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that they might destroy him on the way. 4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself would shortly go there. 5 "Therefore, " said he, "let those of you who are able to bring any charge, go down with me, and accuse the man, if there be any thing criminal in him.” 6 And having tarried among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Casarea; and the next day sat on the judgment-seat, and commanded Paul to be brought. 7 And when he appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood round about, and brought many and heavy accusations [against Paul], which they could not prove; 8 while he made his defence, saying, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Cæsar, have I offended in any thing." 9 But Festus, wishing to gratify the Jews, in answer to Paul, said, "Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, and there to be judged of these things before me?" 10 Then Paul said, "I stand at Cæsar's judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews I have done no wrong, as thou also very well knowest. 11 For if I have done wrong, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die but if there be nothing true of the things whereof these accuse me, no one should give me up to gratify them. I appeal to Cæsar." 12 Then Festus, having conferred with the

council, answered, "Hast thou appealed to Cæsar? to Cæsar thou shalt go."

13 AND after some days, king Agrippa and Bernicè came to Cæsarea to salute Festus. 14 And as they continued there related many days, Festus Paul's case to the king, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix: 15 concerning whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief-priests and the elders of the Jews laid an information, desiring judgment against him. 16 To whom I answered, that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to death, before he who is accused has his accusers face to face, and has opportunity to make his defence concerning the crime laid to his charge. 17 When therefore they had come hither, without making any delay, I sat on the judgment-seat the day after, and commanded the man to be brought: 18 against whom when his accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of such things as I supposed: 19 but had against him some questions about their own religion, and about one Jesus who died, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20 And because I was doubtful about an inquiry into such matters, I asked him whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem, and there to be judged about these things. 21 But Paul having appealed, that it might be reserved to the determination of the Emperor, I commanded him to be kept in

eustody till I could send him | concerning all the things of to Cæsar." 22 Then Agrippa which I am accused by the said to Festus, "I myself also desire to hear the man." "Tomorrow," said he, "thou shalt hear him."

Jews: 3 because thou very well knowest all the customs and questions which are among the Jews. Wherefore I beseech [thee] to hear me patiently.

4 All the Jews know my manner of life from my youth, which was passed from the beginning among mine own nation at Jerusalem: 5 and these have knowledge of me from the first, (if they be willing to testify,) that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand and am condemned for the

made to our fathers: 7 and which our twelve tribes, by their continual services night and day, hope to obtain: for which hope, O king [Agrippa], I am accused by the Jews. 8 What? is it esteemed among you a thing incredible, that God should raise the dead?

23 ON the morrow therefore, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and they had entered into the place of hearing, together with the commanders and principal men of the city; at the command of Festus, Paul was brought. 24 Then Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all that are here present with us, ye see this man, concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews have ap-hope of the promise, which God plied to me, both at Jerusalem, and here also, crying out that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But I having found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and he himself having appealed to the Emperor, I have determined to send [him]. 26 Concerning whom I have nothing certain to write our Master. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially, before thee, king Agrippa, that, after examination, I may have something to write. 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to signify also the charges made against him." CH. XXVI. 1 UPON this Agrippa said to Paul, "Thou art permitted to speak for thyself." Then Paul stretching forth his hand, made his defence: 2 "I think myself happy, king Agrippa, that I shall make my defence this day before thee,


9 "I indeed thought within myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth: 10 which I also did, in Jerusalem : and many of the saints I shut up in prisons, having received authority from the chief-priests; and, when they were put to death, I gave my vote against them: 11 and I punished them often in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and, being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them, even to foreign cities. 12 At which time [also,] as I was going to Damascus,

22 "Having therefore obtained help from God, to this day, I continue witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which both the prophets and Moses spake of, as about to come: 23 that Christ should suffer; and that he, being the first who rose from the dead, should announce light to the people* and to the gentiles."

with authority and commission | the temple, and attempted to [from] the chief-priests, 13 kill me. at mid-day, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun; which shone round about me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And having all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goads.' 15 And I said, Who art thou, Sir?' And he said, 'I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest. 16 But rise, and stand on thy feet: for I have appeared to thee for this purpose, to appoint thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those in which I will appear to thee; 17 delivering thee from the people ;* and from the gentiles, to whom I now send thee, 18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of the adversary to God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those that are sanctified, through faith in me.'

19" Wherefore, king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision: 20 but declared, first to those in Damascus, and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and then to the gentiles, that they should reform and turn to God, doing works worthy of reformation. 21 For these causes, the Jews seized me in

24 And as he was thus making his defence, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, thou art mad: much learning has driven thee to madness." 25 Then he said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus; but utter the words of truth and of a sound mind. 26 For the king knoweth concerning these things, before whom I even speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him: for this was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest." 28 Then Agrippa [said] to Paul, "Thou almost persuadest me to be a Christian." 29 And Paul [said,] “I would to God, that not thou only, but all likewise who hear me this day, were almost, and even altogether, such as I am, except these bonds."

30 THEN the king, and the governor, and Bernicè also, and those who sat with them, rose up; 31 and having gone aside, they spake among themselves,

Le. the Jews.

saying, "This man hath done was now after the Jewish fast,)* nothing worthy of death, or of Paul, gave them warning, 10 bonds." 32 And Agrippa said saying, "Sirs, I perceive that to Festus, "This man might this voyage will be with harm have been set at liberty, if he and much damage, not only to had not appealed to Cæsar." the lading and the ship, but to CH. XXVII. 1 NOW when our lives also." 11 However, it was determined that we the centurion believed the pilot, should sail to Italy, Paul and and the owner of the ship, some other prisoners were de- more than the things spoken by livered to a centurion of the Paul. 12 And because the haAugustan band, named Julius. ven was not commodious to 2 Then we entered into a ship winter in, the greater part advisof Adramyttium, and loosed, ed to loose from thence also, if meaning to sail by the coasts by any means they might reach of Asia; Aristarchus, a Mace- Phenicè, and winter there: donian of Thessalonica, being which is a haven of Crete, lywith us. 3 And the next day, ing towards the southwest and we arrived at Sidon. And Julius west. 13 And when the south treated Paul humanely, and wind blew softly, supposing gave him liberty to go to his that they should obtain their friends, to be taken care of. 4 purpose, they weighed And having loosed from thence, chor, and passed close by we sailed under Cyprus, be- Crete. 14 But, not long after, cause the winds were contrary. a tempestuous wind, called 5 And when we had sailed over Euroclydon, beat against the the sea of Cilicia and Pamphyl-island. lia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and put us


7 And, having sailed slowly for many days, and scarcely come over-against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over-against Salmone: 8 and, hardly passing by it, we came to a place which is called the Fair havens; which was the city of



9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was already become dangerous, (for it


15 And the ship being borne away, and not able to face the wind, we gave her up, and were driven. 16 And having run under a certain small island, called Clauda, we were scarcely able to be masters of the boat: 17 which, when the sailors had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, they struck sail, and thus were driven. 18 And, we being exceedingly tossed by a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship: 19 and the third day we cast out, with our own hands, the

"About the 25th of September." Thomson.

tackling of the ship. 20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be preserved* was thenceforth taken away.

out of the stern, and wished for
day. 30 But the sailors en-
deavouring to escape out of
the ship, let down the boat into
the sea, under pretence that
they were about to cast anchors
out of the foreship, 31 when
Paul said to the centurion and
"Unless these
to the soldiers,
remain in the ship, ye cannot be
preserved."+ 32 Then the sol-
diers cut off the ropes of the
boat, and let her go off.

33 And, while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to partake of food; saying,

21 But, after long abstinence, Paul, standing in the midst of them, said, "Sirs, ye should have hearkened to me, and not have loosed from Crete, but have prevented this harm and damage. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good courage: for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of that God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, 24 'Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Cæsar: and, lo, God hath graciously given thee all who sail with thee.' 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good courage: for I be-ing thus spoken, he took bread, lieve God, that it will be as it hath been told me. 26 However, we must be cast upon a certain island."

To-day is the fourteenth day of the storm, during which we have waited, and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I exhort you to partake of food: for this concerns your safety for a hair shall not fall from the head of any among you." 35 And, hav


and gave thanks to God before them all; and, having broken it, he began to eat. 36 Then they were all of good courage; and they also took food. 37 Now all of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons. 38 And being satisfied with food, they lightened the ship, and threw the corn into the sea.

27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down, in the Adriatic sea, about midnight, the sailors thought that they drew near to some country; 28 and sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and, when they 39 And when it was day, had gone a little further, they they knew not the land: but sounded again, and found it they observed a certain creek, fifteen fathoms. 29 Then fear-with an even shore, into which ing lest we should fall upon they were determined, if it rocks, they cast four anchors were possible, to thrust the

• Gr. Tov σwheσdai nμas that we should be saved; though it evidently refers here, to nothing more than the preservation of their temporal lives.

† Gr. σwinval saped; see ver. 20.

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