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1: They so spake - Persecution having increased their strength.
9: He had faith to be healed - He felt the power of God in his
soul; and thence knew it was sufficient to heal his body also.
11: The gods are come down - Which the heathens supposed they
frequently did; Jupiter especially. But how amazingly does
the prince of darkness blind the minds of them that believe not!
The Jews would not own Christ's Godhead, though they saw him
work numberless miracles. On the other hand, the heathens
seeing mere men work one miracle, were for deifying them
13: The priest of Jupiter - Whose temple and image were just
without the gate of the city, brought garlands - To put on the
victims, and bulls - The usual offerings to Jupiter.
14: They sprang in among the people, crying out - As in a fire,
or other sudden and great danger.
15: To turn from these vanities - From worshipping any but the
true God. He does not deign to call them gods; unto the living
God - Not like these dead idols; who made the heaven and the earth,
the sea - Each of which they supposed to have its own gods.
16: Who in times past - He prevents their objection, "But if these
things are so, we should have heard the in from our fathers."
Suffered - An awful judgment, all nations - The multitude of them
that err does not turn error into truth, to walk in their own
ways - The idolatries which they had chosen.
17: He left not himself without witness - For the heathens had
always from God himself a testimony both of his existence and
of his providence; in that he did good - Even by punishments he
testifies of himself; but more peculiarly by benefits; giving
rain - By which air, earth, and sea, are, as it were, all joined
together; from heaven - The seat of God; to which St. Paul probably
pointed while he spoke, filling the body with food, the soul with
19: Who persuaded the multitude - Moved with equal ease either to
adore or murder him.
20: But as the disciples stood round - Probably after sunset. The
enraged multitude would scarce have suffered it in the day time:
he rose and went into the city - That he should be able to do this,
just after he had been left for dead, was a miracle little less
than a resurrection from the dead. Especially considering the
manner wherein the Jewish malefactors were stoned. The witnesses
first threw as large a stone as they could lift, with all possible
violence upon his head, which alone was sufficient to dash the
skull in pieces. All the people then joined, as long as any
motion or token of life remained.
23: When they had ordained them presbyters in every Church - Out
of those who were themselves but newly converted. So soon can
God enable even a babe in Christ to build up others in the common
faith: they commended them to the Lord - An expression implying
faith in Christ, as well as love to the brethren.
25: Perga and Attalia were cities of Pamphylia.
26: Recommended to the grace - Or favour, of God, for the work
which they had fulfilled - This shows the nature and design of
that laying on of hands, which was mentioned (Ac 13:3).