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but: rescued by the chief captain. CHAP. XXII. His harangue to the people. they saw the chief captain and silence, he spake unto them in the soldiers, they left beating of the Hebrew tongue, saying, Paul.

CHAP. XXII. 33 Then the chief captain Paul declareth at large, how he was convert

ed to the faith, 17 and called to his apostla came near and took him, and ship. 22° At the very mentioning of the commanded him to be bound Gentiles, the people exclaim on him. 24 He

should have been scourged, 25 but claiming with two chains : and demand- the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth. ed who he was, and what he had MEN, brethren, and fathers, done.

hear ye my defence which 34 And some cried one thing, I make now unto you. some another, among the mul- 2 (And when they heard that titude : and when he could not he spake in the Hebrew tongue know the certainty for the tu- to them, they kept the more simult, he commanded him to be lence : and he saith,) carried into the castle.

3 I am verily a man which am 35 And when he came upon a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in the stairs, so it was that he | Cilicia, yet brought up in this was borne of the soldiers, for city at the feet of Gamaliel, the violence of the people. and taught according to the

36 For the multitude of the perfect manner of the law of the people followed after, crying, fathers, and was zealous toward Away with him.

God, as ye all are this day. 37 And as Paul was to be led 4 And I persecuted this way into the castle, he said unto the unto the death, binding and de chief captain, May I speak un- livering into prisons both men to thee Who said, Canst thou and women. speak Greek?

5 As also the high priest 38 Art thou not that Egyp- doth bear me witness, and all tian, which before these days the estate of the elders; from madest an uproar, and leddest whom also I received letters out into the wilderness four unto the brethren, and went to thousand men that were mur-Damascus, to bring them which derers ?

were there bound unto Jerusa39 But Paul said, I am a man lem, for to be punished. which am a Jew of Tarsus, a 6 And it came to pass, that

, city in Cilicia, a citizen of no as I made my journey, and mean city : and I beseech thee was come nigh unto Damascus suffer me to speak unto the about noon, suddenly there people.

shone from heaven a great light 40 And when he had given round about me. him license, Paul stood on the 7 And I fell unto the ground, stairs, and beckoned with the and heard a voice saying unto hand unto the people. And me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest when there was made a great thou me?

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Poul declarëth his conversion, THE ACTS und call to the apostleship 8 And I answered, Who art rusalem, even while I prayed in thou, Lord ? And he said unto the temple, I was in a trance; me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, 18 And saw him saying unto whom thou persecutest. me, Make haste, and get thèo

9 And they that were with quickly out of Jerusalem; for me saw indeed the light, and they will not receive thy testiwere afraid ; but they heard not mony concerning me. the voice of him that spake to 19° And I said, Lord, they

know that I imprisoned, and 10 And I said, What shall I beat in every synagogue them do, Lord ? And the Lord said that believed on thee: unto me, Arise, and go into 20 And when the blood of Damascus, and there it shall be thy martyr Stephen was shed, I told thee of all things which are also was standing by, and conappointed for thee to do.

senting unto his death, and kept 11 And when I could not see the raiment of them that slew for the glory of that light, being him. led by the hand of them that 21 And he said unto me, were with me, I came into Da Depart: for I will send thee mascus.

far hence unto the Gentiles. 12 And one Ananias, a de- 22 And they gave him auvout man according to the law, dience unto this word, and then having a good report of all the lifted up their voices, and said, Jews which dwelt there, Away with such a fellow from

13 Came unto me, and stood, the earth: for it is not fit that and said unto me, Brother Saul, he should live. receive thy sight. And the

And the 23 And as they cried out, and same hour I looked up upon cast off their clothes, and threw him.

dust into the air 14 And he said, The God of 24 The chief captain comour fathers hath chosen thee, manded him to be brought into that thou shouldest know his the castle, and bade that he will, and see that Just One, should be examined by scourgand shouldest hear the voice of ing; that he might know wherehis mouth.

fore they cried so against him. 15 For thou shalt be his wit- 25 And as they bound him ness unto all men of what thou with thongs, Paul said unto the hast seen and heard.

centurion that stood by, Is it 16 And now why tarriest lawful for you to scourge a man thou ? arise, and be baptized, that is a Roman, and unconand wash away thy sins, calling demned ? on the name of the Lord.

26 When the centurion heard 17 And it came to pass, that, that, he went and told the chief when I was come again to Je- ! captain, saying, Take heed what

- 6 But when Paul perceived

He is brought before the council. CHÅP. XXIII. Dissensions among his scorsers... thou doest; for this man is as commandest me to be smitten ? Román.

contrary to the law? 27 Then the chief captain 4 And they that stood by: came, and said unto him, Tell said, Revilest thou God's high- :: me, art thou a Roman? He priest ? said, Yea.

5 Then said Paul, I wist not, 28 And the chief captain an- brethren, that he was the high swered, With a great sum ob- priest : for it is written, Thou tained I this freedom. And shalt not speak evil of the ruler Paul said, But I was free-born. of thy people.

29 Then straightway they departed from him which should that the one part were Sadduhave examined him: and the cees, and the other Pharisees, chief-captain also was afraid, he cried out in the council, Men after he knew that he was a and brethren, I am a Pharisee, Roman, and because he had the son of a Pharisee: of the bound him.

hope and resurrection of the 30 On the morrow, because dead I am called in question. he would have known the cer- 7 And when he had so said, tainty wherefore he was accu- there arose a dissension between sed of the Jews, he loosed him the Pharisees and the Saddufrom his bands, and commanded cees: and the multitude was the chief priests and all their divided. council to appear, and brought 8 For the Sadducees say Paul down, and set him before there is no resurrection, neither them.

angel, nor spirit: but the PhariCHAP. XXIII.

sees confess both. 1 As Paul pleadeth his cause, 2 Ananias com- 9 And there arose a great cry: among his accusers. him. 14 The Jews' laying, wait for Paul | Pharisees' part arose, 20 is declared unto the chief captain. 27

Pharisees’part arose, and strove, He sendeth him to Felix the governor. saying, We find no evil in this

ND Paul, earnestly be- man: but if a spirit or an angel

holding the council, said, hath spoken to him, let us not Men and brethren, I have liv- fight against God. ed in all good conscience before

10 And when there arose a God until this day.

great dissension, the chief cap2 And the high priest Ana- tain, fearing lest Paul should nias commanded them that have been pulled in pieces of stood by him, to smite him on them, commanded the soldiers the mouth.

to go down, and to take him by 3 Then said Paul unto him, force from among them, and to God shall smite thee, thou bring him into the castle. . whited wall: for sittest thou 11 And the night following to judge me after the law, and I the Lord stood by him, and

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A conspiracy against Poul is THE ACTS. disclosed to the chief captain, said, Be of good cheer, Paul : took him by the hand and for as thou hast testified of me went with him aside privately, in Jerusalem, so must thou bear and asked him, What is that witness also at Rome.

thou hast to tell me? 12 And when it was day, cer- 20 And he said, The Jews tain of the Jews banded togeth- have agreed to desire thee, that er, and bound themselves under thou wouldest bring down Paul a curse, saying, that they would to-morrow into the council, as neither eat nor drink till they though they would inquire somehad killed Paul.

what of him more perfectly. 13 And they were more than 21 But do not thou yield unto forty which had made this con- them: for there lie in wait for spiracy.

him of them more than forty 14 And they came to the men, which have bound themchief priests and elders, and selves with an oath, that they said, We have bound ourselves will neither eat nor drink till under a great curse, that we they have killed him: and now will eat nothing until we have are they ready, looking for a slain Paul.

promise from thee. 15 Now therefore ye with the 22 So the chief captain then council signify to the chief cap- let the young man depart, and tain, that he bring him down charged him, See thou tell no unto you to-morrow, as though man that thou hast shewed ye would inquire something these things to me. more perfectly concerning him: 23 And he called unto him and we, or ever he come near, two centurions, saying, Make are ready to kill him.

ready two hundred soldiers to 16 And when Paul's sister's go to Cesarea, and horsemen son heard of their lying in wait, threescore and ten, and spearhe went and entered into the men two hundred, at the third castle, and told Paul.

hour of the night; 17 Then Paul called one of 24 And provide them beasts, the centurions unto him, and that they may set Paul on, and said, Bring this young man un- bring him safe unto Felix the to the chief captain; for he hath governor. a certain thing to tell him.

25 And he wrote a letter after 18 So he took him, and this manner: brought him to the chief cap- 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the tain, and said, Paul the pris- most excellent governor Felix, oner called me unto him, and sendeth greeting. prayed me to bring this young 27 This man was taken of the man unto thee, who hath some Jews, and should have been thing to say unto thee.

killed of them: then came ] 19 Then the chief captain with an army, and rescued him, ,

who sendeth him to Felix.

CHAP. XXIV. He is accused by Tertulluş. having understood that he was

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ND after five days, Ana a Roman.

nias the high priest de28 And when I would have scended with the elders, and known the cause wherefore they with a certain orator named accused him, I brought him Tertullus, who informed the forth into their council :

governor against Paul. 29 Whom I perceived to be 2 And when he was called accused of questions of their forth, Tertullus began to accuse law, but to have nothing laid him, saying, Seeing that by thee to his charge worthy of death, we enjoy great quietness, and or of bonds.

that very worthy deeds are done 30 And when it was told me unto this nation by thy provihow that the Jews laid wait dence, for the man, I sent straightway 3 We accept it always, and to thee, and gave commandment in all places, most noble Felix, to his accusers also, to say be- with all thankfulness. fore thee what they had against 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not him. Farewell.

further tedious unto thee, I pray 31 Then the soldiers, as it thee, that thou wouldest hear was commanded them, took us of thy clemency a few words. . Paul, and brought him by night 5 For we have found this man to Antipatris.

a pestilent fellow, and a mover 32 On the morrow they left of sedition among all the Jews the horsemen to go with him, throughout the world, and a and returned to the castle: ring-leader of the sect of the

33 Who, when they came to Nazarenes : Cesarea, and delivered the 6 Who also hath gone about epistle to the governor, present to profane the temple : whom ed Paul also before him.

we took, and would have judged 34 And when the governor according to our law : had read the letter, he asked of 7 But the chief captain Lywhat province he was. And sias came upon us, and with when he understood that he great violence took him away was of Cilicia;

out of our hands, 35 I will hear thee, said he, 8 Commanding his accusers when thine accusers are also to come unto thee : by examincome. And he commanded him ing of whom, thyself mayest to be kept in Herod's judgment- take knowledge of all these hall.

things whereof we accuse him. CHAP. XXIV.

9 And the Jews also assented, 1 Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator; saying, That these things were

10 answereth for his iife and doctrine. 24 He preacheth Christ to the governor and kis wife. 26 The governor hopeth for a bribe, 10 Then Paul, after that the but in vain. 27 Ai last going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.

governor had beckoned unto

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