to him :/ were afraid of him, not believing Go thy way, for this man is to me a that he was a disciple. vessel of election, to carry my name 27 But Barnabas took him and before the gentiles, and kings, and brought him to the apostles, and the children of Israel.
told them how he had seen the 16 For I will shew him how Lord, and that he had spoken to great things he must suffer for my him, and how in Damascus he had name's sake.
dealt confidently in the name of 17 And Ananias went his way, JESUS. and entered into the house, and 28 And he was with them coming laying bis hands upon him, he said: in and going out in Jerusalem, and Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath dealing confidently in the name of sent me, he that appeared to thee the Lord. in the way as thou camest: that 29 He spoke also to the gentiles, thou mayest receive thy sight and and disputed with the Greeks : but be filled with the Holy Ghost. they sought to kill him.
18 And immediately there fell 30 Which when the brethren had from his eyes as it were scales, and known, they brought him down to he received his sight; and rising Cesarea, and sent him away to up he was baptized.
Tarsus. 19 And when he had taken meat, 31 Now the church had peace he was strengthened. And he was throughout all Judea and Galilee with the disciples that were at Da-land Samaria, and was edified, walkmascus, for some days.
ing in the fear of the Lord, and was 20 And immediately he preached filled with the consolation of the Jesus in the synagogues, that he is Holy Ghost. the Son of God.
32 And it came to pass, that Pe21 And all that heard him were ter, as he passed through visiting astonished, and said : Is not this all, came to the saints who dwelt he who persecuted in Jerusalem at Lydda. those that called upon this name ; 33 And he found there a certain and came hither for that intent that man named Eneas, who had kept he might carry them bound lo the his bed for eight years, who was chief priests ?
ill of the palsy. 22 But Saul increased much 34 And Peter said to him: Eneas, more in strength, and confounded the Lord Jesus CHRIST healeth the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, thee: arise, and make thy bed. affirming that this is the CHRIST. And immediately he arose.
23 And when many days were 35 And all that dwelt at Lydda passed the Jews consulted together and Saron saw him: who were conto kill him.
verted to the Lord. 24 But their laying in wait was 36 And in Joppe there was a cermade known to Saul. And they tain disciple named Tabitha, which watched the gates also day and by interpretation is called Dorcas. night, that they might kill him. This woman was full of good works
25 But the disciples taking him and alms-deeds which she did. in the night, conveyed him away 37 And it came to pass in those by the wall, letting him down in a days, that she was sick and died. basket.
Whom when they had washed, they 26 And
hen he was come into laid her in an upper chamber. Jerusalem, he essayed to join him 38 And forasmuch as Lydda ras self to the disciples, and they all nigh to Joppe, the disciples hess...
that Peter was there, sent unto him. 7 And when the angel who spoke two men, desiring him; that he to him was departed, he called two would not be slack to come unto of his household servants, and a them.
soldier who feared the Lord, of 39 And Peter rising up went with them that were under him. them. And when he was come they 8 To whom when he had related brought him into the upper cham- all, he sent them to Joppe. ber: and all the widows stood about 9 And on the next day whilst him weeping, and shewing him the they were going on their journey, coats and garments which Dorcas and drawing nigh to the city, Peter made them.
went up to the higher parts of the 40 And they all being put forth, house, to pray about the sixth hour. Peter kneeling down prayed, and 10 And being hungry, he was turning to the body he said, Tabi- desirous to taste somewhat. And as tha arise. And she opened her they were preparing, there came eyes: and seeing Peter, she sat up. upon him an ecstacy of mind: 41 And giving her his hand, he
11 And he saw the heaven openlifted her up. And when he had ed, and a certain vessel descending, called the saints and the widows, as it were a great linen sheet let he presented her alive.
down by the four corners from hea42 And it was made known ven to the earth. throughout all Joppe: and many 12 Wherein were all manner of believed in the Lord.
four-footed beasts, and creeping 43 And it came to pass that he things of the earth, and fowls of the abode many days in Joppe, with air. one Simon a tanner.
13 And there came a voice to CHAP. X.
him: Arise, Peter, kill, and eat. Cornelius is received into the church. 14 But Peter said : Far be it from
Cesarea, named Cornelius, a that is common and unclean. centurion of that which is called the 15 And the voice spoke to him Stalian band,
again the second time: That which 2 A religious man and fearing God hath cleansed, do not thou call Gud with all his house,giving much common. alms to the people, and always 16 And this was done thrice : praying to God.
and presently the vessel was taken 3 This man şaw in a vision ma- up into heaven. nifestly, about the ninth hour of the 17 Now whilst Peter was doubtday,an
,an angel of God coming in unto ing within himself, what the vision him, and saying to him: Cornelius. that he had seen should mean : Be
4 And he beholding him, being hold the men who were sent from seized with fear, said: What is it, Cornelius, inquiring for Simon's Lord ? And he said to him : Thy house, stood at the gate. prayers and thy alms are ascended 18 And when they had called, for a memorial in the sight of God. they asked, if Simon, who is sur
5 And now send men to Joppe, named Peter, were lodged there. and call hither one Simon who is 19 And as Peter was thinking of surnamed Peter.
the vision, the spirit said to him : 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a Behold three men seek thee. tanner, whose house is by the sea 20 Arise therefore, get thee side. He will tell thee what thou down, and go with them, doubting must do.
nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter going down to the and thy alms are had in rememmen, said: Behold I am he whom brance in the sight of God. you seek; what is the cause, for 32 Send-therefore to Joppe, and which you are come ?
call hither Simon, who is surnamed 22 Who said : Cornelius a cen- Peter, he lodgeth in the house of turion, a just man and one that Simon a tanner by the sea side. feareth God, and having good testi 33 Immediately therefore I sent mony from all the nation of the to thee: and thou hast done well in Jews, received an answer of an coming. Now therefore all we are holy angel, to send for thee into his present in thy sight, 'to hear all house, and to hear words of thee. things whatsoever are commanded 23 Then bringing them in, he thee
by the Lord. lodged them. And the day follow 34 Ănd Peter opening his mouth, ing he arose and went with them : said : In very deed I perceive that and some of the brethren from Joppe God is not a respecter of persons. accompanied him.
35 But in every nation, he that 24 And the morrow. after he en- feareth him, and worketh justice, is tered into Cesarea. And Cornelius acceptable to him. waited for them, having called toge- 36 God sent the word to the childtherhis kinsmen, and special friends. ren of Israel, preaching peace by
25 And it came to pass, that when JESUS CHRIST: (he is Lord of all.) Peter was come in, Cornelius came 37 You know the word which to meet him, and falling at his feet hath been published through all Juadored.
dea; for it began from Galilee, after 26 But Peter lifted him up, say- the baptism which John preached. ing: Arise, I myself also am a man. 38 Jesus of Nazareth : how God
27 And talking with him, he went anointed him with the Holy Ghost, in, and found many that were come and with power, who went about together.
doing good and healing all that 28 And he said to them: You were oppressed by the devil, for know how abominable it is for a God was with him. man that is a Jew, to keep compa 39 And we are witnesses of all ny or to come unto one of another things that he did in the land of the nation: but God hath shewed to me, Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they to call no man common or unclean. killed, hanging him upon a tree.
29 For which cause, making no 40 Him God raised up the third doubt, I came when I was sent for. day, and gave him to be made maI ask therefore, for what cause you nifest, have sent for me?
41 Not to all the people, but to 30 And Cornelius said : Four witnesses pre-ordained by God, days ago, unto this hour, I was even to us, who did eat and drink praying in my house, at the ninth with him after he arose again from hour, and behold a man stood before the dead. me in white apparel, and said: 42 And he commanded us to
31 Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, preach to the people, and to testify
Ver. 35. In every nation, &c. That is to say, not only Jews, but gentiles also, of what nation soever, are acceptable to God, if they fear and work justice. But then true faith is always to be pre-supposed, without which (saith St. Paul, Heb. xl. 6.) it is imposible to please God. Beware then of the error of those who would infer from this passage, that men of all religions may be pleasing to God : For since none but the true religion can be from God, all other religions must be from the father of lies; and therefore highly displea sing to thó God of truth.
that it is he who was appointed by nothing common or unclean hath God to be judge of the living and of ever entered into my mouth. the dead.
9 And the voice answered again 43 To him all the prophets give from heaven: What God hath made testimony, that by his name all re- clean, do not thou call common. ceive remission of sins, who believe 10 And this was done three times : in him.
And all were taken up again into 44 While Peter was yet speaking heaven. these words, the Holy Ghost fell on 11 And behold, immediately there all them that heard the word. were three men come to the house
45 And the faithful of the cir- wherein I was, sent to me from Ce. cumcision, who came with Peter, sarea. were astonished, for that the grace 12 And the Spirit said to me, that of the Holy Ghost was poured out I should go with them, nothing upon the gentiles also.
doubting. And these six brethren 46 For they heard them speaking went with me also: and we enterwith tongues, and magnifying God. ed into the man's house.
47 Then Peter answered: Can 13 And he told us how he had any man forbid water, that these seen an angel in his house, standing should not be baptized, who have re- and saying to him: Send to Joppe, ceived the Holy Ghost as well as we? and call hither Simon, who is sur
48 And he commanded them to be named Peter, baptized in the name of the Lord 14 Who shall speak to thee words, JESUS CHRIST. Then they desired whereby thou shalt be saved, and him to tarry with them some days. all thy house. CHAP XI. ,
15 And when I had begun to Many are converted at Antioch. speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon
NĎ the apostles and brethren, them, as upon us also in the beginthe gentiles also had received the 16 And I remembered the word word of God.
of the Lord, how that he said: John 2 And when Peter was come up indeed baptized with water, but you to Jerusalem, they that were of the shall be baptized with the Holy circumcision contended with him, Ghost.
3 Saying: Why didst thou go in 17 If then God gave them the to men uncircumcised, and didst same grace, as to us also who beeat with them ?
lieved in the Lord JESUS CHRIST : 4 But Peter began and declared who was I, that could withstand to them the matter in order, saying : God ?
5 I was in the city of Joppe pray; 18 Having heard these things, they ing, and I saw in an ecstasy of mind held their peace:and glorified God, a vision,a certain vessel descending, saying : God then hath also to the as it were a great sheet let down gentiles given repentance unto life. from heaven by four corners, and it 19 Now they who had been dis
persed, by the persecution that 6 Into which looking I consider- arose on occasion of Stephen, went ed, and saw four-footed creatures about as far as Phenice and Cyprus of the earth, and beasts, and creep-land Antioch, speaking the word to ing things and fowls of the air. none, but to the Jews only. 7 And I heard also a voice saying
20 But some of them were men to me: Arise, Peter, kill, and eat. I of Cyprus and Cyrene, who when
8 And I said: Not so, Lord; for they were entered into Antioch
came even unto me.