Paul declareth


how he was titude; and, when he could that he spake in the Hebrew not know the certainty for the tongue to them, they kept the tumult, he commanded him to more silence; and he saith,) be carried into the castle. 3 I am verily a man which

35 And when he came up- am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a on the stairs, so it was that he city in Cilicia, yet brought up was borne of the soldiers for in this city at the feet of Gathe violence of the people. maliel,a and taught according

36 For the multitude of the to the perfect manner of the people followed after, crying, law of the fathers, and was Away with him.

zealous toward God, as ye

all 37 And as Paul was to be led are this day. into the eastle, he said unto 4 And I persecuted this the chief captain, May I speak way b unto the death, binding unto thee who said, Canst and delivering into prisons thou speak Greek?

both men and women. 38 Art not thou that Egyp 5 As also the high priest tian, which before these days doth bear me witness, and all madest an uproar, and leddest the estate of the elders; from out into the wilderness four whom also I received letters thousand men that were mur- xunto the brethren, and went to derers ?

Damascus, to bring them 39 But Paul said, I am a which were there bound unto man which am a Jew of Tar- Jerusalem, for to be punished. sus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen 6 And it came to pass, that, of no mean city; and I beseech as I made my journey,

and thee suffer me to speak un was come nigh unto Damascus, to the people.

about noon, suddeuly there 40 And, when he had given shone from heaven a great him licence, Paul stood on the light round about me. stairs, and beckoned with the y And I fell unto the ground, hand unto the people; and, and heard a voice saying unto when there was made a great me, Saul, Sanl, why persesilence, he spake unto them in cutest thou me? the Hebrew tongue, saying, 8 And I answered, Who art CHAP. XXII.

thou, Lord ? And he said unPaul declareth how he was to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, converted, 25 and escapeth whom thou persecutest. scourging by the privilege 9 And they that were with of a Roman.

me saw indeed the light, and MEN, brethren, & fathers, hear

a Gamaliel, a celebrated doctor or ye my defence which I

teacher of the Jewish law. incke now into you,

b This way, those who embraced . (And when

they heard the Christian religion

hin alle

Chap. xxti.

he is bound. were afraid: but they heard thee quickly out of Jerusanot the voice of him that spake lem; for they will not receive to me.

thy testimony concerning me. 10 And I said, What shall 19 And I said, Lord, they I do, Lord ? And the Lord know that I imprisoned and said unto me, Arise, and go beat in every synagogue them, into Damascus; and there it that believed on thee : shall be told thee of all things 20 And when the blood of which are appointed for thee thy martyr Stephen was shed, to do.

I also was standing by, and 11 And when I could not consenting unto his death, and see for the glory of that light, kept the raiment of them that being led by the hand of them slew him. that were with me, I came in

21 And he said unto ine, to Damascus.

Depart; for 1 will send thee 12 And one Ananias, a de. far hence unto the Gentiles. vout man, according to the

22 | And they gave law, having a good report of dience d unto this word, an</ all the Jews which dwelt there, then lifted up their voices, and

13 Came unto me, and stood, suid, Away with such a feland said unto me, Brother low from the earth; for it is Saul, receive thy sight. And not fit, that he should live. the same hour I looked


23 And as they cried out,

and cast off their clothes, and 14 And he said, The God of threw dust into the air, our fathers hath chosen thee, 24 The chief captain comthat thou shouldest know his manded him to be brought inwill, and see that Just One,c to the castle, and bade that he and shouldest hear the voice should be examined by seourg, of his mouth.

ing; that he might know 15 For thou shalt be his wherefore they cried so against witness unto all men of what him. thou hast seen and heard. 25 And, as they bound him

16 And, now why tarriest with thongs, Paul said unto the thou ? arise and be baptized, eenturion that stood by, Is it and wash away thy sins, call. lawful for you to scourge a man ing op the name of the Lord. that is a Roman,e aud uncon17 And it came to pass, that

demned? when I was come again to Je d Gave bim audience, gave attention. rusalem,even while I prayed in e Roman, &c. Here Paul calls himthe temple, I was in a trance ;

self a Roman; in verse 3d a Jew. 18. And saw him saying un

To reconcile one claim with the othto me, Make haste, and get

er, it may be observed, that Paul

was by nation a Jew, and by a certain 6 That Just One, Jesus Christ.

privilege was still born a Roman cita 25*

izen. Ste Chapter vi. 37..

upon him.

l'aul claimeth his privilege. Aets. Dissension among accusers.

26 When the centurion heard God shall smite thee, thou that, he went & told the chief whited wall; for sittest than captain, saying, Take heed to judge me after the law, and what thou doest; for this man commandest me to be smitten is a Roman.

contrary to the law ? 27 Then the chief captain 4 And they that stood by came, and said unto him, Tell said, Revilest thou God's high me, art thou a Roman? He priest ? said, Yea.

5 Then said Paul, I wist 28 And the chief captain notga brethren, that he was answered, With a great sum the high priest ; for it is writobtained Í this freedom. And ten, Thou shalt not speak ePaul said, But I was free-born. vil of the ruler of thy people.

29 Then straightway they 61 But when Paul perdeparted from him, which ceived that the one part were should have examined him; Sadducees, and the other and the chief captain also was Pharisees,b he cried out in the afraid, after he knew that he council, Men and brethren, I was a Roman, and because he am a Pharisee, the son of a had bound him.

Pharisee; of the hope and re30 On the morrow,

because surrection of the dead I am he would have known the cer called in question. tainty wherefore he was ac And when he had so said, cused of the Jews, he loosed there arose a dissension behim from his bands, and com tween the Pharisees and the manded the chief priests and Sadducees; and the multiall their council to appear, & tude was divided. brought Paul down, and 'set 8 For the Sadducees say him before them.

that there is no resurrection,

neither angel nor spirit; but CHAP. XXIII. the Pharisees confess both. 1 Paul pleadeth his cause : 7 9 And there arose a great dissension uinong

his aceu

cry ; and the scribes that sers: he is sent to Felix.

were of the Pharisees' part aAND Paul, earnestly be- rose and strove, saying, We bolding the council, said, Men find no evil in this

man ;

bnt and brethren, I have lived in if a spirit or an angel hath all good conscience before God spoken to him, let us not fight until this day.

against God. 2 And the high priest Ana 10 And when there arose pias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on

a I wist not, I was not aware. the mouth.

6 Sadducees & Pbarisees. See introm 3 Then Paul said unto him, duction, pp. 6, 7.

They lay in wait
Chap. xxiii.

to take Paul. a great dissension, the chief of the centurions unto him, and captain, fearing lest Paul said, Bring this young man should have been pulled in unto the chief captain ; for pieces of them, commanded he hath a certain thing to tell the soldiers to go down, and him. to take him by force from a 18 So he took him, and mong them, and to bring him brought him to the chief capinto the castle.

tain, and said, Paul the pris11 And the night following oner called me unto him, and the Lord stood by him, and prayed me to bring this young said, Be of good cheer, Paul; man unto thee, who hath some for as thou hast testified of me thing to say unto thee. in Jerusalem, so must thou 19 Then the chief captain bear witness also at Rome. took him by the hand, and went

12 And, when it was day, with him aside privately, and certain of the Jews banded to asked him, What is that thou gether, and bound themselves hast to tell me ? under a curse, saying, That 20 And he said, The Jews they would neither eat nor have agreed to desire thee, drink, till they had killed that thou wouldest bring down Paul.

Paul to-morrow into the coun13 And they were more cil, as though they would inthan forty, which had made quire somewhat of him more this conspiracy

perfectly. 14 And they came to the 21 But do not thou yield ehief priests and elders, and unto them; for there lie in wait said, We have bound ourselves for him of them more than forunder a great curse, that we ty men, which have bound will eat nothing, until we have themselves with an oath, that slain Paul.

they will neither eat nor drink 15 Now, therefore, ye with till they have killed him; and the council signify to the chief now are they ready, looking captain, that he bring him for a promise from thee. down unto you to-morrow, 22 So the chief captain then though ye would inquire some- let the young man depart, and thing more perfectly concern- charged him, See thou tell no ing him; and we, or ever he man, that thou hast shewed come near, are ready to kill these things to me. him.

23 | And he called unto 16 And when Paul's sister's him two centurions, saying, son heard of their lying in wait, Make ieady two hundred solhe went and entered into the diers to go to Cesarea, and castle, and told Paul.

horsemen threescore and ten, 17 Then Paul called one and spcarmen two hundred.



Paul is sent to Felir. Aets. He is accused by Tertullus. at the third hour of the night:c the horsemen to go with him,

24 And provide them beasts, and returned to the castle;. that they may set Paul on, and 33 Who, when they came bring him safe unto Felix the to Cesarea,e and delivered the Governor.

epistle to the governor, pre23 And he wrote a letter sented Paul also before him. after this manner;

37 And when the governor 26 Claudius Lysias, unto had read the letter, he asked the most excellent governor of what province he was. Felix, sendeth greeting.

And when he understood that 27 This man was taken of he was of Cilicia ; the Jews, and should have 25 I will hear thee, said he, been killed of them; Then when thine accusers are also came I with au army and res

And he commanded cued him, having understood him to be kept in Herod's that he was a Roman.

judgment-hall.f 28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore CHAP. XXIV. they accused him, I brought 1 Paul accused by Tertullus, him foi into their council; 10 answereth for himself:

29 Whom I perceived to be 24 preacheth Christ to the accused of questions of their governor and his wife: 27 law, but to have nothing laid he is left in prison. to his charge worthy of death AND after five days Ananior of bonds.

as the high priest descended a 30 And when it was told with the elders, and with a me, how that the Jews laid certain orater named Tertulwait for the man, I sent lus, who informed the goverstraightway to thee, and gave nor against Paul. commandment to his accusers 2 And when, he was called also to say before thee, what forth, Tertullus began to ac. they had against him. Fare- cuse him, saying, Seeing that well.

by thee we enjoy great quiet31 Then the soldiers, as it ness, and that very wortby was commanded them, took deeds are done unto this naPaul, and brought him by night tion by thy providence,b to Antipatris.d 32 On the morrow they left .

e Cesarea, see Acts viii. 40.

f Judgment-ball, a court or palace. Tbird hour of the night, about 9 itary apartment of it, designed for a

Probably Paul was kept in some sol o'clock.

kind of prison, as is usual in such d Antipatris, a city about 29 miles places. from Jerusalem on the road to Ce a Descended from Jerusalem.

b Thy providence, government of administration.


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