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Paul's charge to the
elders of Miletus.
would not spend the time in Asia: 27 For I have not shunned to for he hasted, if it were possible declare unto you all the counsel of for him, to be at Jerusalem the God.
day of Pentecost.
28 Take heed, therefore, unto 17 ¶ And from Miletus he sent yourselves, and to all the flock to Ephesus, and called the elders over the which the Holy Ghost. of the church. hath made you overseers, to feed 18 And when they were come the church of God, which he to him, he said unto them, Ye hath purchased with his own know, from the first day that I blood.
came into Asia, after what man- 29 For I know this, that after ner I have been with you at all my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not 19 Serving the Lord with all sparing the flock. humility of mind, and with many 30 Also of your own selves tears, and temptations which be-shall men arise, speaking perverse fel me by the lying in wait of the things, to draw away disciples Jews: after them.
20 And how I kept back nothing 31 Therefore watch, and rethat was profitable unto you, but member, that, by the space of have shewed you, and have taught three years, Iceased not to warn eyou publickly, and from house very one night and day with tears. to house, 32 And now, brethren, I com
21 Testifying both to the Jews, mend you to God, and to the and also to the Greeks, repent-word of his grace, which is able ance toward God, and faith tow-to build you up, and to give you ard our Lord Jesus Christ. an inheritance among all them 22 And now, behold, I go which are sanctified. bound in the spirit unto Jerusa- 33 I have coveted no man's lem, not knowing the things that silver, or gold, or apparel. shall befal me there;
34 Yea, ye yourselves know,
23 Save that the Holy Ghost that these hands have ministered witnesseth in every city, saying, unto my necessities, and to them that bonds and afflictions abide that were with me.
35 I have shewed you all things, 24 But none of these things how that so labouring, ye ought move me; neither count I my life to support the weak; and to redear unto myself, so that I might member the words of the Lord finish my course with joy, and Jesus, how he said, It is more the ministry which I have receiv-blessed to give than to receive. ed of the Lord Jesus, to testify the 36 And when he had thus gospel of the grace of God. spoken, he kneeled down, and
25 And now, behold, I know prayed with them all. that ye all, among whom I have 37 And they all wept sore, and gone preaching the kingdom of fell on Paul's neck, and kissed God, shall see my face no more. him;
26 Wherefore I take you to re- 38 Sorrowing most of all for the cord this day, that I am pure words which he spake, that they from the blood of all men. Ishould see his face no more.
Paul's His bonds foretold. And they accompanied him unto Judea a certain prophet, named the ship. Agabus.
11 And, when he was come unPaul imprisoned at Jerusalem. to us, he took Paul's girdle, and ND it came to pass, that, bound his own hands and feet,
after we were gotten from and said, Thus saith the Holy them, and had launched, we came Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jeruwith a straight course unto Coos, salem bind the man that owneth and the day following unto this girdle, and shall deliver him Rhodes, and from thence unto into the hands of the Gentiles. Patara: 12 And, when we heard these 2 And, finding a ship sailing things, both we, and they of that over unto Phenicia, we went place, besought him not to go up aboard, and set forth. to Jerusalem.
3 Now, when we had discover- 13 Then Paul answered, what ed Cyprus, we left it on the left mean ye to weep, and to break. hand, and sailed into Syria, and mine heart? for I am ready not to landed at Tyre: for there the ship be bound only, but also to die at was to unlade her burden. Jerusalem, for the name of the
4 And, findingdisciples, we tar-Lord Jesus. ried there seven days; who said 14 And when he would not be to Paul, through the Spirit, that persuaded, we ceased, saying, he should not go up to Jerusalem. The will of the Lord be done.
5 And, when we had accom- 15 And, after those days we plished those days, we departed, took up our carriages, and went and went our way; and they all up to Jerusalem. brought us on our way, with 16 There went with us also cerwives and children, till we were tain of the disciples of Cesarea, out of the city: and we kneeled and brought with them one Mnadown on the shore, and prayed. son of Cyprus, an old disciple, 6 And, when we had taken our with whom we should lodge. leave one ofanother, we took ship; 17 And when we were come and they returned home again. to Jerusalem, the brethren recei
7 And when we had finished ved us gladly.
our course from Tyre, we came 18 And the day following Paul to Ptolemais, and saluted the bre-went in with us unto James; and thren, and abode with them one all the elders were present. day.
19 And, when he had saluted 8 And the next day, we that them, he declared particularly were of Paul's company, depart- what things God had wrought aed, and came unto Cesarea; and mong the Gentiles by his ministry. we entered into the house of Phi- 20 And when they heard it, lip the evangelist, (which was one they glorified the Lord, and said of the seven,) and abode with him. unto him, Thou seest, brother,
9 And the same man had four how many thousands of Jews daughters, virgins, which did there are which believe; and they prophesy. are all zealous of the law:
10% And as we tarried there ma- 21 And they are informed of ny days, there came down from thee, that thou teachest all the
He cometh to Jerusalem.
The Acts. Paul apprehended. Jews which are among the Gen- 29 (For they had seen before tiles to forsake Moses, saying, that with him in the city, Trophimus they ought not to circumcise their an Ephesian, whom they supposchildren, neither to walk after the ed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
22 What is it therefore? the 30 And all the city was moved, multitude must needs come toge-and the people ran together; and ther for they will hear that thou they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the 23 Do, therefore, this that we doors were shut. say to thee: We have four men 31 And, as they went about to which have a vow on them; kill him, tidings came unto the
24 Them take, and purify thy-chief captain of the band, that all self with them, and be at charges Jerusalem was in an uproar ; with them, that they may shave 32 Who immediately took soltheir heads and all may know that diers and centurions, and ran those things, whereof they were down unto them: and when they informed concerning thee, are no-saw the chief captain and the solthing; but that thou thyself also diers, they left beating of Paul. walkest orderly, and keepest the 3s Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and com
25 As touching the Gentiles manded him to be bound with two which believe, we have written chains; and demanded who he and concluded, that they observe was, and what he had done? no such thing, save only that they 34 And some cried one thing, keep themselves from things of-some another, among the multifered to idols, and from blood, tude; and, when he could not and from strangled, and from for-know the certainty for the tumult, nication. he commanded him to be car 26 Then Paul took the men, ried into the castle. and the next day purifying him- 35 And, when he came upon the self with them, entered into the stairs, so it was that he was borne temple, to signify the accomplish- of the soldiers, for the violence of ment of the days of purification, the people.
until that an offering should be 36 For the multitude of the peooffered for every one of them. ple followed after, crying, Away
27 ¶ And, when the seven days with him.
were almost ended, the Jews 37 And as Paul was to be led which were of Asia, when they into the castle, he said unto the saw him in the temple, stirred up chief captain, May I speak unto all the people, and laid hands on thee? Who said, Canst thou him, speak Greek?
28 Crying out, Men of Israel, 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, help: this is the man that teacheth which before these days madest all men every where against the an uproar, and leddest out into people, and the law, and this the wilderness, four thousand men place; and further, brought that were murderers? Greeks also into the temple, and 39 But Paul said, I am a man hath polluted this holy place. which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city
of Cilicia, a citizen of no mean me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, city and I beseech thee suffer me whom thou persecutest. to speak unto the people.
9 And they that were with me 40 And, when he had given him saw indeed the light, and were licence, Paul stood on the stairs, afraid; but they heard not the and beckoned with the hand unto voice of him that spake to me. the people. And, when there was 10 And I said, What shall I do, made a great silence, he spake Lord? And the Lord said unto unto them in the Hebrew tongue, mc, Arise, and go into Damassaying, cus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
Paul declareth his conversion.
MEN, brethren, and fathers,
11 And when I could not see for hear ye my defence, which the glory of that light, being led I make now unto you. by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
12 And one Ananias, a devout man, according to the law, having good report of all the Jews which
3 I am, verily, a man which am dwelt there, a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city of 13 Came unto me, and stood, Cilicia, yet brought up in this ci-and said unto me, Brother Saul, ty at the feet of Gamaliel, and receive thy sight. And the same taught according to the perfect hour I looked up upon him. manner of the law of the fathers, 14 And he said, The God of and was zealous toward God, as our fathers hath chosen thee, that ye all are this day. thou shouldest know his will, and 4 And I persecuted this way see that Just One, and shouldest unto the death, binding and deli- hear the voice of his mouth. vering into prisons both men and
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there, bound 17 And it came to pass, that, unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. when I was come again to Jerusa
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord,
6 And it came to pass, that, as lem, even while I prayed in the I made my journey, and was come temple, I was in a trance; nigh unto Damascus about noon, 18 And saw him saying unto suddenly there shone from heaven me, Make haste, and get thee a great light round about me. quickly out of Jerusalem: for
7 And I fell unto the ground, they will not receive thy testimoand heard a voice saying unto me, ny concerning me. Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou
19 And I said, Lord,. they know that I imprisoned and beat 8 And I answered, Who art in every synagogue them that be. thou, Lord? And he said untollieved on thee:
before the council.
20 And when the blood of thy the Jews, he loosed him from his martyr Stephen was shed, I also bands, and commanded the chief was standing by, and consenting priests and all their council to apunto his death, and kept the rai- pear, and brought Paul down, and ment of them that slew him. set him before them. CHAP XXIII.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto
A conspiracy against Paul.
to the Gentiles gave him audi-Ang Paul, earnestly, he hold
ence unto this word, and then and brethren, I have lived in all lifted up their voices, and said, good conscience before God until Away with such a fellow from the this day.
earth; for it is not fit that he 2 And the high priest Ananias should live. commanded them that stood by 23 And as they cried out, and him, to smite him on the mouth. cast off their clothes, and threw 3 Then said Paul unto him, dust into the air, God shall smite thee, thou whited 24 The chief captain command-wall: for sittest thou to judge me ed him to be brought into the cas- after the law, and commandest me tle, and bade that he should be ex-to be smitten contrary to the law? amined by scourging; that he 4 And they that stood by said, might know wherefore they cried Revilest thou God's high priest? so against him. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, bre. 25 And, as they bound him thren, that he was the high priest: with thongs, Paul said unto the for it is written, Thou shalt not centurion that stood by, Is it law-speak evil of the ruler of thy people. ful for you to scourge a man that 6 ¶ But, when Paul perceived is a Roman, and uncondemned? that the one part were Sadducees,
26 When the centurion heard and the other Pharisees, he cried that, he went and told the chief out in the council, Men and brecaptain, saying, Take heed what thren, I am a Pharisee, the son thou doest for this man is a Ro- of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called 27 Then the chief captain came, in question.
and said unto him, Tell me, art 7 And when he had so said, thou a Roman He said, Yea. there arose a dissension between 28 And the chief captain an- the Pharisees and the Sadducees: swered, With a great sum obtain- and the multitude was divided. ed I this freedom. And Paul 8 For the Sadducees say that said, But I was free-born. there is no resurrection, neither 29 Then straightway they de-angel nor spirit; but the Phariparted from him which should sees confess both. have examined him: and the 9 And there arose a great cry: chief captain also was afraid, af-and the scribes that were of the ter he knew that he was a Roman, Pharisees' part arose, and strove, and because he had bound him. saying, We find no evil in this
30 On the morrow, because man: but if a spirit or an angel he would have known the certain-hath spoken to him, let us not ty wherefore he was accused of fight against God.