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From thence he went to Lyftra, where having caused a man, born a cripple, to walk and leap, the spectators would have worshipped him and his companion Barnabas, saying, They were gods come down from Heaven. Yet all this honour ended in his being cast out of the city, ftoned, and left for dead. Soon after this, he returned to the devored city of Antioch. And here, the fathers tell us, he was joined by his convert Thela. A very proper asylum, no doubt, for the preservation of her virginity ; where could it be so safe as in the hands of a saint? Reputation-But what have female adventurers to do with reputation ? Luke, or Paul himself tells.us, that here, in this devoted place he confirmed the souls of the disciples, and exhorted them to continue in the faith. The faint was scourged again at Thyatira for tampering with the women. · Practising the same next at Thessalonica, the same reward was prepared for him, but he was secreted by his friend Jason, and sent from thence by night to Berea. From Berea he soon abfconded likewise ; being, it seems, more obnoxious than his companions Silas and Timotheus. His next adventure was at Athens; and here he made a most egregious blunder : Athens--the seat of philosophy and learning !--it was unfortunate. In that city was an altar, thus inscribed-To the Gods of Europe, Asia, and of Afric: To the unknown


and foreign Gods-judge thë astonishment of the people, when they saw the faint mounted upoñi Mars's Hill; and heard him thus declaim * Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things

ye are toơ superstitious : for as I passed by and " beheld your devotions : I found an altar with

this inscription Tơ the unknown God-Whom ' therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I • unto you, &c.” Acts, eh. xvii. They very justly might, and perhaps did retort upon him the charge of ignorance, but their politeness or Curiosity suffered him to proceed; which he does very cautiously, condescending to describe God, in the languagë of their own poets. It is here that he said God the Father made the world, and all things therein. That in times of ignorance, God winked at their idolatry : but that now he commanded men every where to repent, because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained : whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. At this, some mocked : others said, we will hear thee again of this matter. Ir. ritated at the former, and inattentive to the tarter (who probably spoke ironically) he, in difguft, retired from that celebrated city, to which he never returned. At Corinth he met with better success; here he found a brother craft, Aquila, a Jew, expelled with his wife Priscilla from

Rome. Romo. With these he worked at his trade of tent-making and preaching alternately for the space of eighteen months. The Jews complained of him to the Roman Deputy, who treated both parties with contempt. Paul then (having fhorn his head in consequence of a vow) failed to Ephesus, where he leaves his companions Aquila and Priscilla, who had so much benefited by his instructions, that meeting with a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures, who taught in the synagogue the baptism of John; they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. Thus qualified, by the tent-maker and the tent-maker's wife, he passed into Achaia, where he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, Thewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ, Acts, ch. xviii. St. Paul, after having travelled over. all the country of Galatia and Phrygia, returned to Ephesus, where finding certain disciples, he said unto them_Have ye yet received the Holy Ghost since ye believed ? And they said unto hiin-We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. (By this answer it doch not appear that they had profited much by the instructions of Aquila, Priscilla, or their pu. pil, the eloquent and mighty Apollos.) They however were now baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, and when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them, and they spake with congues, and prophesied. And all the men were about cwelve. After this, he preached in their fynagogue three months to so little purpose, that he quitted it entirely, and for the space of two years disputed daily in the school of one Tyrannus. We are then told God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul; so that from his body were brought unto the fick, handkerchiefs, or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. But the Jew exorcists, whom he calls vagabonds, endeavouring to dispoffess evil spirits, in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preached : leven of them, the sons of Sceva a chief priest, received this answer-Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? They found, to their cost, that the devil was in the man; or, which amounts to much the same, that he was the deyil of a man; for we are told that he leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they (the seven stout brothers) fled out of that house naked and wounded. We are then told this was known to all the few's and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus ; and fear fell on them all. Under this fear we may suppose it was, that many of them which used curious arts, brought their books together and burned them before all men : and they counted the price of them; and they found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. Were S 2



they conjurers who did this? Displeased perhapss at seeing their books so far outdone by Paul's handkerchiefs and aprons, they in anger exhibiteil this Anto De Fe. The faint, in his preachings at Ephesus, bad, I apprehend, said nothing difrespectful of the great goddess Diana, or of her. image which fell down from Jupiter : but he attacked the small filver shrines (little images of Diana) saying they be no gods which are made with hands. The filversıniths finding their trade injured, or likely to be fo, by this doctrine, headeci by Denetrius, raised a tumult, in which the general cry was--Great is Diana of the Ephesians. Some of Paul's companions were caught; but he himself, nöť chusing to abide the mode of trial recommended by the Town Clerk, escaped into Macedonia. After a variety of visits; he, in his way to Jerufalen, arrived at Miletus, about fifty miles from Ephesus, whither he durft not return; nor had he. candour enough to acknowledge it, but says-He had determined to fail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Afia, for he halted if it were posible for him to b: at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. He how ever sends for his disciples from Ephesus to Miletus; where he reminds them of their obligations to him, foretells their misfortunes (no very difficult matter) and bids them a lást adieu. After this he visited Tyre, Prolomais, and Cæsaria, where, at the house of Philip (one of the seven


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