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they said unto him, “Concerning unto the village whither they went: “ Jesus of Nazareth, which was and he made as though he would “ a prophet mighty in deed (0) have gone further. 29. But they " and word before God and all the constrained him, saying, " Abide

people: 20. and how the chief “ with us; for it is toward even

priests and our rulers delivered ing, and the day is far spent.' « him to be condemned to death, And he went in to tarry with them. “ and have crucified him. 21. But 30. And it came to pass, as he sat “ we trusted that it had been heat meat with them, he took bread, “ which should (P) have redeemed and blessed it, and brake, and gave “ Israel : and beside all this, to- to them. 31. And their eyes were

day is the third day since these opened, and they knew him; and

things were done. 22. Yea, and he vanished out of their sight. “ certain women also of our com- 32. And they said one to another,

pany made us astonished, which “ Did not our heart burn within “ were early at the sepulchre: “ us, while he talked with us by “ 23. and when they found not his “ the way, and while he opened “ body, they came, saying, “That “ to us the Scriptures?” 33. And

they had also seen a vision of an- they rose up the same hour, and “gels, which said that he was alive.” returned to Jerusalem, and found “ 24. And certain of (9) them the eleven gathered together, and “ which were with us went to the them that were with them, 34. says sepulchre, and found it even so ing, “The (s) Lord is risen indeed, “ as the women had said ; but him “and hath appeared to(t) Simon."

they saw not.” 25. Then he said 35. And they told what things were unto them, “O fools, and slow of done in the way, and how he was “ heart to believe all that the pro- known of them in breaking of “phets have spoken! 26. Ought bread. « not Christ to have suffered these things, and to (r) enter into his

Tuesday in Easter Week. “ glory?" 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he

For the Epistle. Acts xiii. 26. expounded unto them in all the Men (u) and brethren, children Scriptures the things concerning of the stock of Abraham, and whohimself. 28. And they drew nigh soever among you feareth God, to

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(o) v. 19. “ Deed and word,” what he did and said ; miracles and doctrine.

(p) v. 21. “He which should have re“ deemed Israel." So that a Redeemer was expected. Ante, 35. note on Matt. xi. 3. and note on Luke ii. 25. ante, 71.

(9) v. 24. “ Certain of them which were “ with us," viz. “ Peter and John." John XX. 3. ante, 137. Acts x. 41.

(r) v. 26. “And to enter," i. e. first to suffer, and then, afterwards, to enter into his glory.

(s) v. 34. “ The Lord," • Kúpoos.
() “ To Simon." This appearance of

our Saviour is not mentioned by any of the other Evangelists; but St. Paul notices it in 1 Cor. xv. 5. “He rose again the third “day, according to the Scriptures, and

was seen of Cephas,” (Peter's name, see John i. 42.) “then of the twelve."

(u) v. 26.“ Men, &c." Part of St. Paul's address in the synagogue at Antioch, ou the Sabbath-day the Jews and rulers of the synagogue were present, and probably some Gentiles. He had just stated, that “ of David's seed had God, according to “ his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, " Jesus," and had noticed the testimony

you is the word of this salvation (x) | up Jesus again; as it is also writsent. 27. For they that dwell at ten in the second Psalm, “ Thou Jerusalem, and their rulers, be- “ art (e) my Son, this day have I cause they knew (y) him not, nor begotten thee.” 34. And as conyet the voices of the prophets cerning that he raised him


from which are read every sabbath-day, the dead, now no more to return they have fulfilled them in con- to corruption, he said on this demning him. 28. And though wise,“

wise, I(8) will give you the sure they found no cause of death in mercies of David.” 35. Wherehim, yet desired (2) they Pilate fore he saith also in another (h) that he should be slain. 29. And Psalm,

Psalm, “Thou shalt not suffer when they had fulfilled all that “ thine Holy One to see corrupwas written of him, they took him “ tion.” 36. For David, after he down from the (a) tree, and laid had served his own generation by him in a sepulchre. 30. But God the will of God, fell on sleep, and raised him from the dead: 31. and was laid unto his fathers, and saw he was seen many days of (b) them corruption : 37. but he whom God which came up with him from raised again, saw no corruption. Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his 38. Be it known unto you, there. witnesses unto the people. 32. And fore, men

men and

and brethren, that we declare unto you glad tidings, through this man is preached unto how that the promise (c) which you the forgiveness of sins : 39. and was made unto the fathers, 33. God by him, all that believe are (i) jushath fulfilled the same unto us their tified from all things, from which children, in (d) that he hath raised ye could (k) not be justified by John the Baptist bore to him, “There (e) “My Son, &c." And he, who stood "cometh one after me, whose shoes of his in that relationship to God, could not be "feet I am not worthy to unloose;" and left in the

grave. then he proceeds, “Men and brethren, (g) v. 34. “Give you, &c.” This al.

ludes to Isaiah lv. 3, 4. where God says, (1) “This salvation," i. e. "by Jesus “ Incline your ear, and come unto me; Christ."

“hear, and your souls shall live: and I (y) v. 27. “ Him," i. e. “Jesus.” “ will make an everlasting covenant with

(z) v. 28. “Desired they Pilate.” The you, even the sure mercies of David. Jews had not at that time the power of “ Behold I have given him for a witness inflicting capital punishment: they were to the people; a leader and commander obliged to procure an order from the Ro- “ to the people.” And the meaning may man governor. See ante, 83. note on Luke be, that this prophecy might satisfy them xviii. 32. and 132. note on John xix. 15. that God would not leave in the grave the

(a) v. 29. “ The tree,” i. e. “ the cross, great personage to whom it referred. " on which he was crucified.”

(h) v. 35. “Another Psalm.” Ps. xvi. 11. (6) v. 31. “Seen many days of them My heart was glad, and my glory re" which came up with him.” St. Paul was “joiced; my flesh also shall rest in hope. not converted until some time after the as- “ For why? thou shalt not leave my soul cension : he was not among those, there- “ in hell, neither shalt thou suffer thine fore, to whom our Saviour appeared ; but Holy One to see corruption." David was the eleven apostles were.

See ante, 139, probably referring to the Messiah; to him

St. Paul here applies it. It is also so ap(c) v. 32. “The promise,

66 of the plied by St. Peter, Acts ii. 27 to 31. Messiah."

(i) v. 39. “ Justified," i. e. “ cleared, ab(d) v. 33. “In that, &c.” This assures solved." us that the promise is fulfilled, that God (k) “ Could not, &c.” For some transhath raised Jesus.

gressions (idolatry, and some great and


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Acts x. 41.



your hearts ?

the law of Moses. 40. Beware «

39. Behold my therefore, lest that come upon hands and my feet, that it is I you which is spoken of in the “ myself: handle (p) me, and see; prophets ; 41. “Behold (I), ye de- “ for a spirit hath not flesh and spisers, and wonder, and perish: “ bones, as

ye see me have.” “ for I work a work in your days, 40. And when he had thus spoken, “ a work which ye shall in no wise he shewed them his hands and his “ believe, though (m) a man de- feet. 41. And while they yet beo clare it unto you.

lieved not for joy, and wondered,

he said unto them, “Have ye here The Gospel. Luke xxiv. 36.

42. And they gave Jesus himself (n) stood in the him a piece of broiled fish, and of midst of (o) them, and saith unto an honey-comb. 43. And he took them, “ Peace be unto you.” | it, and did (9) eat before them. 37. But they were terrified and 44. And he said unto them, “These affrighted, and supposed that they “ are the words which I spake had seen a spirit. 38. And he said “ unto you, while I was yet with you, unto them, “Why are ye troubled? “ that all things must be fulfilled “ and why do thoughts arise in “ which were written in the (r)

any meat?"

wilful transgressions,) the law of Moses (r) v. 44. “ The law," " the prophets," allowed no expiation. Hamm. Clarke on “ the Psalms," i. e. “the whole of the Old the Attributes, ii. 200.

“ Testament.” It is matter of great sa(1) v. 41. “ Behold.” The passage (Hab. tisfaction to Christians to have such clear i. 5.) refers to what God would do by evidence that the Old Testament, with all the hands of the Chaldeans : “ Behold ye its prophecies, existed long before our

among the heathen, and regard, and Saviour's time. Ist, The Jews, the great “ wonder marvellously; for I will work a enernies of Christianity, were its preser. “ work in your days, which ye will not be- vers; and they attended to it with such “ lieve, though it be told you." St. Paul, scrupulous exactness, as to register the therefore, calls to their recollection a de: number of the words and letters. They nunciation in a former instance, to awaken recognize its authenticity down to the their attention in this. It is probable he present day, preserve it with the utmost had in contemplation the approaching ven- care, and look up to it with the highest geance on the unbelieving Jews, the de- veneration. We have the authority of the struction of Jerusalem.

Jews, therefore, for considering it, in the (m) “ Though, &c.” A work which re- state in which we have it, as correct. 2dly, quires more than human testimony to make About 270 years before our Saviour's birth, it credited.

it was translated into Greek by the order (n) v. 36. “ Stood, &c.” On the day of of Ptolemy Philadelphus; and, that the his resurrection; just after the, two dis- translation might be the more correct, it ciples to whom he had appeared on the was made by Jews. This translation we way to Emmaus had related the particulars now have; and it is called the Septuagint. of that appearance. (Ante, 140.)

One great advantage arises from the lan(o) “ Them," that is, “the apostles and guage in which this translation is written. “ their companions."

There are few, if any, Hebrew books be(p) v. 39. “ Handle me, &c." This back- sides the Bible ; and the Hebrew language wardness in the apostles exempts them is studied but by few : but there are so from the charge of credulity, and contri. many other Greek books, that the meaning butes to stamp their accounts with credit. of particular words in the Septuagint may

(9) v. 43. “ Eat, &c." In Acts x. 41. be collected or confirmed from other Greek St. Peter says, that they “did eat and writers; and a knowledge of the Greek “ drink with him after he rose from the language has for ages been considered a « dead."

necessary part of polite education, 3dly,

“ Law of Moses (s), and in the Scriptures, 46. and said unto them,

Prophets, and in the Psalms, “ Thus it is written, and thus “concerning me." 45. Then “ it behoved Christ to suffer (u), opened (1) he their understanding, " and to rise from the dead the that they might understand the “ third day: 47. and that (x) re

“ with you."

The Samaritans had a copy of the five “ dead.” Many things certainly were hid books of Moses, corresponding almost from the apostles until after the resurrecexactly with the Jewish copies. The tion, that momentous miracle, which would Samaritans were probably descended from silence all their doubts. In John xvi. 12. the ten tribes who were carried away cap- our Saviour says unto them, “I have yet tive by the Assyrians, about 721 years many things to say unto you, but ye before our Saviour's birth ; for the Jews cannot bear them now.” And (John xvi. were principally of the tribes of Judah and 4.) when he is making new communicaBenjamin. The Samaritans and Jews were tions to them just before his apprehension, professed enemies; so that it was not likely he says, “ These things I said not unto the Samaritan copy should have been bor- you at the beginning, because I was rowed from the Jewish.

See ante, 83. note on (s) “ The law of Moses," i. e. “the Luke xviii. 34. "first five books of the Bible: from Genesis (u) v. 46. “ To suffer.” Many passages "to Deuteronomy."

in the Old Testament import that the Mes(l) v. 45. “ Opened,” i. e. " thoroughly siah was to suffer. It is to him that the “opened.” There are many passages passage in Isaiah 1. 6. (ante, 113.) “ I gave which shew, that before the crucifixion the my back to the smiters," and the whole apostles did not understand the nature of of that prophetic chapter, Isaiah liji. reChrist's coming, or expect that he was to lates. Daniel says, (ix, 26.) “ Messuffer. When our Saviour first told his “ siah shall be cut off, but not for himdisciples, that he must “suffer many things « self.“

The passages, (Zech. xii. 10.) " of the elders, and chief priests and They shall look upon me whom they have "Scribes, and be killed, and be raised " pierced," and (Zech. xii. 7.) Awake,

again the third day,” Peter rebuked him, "O sword, against my Shepherd, and saying, “ Be it far from thee, Lord; this "shall not be unto thee. Matt. xvi. 21, “ the Lord of hosts," also refer to the * 22.” On his saying at another time, Messiah : and so do the passages in Ps. (Matt. xvii. 22, 23.) “ The Son of Man xxii. 7. 17. “ All they that see me, laugh " shall be betrayed into the hands of n

f men, 6 me to scorn,'

," "they pierced my hands " and they shall kill him, and the third “ and my feet.” Our Saviour also, before “ day he shall be raised again," the dis- his crucifixion, repeatedly intimated that ciples were exceeding sorry; and accord- he should suffer. " John iii. 14. (post, -) ing to Mark x. 32. « they understood not “ As Moses lifted up the serpent in the " that saying, and were afraid to ask him ;" “ wilderness, even so must the Son of Man and St. Luke says, (Luke xviii. 34.) “they “ be lifted up; that whosoever believeth

understood none of these things : and on him should not perish, but have " this saying was hid from them; neither « eternal life." Matt. xii. 40. “The Son of “ knew they the things which were spoken.“ Man shall be three days and three nights When he was betrayed, his disciples all « in the heart of the earth.” John ii. 19. forsook him and Aled; and this they pro- “Destroy this temple,” (speaking of the bably would not have done, had they been temple of his body), “and in three days satisfied he would have risen again within " I will raise it up.” So John x. 15. “I three days after his death. The women “ lay down my life for the sheep." See who went to embalm him whilst in the also Is. xlix. 7.- Is. lii. 13, 14. sepulchre, (see Mark xvi. 1.), could not (.*) v. 47. “Repentance."

This was have expected him to rise the day they the condition on which the remission of went. According to John xx. 9. when sins was to follow : and this was the point Peter and John went to the sepulchre, the with which John the Baptist and our Samorning of the resurrection, "as yet they viour began their preaching. “Matt. iii. 2. "knew not” (i. e. understood not) “the “Repent ye,” (says John), “ for the king" Scripture, that he must rise from the “ dom of heaven is at hand." So our Sa.

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“ pentance and remission of sins

The Epistle. 1 John v. 4. « should be preached in his name WhatSOEVER (a) is born of God

among all nations, beginning overcometh the world : and this “ at (y) Jerusalem. 48. And ye is the victory that overcometh the “ are(z) witnesses of these things.” world, even our (6) faith. 5. Who

(c) is he that overcometh the First Sunday after Easter. world, but he that believeth that

Jesus is the Son of God? 6. This Almighty Father, who hast given is he that came by (d) water and thine only Son to die for our sins, blood, even Jesus Christ; not by and to rise again for our justifica- water only, but by water and tion ; Grant us so to put away blood. And it is (e) the Spirit () the leaven of malice and wicked that beareth witness, (h) because ness, that we may alway serve thee the Spirit is truth. 7. For there in pureness of living and truth, are three that bear (i) record in through the merits of the same thy heaven, the Father, the Word, Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. and the Holy Ghost :(k) and these

The Collect.

viour, Matt. iv. 17. “Repent, for the (d) v. 6. “ By water and blood." “By “ kingdom of heaven is at hand." And baptism and sacrifice: water at the the folly of looking up to God's mercy, “ former, and shedding his own blood at without abandoning sin, is well put in “ the latter." Slade. Ecclesiasticus: “ Šay not his mercy is (e) “ It is the Spirit, &c.” i. e. “ the “great, he will be pacified for the mul. “ Spirit also beareth witness." “ titude of my sins : for mercy and wrath (g) “ The Spirit," i. e. “ the Holy “ come from him, and his indignation “ Ghost; the miraculous powers the gift “ resteth upon sinners.

Eccles. v. 6." “ of the Holy Ghost conferred.” And what “ Mercy and wrath are with him, he is could be a stronger proof of the divinity "mighty to forgive and to pour out dis- of the religion, and of the truth of its te“ pleasure; as his mercy is great, so is nets, than that the first preachers and “his correction also : he judgeth a man converts had the miraculous power of "according to his works. Eccles. xvi. speaking languages they never learnt, and “ 11, 12." And his advice is, “Make no healing diseases ? “ tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put (h) Because," or "and," (Dr. Burgess) “not off from day to day; for suddenly or that," 87.. He is discussing what spi

shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, rits have the test of truth. See 1 John iv. 1. " and in thy security thou shalt be de- So Rom. viii. 16. “the Spirit itself beareth “stroyed, and perish in the day of ven- “ witness with our spirit, that, &c." where “geance."

87. is the word rendered “ that." (y) “ Jerusalem." See ante, 138. note (i) v. 7. 10. 11. “ Record," or “ wit. on Acts x. 36. See also Acts xiii. 46. “ ness." They are the same words as in -Acts xviii. 6.

v. 8, 9. are rendered “ witness." (z) “ Witnesses." See ante, 139. note (k) The authenticity of this verse bas on Acts x. 39.

been much questioned, and it is cer(a) v. 4. “Whatsoever, &c.” i. e. "every tainly omitted in many of the ancient “real child of God disregards every thing MSS. and versions. It is not in any of the " the world can give or inflict ; overcomes ancient Greek MSS, but then there is no “ all worldly attachments; and his sincere such MSS. earlier than the fourth century, “ belief that Jesus was the Son of God and only four before the tenth. It is not in “gives him this power."

the Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopic, Coptic, or 16) “ Faith," i.e. "belief, confidence."

Persic versions, nor in the Arminian, (c) v. 5. Who, &c." i.e. “ what but this Russian, or old French. It is not in Justin “ belief can give this power ? who can Martyr, though he has written much upon "overcome, if he do not

the divinity of our Saviour ; nor in any of

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