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dow a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little com

13 How active was this Apostle! forted. 3 And we went be- So be thou“ not weary in well fore to ship, and sailed unto doing ;" whether duty to God a Assos, there intending to take duty to man call thee. in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we

came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had

16 Our Church wisely teaches us to determined to sail by Ephe- imitate St. Paul in observing holy sus, because he would not seasons with marked reverence. spend the time in Asia : for he hasted,

if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving

19 It was doubly painful to & the Lord with all humility of should be his persecutors. Have

Paul, that his countrymen, the Jeas, mind, and with many tears, you the same trial, in family and and temptations, which befell friends throwing obstacles in your me by the lying in wait of christian path ? The Apostle is your

example. the Jews: and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide

24 What a noble courage ! 2' But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the

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25 It is wise to lire with all men, as behold, I know that ye all. we would wish to die towards them among whom I have gone –in perfect love and charity. preaching the kingdom of 26 The ministers of the Gospel God, shall see my face no

boldly declare the whole counsel of more.

God. They dare not be faithlessWherefore I take

they dare not risk the awful “ reyou to record this day, that quisition of blood,” threatened by I am pure from the blood of God against watchmen who warı all men. For I have not

not. (Ezek. iii. 18, xxxiii. 6.) shunned to declare unto you

28 The apostles, and those who all the counsel of God.

were set as heads over the Church, 23 Take heed therefore unto

were significantly termed-overseers

of the Church to take heed that yourselves, and to all the other ministers continued faithful flock, over the which the and diligent. They are succeeded Holy Ghost hath made you by the bishops of the Church. overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29 False teachers did indeed I know this, that after my spare” the Church. departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them, Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And, now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that

35 The Apostle admonishes each inwere with me. I have dividual to be industrious in his callshewed you all things, how ing. It is a base feeling which inthat so labouring ye ought to

duces us, under the pretence of resupport the weak, and to re

ligion, to be idle, and dependent upon

others' labours. member the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive *. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed

38 Blessed habit ! In our going out him,

sorrowing most of all and coming in, let us also commend

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• Art thou rich ? remember this truth. Art thou poor? forget it not. The cup of cold water--the slightest act of kindness, offered in a christian spirit, bringeth blessing to the giver. This is one of the numerous sayings of our blessed Lord, remembered and handed down by the Apostles, but not recorded in writing. (See John xxi. 25.)

for the words which he spake, ourselves and each other to the care that they should see his face

and good providence of Omnipono more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

tence,

CHAPTER XXI.

APRIL 24, August 23, Dec. 21. And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara : and finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth. Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden. And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days : who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city : and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again. And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Cæsarea : and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist *, which was one of the seven; and

9 Joel had foretold that the early abode with him.

the Messiah's kingdom same man had four daugh- should be marked by this very miters, virgins, which did pro

racle. “Your sons and your daughters phesy. And as we tarried

shall prophesy.” (Joel ii. 28.) there many days, there came down from Judæa a certain prophet, named Agabus. " And

11 The prophets frequently thus when he was come unto us, represented future events ; by aehe took Paul's girdle, and tions expressive of them. (Is. ix. 2. bound his own hands and

Jer. xü. 1, xxvii. 2.) feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought

Philip was called an Evangelist, not from his writings, but from preaching the Gospel-or the Evangel, as it was called--to the Samaritans. He was appointed a Deacon. (See ch, vi. 5.)

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13 How noble and elevated was the salem. Then Paul an

courage of St. Paul. For himself swered, What mean ye to he recks not. All his care and sor

row are for others *. weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after 15 They got all things ready for those days we took up our

their journey t. carriages, and went up to Jerusalem. There went with us also certain of the disciples of Cæsarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge. And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

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18 St. James was the first bishop of the day following Paul went Jerusalem ; having under him presin with us unto James ; and byters or priests, and deacons. "Exall the elders were present. actly so is framed our own Apostolic And when he had saluted church; Jesus Christ being the them, he declared particularly head of all . what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry, and when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe ; and they are all zealous of the law : 9 and they are in- 21 This false aspersion, St. Paul, as formed of thee, that thou we find, afterwards removed: stating teachest all the Jews which exactly what had been his course are among the Gentiles to

of life and principle of action. forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs. What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together : for they will hear that thou art come.

Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men 24 The Jews considered it an acwhich have a vow on them; ceptable work of piety, to bear the 24 them take, and purify thy- charges of those who were under a

Nazarite vow. self with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing ; but that thou thyself also walkest

Thus are we taught that the Gospel requires no extinction of our affections.—It but gives them a right direction.

+ This was St. Paul's fifth and last journey to Jerusalem ; twentyfive years after his conversion.

# The word elder, in the Latin tongue is, Presbyter: and from that is derived-Priest.

orderly, and keepest the law. 25 So wisely careful was the Apos25 As touching the Gentiles tle, not only to seek peace in the which believe, we have writ- spirit of love, but to ensue it in the ten and concluded that they spirit of self-denial. observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place : and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this boly place. (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus, an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple : and forthwith the doors were shut. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them : and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains ; and demanded who he was, and what he had done. And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude : and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him. And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?

Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that

39 How gladly should we arom our were murderers ? " But Paul better citizenship-as fellow-citizens said, I am a man which am à with the saints, and of the houseJew of Tarsus, a city in Ci- hold of God : blest too with the freelicia, a citizen of no mean

dom, wherewith Christ maketh free, city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

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