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escape all these things that fhall come to pass, and to stand before the Son
Which may God of his mercy grant, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Actis ili. 1z. And wĐen Peter faro it, he anfwered
unto the people, Ye men of Israel, wby marvel ye at this or why look ye fo barneftly or us, as though by our own power of boliness we had made this man to walk ?
THESE words, as the text tells
ts, were spoke by St. Peter, on the occasion of his miraculous ćuře of the lamë man, who wås lald at the gate of the temple; and, in the beginning of this chapter, had asked an. alms of St. Peter' and St. John, as they went up together at the hour of prayer ;-on whom St. Peter faftening his eyes, as in the 4th verse, and declaring he had no such relief to give him as he expected, having neither silver nor gold,—but that such as he had, the benefit of that divine power which he had received from his Master, he would impart to him,he commands him forth with, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to rife up
and walk. And he took him by the hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ancle-bones received strength; and he leaped up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, leaping and praising God.
It seems he had been born lame, had passed a whole life of despair, without hopes of ever being restored ;
- fo that the immediate sense of ftrength and activity communicated to him at once, in so surprising and unsought-for a manner, cast him into the transport of mind natural to a man fo benefited beyond his expectation-So that the amazing instance of a supernatural power ;-the notoriety of fact, wrought at the hour of prayer ;-—the unexceptionableness of the object, -that it was no impofture,
--for they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple ;—the unfeigned expresGons of an enraptured heart almost beside itself
, confirming the whole ;