THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Acts of the Apostles (Author Luke)

6:1¤ And in those days, the number of the disciples increasing, there arose a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, for that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

6:2Then the twelve, calling together the multitude of the disciples, said: It is not reason that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.

6:3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

6:4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

6:5And the saying was liked by all the multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor, and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch.

6:6These they set before the apostles: and they praying, imposed hands upon them.

6:7And the word of the Lord increased: and the number of the disciples was multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly. A great multitude also of the priests obeyed the faith.

6:8And Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people.

6:9Now there arose some, of that which is called the synagogue of the Libertines and of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians and of them that were of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.

6:10And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit that spoke.

6:11Then they suborned men to say they had heard him speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.

6:12And they stirred up the people and the ancients and the scribes. And running together, they took him and brought him to the council.

6:13And they set up false witnesses, who said: This man ceaseth not to speak words against the holy place and the law.

6:14For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place and shall change the traditions which Moses delivered unto us.

6:15And all that sat in the council, looking on him, saw his face as if it had been the face of an angel.

7:1¤ Then the high priest said: Are these things so?

7:2Who said: Ye men, brethren and fathers, hear. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan.

7:3And said to him: Go forth out of thy country and from thy kindred: and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

7:4Then he went out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Charan. And from thence, after his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein you now dwell.

7:5And he gave him no inheritance in it: no, not the pace of a foot. But he promised to give it him in possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

7:6And God said to him: That his seed should sojourn in a strange country, and that they should bring them under bondage and treat them evil four hundred years.

7:7And the nation which they shall serve will I judge (said the Lord): and after these things they shall go out and shall serve me in this place.

7:8And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so he begot Isaac and circumcised him the eighth day: and Isaac begot Jacob: and Jacob, the twelve patriarchs.

7:9And the patriarchs, through envy, sold Joseph into Egypt. And God was with him,

7:10And delivered him out of all his tribulations: and he gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharao, the king of Egypt. And he appointed him governor over Egypt and over all his house.

7:11Now there came a famine upon all Egypt and Chanaan, and great tribulation: and our fathers found no food.

7:12But when Jacob had heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers first.

7:13And at the second time, Joseph was known by his brethren: and his kindred was made known to Pharao.

7:14And Joseph sending, called thither Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.

7:15So Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, and our fathers.

7:16And they were translated into Sichem and were laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Hemor, the son of Sichem.

7:17And when the time of the promise drew near, which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased and were multiplied in Egypt.

7:18Till another king arose in Egypt, who knew not Joseph.

7:19This same, dealing craftily with our race, afflicted our fathers, that they should expose their children, to the end they might not be kept alive.

7:20At the same time was Moses born: and he was acceptable to God. Who was nourished three months in his father's house.

7:21And when he was exposed, Pharao's daughter took him up and nourished him for her own son.

7:22And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians: and he was mighty in his words and in his deeds.

7:23And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.

7:24And when he had seen one of them suffer wrong, he defended him: and striking the Egyptian, he avenged him who suffered the injury.

7:25And he thought that his brethren understood that God by his hand would save them. But they understood it not.

7:26And the day following, he shewed himself to them when they were at strife and would have reconciled them in peace, saying: Men, ye are brethren. Why hurt you one another?

7:27But he that did the injury to his neighbour thrust him away, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us:

7:28What! Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian?

7:29And Moses fled upon this word: and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begot two sons.

7:30And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him, in the desert of mount Sina, an angel in a flame of fire in a bush.

7:31And Moses seeing it wondered at the sight. And as he drew near to view it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:

7:32I am the God of thy fathers: the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. And Moses being terrified durst not behold.

7:33And the Lord said to him: Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place wherein thou standest is holy ground.

7:34Seeing, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt: and I have heard their groaning and am come down to deliver them. And now come: and I will send thee into Egypt.

7:35This Moses, whom they refused, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge? Him God sent to be prince and redeemer, by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush.

7:36He brought them out, doing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the desert, forty years.

7:37This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel: A prophet shall God raise up to you of your own brethren, as myself. Him shall you hear.

7:38This is he that was in the church in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sina and with our fathers. Who received the words of life to give unto us.

7:39Whom our fathers would not obey: but thrust him away and in their hearts turned back into Egypt,

7:40Saying to Aaron: Make us gods to go before us. For as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.

7:41And they made a calf in those days and offered sacrifices to the idol and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

7:42And God turned and gave them up to serve the host of heaven, as it is written in the books of the prophets: Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me for forty years, in the desert, O house of Israel?

7:43And you took unto you the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of your god Rempham, figures which you made to adore them. And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

7:44The tabernacle of the testimony was with our fathers in the desert, as God ordained for them, speaking to Moses, that he should make it according to the form which he had seen.

7:45Which also our fathers receiving, brought in with Jesus, into the possession of the Gentiles: whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David,

7:46Who found grace before God and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

7:47But Solomon built him a house,

7:48Yet the most High dwelleth not in houses made by hands, as the prophet saith:

7:49Heaven is my throne and the earth my footstool. What house will you build me (saith the Lord)? Or what is the place of my resting?

7:50Hath not my hand made all these things?

7:51You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost. As your fathers did, so do you also.

7:52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One: of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers.

7:53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not kept it.

7:54Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart: and they gnashed with their teeth at him.

7:55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

7:56And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

7:57And they, crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears and with one accord ran violently upon him.

7:58And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul.

7:59And they stoned Stephen, invoking and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

7:60And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge: And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord.

8:1¤ And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time, there was raised a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem. And they were all dispersed through the countries of Judea, and Samaria, except the apostles.

8:2And devout men took order for Stephen's funeral and made great mourning over him.

8:3But Saul made havock of the church, entering in from house to house: and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison.

8:4They therefore that were dispersed went about preaching the word of God.

8:5And Philip, going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them.

8:6And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did.

8:7For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out. And many, taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed.

8:8There was therefore great joy in that city.

8:9Now there was a certain man named Simon who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one:

8:10To whom they all gave ear, from the least to the greatest, saying: This man is the power of God, which is called great.

8:11And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices.

8:12But when they had believed Philip preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

8:13Then Simon himself believed also and, being baptized, he adhered to Philip. And being astonished, wondered to see the signs and exceeding great miracles which were done.

8:14Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.

8:15Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost.

8:16For he was not as yet come upon any of them: but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

8:17Then they laid their hands upon them: and they received the Holy Ghost.

8:18And when Simon saw that, by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

8:19Saying: Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

8:20But Peter said to him: Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee: because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

8:21Thou hast no part nor lot in this matter. For thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

8:22Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness: and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.

8:23For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.

8:24Then Simon answering, said: Pray you for me to the Lord that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me.

8:25And they indeed, having testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem: and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.

8:26Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert.

8:27And rising up, he went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.

8:28And he was returning, sitting in his chariot and reading Isaias the prophet.

8:29And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near and join thyself to this chariot.

8:30And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?

8:31Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

8:32And the place of the scripture which he was reading was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter: and like a lamb without voice before his shearer, so openeth he not his mouth.

8:33In humility his judgment was taken away. His generation who shall declare, for his life shall be taken from the earth?

8:34And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? Of himself, or of some other man?

8:35Then Philip, opening his mouth and beginning at this scripture, preached unto him Jesus.

8:36And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water. And the eunuch said: See, here is water: What doth hinder me from being baptized?

8:37And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

8:38And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch. And he baptized him.

8:39And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip: and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing.

8:40But Philip was found in Azotus: and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

9:1¤ And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

9:2And asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

9:3And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus. And suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him.

9:4And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

9:5Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

9:6And he, trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said to him: Arise and go into the city; and there it shall be told thee what thou must do.

9:7Now the men who went in company with him stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice but seeing no man.

9:8And Saul arose from the ground: and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they, leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.

9:9And he was there three days without sight: and he did neither eat nor drink.

9:10Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision: Ananias. And he said: Behold I am here, Lord.

9:11And the Lord said to him: Arise and go into the street that is called Strait and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold he prayeth.

9:12(And he saw a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hands upon him, that he might receive his sight.)

9:13But Ananias answered: Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem.

9:14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that invoke thy name.

9:15And the Lord said to him: Go thy way: for this man is to me a vessel of election, to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

9:16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

9:17And Ananias went his way and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest, that thou mayest receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

9:18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales: and he received his sight. And rising up, he was baptized.

9:19And when he had taken meat, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples that were at Damascus, for some days.

9:20And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the son of God.

9:21And all that heard him were astonished and said: Is not this he who persecuted in Jerusalem those that called upon this name and came hither for that intent, that he might carry them bound to the chief priests?

9:22But Saul increased much more in strength and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this is the Christ.

9:23And when many days were passed, the Jews consulted together to kill him.

9:24But their laying in wait was made known to Saul. And they watched the gates also day and night, that they might kill him.

9:25But the disciples, taking him in the night, conveyed him away by the wall, letting him down in a basket.

9:26And when he was come into Jerusalem, he essayed to join himself to the disciples: and they all were afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

9:27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and told them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him: and how in Damascus he had dealt confidently in the name of Jesus.

9:28And he was with them, coming in and going out in Jerusalem

9:29And dealing confidently in the name of the Lord. He spoke also to the Gentiles and disputed with the Greeks. But they sought to kill him.

9:30Which when the brethren had known, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

9:31Now, the church had peace throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria: and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord: and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.

9:32And it came to pass that Peter, as he passed through, visiting all, came to the saints who dwelt at Lydda.

9:33And he found there a certain man named Eneas, who had kept his bed for eight years, who was ill of the palsy.

9:34And Peter said to him: Eneas, the Lord Jesus Christ healeth thee. Arise and make thy bed. And immediately he arose.

9:35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him: who were converted to the Lord.

9:36And in Joppe there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

9:37And it came to pass in those days that she was sick and died. Whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

9:38And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppe, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not be slack to come unto them.

9:39And Peter rising up went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber. And all the widows stood about him, weeping and shewing him the coats and garments which Dorcas made them.

9:40And they all being put forth, Peter, kneeling down, prayed. And turning to the body, he said: Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes and, seeing Peter, she sat up.

9:41And giving her his hand, he lifted her up. And when he had called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive.

9:42And it was made known throughout all Joppe. And many believed in the Lord.

9:43And it came to pass that he abode many days in Joppe, with one Simon a tanner.



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