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and matrons were present, and they were strengthened in the faith. There was also present a very rich woman, named Chryse, because all her vessels were of gold—since her birth she had never used a vessel of silver or of glass, but only of gold. She said to Peter, “Peter, servant of God, in a dream the one whom you call God came and said to me, ‘Chryse, bring ten thousand pieces of gold to my servant Peter; you owe them to him.’ So I have brought them, fearing that some evil may come from him whom I saw and who has gone to heaven.” And having said this she laid down the money and went away. And Peter seeing this praised God that the poor could now be provided for. Some of those present said to him, “Peter, is it not wrong to have accepted this money from her? All Rome knows of her fornication, and it is reported that she is not satisfied with one husband; she uses even her own slaves. Therefore have nothing to do with the Chryse’s table, but let everything be sent back to her that came from her.” When Peter heard this he laughed and said to the brethren, “As to her conduct, I know nothing of it; since I have received this money I received it not without reason; she brought it to me as a debtor to Christ and gives it to the servants of Christ. For he himself has provided for them.”

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And they also brought the sick to him on the Sabbath and asked him to treat them. And many par­ alytics and podagrous were healed, and those who had two- and four-day fevers and other diseases, and believed in the name of Jesus Christ, and very many were added every day to the grace of the Lord. When some days had passed Simon the magician promised the people that he could persuade Peter not to believe in the true God but in a fallacious one. As he performed many tricks those among the

disciples who were steadfast laughed him to scorn. In the dining halls he made some spirits appear which had the sem­ blance of life, but in reality did not exist. And what more shall I say? Having spo­ ken a great deal about magic14 he seem­ ingly cured the lame and blind for a time, and many dead persons, too, he made alive and made them move about, as well as Stratonicus.15 In all this Peter followed him and refuted him before those who saw it. And as he was always out of favor, and was ridiculed by the Romans and lost their confidence since he promised to do something which he could not do, it came about that he said to them, “Ro­ mans, you now think that Peter has over­ come me as if he were mightier than I, and you now pay more attention to him. You are mistaken. For tomorrow I shall leave you godless and impious ones and take refuge with God above, whose power I am, though enfeebled. If, there­ fore, you have fallen, behold I stand. I ascend to the father, and shall say to him, ‘Me, your son who stands, they desired to bring low; however, I had no deal with them, but returned to myself.’ ”

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And on the following day a still larger multitude gathered on the via sacra to see him fly. And Pe­ ter also went to the place to see the spectacle and to refute him. For when he came to Rome he astonished the people by his flying. But Peter, who re­ buked him, was not yet at Rome, which he so misled and deceived that some were driven out of their senses. And standing on an elevated place, upon see­ ing Peter he began to speak. “Peter, now, as I am about to ascend in the

14 Greek unclear. Possibly the phrase should be: “Al­ though he had often been refuted for his magic art.” 15 Latin reads “Nicostratus.”

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