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Paul's defence of his life
and doctrine before Felix. him to speak, answered, Foras- | say, if they have found any evil much as I know that thou hast doing in me, while I stood bebeen of many years a judge un- fore the council, to this nation, I do the more 21 Except it be for this one cheerfully answer for myself: voice, that I cried, standing
11 Because that thou mayest among them, Touching the understand, that there are yet resurrection of the dead I am but twelve days since I went called in question by you this up to Jerusalem for to worship day.
12 And they neither found 22 And when Felix heard me in the temple disputing with these things, having more perany man, neither raising up the fect knowledge of that way, he people, neither in the syna- deferred them, and said, When gogues, nor in the city : Lysias the chief captain shall
13 Neither can they prove come down, I will know the the things whereof they now uttermost of your matter.
23 And he commanded a cen14 But this I confess unto turion to keep Paul, and to let thee, that after the way which him have liberty, and that he they call heresy, so worship I should forbid none of his acthe God of my fathers, believ- quaintance to minister, or come ing all things which are writ- unto him. ten in the law and in the proph- 24 And after certain days,
when Felix came with his wife :15 And have hope toward Drusilla, which was a Jewess, God, which they themselves al- he sent for Paul, and heard so allow, that there shall be a him concerning the faith in resurrection of the dead, both of Christ. the just and unjust.
25 And as he reasoned of 16 And herein do I exercise righteousness, temperance, and myself, to have always a con- judgment to come, Felix tremscience void of offence toward bled, and answered, Go thy God, and toward men.
way for this time ; when I have 17 Now, after many years, I a convenient season, I will call came to bring alms to my na- for thee. tion, and offerings.
26 He hoped also that money : 18 Whereupon certain Jews should have been given him of from Asia found me purified in Paul, that he might loose him : the temple, neither with mul- wherefore he sent for him the titude, nor with tumult:
oftener, and communed with :19 Who ought to have been him. here before thee, and object, if 27 But after two years Porthey had aught against me. cius Festus came into Felix' - 20 Or else let these same here room: and Felix, willing to
Paul accused before Festus. CHAP. XXV.
He appealeth to Cesar. shew the Jews a pleasure, left temple, nor yet against Cesar Paul bound.
have I offended any thing at all.
9 But Festus, willing to do 2 The Jews accuse Paul before Festus. 8
the Jews a pleasure, answered He answereth for himself, 11 and appealeth Paul, and said, Wilt thou go
14 Afterwards Festus openeth kis matter to king_Agrippa, 23 and he is up to Jerusalem, and there be brought forth. 25 Festus
cleareth him to have judged of these things before done nothing worthy of death. NOW W when Festus
10 Then said Paul, I stand at come into the province, Cesar's judgment-seat, where after three days he ascended I ought to be judged: to the from Cesarea to Jerusalem.
Jews have I done no wrong, as 2 Then the high priest and thou very well knowest. the chief of the Jews informed 11 For if I be an offender, him against Paul, and besought or have committed any thing him,
worthy of death, I refuse not 3. And desired favour against to die : but if there be none him, that he would send for of these things whereof these him to Jerusalem, laying wait accuse me, no man may deliver in the way to kill him.
me unto them. I appeal unto 4 But Festus answered, that Cesar. Paul should be kept at Cesa- 12 Then Festus, when he had rea, and that he himself would conferred with the council, andepart shortly thither.
swered, Hast thou appealed un5 Let them therefore, said he, to Cesar ? unto Cesar shalt which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this 13 And after certain days, king man, if there be any wickedness Agrippa and Bernice came unto in him.
Cesarea, to salute Festus. 6 And when he had tarried 14 And when they had been
them more than ten there many days, Festus dedays, he went down unto Ces clared Paul's cause unto the area ; and the next day sitting king, saying, There is a certain on the judgment-seat, command- man left in bonds by Felix : ed Paul to be brought.
15 About whom, when I was 7 And when he was come, the at Jerusalem, the chief priests Jews which came down from and the elders of the Jews inJerusalem stood round about, formed me, desiring to have and laid many and grievous judgment against him. complaints against Paul, which 16 To whom I answered, It they could not prove;
is not the manner of the Ro8 While he answered for him- mans to deliver any man to die, self, Neither against the law of before that he which is accused the Jews, neither against the have the accusers face to face,
Agrippa desireth to hear Paul. THE ACTS.
Parul declareth his life, and have license to answer for dealt with me, both at Jerusahimself concerning the crime lem, and also here, crying that laid against him.
he ought not to live any longer. 17 Therefore, when they were 25 But when I found that he come hither, without any de- had committed nothing worthy lay on the morrow I sat on the of death, and that he himself judgment-seat, and commanded | hath appealed to Augustus, I the man to be brought forth; have determined to send him.
18 Against whom, when the 26 Of whom I have no ceraccusers stood up, they brought tain thing to write unto my lord. pone accusation of such things Wherefore I have brought him as I supposed :.
forth before you, and specially 19 But had certain questions before thee, king. Agrippa, against him of their own super- that after examination had, I stition, and of one Jesus, which might have somewhat to write was dead, whom Paul affirmed 27 For it seemeth to me unto be alive.
reasonable to send a prisoner, 20. And because I doubted of and not withal to signify the such · manner of questions, I crimes laid against him. asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be
2 Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declareth judged of these matters.
his life from his childhood, 12 and how mi21 But when Paul had ap
raculously he was converted, and called to
his apostleship. 24 Festus chargeth him to pealed to be reserved unto the be mad, whereunto he answereth modestly,
20 Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a hearing of Augustus, I com- Christian. 31 The whole company pronounce manded him to be kept till I might send him to Cesar.
THEN Agrippa said unto 22 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to Festus, I would also hear the speak for thyself. Then Paul man myself. To-morrow, said stretched forth the hand, and he, thou shalt hear him.
answered for himself: 23 And on the morrow, when 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa was come, and Bernice, Agrippa, because I shall answer with great pomp, and was en- for myself this day before thee, tered into the place of hearing, touching all the things whereof with the chief captains and I am accused of the Jews : principal men of the city, at 3 Especially, because I know Festus' commandment Paul was thee to be expert in all customs brought forth.
and questions which are among 24 And Festus said, King the Jews : wherefore I beseech Agrippa, and all men which thee to hear me patiently. are here present with us, ye 4 My manner of life from see this man about whom all my youth, which was at the the multitude of the Jews have first among mine own nation
his wonderful conversion,
and call to the apostleship. at Jerusalem, know all the shining round about me, and Jews,
them which journeyed with me. 5 Which knew me from the 14 And when we were all beginning, (if they would tes- fallen to the earth, I heard a tify,) that after the most strait- voice speaking unto me, and est sect of our religion, I lived saying in the Hebrew tongue, a Pharisee.
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou 6 And now I stand, and am me? It is hard for thee to kick judged for the hope of the against the pricks. promise made of God unto our 15 And I said, Who art thou, fathers :
Lord ? And he said, I am Jesus 7 Unto which promise our whom thou persecutest. twelve tribes, instantly serving
16 But rise, and stand upon God day and night, hope to thy feet : for I have appeared
For which hope's sake, unto thee for this purpose, to king Agrippa, I am accused of make thee a minister and a the Jews.
witness both of these things 8 Why should it be thought which thou hast seen, and of a thing incredible with you, that those things in the which I will God should raise the dead ?
appear unto thee; 9 I verily thought with my- 17 Delivering thee from the self, that I ought to do many people, and from the Gentiles, things contrary to the name of unto whom now I send thee, Jesus of Nazareth.
18 To open their eyes, and 10 Which thing I also did to turn them from darkness to in Jerusalem : and many of the light, and from the power of saints did I shut up in prison, Satan unto God, that they may having received authority from receive forgiveness of sins, and the chief priests; and when inheritance among them which they were put to death, I gave are sanctified by faith that is in my voice against them.
11 And I punished them oft 19 Whereupon, O king Agripin every synagogue, and com- pa, I was not disobedient unto pelled them to blaspheme ; and the heavenly vision : being exceedingly mad against 20 But shewed first unto them, I persecuted them even them of Damascus, and at Jeunto strange cities.
rusalem, and throughout all the 12 Whereupon, as I went to coasts of Judea, and then to the Damascus, with authority and Gentiles, that they should recommission from the chief pent and turn to God, and do priests,
works meet for repentance. 13 At mid-day, O king, I saw 21 For these causes the Jews in the way a light from heaven, caught me in the temple, and above the brightness of the sun, went about to kill me.
Festus chargeth Paul to be mad. THE ACTS. Paul's dangerous voyage
22 Having therefore obtained | aside, they talked between themhelp of God, I continue unto selves, saying, This man doeth this day, witnessing both to nothing worthy of death, or of small and great, saying none bonds. other things than those which 32 Then said . Agrippa unto the prophets and Moses did say Festus, This man might have should come :
been set at liberty, if he had 23 That Christ should suffer, not appealed unto Cesar. und that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, Paul shipping toward Rome, 10 foretelleth and should shew light unto the of the danger of the voyage, 11 but is not
14 They are tossed to and fro people, and to the Gentiles.
with tempest, 41 and suffer shipwreck, 22, 24 And as he thus spake for 34, 44 yet all come safe to land. himself, Festus said with a loud ND when it was determin,
ed, self; much learning doth make into Italy, they delivered Paul thee mad.
and certain other prisoners un25 But he said, I am not mad, to one named Julius, a centumost noble Festus; but speak rion of Augustus' band. forth the words of truth and so- 2 And entering into a ship berness.
of Adramyttium, we launched, 26 For the king knoweth of meaning to sail by the coasts of these things, before whom also Asia, one Aristarchus, a MaceI speak freely. For I am per-donian of Thessalonica, being suaded that none of these things with us. are hidden from him ; for this 3 And the next day we touchthing was not done in a corner. ed at Sidon. And Julius cour
27 King Agrippa, believest teously, entreated Paul, and thou the prophets ? I know that gave him liberty to go unto his thou believest.
friends to refresh himself. 28 Then Agrippa said unto 4 And when we had launched Paul, Almost thou persuadest from thence, we sailed under me to be a Christian.
Cyprus, because the winds were 29 And Paul said, I would to contrary. God, that not only thou, but 5 And when we had sailed also all that hear me this day, over the sea of Cilicia and Pamwere both almost, and altogeth- | phylia, we came to Myra, a city er such as I am, except these of Lycia. bonds.
6 And there the centurion 30. And when he had thus found a ship of Alexandria sailspoken, the king rose up, and ing into Italy ; and he put us the governor, and Bernice, and therein. they that sat with them :
7 And when we had sailed 31 And when they were gone | slowly many days, and scarce