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15 But they cried out, Away with 1 Jesus is scourged, crowned with him, away with him, crucify him. Pi.

thorns, and beaten; 16 delivered to late saith unto them, Shall I crucify be crucified; 30 he dieth, 38 and is your king? The chief priests answerburied.

ed, We have no king but Cesar. THEN Pilate, therefore, took Jesus,

16 Then delivered he him, thereand scourged him.

fore, unto them to be crucified. And 2. And the soldiers platted a crown they took Jesus, and led him away. of thorns, and put it on his head, and

17 And he, bearing his cross, went they put on him a purple robe,

forth into a place called the place of a 3 And said, Hail, king of the Jews! scull," which is called in the Hebrew, and they smote him wiih their hands. Golgotha; 4 Pilate, therefore, went forth again,

18 Where they crucified him, and and saith unto them, Behold, I bring two others with him, on either side him forth to you, that ye may know one, and Jesus in the midst. that I find no fault in him.

19 | And Pilate wrote a title, and 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing put it on the cross. And the writthe crown of thorns, and the purple ing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH, Tobe. And Pilate saith unto them, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Behold the man!

20 This title then read many of the 6 When the chief priests, therefore, Jews; for the place where Jesus was and officers saw him, they cried out, crucified was nigh to the city, and it saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pie was written in Hebrew, and Greek, late saith unto them, Take ye him, and Latin. and crucify him ; for I find no fault in

21 Then said the chief priests of him.

the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The 7 The Jews answered him, We have King of the Jews; but that he said, I a law, and by our law he ought to die, am King of the Jews. because he made himself the Son of 22 Pilate answered, What I have God.

written I have written, 81 When Pilate, therefore, heard

23 Then the soldiers, when they that saying, he was the more afraid;

had crucified Jesus, took his garments, 9. And went again into the judgment- and made four parts, to every soldier hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art a part; and also his coat; now the thou? But Jesus gave him no an

coat was without seam, woven from

the top throughout. 10 Then saith Pilate unto him,

24. They said, therefore, among Speakest thou not unto me? knowest themselves, Let us not rend it, but thou not, that I have power to crucify cast lots for it, whose it shall be ; that thee, and have power to release thee? the scripture might be fulfilled, which

i Jesus answered, Thou couldest saith,5 They parted my raiment among have no power at all against me, ex-them, and for my vesture they did cept it were given thee from above; cast lots. These things, therefore, the therefore he that delivered me untó soldiers did. thee hath the greater sin.

25 {{ Now there stood by the cross 12 And from thenceforth Pilate of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sought to release him; but the Jews sister, Mary the wife of Cle'ophas, cried out, saying, If thou let this man and Mary Magdale'ne. go, thou art not Cesar's friend; who

26 When Jesus, therefore, saw his soever maketh himself a king, speak- mother, and the disciple standing by eth against Cesar.

whom he loved, he saith unto his mo13 T When Pilate, therefore, heard ther, Woman, behold thy son! that saying, he brought Jesus forth,

27 Then saith he to the disciple, and sat down in the judgment-seat, in Behold thy mother! And from that a place that is called the Pavement, hour that disciple took her unto his but in the Hebrew, Gab'batha.?

own home. 14 And it was the preparation of

28 | After this Jesus, knowing that the passover, and about the sixth all things were now accomplished, that hour and he saith unto the Jews, the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, Behold your king !

I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full 1 Gabbatha, a raised, or somewhat elevated place.

4 The place of sculls, Calvary: 2 Preparation was Friday, the day before 5 Which saith Sue Ps. xxii. 18. The Jewish Sabbath.

6 That the scripture might be fulfilled. Sos 3 Sixth hour, twelve o'clock, noon.


Ps. Ixix. 21.

of vinegar; and they filled 'a spunge Questions. What did Pilate and the sol with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, diers then do? and put it to his mouth.

What said the chief priests and officers ?

Did Pilate think that Jesus deserved to die ! 30* When Jesus, therefore, had re

What accusation did the Jews bring against ceived the vinegar, he said, It is finish-him? ed;and he bowed his head, and gave Where did they crucify him? up the ghost.8

What did the soldiers with his garments, 31 1 The Jews, therefore, because and coat?

Who stood by the cross? it was the preparation, that the bodies ghould not remain upon the cross on ion?

What was done by Joseph after the crucifixthe sabbath-day, (for that sabbath-day was an high-day,) besought Pilate

CHAP. XX. that their legs might be broken, and 1 Mary cometh to the sepulchre, 3 and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and

Peter, and John. 24 The incredulibrake the legs of the first, and of the

ty of Thomas. other which was crucified with him. THE first day of the week cometh

33 But when they came to Jesus, Mary Magdale' ne early, when it was and saw that he was dead already, yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth they brake not his legs :

the stone taken away from the sepul-. 34 But one of the soldiers with a chre. spear pierced his side, and forthwith 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to came thereout blood and water. Simon Peter, and to the other disciple

35 And he that saw it bare record, whom Jesus loved; and saith unto and his record is true ; and he know-them. They have taken away the Lord eth that he saith true, that ye might out of the sepulchre, and we know not believe.

where they have laid him. 36 For these things were done, that 3 Peter, therefore, went forth, and the scripture should be fulfilled ; A that other disciple, and came to the bone of him shall not be broken. sepulchre.

37 And again, another scripture 4. So they ran both together; and saith, They shall' look on him whom the other disciple did outrun Peter, they pierced. 10

and came first to the sepulchre. 38 11 And after this, Joseph of Ari- 5 And he, stooping down, and lookmathea (being a disciple of Jesus, but ing in, saw the linen clothes lying; secretly for fear of the Jews) besought yet went he not in. Pilate, that he might take away the 6 Then cometh Simon Peter followbody of Jesus; and Pilate gave him ing him, and went into the sepulchre, leave. He came, therefore, and tooks and seeth the linen clothes lie; the body of Jesus.

7 And the napkin that was about his 39 And there came also Nicodemus, head, not lying with the linen clothes, (which at the first came tc Jesus by but wrapped together in a place by itnight,) and brought a mixture of myrrh self. and aloes, about an hundred pound 8 Then went in also that other disweight.

ciple, which came first to the sepul40 Then took they the body of Je- chre, and he saw, and believed. sus and wound it in linen clothes with 9 For as yet they knew not the scripthe spices, as the manner of the Jews) ture, that he must rise again from the is to bury.

dead. 41 Now, in the place where he was 10 Then the disciples went away crucified there was a garden; and in again unto their own home. the garden a new sepulchre, wherein 11 | But Mary stood without at the was never man yet laid.

sepulchre, weeping; and, as she wept, 42 There laid they Jesus, therefore, she stooped down, and looked into the because of the Jews' preparation-sepulchre, day;"1 for the sepulchre was nigh at 12 And seeth two angels in white hand.

sitting, the one at the head, and the

other at the feet, where the body of 7 It is finished. All written concerning Jesus had lain. me, my labours, and my sufferings, are fulfill- 13 And they say unto her, Woman, ed.

why weepest thou ? She saith unto 8 Gave up the ghost, expired or died. 9 An high day. A great day.

them, Because they have taken away 10 Whom they have pierced. Zec. xii 10.

my Lord, and I know not where they 11 Preparation, the day before the Sab-have laid him. bath.

14 And when she had thus said, she

unto you.

turned herself back, and saw Jesus, 29 Jesus saitk unto him, Thomas, standing, and knew not that it was because thou hast seen me thou hast Jesus.

believed ; blessed are they that have 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, not seen, anu yet have believed. why weepest thou? whom seekest 30 And many other signs truly thou? She supposing him to be the did Jesus in the presence of his discigardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou ples, which are not written in this have borne him hence, tell me where book : thou hast laid him, and I will take him 31 But these are written, that yo away.

might believe, that Jesus is the Christ, 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She the Son of God; and that believing yé turned herself, and saith unto him, might have life through his name. Rabbo'ni ; which is to say, Master.

Questions. Who went to the sepulchre on 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me the first day of the week! not;, for I am not yet ascended to my Whom did Mary see? Father ; but go to my brethren, and

What did they say? say unto them, I ascend unto my Fa

What did Jesus say to Mary Magdale'ne! ther, and your Father; and to my God,

To whom did Jesus next appear!

Which of the disciples was incredulous ! and your God.

Ilow did Jesus convince him? 18 Mary Magdale'ne came and told What did Thomas then say? the disciples, that she had seen the For what purpose were these things writLord, and that he had spoken these ten? things unto her. 19 | Then the same day at evening,

CHAP. XXI. being the first day of the week, when 1 Jesus appearetk to his disciples ; 18 the doors were shut, where the disci- he foretelleth Peter's death. ples were assembled for fear of the AFTER these things Jesus shewed Jews, came Jesus, and stood in the himself again to the disciples at the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be sea of Tiberias; and on this wise

shewed he himself. 20 And when he had so said, he 2 There were together Simon Peter, shewed unto them his hands and his and Thomas called Did'ymus, and Naside. Then were the disciples glad, thanael of Cana in Galilee, and the when they saw the Lord.

sons of Zebedee, and two other of his 21 Then said Jesus to them again, disciples. Peace be unto you; as my Father haih 3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go sent me, even so send I you.

a fishing. They say unto him, We 22 And when he had said this, he also go with thee. They went forth, breathed on them, and saith unto them, and entered into a ship immediately; Receive ye the Holy Ghost; and that night they caught nothing

23 Whosesoever sins ye remit, they 4. But wher, the morning was now are remitted unto them; and whose- come, Jesus stood on the shore ; but soever sins ye retain, they are retained. the disciples knew not that it was Jo

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, sus. called Did'ymus, was not with them 5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Chilwhen Jesus came.

dren, have ye any meat? They an25 The other disciples, therefore, swered him, No. said unto him, We have seen the 6 And he said unto them, Cast the Lord. Buí he said unto them, Except net on the right side of the ship, and I shall see in his hands the print of ye shall find. They cast, therefore ; the nails, and put my finger into the and now they were not able to draw it print of the nails, and thrust my hand for the multitude of fishes. into his side, I will not believe.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Je26 ! And after eight days, again sus loved saith unto Peter, It is the his disciples were within, and Thomas Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard with them; then came Jesus, the doors that it was the Lord, he girt his fishbeing shut, and stood in the midst, er's coat unto him, (for he was naked) and said, Peace be unto you.

and did cast himself into the sea. 27 Then saith he to Thoinas, Reach 8 And the other disciples came in a hither thy finger, and behold my little ship; (for they were not far from hands; and reach hither thy hand, land, but as it were two hundred cuand thrust it into my side; and be not bits,) cragging the net with fishes. faithless, but believing.

9 As soon then as they were come 28 And Thomas answered and said to land, they saw a fire of coals there, unto him, My Lord, and my God. and fish laid thereon, and bread.

10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, the fish which ye have now caught. and another shall gird thee, and carry

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew thee whither thou wouldest not. the net to land full of great fishes, an 19 This spake he, signifying, by hundred and fifty and three ; and for what death he should glorify God. all there were so many, yet was not And, when he had spoken this, he the net broken.

saith unto him, Follow me. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and 20 | Then Peter, turning about, dine. And none of the disciples durst seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved ask him, Who art thou? knowing that following; which also leaned on his it was the Lord.

breast at supper, and said, Lord, which 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh is he that betrayeth thee? bread, and giveth them, and fish like- 21 Peter seeing him, saith to Jesus, wise.

Lord, and what shall this inan do ? 14 This is now the third time that 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, that he tarry till I come, what is that after that he was risen from the dead to thee? follow thou me.

15 So when they had dined, Jesus 23 Then went this saying abroad saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of among the brethren, that that disciple Jonas, Lovest thou' me more than should not die; yet Jesus said not unto these? He saith unto him, Yea, him, He shall not die ; but, If I will Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. that he tarry till I come, what is that He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. to thee?

16 He saith to him again the second 24 " This is the disciple which testime, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou tifieth of these things, and wrote these me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; things; and we know that his testithou knowest that I love thee. He mony is true, saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 25 And there are also many other

17 He saith unto him the third time, things which Jesus did, the which, if Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me they should be written every one, 1 Peter was grieved because he said suppose that even the world itself unto him the third time, Lovest thou could not contain the books that should me? And he said unto him, Lord, be written. Amen. thou knowest all things ; thou know- Questions. Where did Jesus again show est that I love thee. Jesus saith unto himself to the disciples? him, Feed my sheep.

Who were present? 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

What did Jesus say to Simon Peter after When thou wast young, thou girdedst they had dined?

What did he command him to do? thyself, and walkedst whither thou

Who testifieth of the things written in this wouldest ; but when thou shalt bel book?



THE Acts of the Apostles was written by St Luke, as appears from the first verse, where, in addressing his friend Theophilus, ho mentions his former treatise, the Gospel of St. Luko, in which he has given an account of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which, from the mount of Olives, he ascended into heaven.

This, the last of the historical books, may be considered as a useful appendix to the Gospels, and a proper introduction to the Epistles. There is perhaps no history more interesting and extraordinary. It gives an account of the principal events relating to the church from the ascension of our Lord to thiriy or thirty-one years after, about which time it probably was written.

The two principal objects, for which St. Luke seems to have written this book, were first, to give an authentic account of the e fusion of the Holy Ghost, which Jesus Christ had frequently promised to his disciples, and which took place on the day of Pentecost, and of the first miracles by which the truth of the Christian religion was established ; and secondly, to establish the claim of the Gentiles to tho privileges and blessings of the church of our Lord, a claim particularly contested by the Jews about this time ; for they had no idea that a religion, revealed to them, could ever be designed for the Gentiles or heathen nations; but we find by the accounts here given, that the same Lord over all, is rich unto all that call upon him, whether they be Jews or Gentiles.

In treating these subjects St. Luke gives an account of the wonderful perseverance, fidelity, sufferings, and success of the Apostles in the service of their Master; and the labours and journeys they performed in order to carry the glad tidings of the Gospel into every country. Here we see examples of piety and zeal, which it becomes all, who profess the name of Jesus to study and imitate.




CHAP. 1.

taken up; and a cloud received him 1 A repetition of part of Jesus' histo- out of their sight. ry after his passion. 9 of his ascen- 10 And while they looked stedfastly

toward heaven as he went up, behold, THE former treatise' have I made, two men stood by them in white appa

THE Fheapestiles, i se' ann that yesas rele; began to do and teach;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Ga. Until the day in which he was lilee, why, stand ye gazing up into taken up, after that he through the heaven ? "this same Jesus, which is Holy Ghost had given commandments taken up from you into heaven, shall unto the apostles whom he had cho- so come in like manner as ye have

seen him go into heaven. 3. To whom also he ghewed himself 12 1 Then returned they unto Jealive after his passion? by many infal- rusalem from the mount called 011lible proofs, being seen of them forty vet, which is from Jerusalem a sabdays and speaking of the things per- bath-day's journey? taining to the kingdom of God: 13 And when they were come in,

4. And, being assembled together they went up into an upper room, with them, commanded them that they where abode both Peter, and James, should not depart from Jerusalem, but and John, and Andrew, Philip, and wait for the promise of the Father, Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. James the son of Alphe'us, and Simon

5 For John truly baptized with wa-Zelo'tes, and Judas the brother of ter; but ye shall be baptized with the James. Holy Ghost not many days hence.

14 These all continued with one ac6 When they, therefore, were come cords in prayer and supplication, with together, they asked of him, saying, the women, and Mary the mother of Lord, wilt thou at this time restore Jesus, and with his brethren. again the kingdom to Israel ?5

15 | And in those days Peter stood 7 And he said unto them, It is not up in the midst of the disciples, and for you to know the times or the sea- said, (the number of the names tosons,

which the Father hath put in gether were about an hundred and his own power.

twenty,) 8 But ye shall receive power, after

16 Men and brethren, this scripture that the Holy Ghost is come upon must needs have been fulfilled, which you; and ye shall be witnesses unto the Holy Ghost by the mouth of Dame, both in Jerusalem, and in all Ju- vid spakelo before concerning Judas, dea, and in Sama'ria, and unto the which was guide to them that took uttermost part of the earth.

Jesus. 9 And when he had spoken these

17 For he was numbered with us, things, while they beheid, he was and had obtained part of this ministry

18 Now, this man purchased a field 1 Former treatise, St. Luke's Gospel, which with the reward of iniquity ;ll and, was also addressed to his friend Theophilus. falling headlong, 12 he burst asunder in 2 Passion here means death.

the midst, and all his bowels gushed 3 The infallible proofs, which our Saviour, lout. after his death and resurrection, gave his apostles of his real person and presence, were

19 And it was known unto all the walking, conversing, and eating with them, and requesting them to handle him.

7 Sabbath-day's journey, nearly three quar4 The promise of the Father, the gift of ters of a mile. the Holy Spirit.

8 With one accord, unanimously, in perfect 5 Reštore again the kingdom to Israel, the agreement. kingdom of Israel, or the government of the 9 Number of the names, the number of Jews being at this time in the hands of the them. Romans. This expression shows, that even 10 For these prophecies of David see Psalm the disciples of Jesus were yet ignorant of the xli. 9, and cix. 8. nature of that kingdom, which he came to 11 Purchased a field, &c. i. e. a field was establish ; for they were expecting he would purchased with the money, for which Judas vanquish the Romans, and re-establish their betrayed his Master. own government.

12 Falling headlong, &c. breaking from the 6. Witnesses unto me, that I am indeed the place on which he hanged himself, (Mati. xxvii, Saviour.

5) he burst aaunder, &c.

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