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them, and said, When a Lysias the chief captain, he will rep I shall come down, I will know the uttermost of of judgment. 23 And he commanded a centurion to keep and forget the Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that hicted. DAN. should 'forbid none of his acquaintance to ministe

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vickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. ER. Xxii. 15-17: Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself a cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment nd justice, and then it was well with him? He judged the ause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was ot this to know me? saith the LORD. But thine eyes and iine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed nocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it. AN. iv. 27: Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable nto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthing of thy tranquillity. JOHN, xvi. 8: And when he [the pirit] is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteusness, and of judgment.

PRO. xxxi. 4, 5: It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not or kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: lest hey drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of ny of the afflicted. DAN. 5. 1-4: Belshazzar the king made great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before le thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, comanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father ebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Therusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his oncubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the olden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, ad praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of ood, and of stone. Hos. vii, 5: In the day of our king the '

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Ps. 1.3,4: Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous ound about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, nd to the earth, that he may judge his people. DAN. xii. 2: many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, ome to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. MAT. XXV. 31, &c: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory, &c. 2 COR. v. 10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. REV. XX. 12: And I saw


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26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him : wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.

A. D. 62. 27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room and Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.11

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the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened and another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Ps. xcix. 1: The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. Isa. xxxii. 11: Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be trou bled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. DAN. v. 6: Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. HAB. iii. 16: When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble. HEB. iv. 1, 12: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and

intents of the heart.

8 See PRO. i. 24-32. MAT. xxii. 5: But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise. See on MAT. xxv. 1—10.

↳ Exod. xxiii. 8: And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. JOB, XV. 34: Fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. Ps. xxvi. 10: Their right hand is full of bribes. 1 TIM. vi. 10: The love of money is the root of all evil.

¡ EXOD. xxiii. 2: Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to arrest judgment. Acrs, xii. 3: Because he [Herod] saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.


2 The Jews accuse Paul before Festus: 8 he answereth for himself, 11 and appealeth unto Cæsar: 14 afterwards Festus openeth his matter to king Agrippa, 23 and he is brought forth: 25 Festus cleareth him to have done nothing worthy of death.

NOW when Festus was come into the province,' after three days he ascended from Cæsarea to Jerusalem.

2 Then the High Priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him, 3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, 'laying wait in the way to kill him.

4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.

5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able,2 go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness3 in him.

6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Cæsarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.

7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, government. Ham. 2 of ability. Rh. 3 auy no more than eight or ten days, as some copies

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a Ver. 15. Acтs, xxiv. 1.

b ACTS, xxiii. 12, 15: And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though he would enquire something more perfectly concerning him and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.


c Ver. 18. ACTS, xviii. 14: And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you.

dand laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.


8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar,5 have I offended any thing at all.6


9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a 'pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?


10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cæsar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. 11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die :' but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. 1I appeal unto Cæsar.


the emperor. Co. 6 done any thing amiss. Pu. 'to get favour of the Jews. Gen. injury. Pu. 9 desire not to escape death. Ham.

d Ps. xxxv. 11: False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. MAT. v. 11, 12: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. MARK, xv. 3: And the Chief Priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. LUKE, xxiii. 2, 10: And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. And the Chief Priests and Scribes stood and vehemently accused him. ACTS, xxiv. 5, 13.

e See on Acтs, xxiv. 12.

f See on ACTS, xxiv. 27.

s Ver. 20.

h Ver. 25.

ACTs, xviii. 14: The words under ver. 5. do. xxiii. 29: Whom I perceived-to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. do. xxvi. 31.

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