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us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound for they will hear that thou art his own hands, and feet, and said, come. Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall 23 Do therefore this that we say the Jews at Jerusalem bind the to thee: We have four men which man that owneth this girdle, and have a yow on them; shall deliver him into the hands of 24 Them take, and purify thythe Gentiles.

self with them, and be at charges 12 And when we heard these with them, that they may shave things, both we, and they of that their heads : and all may know place, besought him not to go up that those things whereof they to Jerusalem.

were informed concerning thee, d 13 Then Paul answered, What are nothing; but that thou thyself mean ye to weep, and to break also walkest orderly, and keepest mine beart? for I am ready not to the law. be bound only, but also to die at d 25 As touching the Gentiles Jerusalem for the name of the which believe, we have written Lord Jesus.

and concluded that they observe d 14 And when he would not be no such thing, save only that they persuaded, we ceased, saying, The keep themselves from things offerwill of the Lord be done.

ed to idols, and from blood, and - 15 And after those days we took from strangled, and from fornicaup our carriages, and went up to tion. Jerusalem.

. | 26 Then Paul took the men, and f 16 There went with us also cer- the next day purifying himself tain of the disciples of Cesarea, with them, entered into the temple, and brought with them one Mna- to signify the accomplishment of son of Cyprus, an old disciple, with the days of purification, until that whom we should lodge.

an offering should be offered for g 17 And when we were come to every one of them. Jerusalem, the brethren received f 27 And when the seven days us gladly.

were almost ended, the Jews, 18 And the day following Paul which were of Asia, when they went in with us, unto James : and saw him in the temple, stirred up all the elders were present. all the people, and laid hands on

19 And when he had saluted him, them, he declared particularly c 28 Crying out, Men of Israel, what things God had wrought help. This is the man that teachamong the Gentiles by his ministry. eth all men every where against e 20 And when they heard it, they the people, and the law, and this glorified the Lord, and said unto place: and further, brought Greeks him, Thou seest, brother, how many also into the temple; and bath thousands of Jews there are which polluted this holy place. believe; and they are all zealous • 29 (For they had seen before of the law :

with him in the city, Trophimus, 21 And they are informed of thee, an Ephesian, whom they supposed that thou teachest all the Jews that Paul had brought into the which are among the Gentiles to temple.) forsake Moses, saying, That they 30 And all the city was moved, ought not to circumcise their chil. and the people ran together : and dren, neither to walk after the cus- they took Paul and drew him out toms.

of the temple. And forthwith the - 22 What is it therefore ? the mul- doors were shut. titude must needs come together: f 31 And as they went about to

kill him, tidings came unto the he spake in the Hebrew tongue to chief captain of the band, that all them, they kept the more silence: Jerusalem was in an uproar, and he saith,)

32 Who immediately took sol-g 3 I am verily a man which am a diers and centurions, and ran Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilidown unto them. And when they cia, yet brought up in this city at saw the chief captain and the sol- the feet of Gamaliel, and taught diers. they left beating of Paul. according to the perfect manner

f 33 Then the chief captain came of the law of the fathers, and was near and took him, and command-zealous toward God, as ye all are ed him to be bound with two this day. chains: and demanded who he 4 And I persecuted this way was, and what he had done. unto the death, binding and delir

34 And some cried one thing.Jering into prisons both men and some another, among the multi-women. tude: and when he could not g 5 As also the high priest doth know the certainty for the tumult, bear me witness, and all the estate he commanded him to be carried of the elders; from whom also I into the castle.

received letters unto the brethren, 35 And when he came upon the and went to Damascus, to bring stairs, so it was that he was borne them which were there bound unto of the soldiers, for the violence of Jerusalem, for to be punished. the people.

186 And it came to pass, that, as 36 For the multitude of the peo- I made my journey, and was come ple followed after, crying, Away nigh unto Damascus about noon, with him.

suddenly there shone from heaven f 37 And as Paul was to be led a great light round about me. into the castle, he said urito the 7 And I fell unto the ground, chief captain, May I speak unto and heard a voice saying unto me, thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Greek?

me? 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, 8 And I answered, Who art which before these days madest thou, Lord? And he said unto me, an uproar, and leddest out into the I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou wilderness four thousand men that persecutest. were murderers ?

T 9 And they that were with me g 39 But Paul said, I am a man saw indeed the light, and were which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in afraid ; but they heard not the Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city : voice of him that spake to me. and I beseech thee suffer me to a 10 And I said, What shall I do, speak unto the people.

Lord? And the Lord said unto me, f 40 And when he had given him Arise, and go into Damascus, and license, Paul stood on the stairs, there it shall be told thee of all and beckoned with the hand unto things which are appointed for thee the people. And when there was to do. made a great silence, he spake 11 And when I could not see for unto them in the Hebrew tongue, the glory of that light, being led by saying,

the hand of them that were with CHAP. XXII.

me, I came into Damascus. TEN, brethren, and fathers, c 12 And one Ananias, a devout VI hear ye my defence which man according to the law, having I make now unto you.

a good report of all the Jews which 2 (And when they heard that dwelt there,

In all

13 Came unto me, and stood, rion that stood by, Is it lawful for and said unto me, Brother Saul, 1 you to scourge a man that is a receive thy sight. And the same Roman, and uncondemned ? hour I looked up upon him.

26 When the centurion heard t 14 And he said, The God of our that, he went and told the chief fathers hath chosen thee, that thou captain, saying, Take heed what shouldest know his will, and see thou doest; for this man is a Roman. that Just One, and shouldest hear 27 Then the chief captain came, the voice of his mouth.

and said unto him, Tell me, art 15 For thou shalt be his witness thou a Roman? He said, Yea. unto all men of what thou hast 28 And the chief captain anseen and heard.

swered, With a great sum obtaind 16 And now why tarriest thou ? ed I this freedom. And Paul said, arise, and be baptized, and wash But I was free-born. away thy sins, calling on the name 29 Then straightway they deof the Lord.

parted from him which should have 17 And it came to pass, that, examined him: and the chief capwhen I was come again to Jeru- tain also was afraid, after he knew salem, even while I prayed in the that he was a Roman, and because temple, I was in a trance;

he had bound him. c 18 And saw him saying unto f30 On the morrow, because he me, Make haste, and get thee would have known the certainty quickly out of Jerusalem; for they wherefore he was accused of the will not receive thy testimony con- Jews, he loosed him from his bands cerning me.

and commanded the chief priests 19 And I said, Lord, they know and all their council to appear, that I imprisoned, and beat in and brought Paul down, and set every synagogue them that be- him down before them. lieved on thee:

CHAP. XXIII. 20 And when the blood of thy c A ND Paul, earnestly beholdmartyr Stephen was shed, I also A ing the council, said, Men was standing by, and consenting and brethren, I have lived in all unto his death, and kept the rai- good conscience before God until ment of them that slew him. this day.

21 And he said unto me, Depart: 2 And the high priest Ananias for I will send thee far hence unto commanded then that stood by the Gentiles.

him, to smite him on the mouth. f 22 And they gave him audience w 3 Then said Paul unto him. God unto this word, and then lifted up shall smite thee, thou whited wall: their voices, and said, Away with for sittest thou to judge me after such a fellow from the earth: for the law, and commandest me to be it is not fit that he should live. smitten contrary to the law ?

23 And as they cried out, and 4 And they that stood by, said, cast off their clothes, and threw Revilest thou God's high priest? dust into the air,

D 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, 24 The chief captain command- brethren, that he was the high ed him to be brought into the cas-priest: for it is written, Thou shalt tle, and bade that he should be not speak evil of the ruler of thy examined by scourging ; that he people. . might know wherefore they cried t 6 But when Paul perceived that so against him.

the one part were Sadducees, and f 25 And as they bound him with the other Pharisees, he cried out thongs, Paul said unto the centu- in the council, Men and brethren,

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I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pha- 16 And when Paul's sister's son risee: of the hope and resurrection heard of their lying in wait, he of the dead I am called in question. went and entered into the castle,

7 And when he had so said, and told Paul. there arose a dissension between $17 Then Paul called one of the the Pharisees and the Sadducees: centurions unto him, and said, and the multitude was divided. Bring this young man unto the

8 For the Sadducees say that chief captain ; for hie hath a cer. there is no resurrection, neither tain thing to tell him. angel, nor spirit: but the Phari- 18 So he took him, and brought sees confess both.

him to the chief captain, and said, 9 And there arose a great cry: Paul the prisoner called me unto and the scribes that were of the him, and prayed me to bring this Pharisees' part arose, and strove, young man unto thee, who hath saying, We find no evil in this man: something to say unto thee. but if a spirit or an angel hath f 19 Then the chief captain took spoken to him, let us not fight him by the hand and went with against God.

him aside privately, and asked him, f 10 And when there arose a great What is it that thou hast to tell me dissension, the chief captain, fear-1 20 And he said, The Jews have ing lest Paul should have been agreed to desire thee, that thou pulled in pieces of them com- wouldest bring down Paul to-mormanded the soldiers to go down, row into the council, as though and to take him by force from they would inquire somewhat of among them, and to bring him into him more perfectly. the castle.

1 21 But do not thou yield unto g 11 And the night following the them: for there lie in wait for Lord stood by him, and said, Be of him of them more than forty men, good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast which have bound themselves testified of me in Jerusalem, so with an oath, that they will neimust thou bear witness also at ther eat nor drink till they have Rome.

| killed him: and now are they c 12 And when it was day, cer-ready, looking for a promise from tain of the Jews banded together, thee. and bound themselves under al 22 So the chief captain then let curse, saying, that they would the young man depart, and charg. neither eat nor drink till they had ed him, Sce thou tell no man that killed Paul.

thou hast shewed these things to 13 And they were more than fortyme. which had made this conspiracy. f 23 And he called unto him two

f 14 And they came to the chief centurions, saying, Make ready two priests and elders, and said, We hundred soldiers to go to Cesarea, have bound ourselves under a and horsemen threescore and ten, great curse, that we will eat no- and spearmen two hundred, at the thing until we have slain Paul. third hour of the night;

15 Now therefore ye with the 24 And provide them beasts, that council signify to the chief cap- they may set Paul on, and bring tain, that he bring him down unto him safe unto Felix the governor. you to-morrow, as though ye 25 And he wrote a letter after would inquire something more this manner: perfectly concerning him: and we, 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the most or ever he come near, are ready excellent governor Felix, sendeth to kill him.

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27 This man was taken of the further tedious unto thee, I pray Tews, and should have been killed thee, that thou wouldest hear us of them: then came I with an of thy clemency a few words. urmy, and rescued him, having 5 For we have found this man understood that he was a Roman. Ja pestilent fellow, and a mover of se

28 And when I would have known dition among all the Jews throughhe cause wherefore they accused out the world, and a ring-leader of bim, I brought him forth into their the sect of the Nazarenes: Council:

16 Who also hath gone about to 29 Whom I perceived to be ac- profane the temple: whom we took, used of questions of their law, but and would have judged according to have nothing laid to his charge to our law: worthy of death, or of bonds. 7 But the chief captain Lysias

30 And when it was told me how came upon us, and with great viothat the Jews laid wait for the lence took him away out of our man, I sent straightway to thee, hands, and gave commandment to his ac- 8 Commanding his accusers to cusers also, to say before thee what come unto thee: by examining of they had against him. Farewell. whom, thyself mayest take knowlf31 Then the soldiers, as it was edge of all these things whereof commanded them, took Paul, and we accuse him. brought him by night to Antipatris. ' 9 And the Jews also assented,

32 On the morrow they left the saying, That these things were so. horsemen to go with him, and re-16 10 Then Paul, after that the goturned to the castle:

vernor had beckoned unto him to g 33 Who, when they came to Ce-speak, answered, Forasmuch as I sarea, and delivered the epistle to know that thou hast been of many the governor, presented Paul also years a judge unto this nation, I before him.

do the more cheerfully answer for 34 And when the governor had myself: read the letter, he asked of what 11 Because that thou mayest province he was. And when he understand, that there are yet but understood that he was of Cilicia; twelve days since I went up to

f 35 I will hear thee, said he, when Jerusalem for to worship. thine accusers are also come. And 12 And they neither found me he commanded him to be kept in in the temple disputing with any Herod's judgment-hall.

man, neither raising up the people, CHAP. XXIV.

neither in the synagogues, nor in if A ND after five days, Ananias the city:

A the high priest descended 13 Neither can they prove the with the elders, and with a certain things whereof they now accuse orator named Tertullus, who in-me. formed the governor against Paul. d 14 But this I confess unto thee,

2 And when he was called forth, that after the way which they call Tertullus began to accuse him, heresy, so worship I the God of saying, Seeing that by thee we en- my fathers, believing all things joy great quietness, and that very which are written in the law and worthy deeds are done unto this in the prophets: nati v thy providence,

It 15 And have hope toward Got 3 We accept it always, and in which they themselves also allon, all places, most noble Felis, with that there shall be a resurrectio i all thankfulness.

of the dead, both of the just an ! 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not'unjust.

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