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Paul's charge to the

The Acts.

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 1 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 seasons,

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, I ceased not to warneyou publickly, and from house veryone night and day with tears. to house,

32 And now, brethren, I com21 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. ine.

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 lise 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 1 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.

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Chap. xxi.

His bonds foretold. And they accompanied him unto Judea a certain prophet, named the ship.

Agabus.
CHAP. XXI.

11 And, when he was come unPaul imprisoned at fcrusalem. 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 aboarri, 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, finding disciples, wetar-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 oneofanother, we took ship; 17 1 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 ccurse from Tyre, we came 18 And the day following Paul to Piglemais, 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 salutech 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 oncjthey glorified the Lord, and said of the seven, andabode with him. unto him, Thou seest, brother,

9 And the same man liad four how many thousands of Jews daughters, virgins, which did there are which believe; and they prophesy.

are all zealous of the law: 10 Ånci'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 A&ts. Paul apprehenderl. 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 suppos. children, neither to walk after the ed that Paul had brought into the customs.

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 wiil hear that thou they took Paul, and crew him out art come.

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 sola thing; but that thou thyself also diers, they left beating of Paul. walkest orderly, and keepest the 33 Then the chief captain came law.

near, and took him, and com25 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 peo. offered for every one of them. ple followed after, crying, Away

27 TAnd, when the seven days with him, were almost ended, the Jews. 37 And as Paul was to be lect 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 poiluted this holy place. zuhich ain a Jew of Tarsus, ( city

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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.

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 sinto 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.

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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 an 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 wit

ness uato 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 Loril, 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 wascome teniple, 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

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 synagogųe them that be: thou, Lord ? Anci he said untollicved on thee:

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Paul's declaration Chap. xxij. 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.

ND , earnestly hehold 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 hel 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 tojudge me ed him to be brought into the cas- after the law, and commandest me tle, and bade that he should be ex- tobe 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 Then said Paul, I wist not, bre. 25 1 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 re

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 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.

man.

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