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his condersion 34 And some cried one thing, some they heard not the voice of him that another, among the multitude: and when spake to me. he could not know the certainty for the 10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord' tumult, he commanded him to be carried And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and into the castle.

go into Damascus, and there it shall he 35 And when he came upon the stairs, told thee of all things which are appointso it was that he was borne of the sol-ed for thee to do. diers, for the violence of the people. 11 And when I could not see for the

36 For the multitude of the people fol- glory of that light, being led by the hand lowed after, crying, Away with him. of them that were with me, I came into 37 And as Paul was to be led into the Damascus. castle, he said unto the chief captain, 12 And one Ananias, a devout nian acMay I speak unto thee? Who said, cording to the law, having a good report Canst thou speak Greek?

of all the Jews which dwelt there, 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which 13 Came unto me, and stood, and said before these days madest an uproar, and unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. leddest out into the wilderness four thou- And the same hour I looked up upon him. aand men that were niurderers?

14 And he said, The God of our fathers 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citi-know his will, and see that Just One, and zen of no mean city : and I beseech thee shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. suffer me to speak unto the people. i 15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all

40 And when he had given him licence, men of what thou hast seen and heard. Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned 16 And now why tarriest thou ? arise, with the hand unto the people. And and be baptized, and wash away thy when there was made a great silence, he/sins, calling on the name of the Lord. spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, 17 And it came to pass, that, when I saying,

was come again to Jerusalem, even CHAP. XXII. . while I prayed in the temple, I was in a Paul declareth his conversion, &c. trance ; M EN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye 18 And saw hiin saying unto me, Make

V my defence which I make now haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusaunto you.

lem; for they will not receive thy testi. 2 (And when they heard that he spake mony concerning me. in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept 19 And I said, Lord, they know that I the more silence : and he saith,)

imprisoned, and beat in every synagoguo 3 I am verily a man which ar a Jew, them that believed on thee: born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet 20 And when the blood of thy martyr brought up in this city at the feet of Ga- Stephen was shed, I also was standing maliel, and taught according to the per- by, and consenting unto his death, and fect manner of the law of the fathers, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. was zealous toward God, as ye all are 21 And he said unto me, Depart: for 1 this day.

will send thee far hence unto the Gen4 And I persecuted this way unto the tiles. death, binding and delivering into prisons 22 And they gave him audience unto both men and women.

this word, and then lifted up their voices, 5 As also the high priest doth bear me and said, Away with such a fellor from witness, and all the estate of the elders; the earth: for it is not fit that he should from whom also I received letters into live. the brethren, and went to Damascus, to 23 And as they cried out, and cast off bring them which were there bound in their clothes, and threw dust into the air, to Jerusalem, for to be punished.

24 The chief captain commanded him 6 And it came to pass, that, as I made to be brought into the castle, and bado my journey, and was come nigh into that he should be examined by scourgDamascus about noon, suddenly there ing; that he might know wherefore they shone from heaven a great light round cried so against him. about me..

25 And as they bound him with thongs, 7 And I fell unto the ground, and Paul said unto the centurion that strid heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, by, Is it lawful for you lo scourge a man why persecutest thou me?

lahat is a Roman, and uncondemned ? 8 And I answered, Who art thou, 26 When the centurion heard that, he Lord ? And he said unto me, I am Jesus went and told the chief captain, saying, of Nazareth, whoin thou persecutest. 'Take heed what thou doest; for this man

9 And they that were with me saw is a Roman. indeed the light, and were afraid ; but 27 Then the chief captain came, and F 2


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Against Paul said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Ro-stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer van? He said, Yea.

Paul: for as thou hast iestified of ine in 28 And the chief captain answered, Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness alWith a great sum obtained I this free-so at Rome. doin. And Paul siid, But I was free-12 And when it was day, certain of the bom.

ews banded together, and bound them29 Thon straightway they departed from selves under a curse, saying, that they him which should have examined him: would neither eat nor drink till they had and the chief captain also was afraid, ar-killed Paul. ter he knew that he was a Roinan, and 13 And they were more than forty which because he had bound liin.

had made this conspiracy. 30 On the inorrow, because he would 14 And they came to the chic priesta have known the certainty wherefore lie and elders, and said, We have bound was accused of the Jews, he lexosed hiin ourselves under a great curse, that we from his bands, and commanded the will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. chief priests and all their council to ap- 15 Now therefore ye with the council pear, and brought raul down, and set signify to the chief captain, that he bring him before them.

him down unto you to-inorrow, as though CHAP. XXIII.

ye would inquire something more perPaul pleadeth his cause.

fectly concerning him: and we, or ever AND Pavu, earnestly beholding the he come near, are ready to kill him.

council, said, Men and brethren, I 16 And when Paul's sister's son heard have lived in all good conscience before of their lying in wait, he went and enterGod until this day.

led into the castle, and told Paul. . 2 And the high priest Ananias com- 17 Tien Paul called one of the centumanded them that stood by him, tu smiterions unto him, and said, Bring this young hin on the mouth.

man into the chief captain; for lie isath 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall a certain thing to tell him.' Binite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest 18 So he took him, and brought him to thua: to judge me after the law, and com- the chief captain, and said, Paul the pris handest me to be smitten contrary to the oner called me unto him, and prayed me law?

to bring this young man unto thee, who 1 And they that stood by, said, Revil- hath something to say unto thee. est thou God's high priest?

5 Then said Paul, I wist not, Brethren, the hand and went with him aside prithat he was the high priest: for it is vately, and asked him, What is that thou written, Thou shalt nut speak evil of the hast to tell me? ruler of thy people.

20 And he said, The Jews liave agreed 6 But wlien Pau perceived that the one to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring part were Sadducees, and the other down Paul to-inorrow into the council, as Pharisees, he cried out in the council, though they would inquire somewhat of Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the him inore perfectly. son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resur- 21 But do not thol yield unto thein : for rection of the dead i ani called in question. tiiere lie ni wait for liini of them more

7 And when he had so said, there arose thau forty ineu, which have bad them a dissension between the Pharisees and !selves with an oatlı, that they will neither the Sadducees: and the multitude was eat nor drink till they have killed hiin : divided.

and now are they ready, looking for 8 For the Sadducees say that there is promise froin thee. no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit :/ 22 So the chief captain then let the out the Ph.irisees confess both.

| young man depart, and charged him, 9 And there arose a great cry: and the See thou tell no man that thou hast Scribes that were of the Pharisees' inrtshewed these things to die. arose, and strove, saying, We find no 23 And he called unto him two centuevil in this man: but if a spirit or an an-rions, saying, Make ready two humdred gel hath spoken o hini, let us not fight soldiers to go to Cesarea, and horsemen against God.

threescore and ten, and spearmien two 10 And when there arose a great dis-hundred, at the third lour of the night; sension, the chief captain, fearing lest! 24 And provide the beasts, that they Paul shuud have been pulled in pieces m y set Paid 011, and bring hint safe iunto of them, commanded the soldier to go Felix the governor. drw., amit mo lake liim by force froir 25 And he wrote a letter after this anjong them, and to bring hun inu themuner: castle.

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CHAP. XXIV. The defence before him 27 This man was taken of the Jews, l unto thee: by examining of whoin, thyand should have been killed of them : self mayest take knowledge of all these then came I with an army, and rescued things whereof we accuse him. him, having understood that he was a 9 And the Jews also assented, saying, Romani. *

That these things were so. 28 And when I would have known the 10 Then Paul, after that the governor cause wherefore they accused him, I had beckoned unto him to speak, anbrought him forth into their council : swered, Forasinuch as I know that thou

29 Whom I perceived to be accused of hast been of many years a judge unto questions of their law, but to have nothing this nation, I do the more cheerfully iaid to his charge worthy of death, or of answer for myself: bonds.

111 Because that thou mayest understand, 30 And when it was told me how that that there are yet but twelve days since the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent i went up to Jerusalein for to worship. Kraightway to thee, and guve command- 12 And they neither found me in the ment to his accusers also, to say before teinple disputing with any man, neither il ve what they had against him. Fare-raising up the people, neither in the Well.

synagogues, nor in the city: 31 Then the soldiers, as it was com 13 Neither call they prove the things manded thein, took Paul, and brought whereof they now accike me. him by night to Antifratris.

14 But this I confess unto thee, that 32 On the morrow they left the horse- after the way which they call heresy, so men to go with him, and returned to the worship I the God of my fathers, believe castle:

ing all things which are written in the 33 Who, when they caine to Cesarea, law and in the prophets : and delivered the epistle to the governor, 15 And have hope toward God, which presented Paill also betore him.

they theniselves also allow, that there 34 Aud when the governor had read shall be a resurrection of the dead, both the letter, he asked of what province he of the just and unjust. was. And when he understood that he 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to was of Cilicia;

have always a conscience void of offence 35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine toward God, and tucard men. accusers are also come. And he coin- 17 Now, after many years, I came to Inanded him to be kept in Herod's judg- bring alius to my nation, and offerings. ment-hall.

18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia CHAP. XXIV.

formnd me purified in the temple, neither Paul accused by Tertullus, &c. with multitude, nor with tumult: ND after five days, Ananias the high 19 Who ought to have been here before A priest descended with the elders, and thee, and object, if they had aught with a certain orator named Tertullus, against me. who inforined the governor against Paul. 20 Or else let these same here say, if

2 And when he was called forth, Ter- they have found any evil-doing in me, tullus began to accuse him, saying, seeing while I stood before the council, that by thee we enjoy great quietness, 21 Except it be for this one voice, that I and that very worthy deeds are done unto cried, standing among them, Touching this nation by thy providence,

the resurrection of the dead I ain called 3 We accept it always, and in all in question by you this day. places, inost noble Felix, with all thank- 22 And when Felix heard these things, fulness.

having more perfect knowledge of that 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further way, he deferred them, and said, When tedious iuito thee, I pray thee, that thou Lysias the chief captain shall come down, wouldest hear us of thy clernency a few I will know the uttermost of your matter. words.

| 23 And be cominanded a centurion to 5 For we have found this man a pesti-keep Paul, and io let himn have liberty, lent fellow, and a mover of sedition land that he should forbid none of his acamong all the Jews throughout the world, quaintance to minister, or come unto hiin. and a ring-leader of the sect of the Naza- 24 And after certain days, when Felix renes:

came with his wife Drusilla, which was 6 Who also hath gone about to profanela Jewess, he ser.t for Pand, and heard him the temple: whom we took, and would concerning the faith in Christ. have judged according to our law : 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness,

7 But the chief captain Lysias came teinperance, ard judgunent to come, Fe. upon us, and with great violence tok lix trembled, and answered, Gu thy way him away out of our lands,

for this time; when I trave a convenien 8 Coiginanding his accusers to come levason I will call for theo

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Paul appealeth to Cesar. THE ACTS.

Paul before Agrippa 26 De hoped so that money should have 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusabeen given him of Paul, that he might lem, the chief priests and the elders of Joure lum: wheretore he sent for him the the Jews informed me, desiring to have ottener, and communed with him. judgment against him.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus lo To whom I answered, It is not the came into Felix' roolu : and Felix, wil onanner of the Romans to deliver any ling toshew the jews a pleasure, ieli Paul nian to die, before that he which is ac bowid.

cased have the accusers face to face, and CHAP. XXV.

have licence to answer for himself con The Jerps accuse Paul before Festus. cerning the crime laid against him. NOW when Festils was come into 17 Therefore, when they were como

the province, atter three days he hither, without any delay on the morrow ascended from Cesarea to Jerusalem. I sat on the judgment seat, and com

2 Then the high priest and the chief of manded the man to be brought forth; the Jews informed hiin against Paul, and 18 Against whom, when the accusers besought him,

stood , they brought none accusation of 3 And desired favour against him, that such things as I supposed: he would send for him to Jerusiem, 19 But had certain questions against him laying wait in the way to kill him

of their own superstition, and of one 4 But Festus answered, that Paul Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul afshould be kept at Cesarea, and that he timed to be alive. himself would depart shortly thither. 20 And because I doubted of such man

5 Let them therefore, said he, which ner of questions, I asked him whether among you are able, go down with me, he would go to Jerusalem, and there be and accuse this man, if there be any judged of these matters. wickedness in hiin.

121 But when Paul had appealed to be 6 And when he had tarried among reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, them more than ten days, he went down I commanded him to be kept till I might unto Cesarea; and the next day sitting send him to (esar. on the judgment-seat, cominanded Paul 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I to be brought.

would also hear the man myself. TO7 And when he was come, the Jews morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. which came down from Jerusalem stood 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa round about, and laid many and grievous was coine, and Bernice, with great pomp, complaints against Paul, which they and was entered into the place of hearing, could not prove;

with the chief captains and principal men 8 While he answered for himself, Nei- of the city, at Festus commandment ther against the law of the Jews, neither Paul was brought forth. against the temple, nor yet against Cesar 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and have I offended any thing at all.. all men which are here present with us, ,

9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a ye see this inan abont whom all the pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt multitude of the Jews have dealt with thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be me, both at Jerusalen, and also here, judged of these things before me? crying that he pught not to live any

10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cesar's longer. judgment-seat, where I ought to be 25 But when I found that he had comjudged: to the Jews have I done no mitted nothing worthy of death, and that wiong, as thou very well knowest. he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I

11 For if I be an offender, or have have determined to send him. committed any thing worthy of death, 26 Of whom I have no certain thing te I refuse not to die: but if there be none write unto my lord. Wherefore I havo of these things whereof these accuse me, brought him forth before you, and speno man may deliver me unto them. I cially before thee, O king Agrippa, that appeal unto Cesar.

atter examination had, I migint have 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred somewhat to write.. with the council, answered, Hast thou 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable appealed unto Cesar? unto Cesar shalt to send a prisoner, and not withal to sig.. thou go.

wify the crimes luid againsi bim. 13 And after certain days, king Agrip

CHAP. XXVI. ' pa and Bernice came unto Cesarea, to Of Paul's life and conversion. silute Festus.

THEN Agrippa said unto Paul, Thon 14 And wilen they had been there 1 art permitted to speak for thyselt. many days, Festus declared Paul's cause Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and unto the king, saying, There is a certain answered for himself: man left in bonds by Felix:

| 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa,

Paul declareth his lifc, CHAP. XXVII. and speaks in his defence. because I shall answer for myself this from darkness to light, and from the day before thee, touching all the things power of Satan unto God, that they may whereof I am accused of the Jews: receive forgiveness of sins, and inherit

3 Especially, because I know thee tolance among them which are sanctified be expert in all customs and questions by faith that is in ine. which are among the Jews: wherefore 19 Whereupon, Oking Agrippa, I was I beseech thee to hear me patiently. not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

4 My manner of life from my youth, 20 But shewed first into them of Dawhich was at the first among mine own mascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughnation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, out all the coasts of Judea, and then to

5 Which knew me from the beginning, the Gentiles, that they should repent and (it they would testify,) that after the most turn to God, and do works meet for straitest sect of our religion, I lived a repentance." Pharisee.

| 21 For these causes the Jews caught me 6 And now I stand, and am judged for in the teinple, and went about to kill me. Ine hope of the promise made of God unto 22 Having therefore obtained help of our fathers:

God, I continue unto this day, witnessing 7 Unto which promise our twelve both to small and great, saying none tribes, instantly serving God day and other things than those which the prophnight, hope to come. For which hope's ets and Moses did say should come: Bake, king Agrippa, I am accused of 23 That Christ should sutter, and that the Jews.

he should be the first that should rise 8 Why should it be thought a thing froin the dead, and should shew light incredible with you, that God should into the people, and to the Gentiles. raise the dead ?

| 21 And as he thus spake for himself, 9 I verily thought with myself, that (Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou ought to do many things contrary to the art beside thyself; much leaming doth name of Jesus of Nazareth.

make thee mad. 10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem : 25 But he said, I am not mad, most and many of the saints did I shut up in noble Festus ; but speak forth the words prison, having received authority from of truth and soberness. the chief priests; and when they were 26 For the king knoweth of these things, put to death, I gave my voice against before whom also I speak freely. For I them.

jam persuaded that none of these things 11 And I punished them oft in every are hidden from him; for this thing was synagogue, and compelled them to blas- not done in a corner.' pherne; and being exceedingly mad 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the against them, I persecuted them even prophets? I know that thou believest. unto strange cities.

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost 12 Whereupon, as I went to Damascus, thou persuadest me to be a Christian. with authority and commission from the 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that chief priests,

not only thou, but also all that hear me 13 At mid day, o king, I saw in the this day, were both almost, and altogether way a light from heaven, above the such as I am, except these bonds. brightness of the sun, shining round 30 And when he had thus spoken, the about me, and thein which journeyed king rose up, and the governor, and Ber with me.

inice, and they that sat with them: 14 And when we were all fallen to the 31 And when they were gone aside, earth, I heard a voice speaking into me, they talked between theinselves, saying, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, This man doeth nothing worthy of death Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is or of bonds. nard for thiee to kick against the pricks. | 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus.

15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord ? This man might have been set at liberty, And he snid, I am Jesus whom thou if he had not appealerl unto Cesar persecutest.

CHAP. XXVII. 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet : Paul shippeth for Rome, &c.' for I have appeared unto thee for this AND when it was determined, that purpose, to make thee a minister and all we should sail into Italy, they dewitness both of these things which thou livered Paul and certain other prisoners hast seen, and of those things in the unto one named Julius, a centurion of which I will appear unto thee;

Augustus' band. 17 Delivering thee from the people, and 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyt from the Gentiles, unto whom tiow I tium,we launched, meaning to sail by the send thee,

coasts of Asia, one Aristarchus, a Mace18 Po open their eyes, and to turn them donian af Thessalonica, being with us

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