Paul pleadeth his cause. CHAP. XXIII. He is sent to Felir. 863

27 Then the chief captain came, and li stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer', said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Ro | Paul : for as thou hast testified of me in manHe said, Yea.

Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness 28 And the chief captain answered, also at Rome. With a great sum obtained I this frec- 12 And when it was day, 'certain of dom. And Paul said, But I was free born: the Jews banded together, and bound

29 Then straightway they departed themselves under a curse, saying, that from him which should have examined they would neither eat nor drink till they him: and the chief captain also was a- bad killed Paul. fraid, after he knew that lie was a Ro 13 And they were more than forty man, and because he had bound him, which had made this conspiracy. , 30 On the morrow, because he would! 14 And they came to the chief priests have known the certainty wherefore he and elders, and said, We have bound was accused of the Jews, he loosed him 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 Paul down, and set signify to the chief eaptajn, that he bring him before them.

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

ye would inquire something more per1 Paul pleadeth his cause. 7 Dissension | fectly concerning him : and we, or ever

among his accusers. 23 He is sent to he come near, are ready to kill him. Felix.

16 And when Paul's sister's son heard AND Paul, earnestly beholding the of their lying in wait, he went and enterA council, said, Men and brethren, I ed into the castle, and told Paul. have lived in all good conscience before 17 Then Paul called one of the cenGod unul this day.

turions unto him, and said, Bring this 2 And the high priest Ananias com- | young man unto the chief captain : for manded them that stood by him, to smite || he hath a certain thing to tell him. him on the mouth.

18 So he took him, and brought him to 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall the chief captain, and said, Paul the prissmite thee, thou whited wall: for sittestoner called me unto him, and prayed me thou to judge me after the law, and com- to bring this young man mto thee, who mandest me to be smitten contrary to the hath something to say unto thee. law?

19 Then the chief captain took him by 4 And they that stood by, said, Revilest the hand, and went with him aside prithou God's high priest?

vately, and asked him, What is that thou 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, hast to tell me? that he was the high priest ; for it is 20 And he said, The Jews have agreed written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring ruler of thy people.

down Paul to morrow into the council, as 6 But when Paul perceived that the though they would inquire somewhat of one part were Sadducees, and the other him more perfectly. Pharisees, he cried out in the council, 21 But do not thou yield unto them : Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the for there lie in wait for him of them son of a Pharisee ; of the hope and resur more than forty men, which have bound rection of the dead I am called in question. hemselves with an oath, that they will

7 And when he had so said, there a- either eat nor drink till they have rose a dissension between the Pharisees killed him : and now are they ready, and the Sadducees : and the multitude looking for a promise from thee. It was divided.

22 So the chief captain then let the 8 For the Sadducees say that there is young man depart, and charged him. See no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit : thou tell no man that thou hast shewed but the Phariscss confess both.

these things to me. 9 And there arose a great cry : and 23 And he called unto him two centuthe scribes that were of the Pharisees rions, saying, Mike ready two hundred part arose, and sirove, saying, We tind soldiers to go to Cesarea, and horsemen no evil in this mm; but if a spirit or an threescore 2id ten, and spearmen two angel hiih spoken to him, let us not fight hundred, at the third hour of the right: against God.

24 And provide the n beasts, thi they 10 And lien there arosc a great dissen- may set Paul on, and bring him sate unto sion, the chief captain, tearing lest Paul Felix the governor. should have been pulled in pieces of them, <5 And he wrote a letter after this commarded the soldiers to go down, and manner : to take him by force from among them, 26 Claudius Lvsias, unto the most exand to bring him into the castle.

cellent governor Felix, sendeth greeting. 11 And the night fluwing the Lord . This man was taken of the Jews, 864 Paul accused by Tertullus. THE ACTS. He answerell for kżinsels. and should have been killed of them: then 11 9 And the Jews also assented, saying came I with an army, and rescued him. I that these things were sa having understood that he was a Roman. L 10 Then Paul, after that the governor

28. And when I would have known the had beckoned unto him to speak, anstercause wherefore they acoused him, Iled, Forasmuch as I know that thou has brought him forth into their council: been of many years a judge unto this

29 Whom I perceived to be accused nation, I do the more cheerfully answer of questions of their law, but to have for myself: nothing laid to his charge worthy of 11 Because that thou mayest understand, death, or of londs.

that there are yet but twelve days since 30 And when it was told me how that I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. the Jews laid wait for the man. I sent | 12 And they neither found me in the

straightway to thee, and gave command temple disputing with any man, neither - ment to his accusers also, to say before raising up the people, neither in the synthee what they had against him. Farewell. I agogues, nor in the city :

$1 Then the soldiers, as it was com 15 Neither can they prove the things manded them, took Paul, and brought || whereof they now accuse me. him by night to Antipatris.

14 But this I confess unto thee, that 32 On the morrow they left the horse- | after the way which they call heresy, so

worship I the God of my fathers, becastle :

lieving all things which are written in 33 Who, when they came to Cesarea, the law and the prophets : and delivered the epistle to the gover 15 And have hope toward God, which nor, presented Paul also before him. they themselves also allow, that there

34" And 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 wcie of Cilicia,

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

18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia CHAP. XXIV.

found me purified in the temple, neither 1 Paul accused by Tertullus, 10 answer- | with multitude, nor with tumult. eth for himself.

19 Who ought to have been here beAND after five days, Ananias the fore thee, and object, if they had auga

1 high priest descended with the el- | against me. ders, and with a certain orator named 20 Or else let these same here say, i Tertullus, who informed the governor | they have found any evil-doing in me. against Paul

while I stood before the council, °2 And when he was called forth; Ter- 21 Except it be for this one voice, that fullus began to accusé him, saying, See- I cried, standing among them, Touching ing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, ll the resurrection of the dead I am called and that very worthy deeds are done un 1| in question by you this day. to this nation by thy providence,

22 And when Felix heard these things 3 Weaccept it always, and in all places, having more perfect knowledge of that most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. way, he deferred them, and said, When

4 Notwithstanding, that I be not fur- Lysias the chief captain shall come down, 'ther tedious unto thee, I pray thee, that I will know the uttermost of your matter. thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency | 25 And he commanded a centurion to a few words.

keep Paul, and to let him have hberty, and 5 For 'we have found this man a that he should forbid none of his acquaint

among all the Jews throughout the 24 And after certain days, when Felis World, and a ring-leader of the sect of came with his wife Drusilla, which was the Nazienes :

· Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard 6. Who also luath gone about to profane hiin concerning the faith in Christ. the temple : whom we took, and would l 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, have judged according to our law. temperance, and judgment to come, Fe

7 But the chief captain Lysias came lix trembled, and answered, Go thy was rhon us, and with great violence took for this time; when I have a convenien him away out of our hands,

season, I will call for thee. % Commanding his accusers to come! 26 He hoped also that money should! Tinto thee : hy examining of whom, thyself have been given him of Paul, that he marest tako knowledge of all these ll night loose him: wherefore he sent for

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CHAP. xxv, XXVI. He is cleared by Featris. 865 27 But after two years Portius Festus | 16 To whom I answered, It is not the came into Felix's room: and Felix, will- | manner of the Romans to deliver any ing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left man to die, before that he which is acPaui bound.

ll'cused have the accusers face to face, and CHAP. XXV.

have license to answer for himself con1 Paul accused by the Jerus before Fes- | cerning the crime laid against him,

tus, 11 appealeth unto Cesar.. . 17 Therefore, when they were come N OW when Festus was come into the hither, without any delay on the morrow

I province, after three days he as- I sat on the judgment-seat, and com-
cen:led from Cesarea to Jerusalem.'' manded the man to be brought for:h;
, 2 Then the high priest and the chief 18 Against whom, when the accusers
of the Jews informed him against Paul, | stood up, they brought none accusation
and besought him,

of sich things as I supposed: ::
•' 3 And desired favour against him, that 19 But 'had certain questions against
he would send for him to Jerusalem, lay- him of their own superstition, and of one
ing wait in the way to kill him.

Jesus which was dead, whom Paul affirm4. But Festus answered, that Pauled to be alive. should be kept at Cesarea, and that he 20 And because I doubted of such himself would depart shortly thither. manner of questions, I asked him wheth

5 Let them therefore, said he, which er he would go to Jerusalem, and there among you are able, go down with me, be judged of these matters. and accuse this man, if there be any 21 But when Paul had appealed to be wickedness in him.

reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I 6 And when he had tarricd among Il commanded him to be kept till I might them more than ten days, he went down send him to Cesar. unto Cesarea ; and the next day sitting 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I in the judgment-seat, commanded Paul would also hear the man myself. To to be brought.

morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. 7 And when he was come, the Jews

23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa which came down from Jerusalem stood was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, round about, and laid many and grievous l and was entered into the place of hearcomplaints against Paul, which they could ing, with the chief captains and principal not prove ;

men of the city, at Festus' command· 8 While he answered for himself, Nei mėnt Paul was brought forth.. ther against the law of the Jews, neither 1 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and against the temple, nor yet against Cesar | all men which are here present with us, have I offended any thing at all.

ye see this man about whom all the mul9 But. Festus, willing to do the Jews a vitude of the Jews have dealt with me, pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be Il that he ought not to live any longer. judged of these things before me?

25 But when I found that he had com* 10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cesar'

s mitted nothing worthy of death, and that judgment-seat, where I ought to be judg- he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I ed : to the Jews have I done no wrong, have determined to send him. as thou very well knowest.

26 Of whom I have no certain thing 11 For if I be an offender, or have to write unto my lord. Wherere I have committed any thing worthy of death, I | brought him forth before you, and specrefuse not to die : but if there be none of | ially before thee, O king Agrippa, that these things whereof these accuse me, no i after examination had, I might have man may deliver me unto them. I ap somewhat to write. peal unto Cesar.

27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable 12 Then Festus, when he had con- to send a prisoner, and not withal to sigferred with the council, answered, Hast nify the crimes laid against him. thou appealed unto Cesar ? unto Cesar

CHAP. XXVI. shalt thou go.

1 Paul, before Agrippa, declareth his 13 And after certain days, king Agrip- life, 12 and his conversion. 24 Festus pa and Bernice came unto Cesarea, to chargeth him with madne88. salute Festus.

THEN Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou ; 14 And when they had been there 1 art permitted to speak for thyself. 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, 15 About whom, when I was at Jeru- because I shall answer for myself this salem, the chief priests and the elders of day before thee, touching all the things the Jews informed me, desiving to have | whereof I am accused of the Jews : judgment against him.

3 Especially, because I know thee to be 866 Paul's defence before Agriffia. THE ACTS. He is fironuncert innrenr. expert in all customs and questions which i tiles, that they should repent and turn to are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech | God, and do works meet for repentance. thee to hear me patiently.

21 For these causes the Jews caught me 4 My manner of life from my youth, 4 in the temple, and went about to kill me. which was at the first among mine own 22 Having therefore obtained help of nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, God, I continue unto this day, witness

5 Which knew mefroin the beginning, if ing both to small and great, saying none they would testify,thatafter themost strait- | other things than those which the prophest sect of our religion, I lived a Pliarisee. I ets and Moses did say should come:

6 And now I stand, and am judged for 23 That Christ should suffer, and that the hope of the promise made of God | he should be the first that should rise from unto our fathers : $ .

to the dead, and should shew light unto the 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, people, and to the Gentiles. instantly serving God day and night, hope 24 And as he thus spake for hirnself, to come. For which hope's sake, king Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. J art beside thyself; much learning doth

8 Why should it be thought a thing make thee måd. incredible with you, that God should 25 But he said, I am not mad, most raise the dead!

noble Festus ; but speak forth the words 9 I verily thought with myself, that I of truth and soberness. ought to do many things contrary to the 26 For the king knoweth of these name of Jesus of Nazareth.

things, before whom also I speak freely. 10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: For I am persuaded that none of these and many of the saints did I shut up in things are hidden from him'; for this prison, having received authority from the thing was not done in a corner. chief priests; and when they were put to 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the death, I gave my voice against them. prophets? I know that thou believest.

11 And I punished them oft in every 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Alsynagogue, and compelled them to blas most thou persuadest me to be a Christian. pheme ; and being exceedingly mad a 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that gainst them, I persecuted them even unto not only thou, but also all that hear me strange cities.

this day, were both almost, and altogeth12 Whereupon, as I went to Damas er such as I am, except these bonds cus, with authority and commission from 30 And when he had thus spoken, the the chief priests,

king rose up, and the governor, and Ber13 At mid-day, O king, I saw in the way nice, and they that sat with them a light from heaven, above the brightness 31 And when they were gone aside, of the sun, shining round about me, and they talked between themselves, saying, them which journeyed with me.

This man doeth nothing worthy of death, 14 And when we were all fallen to the or of bonds. earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, l 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, This man might have been set at liberty. Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is if he had not appealed unto Cesar. hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

CHAP. XXVII. . . 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And i Paul, shipping toward Rome, 10 forihe said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. telleth the danger of the voyage, il but

16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet : is not believed. 14 They are tossed for I have appeared unto thee for this

with a tempest, 41 and are shiptureckpurpose, to make thee a minister and a ed ; 43 yet all come safe to land. witness both of these things which thou AND when it was determined that we hast seen, and of those things in the A should sail into Italy, they delivered which I will appear unto thee;

Paul and certain other prisoners unto 17 Delivering thee from the people, one named Julius, a centurion of Auand from the Gentiles, unto whom now gustus' band. I send thee,

2 And entering into a ship of Adra18 To open their eyes, and to turn myttium, we launched, meaning to sail by theni from darkness to light, and from the coasts of Asia, one Aristarchus, a Mathe power of Satan unto God, that they cedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. may receive forgiveness of sins, and in-1 3 And the next day we touched at heritance among them which are sancti- Sidon. And Julius courteously entreat fied by faith that is in me.

Ned Paul, and gave Irim liberty to go onto 19 Whereupon, ( king Agrippa, I was his friends to refresh himself. not disobedient unto the heavenly vision : 4 And when we had launched from

20 But shewed first unto them of Damas- thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because cus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the winds were contrary. the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gen-1 5 And when we had sailed over the

Paul's dangerous voyage to Rome. CHAP. XXVII. He suffereth shipwreck. 867 sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came the angel of God, whose I am, and whom to Mira, a city of Lycia.

I serve, 6 And there the centurion found a ship 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he brought before Cesar: and lo, God hath put us therein.

given thee all them that sail with thee.. 7 And when we had sailed slowly many | 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: days, and scarce were come over against for I believe God, that it shall be even Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sail | as it was told me.. ed under Crete, over against Salmone: 26 Howbeit, we must be cast upon a

8 And hardly passing it, came unto a certain island. ,,się myli place which is called, The fair havens; | 27 But when the fourteenth night was high whereunto was the city of Lasea. come, as we were driven up and down in

9 Now when much time was spent, | Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemand when sailing was now dangerous, led that they drew near to some country: because the fast was now already past, 28 And sounded, and found it twenty Paul admonished them,

fathoms : and when they had gone a 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive little further, they sounded again, and that this voyage will be with hurt, and found it fifteen fathoms. : · much damage, not only of the lading and 29 Then fearing lest we should have ship, but also of our lives.

| fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors ii Nevertheless, the centurion believ out of the stern, and wished for the day. ed the master and the owner of the ship 30 And as the shipmen were about to more than those things which were spok || flee out of the ship, when they had let en by Paul.

down the boat into the sea, under colour 12 And because the haven was not as though they would have cast anchors commodious to winter in, the more part | out of the foreship, " ; advised to depart thence also, if by any 1 31 Paul said to the centurion, and to means they might attain to Phenice, and the soldiers, Except these abide in the there to winter; which is an haven of ship, ve cannot be saved. , Crete, and lieth toward the south-west 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes and north-west.

of the boat, and let her fall off. 13 And when the south wind blew 33 And while the day was coming on, softly, supposing that they had obtained Paul besought them all to take meat, their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed saying, This day is the fourteenth day close by Crete.

that ye have tarried, and continued fast14 But not long after there aree a || ing, having taken nothing too!!!!? gainst it a tempestuous wind, called Eu- \ 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some roclydon.

meat ; for this is for your health : for 15 And when the ship was caught, and there shall not an hair fall from the head could not bear up into the wind, we let of any of you. Idejsius her drive.

35 And when he had thus spoken, he 16 And running under a certain island took bread, and gave 'thanks to God in which is called Clauda, we had much presence of them all ; and when he had work to come by the boat :

broken it, he began to eat. jur. 17 Which when they had taken up, they 36 Then were they all of good cheer, used helps, undergirding the ship; and l and they also took some meat. fearing lest they should fall into the quick-ll 37 And we were in all in the ship two sands, strake sail, and so were driven. hundred threescore and sixteen-souls.

18 And we being exceedingly tossed 38 And when they had eaten enough, with a tempest, the next day they light- | they lightened the ship, and cast out the ened the ship;

wheat into the sea. 19 And the third day we cast out with 39 And when it was day, they knew our own hands the tackling of the ship. | not the land: but they discovered a cer

20 And when neither sun nor stars in tain creek with a shore, into the which many days appeared, and no small tem- || they were minded, it it were possible, to pest lay on us, all hope that we should thrust in the ship. be saved was then taken away.

40 And when they had taken up the 21 But after long abstinence, Paul stood anchors, they committed themselves unto forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, ye should have hearkened unto me, and and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, not have loosed from Crete, and to have and made towards shore. . . gained this harm and loss.

41 And falling into a place where two 22 And now I exhort you to be of good seas met, they ran the ship aground; cheer: for there shall be no loss of any i and the forepart stuck fast, and remainmun's life among you, but of the ship. ili ed unmoveable, but the hinder part was - 29 For there stood by me this night I broken with the violence of the waves. *

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