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Paul's speech at Miletus. THE ACTS, He departs for Jerusais knowing the things that shall befall

CHAP. XXI. me there :

Paul imprisoned at Jerusalem witnesseth in every city, saying,

A N it came to pass that are

we gotten from ther that bonds and afflictions abide and had launched, we came with: me.

straight course unto Coos, and the 24 But none of these things move day following unto Rhodes, and me, neither count I my life dear from thence unto Patara : unto myself, so that I might finish 2 And finding a ship sailing over my course with joy, and the minis- unto Phenicia, we went aboard, try which I have received of the and set forth. Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of 3 Now when we had discovered the grace of God.

Cyprus, we left it on the left hasi 25 And now behold, I know that and sailed into Syria, and landed ye all, among whom I have gone at Tyre: for there the ship was 12 preaching the kingdom of God, unlade her burden. shall see my face no more.

4 And finding disciples, we te 26 Wherefore I take yo 7 to re- ried there seven days: who said cord this day, that I am pr e from Paul through the blood of all men,

should not go up to Jerusalem. 27 For I have not shunned to de 5 And when we had accompied clare unto you all the counsel of ed those days, we departed, si God.

went our way, and they all bronel 28 Take heed therefore unto us on our way, with wives 23 yourselves, and to all the flock over children,

till we were out of the the which the Holy Ghost hath city: and we kneeled down on the made you overseers, to feed the shore, and prayed. church of God, which he hath pur 6 And when we had taken E chased with his own blood. leave one of another, we took

29 For I know this, that after my ship; and they returned bin departing shall grievous wolyes en- again. ter in among you, not sparing the 7 And when we had finished * flock.

course from Tyre, we came to By 30 Also of your own selves shall lemais, and saluted the brethram men arise, speaking perverse things, and abode with them one day. to draw away disciples after them. 8 And the next day we that were

31 Therefore watch, and remem- of Paul's company departed, a ber, that by the space of three years came unto Cesarea, and we eat I ceased not to warn every one ed into the house of Philip the erat night and day with tears.

gelist, which was one of the state 32 And now, brethren, I com- and abode with him. mend you to God, and to the word 9 And the same man had fez of his grace, which is able to build daughters, virgins, which did pada you up, and to give you ar inherit- phesy ance among all tinem which are 10 And as we tarried there must sanctified.

days, there came down from Judes 33 I have coveted no man's sil- a certain prophet, named Agsver, or gold, or apparel.

bus. 34 Yea, , ye yourselves know, 11 And when he was come into that these hands have ministered us, he took Paul's girdle, and bount unto my necessities, and to them his own hands and feet, and son that were with me.

Thus saith the Holy Ghost, S 35 I have shewed you all things, shall the Jews at Jerusalema bure how that so labouring ye ought to the man that owneth this girdk, support the weak, and to remem- and shall deliver him into the hands ber the words of the Lord Jesus, of the Gentiles. how he said, It is more blessed to 12 And when we heard these give than to receive. 36 | And when he had thus spo-place,'besought him not to go up

things, both we, and they of the ken, he kneeled down, and prayed Jerusalem. 37 And they all wept sore, and mean ye to weep, and to break the

13 Then Paul answer d, What feil on Paul's neck, and kissed heart ? for I am ready not to be him,

38 Sorrowing most of all for the rusalem for the name of the Lord words which he spake, that they Jesus.

And they accompanied him unto the persuaded, we ceased, saying, The

14 And when he would not be ship.

will of the Lord be done.

aul apprehended

CHAP. XXII.

at Jerusalen 15 And after those days we took leth all men every where against pour carriages, and went up to the people, and the law, and this erusalem.

place: and further, brought Greeks 16 There went with us also cer- also into the temple; and hath polrin of the disciples of Cesarea, luted this holy place. nd brought with them one Mnason

29 (For they had seen before f Cyprus, an old disciple, with with him in the city, Trophimus, hom we should lodge.

an Ephesian, whom they supposed 17 And when we were come to that Paul had brought into the erusalem, the brethren received temple.) s gladly,

30 And all the city was moved, 13 And the day following Paul and the people ran together: and -ent in with us unto James: and they took Paul and drew him out U the elders were present. of the temple. And forthwith the

19 And when he had saluted doors were shut. nem, he declared particularly what

31 And as they went about to hings God had wrought among the kill him, tidings came unto the Fentiles by his ministry.

chief captain of the band, that all 20 And when they heard it, they Jerusalem was in an uproar; lorified the Lord, and said unto 32 Who immediately, took solim, Thou seest brother, how diers and centurions, and ran down any thousands of Jews there are unto them. And when they saw hich believe; and they are all the chief captain and the soldiers, ealous of the law:

they left beating of Paul. 21 And they are informed of thee,

33 Then the chief captain came hat thou teachest all the Jews near and took him, and

commanded vhich are among the Gentiles to him to be bound with two chains orsake Moses, saying, That they and demanded who he was, and ught not to circumcise their chil- what he had done. Iren, neither to walk after the cus 34 And some cried one thing, oms.

some another, among the multi22 What is it therefore ? the tude: and when he could not know multitude must needs come to the certainty, for the tumult, he

ether : for they will hear that thou commanded him to be carried'into rt come.

the castle. 23 Do therefore this that we say 35 And when he came upon the o thee: We have four men which stairs, so it was that he was borne iave a vow on them;

of the soldiers, for the violence of 24 Them take, and purify thy- the people, elf with them, and be at charges 36 For the multitude of the peovith them, that they may shave ple followed after, crying, Away heir heads : and all may know with him. hat those things whereof they 37 And as Paul was to be led were informed concerning thee, are into the castle, he said unto the nothing; but that thou thyself also chief captain, May I speak unto walkest orderly, and keepest the thes? Who said, Canst thou speak

Greek? 25 As touching the Gentiles

38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which believe, we have written and which

before these days madest an concluded that they observe no uproar, and leddest out into the such thing, save only that they wilderness four thousand men that keep themselves from things offer- were murderers ? ed to idols, and from blood, and

39 But Paul said, I am a man from strangled, and from fornica- which am a Jew of 'Tarsus, a city tion.

in Cilicia,, a citizen of no mean 26 Then Paul took the men, and city: and 'I beseech thee suffer me the next day purifying himself with to speak unto the people. them, entered into the temple, to 40 And when he had given him signify the accomplishment of the license, Paul stood on the stairs, days of purification, until that an and beckoned with the hand unto offering should be offered for every the people. And when there was one of them.

made a great silence, he spake un27 And when the seven days to them in the Hebrew tongue, saywere almost ended, the Jews, which ing, were of Asia, when they saw him

CHAP. XXII. in the temple, stirred up all the peo Paul declareth his Conversion. 28 Crying out, Menm Israel, MEN, brethren, and Fathers,

hear ye my defence which help. This is the man that teach-I make now unto you.

taw.

me ?

Paul declareth
THE ACTS,

his conversion 2 (And when they heard that he away thy sins, calling on the name spake in the Hebrew tongue to of the Lord. them, they kept the more silence: 17 And it came to pass, that, and he saith,).

when I was come again to Jerusi3 I am verily a man which am a lem, even while I prayed in the Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cili- temple, I was in a trance; cia, yet brought up in this city at 18 And saw him saying unto me the feet of Gamaliel, and taught Make haste, and get thee quicki: according to the perfect manner of out of Jerusalem; for they will not the law of the fathers, and was receive thy testimony concerning zealous toward God, as ye all are me. this day,

19 And I said, Lord, they knos 4 And I persecuted this way unto that I imprisoned, and beat in every the death, binding and delivering synagogue them that believed or into prisons both men and wo-thee: men.

20 And when the blood of ths 5 As also the high priest doth martyr Stephen was shed, I sa bear me witness, and all the estate was standing, by, and consentin of the elders; from whom also I unto his death, and kept the il received letters unto the brethren, ment of them that slew him. and went to Damascus, to bring 21 And he said unto me, Depart them which were there bound unto for I will send thee far hence me Jerusalem, for to be punished. the Gentiles,

6 And it came to pass, that, as I 22 And they gave him audience made my journey, and was come unto this word, and then lifted nigh unto Damascus about noon, their voices, and said, Away mo suddenly there shone from heaven such a fellow from the ear a great light round about me. for it is not fit that he shoek

7 And I fell unto the ground, and live. heard a voice saying unto me,

23 And as they cried out, as Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou cast off their clothes, and threw

dust into the air, 8 And I answered, Who art. 24 The chief captain commani thou, Lord? And he said unto me, ed him to be brought into the ca I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou tle, and bade that he should bees persecutest.

amined by scourging; that he miek 9 And they that were with me know wherefore they cried saw indeed the light, and were against him. afraid; but they heard not the voice 25 And as they bound him wit! of him that spake to me.

thongs, Paul said unto the cente 10 And I said, What shall I do, rion that stood by, Is it lawful for Lord? And the Lord said unto you to scourge a man that is a lo me, Arise, and go into Damascus, man, and uncondemned ? and there it shall be told thee of 26' When the centurion heer all things which are appointed for that, he went and told the chi thee to do.

captain, saying, Take heed wts 11 And when I could not see thou doest; for this man is a Re for the glory of that light, being man. led by the hand of them that 27 Then the chief captain cam were with me, I came into Da- and said unto him, Tell me, mascus.

thou a Roman? He said, Yea 12 And one Ananias, a devout 28 And the chief captain : man according to the law, having swered, With a great sum obtaine a good report of all the Jews which I this freedom. And Paul su dwelt there,

But I was free-born. 13 Came unto me, and stood, 29 Then straightway, they, and said unto me, Brother Saul, re- parted from him which should har ceive thy sight. And the same hour examined him: and the chief er I looked up upon him.

tain also was afraid after he kne 14 And he said, The God of our that he was a Roman, and becace fathers hath chosen thee, that thou he had bound him. shonldest know his will, and see 30 On the morrow, because that Just One, and shouldest hear would have known the certain the voice of his mouth.

wherefore he was accused of 15 For thou shalt be his witness Jews, he loosed him from unto all men of what thou hast seen bands, and commanded the child and heard.

priests and all their council to as 16 And now why tarriest thou ? pear, and brought Paul down, an arise, and be baptized, and wash I set him before them.

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people.

A conspiracy

CHAP. XXIII.

against Paul CHAP. XXIII.

have bound ourselves under a great Paul before the Jewish Council. curse, that we will eat nothing A

ND Paul, earnestly beholding until we have slain Paul.

the council, said, Men and 15 Now therefore ye with the brethren, I have lived in all good council signify to the chief captain, conscience before God until this that he bring him down unto you day.

to-morrow, as though ye would 2 And the high priest Ananias inquire something more perfectly commanded them that stood by concerning him: and we, or ever him, to smite him on the mouth. he come near, are ready to kill

3 Then said Paul unto him, God him. shall smite thee, thou whited wall: 16 And when Paul's sister's son for sittest thou to judge me after the heard of their lying in wait, he law, and commandest me to be went and entered into the castlo, smitten contrary to the law ? and told Paul.

4 And they that stood by, said, 17 Then Paul called one of the Revilest thou God's high priest? centurions unto him, and said,

5 Then said Paul, I wist not, Bring this young man unto the brethren, that he was the high chief captain ; for he hath a certain priest: for it is written, Thou shalt thing to tell him. not speak evil of the ruler of thy 18 So he took him, and brought

him to the chief captain, and said, 6 But when Paul perceived that Paul the prisoner called me unto the one part were Sadducees, and him, and prayed me to bring this the other Pharisees, he cried out young man unto thee, who hath in the council, Men and brethren, something to say unto thee. I am a Pharisee, the son of a 19 Then the chief captain took Pharisee: of the hope and resur- him by the hand and went with rection of the dead I am called in him aside privately, and asked question,

him, What is that thou hast to tell 7 And when he had so said, me? there arose a dissension between 20 And he said, The Jews have the Pharisees and the Sadducees: agreed to desire thee, that thou and the multitude was divided. wouldest bring down Paul to-mor

8 For the Sadducees say that row into the council, as though there is no resurrection, neither they would inquire somewhat of angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees him more perfectly. confess both.

2 do not thou yield unto 9. And there arose a great cry: them: for there lie in wait for him and the Scribes that were of the of them more than forty men, which Pharisees' part arose, and strove, have bound themselves with an saying, We find no evil in this oath, that they will neither eat nor man: but if a spirit or an angel drink till they have killed him: and hath spoken to him, let us not fight now are they ready, looking for a against God.

promise from thee. 10 And when there arose a great 22 So the chief captain then let dissension, the chief captain, fear- the young man depart, and charged ing lest Paul should have been him, See thou tell no man that pulled in pieces of them, com- thou hast shewed these thingsto me. manded the soldiers to go down, 23 And he called unto him two and to take him by force from centurions, saying, Make ready among them, and to bring him two hundred soldiers to into the castle.

Cesarea, and horsemen threescore 11 And the night following the and ten, and spearmen two hunLord stood by him, and said, Bedred, at the third hour of the of good cheer, Paul: for as thou night; hast testified of me in Jerusalem, 24 And provide them beasts, that so must thou bear witness also at they may set Paul on, and bring Rome.

him safe unto Felix the governor. 12 And when it was day, certain 25 And he wrote a letter after of the Jews banded together, and this manner : bound themselves under a curse, 26 Claudius Lysias,

unto the most saying, that they would neither eat excellent governor Felix, sendeth nor drink till they had killed Paul. greeting.

13 And they were more than 27 This man was taken of the forty which had made this con- Jews, and should have been killed spiracy.

of them : then came I with an 14 And they came to the chief army, and rescued him, having priests and elders, and said, We understood that he was a Roman.

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Paul is sent to Feliz. THE ACTS,

His defence 28 And when I would have 8 Commanding his accusers to known the cause wherefore they come unto thee: by examining of accused him, I brought him forth whom, thyself mayest take knowinto their council:

ledge of all these things whereof 29 Whom I perceived to be ac- we accuse him. cused of questions of their law, but 9 And the Jews also assented, to have nothing laid to his charge saying, That these things were so. worthy of death, or of bonds. 10 Then Paul, after that the go

30 And when it was told me vernor had beckoned unto him to how that the Jews laid wait for speak, answered, Forasmuch as I the man, I sent straightway to know that thou hast been of many thee, and gave commandment to years a judge unto this nation, I do his accusers also, to say before thee the more cheerfully answer for my what they had against him. Fare- self: well.

11 Because that thou mayest un31 Then the soldiers, as it was derstand, that there are yet bet commanded them, took Paul, and twelve days since I went up to Jebrought him by night to Antipa- rusalem for to worship. tris.

12 And they neither found me in 32 On the morrow they left the the temple disputing with any horsemen

to go with him, and re- man, neįther raising up the people, turned to the castle:

neither in the synagogues, nor in 33 Who, when they came to Ce- the city : sarea, and delivered the epistle to 13 Neither can they prove the the governor, presented Paul also things whereof they now aceis before him.

me. 34 And when the governor had 14 But this I confess unto thee, read the letter, he asked of what that after the way which they cal province he was. And when

he heresy, so worship I the God of my understood that he was of Cili- fathers, believing all things which cia;

are written in the law and in the 35 I will hear thee, said he, when prophets; thine accusers are also come. And 15 And have hope toward God, he commanded him to be kept in which they

themselves also allow, Herod's judgment-hall.

that there shall be a resurrectioa CHAP. XXIV.

of the dead, both of the just and Paul accused by Tertullus. unjust.

16 And herein do I exercise my A the hifter five days, Ananias

the high priest descended with self, to have always a conscience the elders, and with a certain orator void of offence toward God, and wamed Tertullus, who informed toward men. the governor against Paul.

17 Now, after many years, I 2 And when he was called forth, came to bring alms to my nation, Tertullus began to accuse him, and offerings. saying, Seeing that by thee we 18 Whereupon certain Jews from enjoy great quietness, and that very Asia found ine purified in the ter worthy, deeds are done unto this ple, neither with multitude, nor nation by thy providence,

with tumult: 3.We accept it always, and in 19 Who ought to have been here all places, most noble Felix, with before thee, and object, if they had all thankfulness.

aught against me. 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not 20 Or else let these same here further tedious unto thee, I pray say, if they have found any evil thee, that thou wouldest hear us of doing in me, while I stood before

clemency a few words. the council, 5 For we have found this man a 21 Except it be for this one voice, pestilent fellow, and a mover of that I cried, standing among them, sedition

among all the Jews Touching the resurrection of the throughout the world, and a ring-dead I am called in question by leader of the sect of the Naza- you this day. renes:

22 And when Felix heard these 6 Who also hath gone about to things, having more perfect know, profane the temple : whom we ledge of that way, he deferred took, and would have judged ac- them, and said, When Lysias the cording to our law :

chief captain shall come down, I 7 But the chief captain Lysias will know the uttermost of your came upon us, and with great vio- matter. lence took him away out of our hands,

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