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have I offended any thing at all. || and have licence to answer for

9 But Festus, willing to do himself, concerning the crime the Jews a pleasure, answered laid against him. Paul, and said, Wilt thou go 17 Therefore, when they were up to Jerusalem, and there be come hither, without any delay, judged of these things before on the morrow I sat on the me ?

judgment-seat, and commanded 10 Then said Paul, I stand at the man to be brought forth : Cesar's judgment-seat, where I 18 Against whom, when the ought to be judged: to the accusers stood up, they brought Jews have I done no wrong, as none accusation of such things thou very well knowest.

as I supposed: 11 For if I be an offender, or 19 But had certain questions have committed any thing wor- | against him of their own superthy of death, I refuse not to die: stition, and of one Jesus, which but if there be none of these was dead, whom Paul affirmed things whereof they accuse me, to be alive. no man may deliver me unto 20 And because I doubted of them. I appeal unto Cesar. such manner of questions, I

12 Then Festus, when he had asked him whether he would go conferred with the council, an. to Jerusalem, and there be judgswered, Hast thou appealed un- ed of these matters. to Cesar? unto Cesar shalt thou 21 But when Paul had appealgo.

ed to be reserved unto the hear. 13 And, after certain days, || ing of Augustus, I commanded king Agrippa and Bernice came him to be kept till I might send unto Cesarea, to salute Festus. him to Cesar.

14. And when they had been 22 Then Agrippa said unto there many days, Festus de Festus, I would also hear the clared Paul's cause unto the man myself. To-morrow, said king, saying, There is a certain he, thou shalt hear him. man left in bonds by Felix: 23 And on the morrow, when

15 About whom, when I was Agrippa was come, and Berat Jerusalem, the chief 'priests nice, with great pomp, and was and the elders of the Jews in- entered into the place of hearformed me, desiring to have ing, with the chief captains, and judgment against him.

principal men of the city, at 16 To whom I answered, It is Festus' commandment Paul not the manner of the Romans was brought forth. to deliver any man to die, be- 24 And Festus said, King fore that he which is accused | Agrippa, and all men which are have the accusers face to face, here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the youth, which was at the first multitude of the Jews have dealt among mine own nation at Jeru. with me, both at Jerusalem, and salem, know all the Jews; also here, crying, that he ought 5 Which knew me from the not to live any longer.

beginning, (if they would testi25 But when I found that he fy,) that after the most straitest had committed nothing worthy sect of our religion, I lived a of death, and that he himself Pharisee. hath appealed to Augustus, I 6 And now, I stand, and am have determined to send him. judged for the hope of the pro

26 Of whom I have no certain mise made of God, unto our thing to write unto my lord. fathers: Wherefore I have brought him

7 Unto which promise our forth before you, and especially twelve tribes, instantly serving before thee, O king Agrippa, God day and night, hope to that after examination had, I come; for which hope's sake, might have somewhat to write. king Agrippa, I am accused of

27 For it seemeth to me un- the Jews. reasonable to send a prisoner, 8 Why should it be thought a and not withal to signify the thing incredible with you, that crimes laid against him.

God should raise the dead?

9 I verily thought with mysclf, CHAP. XXVI.

that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10 Which thing I also did in THEN Agrippa said unto Jerusalem: and many of the Paul, Thou art permitted to saints did I shut up in prison, speak for thyself. Then Paul | having received authority from stretched forth the hand, and the chief priests; and when answered for himself.

they were put to death, I gave 2 I think myself happy, king my voice against them. Agrippa, because I shall answer 11 And I punished them oft in for myself this day before thee, every synagogue, and compelled touching all the things whereof them to blaspheme: and being I am accused of the Jews; exceedingly mad against them,

3 Especially because I know I persecuted them even unto thee to be expert in all customs strange cities. and questions which are among 12 Whereupon, as I went to the Jews; wherefore, I beseech Damascus with authority and thee to hear me patiently. commission from the chief 4 My manner of life from my priests,

AGRIPPA ALMOST A

CHRISTIAN.

13 At mid-day, O king, I saw to God, and do works meet for in the way, a light from heaven, repentance. above the brightness of the sun, 21 For these causes the Jews shining round about me, and caught me in the temple, and them which journeyed with me. went about to kill me.

14 And, when we were all 22 Having, therefore, obtained fallen to the earth, I heard a help of God, I continue unto voice speaking unto me, and this day, witnessing both to saying, in the Hebrew tongue, small and great, saying none Saul, Saul, why persecutest other things than those which thou me? It is hard for thee to the prophets and Moses did say kick against the pricks.

should come; 15 And I said, Who art thou, 23 That Christ should suffer, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, and that he should be the first whom thou persecutest:

that should rise from the dead, 16 But rise, and stand upon and should shew light unto the thy feet: for I have appeared people, and to the Gentiles. unto thee for this purpose, to 24 And as he thus spake for make thee a minister and a himself, Festus said with a loud witness, both of these things voice, Paul, thou art beside thywhich thou hast seen, and of self; much learning doth make those things in the which I will thee mad. appear unto thee;

25 But he said, I am not mad, 17 Delivering thee from the most noble Festus, but speak people, and from the Gentiles, forth the words of truth and unto whom now I send thee, soberness.

18 To open their eyes, and to 26 For the king knoweth of turn them from darkness to these things, before whom also light, and from the power of I speak freely: for I am perSatan unto God, that they may suaded that none of these things receive forgiveness of sins, and are hidden from him; for this inheritance among them which thing was not done in a corner. are sanctified by faith that is in 27 King Agrippa, believest

thou the prophets? I know that 19 Whereupon, Oking Agrip. thou believest. pa, I was not disobedient unto 28 Then Agrippa said unto the heavenly vision:

Paul, Almost thou persuadest 20 But shewed first unto them me to be a Christian. of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, 29 And Paul said, I would to and throughout all the coasts of God, that not only thou, but Judea, and then to the Gentiles, also all that hear me this day, that they should repent and turn were both almost and altogether

me.

PAUL SHIPWRECKED.

such as I am, except these lia, we came to Myra, a city of bonds.

Lycia. 30 And, when he had thus 6 And there the centurion spoken, the king rose up, and found a ship of Alexandria, the governor, and Bernice, and sailing into Italy; and he put they that sat with them:

us therein. 31 And when they were gone

7 And when we had sailed aside, they talked between them. slowly many days, and scarce selves, saying, This man doeth were come over against Cnidus, nothing worthy of death, or of the wind not suffering us, we bonds.

sailed under Crete, over against 32 Then said Agrippa unto | Salmone; Festus, This man might have 8 And hardly passing it, came been set at liberty, if he had not unto a place which is called appealed unto Cesar.

The Fair Havens, nigh where

unto was the city of Lasea. CHAP. XXVII.

9 Now, when much time was spent, and when sailing was

now dangerous, because the fast AND when it was determin- was now already past, Paul aded that we should sail into Italy, monished them, they delivered Paul, and certain 10 And said unto them, Sirs, other prisoners, unto one named I perceive that this voyage

will Julius, a centurion of Augus- be with hurt and much damage, tus' band.

not only of the lading and ship, 2 And entering into a ship of but also of our lives. Adramyttium, we launched, 11 Nevertheless, the centurion meaning to sail by the coasts of believed the master and the Asia, one Aristarchus a Mace- owner of the ship, more than donian, of Thessalonica, being those things which were spoken with us.

3 And the next day we touch- 12 And because the haven was ed at Sidon. And Julius cour- not commodious to winter in, teously entreated Paul, and gave the more part advised to depart him liberty to go unto his thence also, if by any means friends, to refresh himself. they might attain to Phenice,

4 And when we had launched and there to winter: which is from thence, we sailed under an haven of Crete, and lieth toCyprus, because the winds were ward the south-west and northcontrary.

west. 5 And when we had sailed over 13 And when the south wind the sea of Cilicia, and Pamphy- || blew softly, supposing that they

by Paul.

told me.

had obtained their purpose, 23 For there stood by me this loosing thence, they sailed close night, the angel of God, whose by Crete.

I am, and whom I serve, 14 But not long after, there 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; arose against it a tempestuous thou must be brought before wind, called Euroclydon. Cesar : and, lo, God hath giv

15 And when the ship was en thee all them that sail with caught, and could not bear up thee. into the wind, we let her drive: 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of

16 And running under a cer- good cheer ; for I believe God, tain island, which is called Clau- that it shall be even as it was da, we had much work to come by the boat;

26 Howbeit, we must be cast 17 Which when they had tak- upon a certain island. en up, they used helps, under- 27 But when the fourteenth girding the ship; and fearing night was come, as we were lest they should fall into the driven up and down in Adria, quicksands, strake sail, and so about midnight, the shipmen were driven.

deemed that they drew near to 18 And we being exceeding- some country; ly tossed with a tempest, the 28 And sounded, and found next day they lightened the it twenty fathoms; and when ship;

they had gone a little further, 19 And the third day, we cast they sounded again, and found out with our own hands the it fifteen fathoms. tackling of the ship.

29 Then, fearing lest they 20 And when neither sun nor should have fallen upon rocks, stars in many days appeared, they cast four anchors out of and no small tempest lay on us, the stern, and wished for the all hope that we should be sav- day. ed, was then taken away.

30 And as the shipmen were 21 But, after long abstinence, about to flee out of the ship, Paul stood forth in the midst when they had let down the of them, and said, Sirs, ye boat into the sea, under coshould have hearkened unto me, lour as though they would have and not have loosed from Crete, cast anchors out of the foreand to have gained this harm ship, and loss.

31 Paul said to the centurion, 22 And now I exhort you to and to the soldiers, Except be of good cheer; for there these abide in the ship, ye canshall be no loss of any man's not be saved. life among you, but of the ship. 32 Then the soldiers cut off

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