Paul declareth

Chap. xxii.

bis conversion. 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. I 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 into them in the Hebrew tongue, mc, Arise, and go into Damassaying,

cus; and there it shall be told thee * CHAP. XXII. of all things which are appointed Paul declareth, bis conversion. for thee to do.

EN, brethren, and fathers, 11 And when I could not see for I hear ye my defence, which the glory of that light, being led I make now unto you.

by the hand of them that were 2 (And when they heard that he with me, I came into Damascus. spake in the Hebrew tongue to 12 Andone Ananias, a devout them, they kept the more silence: man, according to the law, having and he saith,)

a 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 witwomen.

ness unto all men of what thou 3 As also the high priest doth hast seen and heard. bear me witness, and all the estate 16 And now why tarriest thou ? of the elders : from whom also I arise, and be baptized, and wash received letters unto the brethren, away thy sins, calling on the name and went to Damascus, to bring of the Lorila . them which were there, bound 17 And it came to pass, that, unto Jerusalem, fortobe punished. when I was come again to Jerusa

6 And it came to pass, that, as lem, even while I prayed in the I made my journey, and was come teniple, I was in a trance; nigh unto Damascus about noon,f 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 me?

know that I imprisoned and beat 8 And I answered, Who art in every synagogue them that be, thou, Lord ? And he said untollicved on thee :

enrould live. they cried out, and

3 Then saite the

Paul's declaration Chap. xxi. . 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.

21 And he said unto me, De. CHAP XXIII. part: for I will send thee far hence A conspiracy against Paul. unto the Gentiles.

LA ND Paul, earnestly behold. 22 And they gave him audi- A ing the council, said, Men 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

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 Thechief captain command-wall: for sittest thou tojudge me ed him to be brought into the cas- afterthe 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, inight know wherefore they cried Revilest thou God's high priest?' so against him.

| 5 Thensaid Paul, I wist not, bre. 25 91 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 theruler 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 reman.

surrection 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 TOn 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.

sed I this iwas free-bay they desees

A conspiracy against Paul: Chap. xxiii. He is sent to Felix.

10 | And when there arose a young man unto thee, who hath great dissension, the chief cap- something to say unto thee. . tain, fearing lest Paul should have 19 Then the chief captain took been pulled in pieces of them, him by the hand, and went with commanded the soldiers to go him aside privately, andasked him, down, and to take him by force What is that thou hast to tell me? from 'among them, and to bring 20 And he said, the Jews have bim into the castle.

agreed to desire thee, that thou 11 And the night following, the wouldest bring down Paulto-morLord stood by him, and said, Be row into the council, as though of good cheer, Paul; for as thou they would enquire somewhat of hast testified of me in Jerusalem, him more perfectly. so must thou bear witness also at 21 But do not thou yield unto Rome.

them: for there lie in wait for 12 | And, when it was day, him of them more than forty men, certain of the Jews banded toge- which have bound themselves. ther, and bound themselves un- with an oath, that they will nei. der a curse, saying, That they ther eat nor drink till they have would neither eat nor drink till killed him; and now they are reathey had killed Paul.

dy, lookingfora promise from thee. 13 And they were more than 22 So the chief captain then let forty which had made this con- the young man depart, and charspiracy.

ged him, See thou tell no man 14 And they came to the chief that thou hast shewed these things priests and elders, and said, We to me. have bound ourselves under a 23 9 And he called unto him great curse, that we will eat no tuvo centurions, saying, Make rea. thing until we have slain Paul. dy two hundred soldiers to go to

15 Now, therefore, ye, with the Cesarea, and horsemen threescore council signify to the chief cap- and ten, and spearmen two huntain, that he bring him down unto cred, at the third hour of the night; you to-morrow, as though ye 24 And provide them beasts, would enquire something more that they may set Paul on, and perfectly concerning him; and bring him safe unto Felix the gowe, or ever he come near, are rea- vernor. dy to kill him.

| 25 And he wrote a letter after 16 And when Paul's sister's this manner : son heard of their lying in wait, 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the he went and entered into the cas- most excellent governor Felix, tle, and told Paul.

sendeth greeting. 17 Then Paul called one of the 27 This man was taken of the centurions unto hini, and said, Jews, and should have been killed Bring this young man unto the of them: then came I with an archief captain: for he hath a cer- my, and rescued him, having untain thing to tell him..

derstood that he was a Roman. 18 So he took him, and brought 28 And when I would have him to the chief captain, and said, known the cause wherefore they Paul the prisoner callcci mc untó accused him, I brought him forth bim, and prayed me to bring this into their council;

Paul accused

The Acts.

by Tertullus. 29 Whom I perceived to be ac- not further tedious unto thee, I cused of questions of their law, pray thce, that thou wouldest but to have nothing laid to his hear us of thy clemency a few charge worthy of death, or of words. bonds.

5 For we have found this man a 30 And when it was told me, pestilent fellow, and a mover of how that the Jews laid wait for the sedition among all the Jews man, I sent straightway to thee, throughout the world, and a ringand gave commandment to his ac- leader of the sect of the Nazacusers also, to say before_thee renes: what they had against him. Fare- 6 Who also hath gone about to wel.

profane the temple; whom we 31 Then the soldiers, as it was took, and would have judged accommanded them, took Paul, cording to our law : and brought him by night to An- 7 But the chief captain Lysias tipatris,

came upon us, and with great vio32 On the morrow they left the lence took him away out of our horsemen to go with him, and re- hands, . turned to the castle :

18 Commanding his accusers to 33 Who, when they came to come unto thee; by examining of Cesarea, and delivered the epistle whom, thyself mayest take knowto the governor, presented Paul ledge of all these things whereof also before him. :3

we accuse him. 34 And when the governor had 9 And the Jews also assented, read the letter, he asked of what saying, That these things were province he was. And when he so.' understood that he was of Cilicia; 1 10 1 Then Paul, after that the

35 I will hear thee, said he, governor had beckoned unto him when thineaccusers arealso come. to speak, answered, Forasmuch And he commanded him to be as I know that thou hast been of kept in Herod's judgment-hall. many years a judge unto this nati

CHAP. XXIV. on, I do the more cheerfully anPaul accused by Tertullus. swer for myself: ... AND after five days, Ana-) 11 Because that thou mayest

A nias the high priest descend- understand, that there are yet but ed with the elders, and with a twelve days since I went up to certain orator, named Tertullus, Jerusalem forto worship... who informed the governor 12 And they neither found me against Paul.

in the temple disputing with any 2 And, when he was called man, neither raising up the peoforth, Tertullus began to accuse ple, neither in the synagogues, bim, saying, Seeing that by thee ner in the city: we enjoy great quietness, and that 13 Neither can they prove the very worthy deeds are done unto things whercof they now accuse this nation by thy providence, me.

· We accept it always, and in 14 But this I confess unto thee, all places, most noble Felix, with that after the way which they all thankfulness.

call heresy, so worship I the Goch : 4 Notirithstanding, that I beloi'my fathers, believing all things Paul's defence: Chap. XXV. his appeal to Cesar.. which are written in the law, and ousness, temperance, and judgin the prophets :

ment to come, Felix trembled, 15 And have hope toward God, and answered,' Go thy way for which they themselves also allow, this time; when I have a convethat there shall be a resurrection nient season I will call for thee. of the dead, both of the just and 26 T He hoped also that money unjust.

should have been given him of 16 And herein do I exercise Paul, that he might loose him : myself, to have always a consci- wherefore he sent for him the ofence void of offence toward God, tener, and communed with him. and toward men.

1 27 But after two years Portius 17 Now, after many years, I Festus came into Felix's room : came to bring alms to my nation, and Felix, willing to shew the and offerings.

Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound. 18 Whereupon certain Jews CHAP. XXV. from Asia found me purified in Paul appealetb to Cesar. the temple, neither with multi-ATOW when Festus was come tude nor with tumult:

I into the province, after three 19 Who ought to have been days, he ascended from Cesarea tơ here before thee, and object, if Jerusalem. they had aught against me. 2 Then the high priest, and the

20 Or else let these same here chief of the Jews informed him a. say, if they have found any evil-gainst Paul, and besought him, doing in me, while I stood before 3 And desired favour against the council,

him, that he would send for him 21 Except it be for this one to Jerusalem, laying wait in the voice, that I cried, standing among way to kill him. them, Touching the resurrection 4 But Festus answered, that of the dead I am called in questi- Paul should be kept at Cesarea, on by you this day.

and that he himself would depart 22 | And when Felix heard shortly thither. these things, having more perfect 5 Let them, therefore, said he, knowledge of that way, he de- which among you are able, go ferred them, and said, When Ly- down with me, and accuse this sias the chief captain shall come man, if there be any wickedness down, I will know the uttermost in him. of your matter.

| 6 And when he had tarried a23 And he commanded a cen-mong them more than ten days, turion to keep Paul, and to let he went down unto Cesarea; and him have liberty, and that he the next day, sitting on the judgshould forbid none of his acquain- ment-seat, commanded Paul to tance to minister, or come unto be brought. him.

17 And when he was come, the 24 9 And after certain days, Jews which came down from Jewhen Felix came with his wiférusalem stood round about, and Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he laid many and grievous complaints sent for Paul, and heard him con- against Paul, which they could cerning the faith in Christ. not prove:

25 Andas he reasoned ofriglite-l 81 While he answered for

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