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,; ACTS.

CHAP. I. 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion,by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days,* and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:t

4 And, being assembled together with them,commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have

ard of me. 5 For John truly baptised with water ; but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:


shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the utter. most part of the earth.

* Place.... Jerusalem.
f Time.... Thursday, the fortieth day after the Resurrection.




s 156. Jesus's

50 |Andhe led them out as far as to Bethany,* & he lifted up hishands,

and blessed them. 19 | So then,

51 And

9 And it came to pass, after the Lord had

when he had spoken

spokenthesethings unto them,

while he blessed them,

while they beheld, he was

he was parted from them,

taken up;
and a cloud receiv-
ed him out of their

he wasreceived up and carried up
into heaven,

into heaven.
and sat on theright
hand of God.

10 | And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel ;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee,why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall

come in like

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manner as ye have
seen him go into

heaven. 52 And they worshipped him,

and 12 | Then returned to returnedthey unto Jerusalem Jerusalem

from the mount calledOlivetwhich is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's

journey. with great joy:

53 And were
continually in the
temple, praising
and blessing God.

20 And they went
forth, and preach-
ed every where,
the Lord working
with them, and
confirming the
word with signs
following. Amen.


$ 157. John's Conclusion.

301 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence ofhis disciples, which are not written in this book :

31 But these are written, that ye





CHAP. XX. might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

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3. John j. 15. The transposition of this verse after the 18th,

according to Wakefield and Markland, renders the passage more clear and connected

Luke i. 5. Of the course of Abia. The priesthood was divided into twenty-four courses; (See 1 Chron. xxiv. 10.) and over each course was placed a priest, hence denominated the

high priest
4. Luke i. 9, His lot was to burn incense. Each course in

seven divisions served for the week, and each division was
appointed, by lot, to its peculiar service.
14. Luke i. 15. He shall b: filled with the Holy Ghost. This
obsolete term in many instances casts an-bscurity over the
scriptures, and it may now be sufficient generally to observe,
its proper translation from the Greek " the Holy Spirit” is

more easily understood.
5. Luke i. 22. And when he came out, &c. By the vision is

meant, the appearance of God, by an angel, to the priest, to reveal his will. This was wont to take place at the time of offering the incense. Hence the people readily concluded, by his delay and his seeming speechless, that he had been thus

favoured.-Hammond. 9. Luke i. 69. Hath raised up an horn of salvation. The

word horn is used in the scriptures emblematically to denote strength or power ; Lame:t. i. 3, 17. Psalms lxxv. 10. also honour and triumph, as when the horn" is exalted ;" Psalm lxxxix. 24. From the union of these it signifies the power

of a king or kingdom, Rev. xiii. 1. This seems the import of the word in this place. The house of David be. ing the regal family, and Saviour implying ruler and prince, (See Obad. 21.) the horn of salvation in the house of David,

denotes the kingdom of Christ. 10. Matt. i. 19. Not willing to make her a public example. The

punishment ordained by the Jewish law in this case was to be stoned to death, Deut. xxii. to prevent which Joseph, from motives of humanity, intended to give up the betrothment, or divorce her before the marriage was consummated. This might be done, by giving her a bill of divorcement, in the presence

of some mutual friends, and one or two of the Rabbins, without specifying to them the reasons for his conduct. --Willan.

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