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Ch. i. 3.] Exercitations

by John Lightfoot
Ch. i. 3.] Exercitations upon the Acts. 7 mise, that they should bind and loose the law of Moses: he had told them, that there were several things yet behind that must be revealed to them, which as yet they could not bear, concerning which they should be further instructed by the in-spiration of the Spirit. When therefore he had risen and breathed in their face, saying,  Receive ye the Holy Ghost ; from that time they were endued with the Spirit as the pro-phets of old, who dictated to them what they should preach, what they should require, and what they should ordain. And now nothing was wanting but the gift of tongues; that what was dictated to them they might declare and make known to all men in their own languages. Ver. 3 : Δι ήμερων τεσσαράκοντα  όπτανόμ€ νο$ αυτοΐς Being seen of them forty days.] Itd is  a tradition. On the evening of the Passover they hanged Jesus. And a crier went before him for forty days, saying,  Behold the man condemned to be stoned, because by the help of magic he hath deceived and drawn away Israel into an apostasy. Whoever hath any thing to allege in testimony of his innocence, let him come forth and bear witness. But they found none that would be a wit-ness in his behalf. But he himself ( O thou tongue, fit to be cut out) gives a sufficient testimony of his own innocence; having for the space of forty days conversed amongst men after his resurrection from death, under the power of which he could  not he kept by reason of his innocence. Ite  is a tradition. R. Eliezer saith,  The days of the Messiah are forty years, according as it is said,  Forty years אקזיט בדור shall I be grieved with this generation. The Gloss is,  Because it is אקויט ( in the future tense) it is a sign the prophecy is concerning the time to come. It is in-genuously done, however, of these Jews, that they parallel that faithless generation that was in the days of the Messiah with that perverse and rebellious generation that had been in the wilderness: for they will, both of them, prove a loathing and offence to God for the space of forty years. And as those forty years in the wilderness were numbered according  to the forty days in which the land had been searchingf;  so also may those forty years of the Messiah be numbered according d Sanhedr. fol. 43. I.  e Ibid. fol. 99. I.  f Num. xiv. 34.   Chapter Home t t t

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Ch. i. 3.] Exercitations upon the Acts. 7 mise, that they should bind and loose the law of Moses: he had told them, that there were several things yet behind that must be revealed to them, which as yet they could not bear, concerning which they should be further instructed by the in-spiration of the Spirit. When therefore he had risen and breathed in their face, saying, \\" Receive ye the Holy Ghost ;\\" from that time they were endued with the Spirit as the pro-phets of old, who dictated to them what they should preach, what they should require, and what they should ordain. And now nothing was wanting but the gift of tongues; that what was dictated to them they might declare and make known to all men in their own languages. Ver. 3 : Δι' ήμερων τεσσαράκοντα όπτανόμ€ νο$ αυτοΐς' Being seen of them forty days.] \\" Itd is a tradition. On the evening of the Passover they hanged Jesus. And a crier went before him for forty days, saying, ' Behold the man condemned to be stoned, because by the help of magic he hath deceived and drawn away Israel into an apostasy. Whoever hath any thing to allege in testimony of his innocence, let him come forth and bear witness.' But they found none that would be a wit-ness in his behalf.\\" But he himself ( O thou tongue, fit to be cut out) gives a sufficient testimony of his own innocence; having for the space of forty days conversed amongst men after his resurrection from death, under the power of which he could not he kept by reason of his innocence. \\" Ite is a tradition. R. Eliezer saith, ' The days of the Messiah are forty years,' according as it is said, ' Forty years אקזיט בדור shall I be grieved with this generation.'\\" The Gloss is, \\" Because it is אקויט ( in the future tense) it is a sign the prophecy is concerning the time to come.\\" It is in-genuously done, however, of these Jews, that they parallel that faithless generation that was in the days of the Messiah with that perverse and rebellious generation that had been in the wilderness: for they will, both of them, prove a loathing and offence to God for the space of forty years. And as those forty years in the wilderness were numbered according to the forty days in which the land had been searchingf; so also may those forty years of the Messiah be numbered according d Sanhedr. fol. 43. I. e Ibid. fol. 99. I. f Num. xiv. 34. << Chapter >> Home t t t
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