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Paul speaks in his defence: CHAP. XXI. He declares his conversion. bound with two chains : and demanded into Damascus, and there it shall be told who he was, and what he had done. thee of all things which are appointed for
34 And some cried one thing, some thee to do. another, among the multitude: and when 11 And when I could not see for the he could not know the certainty for the glory of that light, being led by the hand tumult, he commanded him to be carried of them that were with me, I came into into the castle.
Damascus. 35 And when he came upon the stairs, 12 And one Ananias, a devout man acso it was that he was borne of the soldiers, cording to the law, having a good report for the violence of the people.
of all the Jews which dwelt there, 36 For the multitude of the people fol- 13 Came unto me, and stood, and said lowed after, crying, Away with him. unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. 37 And as Paul was to be led into the And the same hour I looked
him. castle, he said unto the chief captain, 14 And he said, The God of our fathers May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know thou speak Greek?
his will, and see that Just One, and should38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which est hear the voice of his mouth. before these days madest an uproar, and 15 For thou shalt be bis witness unto all leddest out into the wilderness four thou-men of what thou hast seen and heard. sand men that were murderers ?
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citi- calling on the name of the Lord. zen of no mean city : and I beseech thee 17 And it came to pass, that, when I suffer me to speak unto the people. was come again to Jerusalem, even while
40 And when he had given him licence, I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned 18°And saw him saying unto me,
Make with the hand unto the people. And when haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusathere was made a great silence, he spake lem ; for they will not receive thy testiunto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying, mony concerning me. CHAP. XXII.
19 And I said, Lord, they know that I EN,
defence which you. 2. (And when they heard that he spake 20 And when the blood of thy martyr in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, the more silence: and he saith,) and consenting unto his death, and kept
3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, the raiment of them that slew him. born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet 21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I brought up in this city at the feet of Ga- will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. maliel, and taught according to the perfect 22 And they gave him audience unto manner of the law of the fathers, and was this word, and then lifted up their voices, zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. and said,' Away with such a fellow from
4 And I persecuted this way unto the the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. death, binding and delivering into prisons 23 And as they cried out, and cast off both men and women.
their clothes, and threw dust into the air, 5 As also the high priest doth bear me 24 The chief captain commanded him witness, and all the estate of the elders; to be brought into the castle, and bade from whom also I received letters unto the that he should be examined by scourging; brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring that he might know wherefore they cried them which were there bound unto Jerusa- so against him. lem, for to be punished.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, 6 And it came to pass, that, as I made Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, my journey, and was come nigh unto Da- Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is mascus about noon, suddenly there shone a Roman, and uncondemned ? from beaven a great light round about me. 26 When the centurion heard that, he
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard went and told the chief captain, saying, a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why Take heed what thou doest; for this man persecutest thou me?
is a Roman. 8. And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? 27 Then the chief captain came, and And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Naza- said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? reth, whom thou persecutest.
He said, Yea. 9 And they that were with me saw in- 23 And the chief captain answered, deed the light, and were afraid ; but they with a great sum obtained I this freedom. heard not the voice of him that spake to me. And Paul said, But I was free-born.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? 29 Then straightway they departed from And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go him which should have examined him :
The Jews conspire to kill Paul : THE ACTS.
He is sent to Feliz. and the chief captain also was afraid, after and elders, and said, We have bound ourhe knew that he was a Roman, and be- selves under a great curse, that we will cause he had bound him.
eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 30 On the morrow, because he would 15 Now therefore ye with the council have known the certainty, wherefore he signify to the chief captain, that he bring was accused of the Jews, he loosed him him down unto you to-morrow, as though from his bands, and commanded the chief ye would inquire something more perpriests and all their council to appear, fectly concerning him: and we, or ever and brought Paul down, and set him be- he come near, are ready to kill him. fore them.
16 And when Paul's sister's son heard CHAP. XXIII.
of their lying in wait, he went and entered ND Paul, earnestly beholding the into the castle, and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centuhave lived in all good conscience before rions unto him, and said, Bring this young God until this day.
man unto the chief captain; for be hath 2 And the high priest Ananias com- a certain thing to tell him. manded them that stood by him, to smite 18 So he took him, and brought him to him on the mouth.
the chief captain, and said, Paul the 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall prisoner called me unto him, and prayed smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest me to bring this young man unto thee, thou to judge me after the law, and com- who bath something to say unto thee. mandest me to be smitten contrary to the 19 Then the chief captain took bim by Jaw?
the hand and went with him aside private4 And they that stood by, said, Revilestly, and asked him, What is that thou hast thou God's high priest?
to tell me? 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, 20 And he said, The Jews have agreed that he was the high priest: for it is writ- to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring ten, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler down Paul to-morrow into the council, as of thy people.
though they would inquire somewhat of 6 But when Paul perceived that the one bim more perfectly. part were Sadducees, and the other Phari- 21 But do not thou yield unto them: sees, he cried out in the council, Men and for there lie in wait for him of them more brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a than forty men, which have bound themPharisee: of the hope and resurrection of selves with an oath, that they will neither the dead I am called in question. eat nor drink till they have killed him:
7 And when he had so said, there arose and now are they ready, looking for a a dissension between the Pharisees and the promise from thee. Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 22 So the chief captain then let the
8 For the Sadducees say that there is young man depart, and charged him, See no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: thou tell no man that thou hast shewed but the Pharisees confess both.
these things to me. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the 23 And he called unto him two centuScribes that were of the Pharisees' part rions, saying, Make ready two hundred arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil soldiers to go to Cesarea, and horsemen in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath threescore and ten, and spearmen two spoken to him, let us not fight against God. hundred, at the third hour of the night;
10 And when there arose a great dis- 24 And provide them beasts, that they sension, the chief captain, fearing lest may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Paul should have been pulled in pieces of Felix the governor. them, commanded the soldiers to go down, 25 And he wrote a letter after this and to take him by force from among manner: them, and to bring him into the castle. 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the most ex
11 And the night following the Lord cellent governor Felix, sendeth greeting. stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, 27 This man was taken of the Jews, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in and should have been killed of them: then Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also came I with an army, and rescued him, at Rome.
|having understood that he was a Roman. 12 And when it was day, certain of the 28 And when I would have known the Jews banded together, and bound them-cause wherefore they accused him, I selves under a curse, saying, that they brought him forth into their council : would neitber eat nor drink till they had 29 Whom I perceived to be accused of killed Paul.
questions of their law, but to have nothing 13 And they were more than forty which laid to his charge worthy of death, or of had made this conspiracy.
bonds. 14 And they came to the chief priests) 30 And when it was told me how that
Tertullus accuses Paul. CHAP. XXIV, XXV.
Paul's defence. the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent 14 But this I confess unto thee, that straightway to thee, and gave command-after the way which they call heresy, so ment to his accusers also, to say before worship I the God of my fathers, believing thee what they had against him. Farewell. all things which are written in the law
31 Then the soldiers, as it was com- and in the prophets : manded them, took Paul, and brought him 15 And have hope toward God, which by night to Antipatris.
they themselves also allow, that there shall 32 On the morrow they left the horsemen be a resurrection of the dead, both of the to go with him, and returned to the castle: just and unjust.
33 Who, when they came to Cesarea, 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to and delivered the epistle to the governor, bave always a conscience void of offence presented Paul also before him.
toward God, and toward men, 34 And when the governor had read 17 Now, after many years, I came to the letter, he asked, of what province he bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
And when he understood that he 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia was of Cilicia;
found me purified in the temple, neither
priest descended with the elders, they have found any evil-doing in me,
2 And when he was called forth, Ter- I cried, standing among them, Touching tullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing the resurrection of the dead I am called that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and in question by you this day. that very worthy deeds are done unto this 22 And when Felix heard these things, nation by thy providence,
having more perfect knowledge of that 3 We accept it always, and in all places, way, he deferred them, and said, When most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. Lysias the chief captain shall come down,
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further I will know the uttermost of your matter. tedious unto thee, I pray thee, that thou 23 And he commanded a centurion to wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and words.
that he should forbid none of his acquaint5 For we have found this man a pesti- ance to minister, or come unto him. Jent fellow, and a mover of sedition among 24 And after certain days, when Felix all the Jews throughout the world, and a came with his wife Drusilla, which was ring-leader of the sect of the Nazarenes: a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him
6 Who also bath gone about to profane concerning the faith in Christ. the temple : whom we took, and would 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, have judged according to our law: temperance, and judgment to come, Felix
7 But the chief captain Lysias came trembled, and answered, Go thy way for upon us, and with great violence took him this time, when I have a convenient seaaway out of our hands,
son, I will call for thee. 8 Commanding his accusers to come 26 He hoped also that money should unto thee: by examining, of whom, thy- have been given him of Paul," that he self mayest take knowledge of all these might loose him: wherefore he sent for things whereof we accuse him.
him the oftener, and communed with him. 9 And the Jews also assented, saying, 27 But after two years Porcius Festus That these things were so.
came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing 10 Then Paul, after that the governor to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound. had beckoned untobim tospeak, answered,
province, after three days he ascenddo the more cheerfully answer for myself: ed from Cesarea to Jerusalem.
11 Because that thou mayest under- 2 Then the high priest and the chief of stand, that there are yet but twelve days the Jews informed him against Paul, and since I wentupto Jerusalem for to worship. besought him,
12 And they neither found me in the 3 And desired favour against him, that temple disputing with any man, neither he would send for him to Jerusalem, layraising up the people, neither in the syna- ing wait in the way to kill him. gogues, nor in the city :
4 But Festus answered, that Paul should 13 Neither can they prove the things be kept at Cesarea, and that he himself whereof they now accuse me.
would depart shortly thither.
of many years a judge unto this hatione, en Now
when Festus was come into the
Parul brought before Festas : THE ACTS. He declares his life to.Igrippa :
5 Let them therefore, said he, which would go to Jerusalem, and there be judgamong you are able, go down with me, and ed of these matters. accuse this man, if there be any wicked- 21 But when Paul had appealed to be ness in him
reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I 6 And when he had tarried among them commanded him to be kept till I might more than ten days, he went down unto send him to Cesar. Cesarea; and the next day sitting on the 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I judgment-seat, commanded Paul to be would also hear the man myself. Tobrought.
morrow, said be, thou shalt hear him. 7 And when he was come, the Jews 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa which came down from Jerusalem siood was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, round about, and laid many and grievous and was entered into the place of bearing, complaints against Paul, which they could with the chief captains and principal men not prove ;
of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul 8 While he answered for himself, Nei- was brought forth. ther against the law of the Jews, neither 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and against the temple, nor yet against Cesar all men which are here present with us, ye have I offended any thing at all.
see this man about whom all the multitude 9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a of the Jews have dealt with me, both at pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt Jerusalem, and also bere, crying that be thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be ought not to live any longer. judged of these things before me ?
25 But when I found that he had come 10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cesar's mitted nothing worthy of death, and that judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged: he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I to the Jews have I done no wrong, as have determined to send him. thou very well knowest.
26 Of whom I have no certain thing to 11 For if I be an offender, or have com- write unto my lord. Wherefore I have mitted any thing worthy of death, I refuse brought him forth before you, and spenot to die: but if there be none of these cially before thee, Oking Agrippa, that things whereof these accuse me, no man after examination had, I might have some may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto what to write. Cesar.
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred to send a prisoner, and not withal to sig. with the council, answered, Hast thou ap- nify the crimes laid against him.
CHAP. XXVI. als And after certain days, king Agrippa THE permitted to speak for thyseli and Bernice came unto Cesarea, to salute Festus.
Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and 14 And when they had been there many answered for bimself: days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, the king, saying, There is a certain man because I shall answer for myself this day left in bonds by Felix:
before thee, touching all the things where15 About whom, wben I was at Jerusa- of I am accused of the Jews : lem, the chief priests and the elders of the 3 Especially, because I know thee to be Jews informed me, desiring to have judg-expert in all customs and questions which ment against him.
are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech 16 To whom I answered, It is not the thee to hear me patiently. manner of the Romans to deliver any man 4 Niy manner of life from my youtb, to die, before that he which is accused which was at the first among mine owo nahave the accusers face to face, and have tion at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, licence to answer for bimself concerning 5 Which knew me from the beginning, the crime laid against him.
(if they would testify, that after the most 17 Therefore, when they were come straitest sect of our religion, I lived a hither, without any delay on the morrow Pharisee. I sat on the judgment-seat, and command- 6 And now I stand, and am judged for ed the man to be brought forth ; the hope of the promise made of God unto
18 Against whom, when the accusers our fathers : stood up, they brought none accusation ofl. 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, such things as I supposed :
instantly serving God day and night, hone 19 But had certain questions against to come. For which hope's sake, bing him of their own superstition, and of one Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed 8 Why should it be thought a thing in. to be alive.
credible with you, that God should raise 20 And because I doubted of such man- the dead? ner of questions, I asked him whether hel 9 I verily thought with myself, that I
and speaks in his defence : CHAP. XXVII.
He is sent to Rome. ought to do many things contrary to the 26 For the king knoweth of these things, name of Jesus of Nazareth.
before whom also I speak freely. For i 10 Which thing I also did in Jerusa-arn persuaded that none of these things are lem: and many of the saints did I shut up hidden from him ; for this thing was not in prison, having received authority from done in a corner. the chief priests ; and when they were 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the put to death, I gave my voice against them. prophets? I know that thou believest.
11 And I punished them oft inevery syna- 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Algogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; most thou persuadest me to be a Christian. and being exceedingly mad against them, I 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that persecuted them even unto strange cities. not only thou, but also all that hear me
12 Whereupon, as I went to Damascus, this day, were both almost, and altogether with authority and commission from the such as
except these bonds. chief priests,
30 And when he had thus spoken, the 13 At mid-day, O king, I saw in the king rose up, and the governor, and Berway a light from heaven, above the bright-nice, and they that sat with them : ness of the sun, shining round about me, 31 And when they were gone aside, and them which journeyed with me. they talked between themselves, saying,
14 And when we were all fallen to the This man doeth nothing worthy of death, earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, or of bonds. and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard man might have been set at liberty, if he for thee to kick against the pricks. had not appealed unto Cesar. 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord ? And
CHAP. XXVII. he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. ND when it was determined, that we
16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: should sail into Italy, they delivered for I have appeared unto thee for this pur- Paul and certain other prisoners unto one pose, to make thee a minister and a wit-named Julius,a centurion of Augustus’ band. ness both of these things which thou hast 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyt. seen, and of those things in the which I tium, we launched, meaning to sail by the will appear unto thee;
coasts of Asia, one Aristarchus, a Macedo17 Delivering thee from the people, and nian of Thessalonica, being with us. from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send 3 And the next day we touched at Sithee,
don. And Julius courteously entreated 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his from darkness to light, and from the power friends to refresh himself. of Satan unto God, that they may receive 4 And when we had launched from forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because them which are sanctified by faith that is the winds were contrary.
5 And when we had sailed over the sea 19 Whereupon, Oking Agrippa, I was of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Mynot disobedient unto the heavenly vision : ra, a city of Lycia.
20 But shewed first unto them of Da- 6 And there the centurion found a ship mascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he all the coasts of Judea, and then to the put us therein. Gentiles, that they should repent and turn 7 And when we had sailed slowly many to God, and do works meet for repentance. days, and scarce were come over against
21 For these causes the Jews caught me Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sail. in the temple, and went about to kill me. Sed under Crete, over against Salmone:
22 Having therefore obtained help of 8 And hardly passing it, came unto a God, I continue unto this day, witnessing place which is called, The Fair Havens ; both to small and great, saying none other nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. things than those which the prophets and 9 Now, when much time was spent, and Moses did say should come :
when sailing was now dangerous, because 23 That Christ should suffer, and that the fast was now already past, Paul adhe should be the first that should rise from monished them, the dead, and should shew light unto the 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive people, and to the Gentiles.
that this voyage will be with hurt and 24 And as he thus spake for himself, much damage, not only of the lading and Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou ship, but also of our lives. art beside thyself; much learning doth il Nevertheless, the centurion believed make thee mad.
the master and the owner of the ship more 25 But he said, I am not mad, most no- than those things which were spoken by ble Festus; but speak forth the words of Paul. truth and soberness.
12 And because the haven was not com