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“ where they have laid him." yet they (t) knew not the Scrip3. Peter therefore went forth, and ture,

« that he must rise again that other disciple, and came to «< from the dead." Then the dis. 10. 4. the sepulchre. So they ran both ciples went away again unto their

together : and the other disciple own home.

did outrun Peter, and came first 5. to the sepulchrę. And he, stoop

ing down, and looking in, saw the
linen clothes lying; yet went he

Monday in Easter Week.
6. not in. Then cometh Simon Pe.
ter following him, and went into

For the Epistle. Afts x. 34. the sepulchre, and seeth the linen Peter (x)opened his mouth, and 7. clothes lie; and the napkin that said, “ Of a truth I perceive that

was about his head, not lying with " God is no respecter of persons:

the linen clothes, but wrapped to- “ but in every nation he that 35. 8. gether in a place by itself. Then “ feareth him, and worketh righ

went in also that other disciple " teousness, is accepted with him.

which came first to the sepulchre, 6 The word which God sent un- 36. 9. and he saw and believed. For as

to the (y) children of Israel,



(1) “ Knew not,” &c. Our Saviour Cornelius arrived, Peter had just seen a
had told the Scribes and Pharisees, vision, in which he was told that he was
“ Jonas was three days and three nights to consider nothing

as common or us.
“ in the whale's belly, so shall the Son “ clean which God had cleansed." He
“ of man be three days and three nights at once drew this inference from the
“ in the heart of the earth.” Matt. xi. vision, that he was not to disregard even
40. And at another time he said unto the a Gentile, who had God's approbation ;
Jews, “Destroy this temple, and in three and he therefore accompanied the meso
“ days I will raise it up," speaking to sengers. Cornelius met him, with his
them of the temple of his body. See kinsmen and friends; and after mention-
John ii. 19. He also told his disciples, || ing the vision he (Cornelius) had had, be
Matt. xx. 19. that the Son of Man should said, “ Now, therefore, are we all here
be crucified, and “the third day he should

“ present before God, to hear all things
“ rise again.” It may be collected,


“ that are commanded thee of God.” ever, from John ii. 22. that what he meant And it was in answer thereto that by “ destroying this temple,” &c. was St. Peter made this address. not understood till he was risen from (v) “ The Children of Israel.” It 4. jó the dead. And however plain the inti- was to the Jews first that the Gospel was mation is in Matt. xx. 19. St. Luke tells us in the parallel passage, Luke

preached, because they had long been

the only worshippers of the one true xvii. 34. “ they understood none of God; it was to their nation that the “ these things ; and this saying was later prophecies were delivered ; and it “ hid from them ; neither knew they" was in their sacred books that all the (i. e, comprehended) “ the things that prophecies were preserved. They are were spoken.” See post, note on accordingly called the children of the

“ kingdom,” Matt. viii. 12. (ante 58.)
(x) “ Peter," &c. The occasion of Our Saviour told the woman of Canaan,
this address was as follows: Cornelius, “ I am not sent but unto the lost sheep
a centurion, a Gentile of Cesarea, a de- “ of the house of Israel." Matt. XV. 24.
vout man, had been directed in a vision

It was in the wilderness of Judea (the
to send for Peter, with this intimation,
“ He shall tell thee what thou oughtest

Jews country) that John the Baptist be:
" to do." When the messengers from

gan his preaching. Matt. i. 1. And
when our Saviour sent forth the twelve

Luke xxiv. 45.

v. 34.



“ preaching (z) peace by Jesus 66 drink with him after he rose

“ Christ; (he is Lord of all ;) " from the dead. And he com- 42. 37.

" that word, I say, ye know, “ manded us to preach unto the
" which was published through. “ people, and to testify that it
“ out all Judea, and began from " is he which was ordained of

Galilee, after the (a) baptism “ God to be the Judge of quick
“ which (6) John preached: how

66 and dead. To him give all 43.
God anointed Jesus of Naza- “ the prophets witness, that
“ reth with the Holy Ghost and " through his name whosoever
" with power; who went about « believeth in him shall receive
“ doing (c) good, and (d) healing “ remission (s) of sins.”
“ all that were oppressed of the

« devil: for God was with him. The Gospel. Luke xxiv. 13.
39. And we are (e) witnesses of all Behold (g) two of his disciples

things which he did, both in went that (b) same day to a village
" the land of the Jews and in called Emmaus, which was from
Jerusalem ; whom they slew

Jerusalem about threescore fur. 40. “ and hanged on a tree.

Him longs. And they talked toge. 14. “ God raised up the third day, ther of all these (i) things which 41.

“ and shewed him openly; not had happened. And it came to 15.
" to all the people, but unto pass, that, while they communed
" witnesses chosen before of God, together and reasoned, Jesus

even to us, who did eat and himself drew near, and went with

“ The

apostles to preach the gospel, he com-
manded them, “ Go not into the way of
“ the Gentiles," &c. but go rather to
the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matt.

X. 5,6. See ante 84. note on Matt. xv. 24. 9. 36. (z) “ Peace," either from Gud to

man, or between man and man.
“chastisement of our peace” (that is, the
punishment by which we obtained pardon
and goodwill from God)“was upon him,"
Isaiah liü. 5. He “ made reconciliation
" for iniquity," Dan. ix. 24. And the
spirit of his religion is universal bene.
volence, “ on earth peace, goodwill to-

“ wards man.” Luke ii. 14. 0.37

(a) “' Baptism," i.e. unto repentance. " I indeed baptize you with water unto

repentance." Matt. iii. 11.

(6) “ John," i.e. the Baptist.
0.33. (c) “ Doing good." The character

of our Saviour's life and miracles was
according to the spirit of his religion ;
promoting the bappiness, and diminish-
ing the miseries of man.
(d) “ Healing," &c.

This was
strong proof that God was with him. It
was insinuated that he cast out devils
through Beelzebub, the prince of the
devils, that is, that Satan himself assisted

him; but he fully refuted that insinuation,
by demonstrating, that the nature of his
religion was to destroy Satan's influence,
not to advance it ; and therefore Satan
was not likely to assist him. Ante 86.
note on Luke xi. 17.

ie) " Witnesses. St. Peter relies v. 39.
upon what is a strong argument with
us, that the apostles acted, not upon
bearsay or the report of others, but upon
what they themselves saw: it was in their
presence that our Saviour's miracles were
performed ; and after his Resurrection
they eat and drank with him : they could
not therefore have been deceived. There
was still another point in which they
could not have been mistaken, that is,

powers communicated to them, of speaking languages they never learnt, healing diseases, &c.

(f) “Remission of sins.” See ante 123. v. 43. note on 1 Pet. ii. 18. (8) “ Two of them.” Cleophas was v. 13.

See post, verse 18. (h) “ That same day,” i. e. the day v. 13: of the Resurrection; corresponding with our Easter Day. (i) “ All these things," i. e. the cruci

v.14. fixion, &c.

9. 37.

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16. them. But their (k) eyes were

66 and found it even so as the holden, that they should not So women had said; but him

know him. And he said unto they saw not.” Then he said 2 17. them, “What manner of com- unto them, “ O fools, and slow

" munications are these that ye 66 of heart to believe all that the

6 have one to another, as ye “ prophets have spoken! Ought : 18.“ walk, and are sad?” And the not Christ to have suffered

one of them, whose name was “ these things, and to (6) enter Cleopas, answering said unto him, “ into his glory?” And begin. “ Art thou only a stranger in Je- ning at Moses and all the pro" rusalem, and hast not known phets, he expounded unto them " the things which are come in all the Scriptures the things

“ to pass there in these days ?” concerning himself. And they 19. And he said unto them, “ What drew nigh unto the village whi

" things ?” And they said unto ther they went: and he made as him, “Concerning Jesus of Na- though he would have


fur. “ zareth, which was a prophet ther. But they constrained him,

mighty in deed (?) and word saying, “ Abide with us; for it

6 before God and all the people: “is toward evening, and the day 20. “ and how the chief priests and “ is far spent." And he went our rulers delivered him to be

in to tarry with them. And it “ condemned to death, and have came to pass, as he sat at meat 21.6 crucified him. But we trusted with them, he took bread, and

" that it had been he which blessed it, and brake, and gave " should (m) have redeemed Is- to them. And their eyes were “ rael: and beside all this, to- opened, and they knew him; and day is the third day since these he vanished out of their sight

. things were done. Yea, and And they said one to another

, 3 “ certain women also of our “ Did not our heart burn within

company made us astonished, us, while he talked with us by " which were early at the se.

“ the way, and while he opened 23•

pulchre: and when they found " to us the Scriptures?" And “ not his body, they came, say they rose up the same hour, and

ing, “ That they had also seen returned to Jerusalem, and found

a vision of angels, which said the eleven gathered together, and 24.

66 that he was alive.” 6 And cer- them that were with them, say“ tain of (n) them which were

ing, “ The Lord is risen indeed, “ with us went to the sepulchre, « and hath appeared to (p) S

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v. 16.

v. 19.

(k) “ Their eyes were holden.” Saint Mark (Mark xvi. 12.) says " he appeared " in another form."

(1) “ Deed and word,” miracles and doctrine ; in what he did and said.

(m) “ He which should have redeemed “ Israel.” This implies that a Redeemer was expected. Ante 31. note on Matt. xi. 3. and note on Luke ii. 25.

(n) “Certain of them which were with o us,

," viz. Peter and John. John XX. 3. Ante 127. Acts x. 41.

(6) “ And to enter," i. e. and then, afterwards, to enter into his glory.

(o) “ 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. in summing up what

V. 21.

35. mon.” And they told what that was written of him, they things were done in the way, and

took him down from the (u) tree,
how he was known of them in and laid him in a sepulchre. But 30.
breaking of bread.

God raised him from the dead :
and he was seen many days 31.

of (x) them which came up with
Tuesday in Easter Week.

him from Galilee to Jerusalem,

who are his witnesses unto the For the Epistle. Acts xiii. 26. people.

And we declare unto 32. Men (9) and brethren, children you glad tidings, how that the of the stock of Abraham, and promise (y) which was made whosoever among you feareth unto the fathers, God hath ful- 33.

God, to you is the word of this filled the same unto us their chil27. salvation (r) sent. For they that dren, in (z) that he hath raised

dwell at Jerusalem, and their up Jesus again ; as it is also writ-
rulers, because they knew (s) him ten in the second Psalm, " Thou
not, nor yet the voices of the “ art (a) my Son, this day have
prophets which are read every “ I begotten thee."

sabbath-day, they have fulfilled concerning that he raised him up 28. them in condemning him. And from the dead, now no more to

though they found no cause of return to corruption, he said on
death in him, yet desired (t) they this wise, “ I (6) will give you

Pilate that he should be slain. " the sure mercies of David." 29. And when they had fulfilled all Wherefore he saith also in an- 35.

And as 34•

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he had preached to them. Part is, that
our Saviour “rose again the third day,
« according to the Scriptures, and that
“ he was seen of Cephas," (which was
Peter's name, see John i. 42.), “then of

"" the twelve," &c.
(9) “ Men,” &c.

This is part of St. Paul's address in the synagogue at Antioch, on 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 John the Baptist bore to him, “ there cometh one after “ me, whose shoes of his feet I am not “ worthy to unloose ;” and then he

ceeds, “ Men and brethren,” &c.
0.26. (r) “ This salvation,” i.e. by Jesus

Christ. He had stated in verse 23. that
God had raised up a Saviour Jesus.

(s) “ Him," i. e. our Saviour Jesus.
', 28. (1) “Desired they Pilate.” The Jews

had not at that time the power of inflict-
ing capital punishment: they were obliged
to procure an order from the Roman go.

(u) “ The tree," i. e. the cross, on v.9. which he was crucified. (x) “ Seen many days of them which

0.31. came up with him."

St. Paul was not converted until some time after the Ascension : he was not among those, therefore, to whom our Saviour appeared ; but the eleven Apostles were. See ante 129, Acts x. 41.

6) “ The promise," i. e. of the v.32. Messiah. (2) “ In that,” &c.

This is our assurance for saying the promise is ful. filled, that God hath raised Jesus.

fa) “ Thou art my Son,” &c. The v.33. ineaning perhaps is, this was a promise that the Messiah should be of David's seed, and so was Jesus Christ.

(6) " Give you," &c. This alludes v.34.
to Isaiah lv.
30 4. where God

“ eline your ear, and come unto me;
“ hear, and your souls shall live: and I
“ will make an everlasting covenant with

you, even the sure mercies of David.
“ Behold I have given him for a witness
“ to the people; a leader and commander
“ to the people," &c. And the meaning
may be, that this prophecy might satisfy

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other (c) Psalm, “ Thou shalt The Gospel. Luke xxiv. 36.
« not suffer thine Holy One to Jesus himself (S) stood in the
“ see corruption.” For David, midst of (g) them, and saith unto
after he had served his own gene- them, “ Peace be unto you.”
ration by the will of God, fell on But they were terrified and af-

sleep, and was laid unto his fa- frighted, and supposed that they 37. thers, and saw corruption : but had seen a spirit. And he said

he whom God raised again, saw unto them, Why are ye trou. 38. no corruption. Be it known “ bled? and why do thoughts

unto you, therefore, men and “ arise in your hearts ? Behold brethren, that through this man my hands and my feet, that it

is preached unto you the forgive- “ is I myself: handle (b) me, 39. ness of sins: and by him, all that " and see; for a spirit hath not

believe are (d) justified from all 6 flesh and bones, as ye see me things, from which ye could not 66 have." And when he had thus

be justified by the law of Moses. spoken, he shewed them his 40. Beware therefore, lest that come hands and his feet. And while

upon you which is spoken of in they yet believed not for joy, and 41. the prophets ; " Behold (e), ye wondered, he said unto them,

“ despisers, and wonder, and “ Have ye here any meat?"

perish: for I work a work in And they gave him a piece of .

your days, a work which ye a broiled fish, and of an honey. « shall in no wise believe, though comb. And he took it, and .

a man declare it unto you." did (i) eat before them. And he :

them that God would not leave in the
grave the great personage to whom it

(c) “ Another Psalm.” The

passage is in Ps. xvi. 11. “ My heart was glad, " and my glory rejoiced ; my flesh also u shall rest in hope. For why ? thou “ shalt not leave my soul in hell, neither “ shalt thou suffer thine Holy One to see

corruption." David was probably referring to the Messiah; and to him St. Paul here applies it. It is also so applied by

St. Peter, AAs ii. 27 to 31. 7.39. (d) “ Justified,” i.e. cleared, absolved. W.41.

(e) “ Behold.'s The passage is in Hab. i. 5.

and refers to what God would do by the hands of the Chaldeans: “Be. “ hold ye among the heathen, and regard, “ and wonder marvellously ; for I will u work a work in your days, which ye “ will not believe, though it be told

you." St. Paul, therefore, calls to their recollection what a denunciation had been made in a former instance against those who would not hear, to awaken their attention, &c. in this. It is probable be had in contemplation the approaching day of vengeance on the unbelievers, the

time so often referred to as “ the day," or “ coming of the Lord.” Ante 25.

(5)“ Stood," &c. This was on the 2.. day of his Resurrection; just after the two disciples to whom our Saviour ap• peared on the way to Emmaus had related the particulars of that appearance to the apostles, and to those that were with them. Ante 129 )

(8)“ Of them," that is, of the apostles and their companions.

(6) “ Handle me,” &c. This back. «wardness in the apostles to believe the appearance exempts them from the charge of credulity, and contributes to stamp their accounts with credit. But their speaking languages they never learnt, was a point of all others in which they could not be deceived: they must know whether they had this faculty, and it could not have been conferred but by God, or by his permission.

Eat,” &c. In Acts x. 41. St. Peter says, that they

« did eat and o drink with him after he rose from the “ dead.” And John states, that after appearing to them whilst Peter and others were fishing, “ Jesus cometh, and taketh


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