Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)

The Actes of the Apostles

A miracle, and a Sermon of Peters to the people, shewing that Iesvs is Christ, and exhorting them to faith in him and pennance for their sinnes, and so they shal haue by him (in Baptisme) the Benediction which was promised to Abraham.
1. The Epistle vpon SS. Peter & Paules eue. Iun. 28. AND Peter and Iohn went vp into the Temple, at the This maketh for distinction of Canonical houres and diuersitie of appointed times to pray in. See Annot. c. 10,9. ninth houre of praier.
2. And a certaine man that was lame from his mothers wombe, was caried; whom they laid euery day at the gate of the Temple, that is called Specious, that he might aske almes of them that went into the Temple.
3. He, when he had seen Peter and Iohn about to enter into the Temple, asked to receiue an almes.
4. But Peter with Iohn looking vpon him, said: Looke vpon vs.
5. But he looked earnestly vpon them, hoping that he should receiue something of them.
6. But Peter said: Siluer and gold I haue not, but That which I haue.
Saints doe miracles and the like, but by the power of God.
This power of working miracles was in Peter, and Peter properly did giue this man his health, though he receiued that force and vertue of God, & in & by him executed the same. Therfore he saith, That which I haue, I giue to thee. And the Heretikes are ridiculous that note here, a miracle done by Christ by the handes of the Apostles, to make the simple beleeue that they had no more to doe than a dead instrument in the workemans hand.
that which I haue, the same I giue to thee: In the name of Iesvs Christ of Nazareth arise, and walke.
7. And taking his right hand, he lifted him vp, and forthwith his feet & soles were made strong.
8. And springing he stood, & walked; & went in with them into the temple walking and praising God.
9. And al the people saw him walking and praising God.
10. And they knew him, that it was he which sate for almes at the Specious gate of the Temple: and they were exceedingly astonished and agast at that that chanced to him.
11. And as he held Peter and Iohn, al the people ranne to them vnto the porch which is called Salomons, wondering.
12. The Epistle vpon wenesday in Easter weeke. But Peter seeing them, made answer to the people: Ye men of Israel, why maruel you at this, or why looke you vpon vs, as though By our power.
When the Apostles remit sinnes, or doe any other miracles, they doe it not by any humane, proper, or natural power in themselues: but of supernatural force giuen them from aboue, to proue that the faith of Christ is true, and that he is God whom the Iewes crucified, in whose name and faith they worke, and not in their owne.
by our power or holines we haue made this man to walke?
13. The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God od Iacob, the God of our Fathers hath glorified his Sonne Iesvs, whom you indeed deliuered & denied before the face of Pilate, he iudging him to be released.
14. But you denied the Holy and the Iust One, Luke 23,18. and asked a mankiller to be giuen vnto you.
15. But the Authour of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
16. And in the This faith was not the faith of the lame man (for he looked only for almes) nor a special faith of the Apostles own saluation: but the whole beleef of Christian Religion. faith of his name, this man whom you see and know, his name hath strengthned; & the faith which is by him, hath giuen this perfect health in the sight of al you.
17. And now (Brethren) I know that you did it through ignorance, as also your Princes.
18. But God who foreshewed by the mouth of al the Prophets that his Christ should suffer, hath so fulfilled it.
19. Be Penitent therfore & conuert, that your sinnes may be put out.
20. That, when the times shal come of refreshing by the sight of our Lord, and he shal send him that hath been preached vnto you Iesvs Christ.
21. ὃν δεὶ ὸυρανὸν μὲν δέξασθαι Whom Some Heretikes fouly corrupt this place, thus: who must be conteined in Heauen, of purpose (as they protest) to hold Christ in Heauen, from the B. Sacrament. Beza. As though his presence there, drew him out of Heauen. Neither can they pretend the Greeke, which is word for word as in the vulgar Latin, and as we translate. Heauen truly must receiue vntil the times of the restitution of al things, which God spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets from the beginning of the world.
22. Moyses indeed said: Deut. 18,15. That a prophet shal the Lord your God raise vp to you of your brethren, as my self: him you shal heare according to al things whatsoeuer he shal speake to you.
23. And it shal be, euery soule that shal not heare that Prophet, shal be destroied out of the people.
24. And al the Prophets from Samuel and afterward that haue spoken, told of these daies.
25. You are the children of the Prophets and of the Testament which God made to our Fathers, saying to Abraham: Gen. 22,18. 26,4. And in thy seed shal al the families of the earth be blessed.
26. To you first God raising vp his Sonne hath sent him blessing you: that euery one should conuert himself from his naughtines.