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CHAP. XXV. self, to have always a conscience N OW when Festus was come void of offence toward God, and IV into the province, after toward men.

three days he ascended from Ced 17 Now, after many years, I sarea to Jerusalem. came to bring alms to my nation, 2 Then the high priest and the and offerings.

chief of the Jews informed him 18 Whereupon certain Jews from against Paul, and besought hinn, Asia found me purified in the tem- 3 And desired favour against hiin, ple, neither with multitude, nor that he would send for him to de with tumult:

rusalem, laying wait in the way to 19 Who ought to have been here kill him. before thee, and object, if they had 4 But Festus answered, that aught against me.

Paul should be kept at Cesarea 20 Or else let these same here say, and that he himself would depart if they have found any evil-doing in shortly thither. me, while I stood before the council, 5 Let them therefore, said he, t 21 Except it be for this one voice, which among you are able, go that I cried, standing among them, down with me, and accuse this Touching the resurrection of the man, if there be any wickedness in dead I am called in question by him. you this day.

6 And when he had tarried f 22 And when Felix heard these among thein more than ten days, things, having more perfect know- he went down unto Cesarea ; and ledge of that way, he deferred them, the next day sitting on the judgand said, When Lysias the chief ment-seat, commanded Paul to be captain shall come down, I will brought. know the uttermost of your matter. f7 And when he was come, the

23 And he commanded a cen- Jews which came down from Jeturion to keep Paul, and to let him rusalem stood round about, and have liberty, and that he should laid many and grievous complaints forbid none of his acquaintance to against Paul, which they could not minister, or come unto him. I prove;

f 24 And after certain days, when 8 While he answered for himFelix came with his wife Drusilla, self, Neither against the law of the which was a Jewess, he sent for Jews, neither against the temple, Paul, and heard him concerning nor yet against Cesar have I of the faith in Christ.

fended any thing at all. 25 And as he reasoned of right- 9 But Festus, willing to do the eousness, temperance, and judg- Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, ment to come, Felix trembled, and and said, Wilt thou go up to Jeruanswered, Go thy way for this salem, and there be judged of these time ; when I have a convenient things before me? season, I will call for thee.

10 Then said Paul, I stand at c 26 He hoped also that money Cesar's judgment-seat, where I should have been given him of ought to be judged: to the Jews Paul, that he might loose him: have I done no wrong, as thou wherefore he sent for him the of very well knowest. tener, and communed with him. 11 For if I be an offender, or

27 But after two years Porcius have committed any thing worthy Festus came into Felix' room:of death, I refuse not to die: but. and Felix, willing to shew the Jews if there be none of these things a pleasure, left Paul bound. whereof these accuse me, no man

may deliver me unto them. I ap-|Agrippa was come, and Bernice, peal unto Cesar.

with great pomp, and was entered 12 Then Festus, when he had into the place of hea:ing, with the conferred with the council, an-chief captains and principal men swered, Hast thou appealed unto of the city, at Festus' commandCesar? unto Cesar shalt thou go. ment Paul was brought forth.

f13 And after certain days, king 24 And Festus said, King AgripAgrippa and Bernice came unto pa, and all men which are here Cesarea, to salute Festus.

present with us, ye see this man 14 And when they had been about whom all the multitude of there many days, Festus declared the Jews have dealt with me, both Paul's cause unto the king, saying, at Jerusalem, and also here, crying There is a certain man left in that he ought not to live any longer. bonds by Felix:

25 But when I found that he 15 About whom, when I was at had committed nothing worthy of Jerusalem, the chief priests and the death, and that he himself hath elders of the Jews informed me, desi- appealed to Augustus, I have dering to have judgment against him. termined to send him.

16 To whom I answered, It is 26 Of whom I have no certain not the manner of the Romans to thing to write unto my lord. deliver any man to die, before that Wherefore I have brought him he which is accused have the ac- forth before you, and specially becusers face to face, and have li- fore thee, Oʻking Agrippa, that af. cense to answer for himself con- ter examination had, I might have cerning the crime laid against him. somewhat to write.

17 Therefore, when they were 27 For it seemeth to me unreacome hither, without any delay sonable to send a prisoner, and not on the morrow I sat on the judg- withal to signify the crimes laid ment-seat, and commanded the against him. man to be brought forth;

CHAP. XXVI. 18 Against whom, when the ac- frTHEN Agrippa said unto Paul, cusers stood up, they brought none I Thou art permitted to speak accusation of such things as I sup- for thyself. Then Paul stretched posed:

forth the hand, and answered for 19 But had certain questions himself: against him of their own supersti- 2 I think myself happy, king tion, and of one Jesus, which was Agrippa, because I shall answer dead, whom Paul affirmed to be for myself this day before thee, alive.

touching all the things whereof I 20 And because I doubted of am accused of the Jews: such manner of questions, I asked k 3 Especially, because I know him whether he would go to Jeru- thee to be expert in all customs salem, and there be judged of these and questions which are among the matters.

Jews: wherefore I beseech thee 21 But when Paul had appealed to hear me patiently. to be reserved unto the hearing of 4 My manner of life from my Augustus, I commanded him to be youth, which was at the first kept till I might send him to Cesar. among mine own nation at Jeru

22 Then Agrippa said unto Fes-salem, know all the Jews, tus, I would also hear the man my- 5 Which knew me from the beself. To-morrow, said be, thou ginning, (if they would testisy,) that: shalt hear him.

after the most straitest sect of our f 23 And on the morrow, when I religion, I lived a Pharisee.

6 And now I stand, and ample, and from the Gentiles, unto judged for the hope of the promise whom now I send thee, made of God unto our fathers: t 18 To open their eyes, and to

7 Unto which promise our turn them from darkness to light. twelve tribes, instantly serving and from the power of Satan unto God day and night, hope to come. (God, that they may receive forFor which hope's sake, king Agrip-giveness of sins, and inheritance pa, I am accused of the Jews. among them which are sanctified 1 8 Why should it be thought a by faith that is in me. thing incredible with you, that God 19 Whereupon, Oking Agrippa, should raise the dead?

I was not disobedient unto the 9 I verily thought with myself, heavenly vison : that I ought to do many things d 20 But shewed first unto them contrary to the name of Jesus of of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, Nazareth.

and throughout all the coasts of 10 Which thing I also did in Je-Judea, and then to the Gentiles, rusalem: and many of the saints that they should repent and turn did I shut up in prison, having re- to God, and do works meet for received authority from the chief pentance. priests; and when they were put 21 For these causes the Jews to death, I gave my voice against caught me in the temple, and went them.

about to kill me. € 11 And I punished them oft in t 22 Having therefore obtained every synagogue, and compelled help of God, I continue unto this them to blaspheme; and being ex- day, witnessing both to small and ceedingly mad against them, I great, saying none other things persecuted them even unto strange than those which the prophets and cities.

Moses did say should come: g 12 Whereupon, as I went to Da- t 23 That Christ should suffer, mascus, with authority and com- and that he should be the first that mission from the chief priests, should rise from the dead, and m 13 At mid-day, Oking, I saw in should shew light unto the people, the way a light from heaven, above and to the Gentiles. the brightness of the sun, shining 24 And as he thus spake for him. round about me, and them which self, Festus said with a loud voice, journeyed with me.

Paul, thou art beside thyself; much 14 And when we were all fallen learning doth make thee mad. to the earth. I heard a voice speak- 25 But he said, I am not mad. ing unto me, and saying in the He-most noble Festus; but speak forth brew tongue, Saul, Saul, why per- the words of truth and soberness. secutest thou me? It is hard for k 26 For the king knoweth of these thee to kick against the pricks. things, before whom also I speak

15 And I said, Who art thou, freely. For I am persuaded that Lord? And he said, I am Jesus none of these things are hidden whom thou persecutest.

from him ; for this thing was not go 16 But rise, and stand upon thy done in a corner. feet: for I have appeared unto 27 King Agrippa, believest thou thee for this purpose, to make thee the prophets? I know that thou a minister and a witness both of believest. these things which thou hast seen, 28 Then, Agrippa said unto Paul, and of those things in the which Í Almost thou persuadest me to be a will appear unto thee;

Christian. 17 Delivering thee from the peo- l 29 And Paul said, I would to

God, that not only thou, but also spent, and when sailing was now all that hear me this day, were dangerous, because the fast was both almost, and altogether such now already past, Paul admonishas I am, except these bonds. ed them,

f 30 And when he had thus spool 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I ken, the king rose up, and the perceive that this voyage will be governor, and Bernice, and they with hurt and much damage, not that sat with them:

only of the lading and ship, but 31 And when they were gone also of our lives. aside, they talked between them- 11 Nevertheless, the centurion selves, saying, This man doeth no-believed the master and the owner thing worthy of death, or of bonds. of the ship more than those things

32 Then said Agrippa unto Fes- which were spoken by Paul. tus, This man might have been set g 12 And because the haven was at liberty, if he had not appealed not commodious to winter in, the unto Cesar.

more part advised to depart thence CHAP. XXVII. also, if by any means they might f A ND when it was determined, lattain to Phenice, and there to

A that we should sail into Italy, winter; which is a haven of Crete, they delivered Paul and certain and lieth toward the south-west other prisoners unto one named and north-west. Julius, a centurion of Augustus' f 13 And when the south wind band.

blew softly, supposing that they g 2 And entering into a ship of had obtained their purpose, loosing Adramyttium, we launched, mean thence, they sailed close by Crete. ing to sail by the coasts of Asia, 14 But not long after there arose one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of against it a tempestuous wind, Thessalonica, being with us. called Euroclydon.

3 And the next day we touched 15 And when the ship was at Sidon. And Julius courteously caught, and could not bear up entreated Paul, and gave him into the wind, we let her drive. liberty to go unto his friends to f 16 And running under a certain refresh himself.

| island which is called Clauda, we nd when we had launched had much work to come by the from thence, we sailed under Cy- boat: prus, because the winds were con- 17 Which when they had taken trary.

up, they used helps, undergirding g 5 And when we had sailed over the ship ; and fearing lest they the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, should fall into the quicksands, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. strake sail, and so were driven.

6 And there the centurion found 18 And we being exceedingly a ship of Alexandria sailing into tossed with a tempest, the next Italy ; and he put us therein. day they lightened the ship ; f 7 And when we had sailed slow-l 19 And the third day we cast ly many days, and scarce were out with our own hands the tackcome over against Cnidus, the ling of the ship. wind not suffering us, we sailed 20 And when neither sun nor under Crete, over against Salmone: stars in many days appeared, and, g 8 And hardly passing it, came no sinall tempest lay on us, all unto a place which is called, The hope that we should be saved was Fair Havens ; nigh whereunto was then taken away. the city of Lasea.

I 21 But after long abstinence, f9 Now, when much time was Paul stood forth in the midst of

them, and said, Sirs, ye should some meat ; for this is for your have hearkened unto me, and not health: for there shall not a hair have loosed from Crete, and to fall from the head of any of you. have gained this harm and loss. d 35 And when he had thus spoqr 22 And now I exhort you to be ken, he took bread, and gave thanks of good cheer: for there shall be to God in presence of them all; no loss of any man's life among and when he had broken it, he you, but of the ship.

began to eat. í 23 For there stood by me this 36 Then were they all of good night the angel of God, whose I cheer, and they also took some am, and whom I serve,

meat. 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou f 37 And we were in all in the ship must be brought before Cesar: and two hundred threescore and sixlo, God hath given thee all them teen souls. that sail with thee.

38 And when they had eaten 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good enough, they lightened the ship, cheer: for I believe God, that it and cast out the wheat into the sea. shall be even as it was told me. I 39 And when it was day, they go 26 Howbeit, we must be cast knew not the land: but they disupon a certain island.

covered a certain creek with a g 27 But when the fourteenth shore, into the which they were night was come, as we were driven minded, if it were possible, to up and down in Adria, about mid-thrust in the ship. night the shipmen deemed that 40 And when they had taken up they drew near to some country ; the anchors, they committed them

28 And sounded, and found it selves unto the sea, and loosed the twenty fathoms: and when they rudder-bands, and hoisted up the had gone a little further, they mainsail to the wind, and made sounded again, and found it fifteen toward shore. fathoms.

41 And falling into a place f 29 Then fearing lest they should where two seas met, they ran the have fallen upon rocks, they cast ship aground; and the fore part four anchors out of the stern, and stuck fast, and remained unmovewished for the

lable, but the hinder part was 30 And as the shipmen were broken with the violence of the about to flee out of the ship, when waves. they had let down the boat into 42 And the soldiers' counsel was the sea, under colour as though to kill the prisoners, lest any of they would have cast anchors out them should swim out, and escape. of the foreship,

143 But the centurion, willing to d 31 Paul said to the centurion, save Paul, kept them from their and to the soldiers, Except these purpose, and commanded that they abide in the ship, ye cannot be which could swim, should cast saved.

themselves first into the sea, and 32 Then the soldiers cut off the get to land: ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. a 44 And the rest, some on boards,

33 And while the day was and some on broken pieces of the coming on, Paul besought them all ship. And so it came to pass, that to take meat, saying, This day is they escaped all safe to land. the fourteenth day that ye have CHAP. XXVIII. tarried, and continued fasting, lg AND when they were esca. having taken nothing.

A ped, then they knew that 34 Wherefore I pray you to take the island was called Melita.

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