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· CHAP. XXVI.
PAUL'S LIFE AND CONVERSION. Then Agrippa said to Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. So Paul stretching forth the rand, answered, 2. I think myself happy, king Agrippa, to answer for myself this day before thee, concerning all things whereof I am accused by the Jews; 8. Especially, as thou knowest all customs and questions among the Jews; wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. 4. All the Jews know my manner of life from my youth, being among mine own nation at Jerusalem; 5. They knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that, afe ter the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee. 6. And now I stand judged for the hope of the promise (of the gospel and the resurrection) made by God to our fathers: 7. To which promise our twelve tribes, earnestly worshipping God day and night, hope to come: concerning which hope, king Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. 8. Why should it be thought incredible with you that God should raise the dead? 9. I verily thought that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10. Which I also did in Jeru. salem; for many of the saints I imprisoned, having received authority from the chief priests; and, when they were put to death, I gave my vote. 11. Yea, I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme: being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even to fo. reign cities. 12. Whereupon, going to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13. At mid-day, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining around me, and them who went with me. 14. Whereupon we all fell to the earth, and I heard a voice, saying, in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It
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is hard for thee to kick against the sharp points. 15. Then I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest. 16. But rise, and stand; for I appeared to thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness, both of the things thou hast seen, and of those for which I will appear to thee; 17. Delivering thee from the people, and the Gentiles, to whom I now send thee, 18. To open their eyes, (the eyes of their minds), and to turn them from darkness to light, (from error to truth,) and from the power of Satan to God, to receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith in me. 19. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision; 20. But declared first at Damascus, and Jerusalem, and thro' all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent or turn to God, and do the works of repentance. 21. For these causes the Jews seized me in the temple, and sought to kill me. 22. Having, therefore, obtained help of God, I con. tinue to this day, witnessing both to small and great; saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said should come; 23. That Christ should suffer, and be the first fruits from the dead, and shew the light (of the knowledge of salvation) to the people, and to the Gentiles.
24. 9 As he'spake thus for himself, Festus said aloud, Paul, thou art mad thyselt; much learning drives thee to madness. 25. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak the words of truth and soberness, (for learning rather makes wise). 26. For the king knows about these things, before whom I speak freely; for I am persuaded none of these things are concealed from him; for this was not done in a corner. 27. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know thou believest.
28. Then Agrippa said to Paul, Thou almost . persuadest me to be a Christian. 29. Then Paul said, Would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
30. Now having thus spoken, the king rose, and the governor, and Bernice, and they who sat with them. 31. And going aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death, or bonds. 32. Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Cesar.
PAUL SHIPPETH FOR ROME. Now it being determined we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul, and some other prisoners, unto a centurion of Augustus' band, named Julius. 2. And, entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launcbed, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. 3. And the next day we arrived at Sidon, And Julius treated Paul humanely giving him li. berty to go to his friends to be refreshed. 4. And, launching from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, as the winds were contrary. 5. And, sailing over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6. Where the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy, and put us therein. 7. And sailing slowly many days, and being scarce come opposite Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, opposite Salmone; 8. And, hardly passing it, came to a place called The Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea. 9. Now, much time being spent, and sailing being now dangerous, the fast (and the feast of tabernacles) being past, Paul admonished them, 10. Saying, Sirs, I perceive this voyage will be with much damage and hurt, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. 11, But the centurion believed the pilot and the owner of the ship, more than Paul. 12. And, the haven being unfit to winterin, the most part advised to depart thence, if they could any way reach Phenice, to winter; an haven of Crete, looking south-west and northwest. 13. Now the south wind blowing softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. 14. But not long after there beat against Crete a tempestuous (whirling north-east) wind, called Euroclydon. 15. Whereby the ship being driven, it could not face the wind, so we let her be driven. 16. And running under a certain island, called Clauda, we were scarce able to come in the boat; 17. Which, being taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing to fall into the quick-sands, they let down the sail, and so were driven. 18. And we being exceedingly tossed with, a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship. 19. And the third day we cast out with our hands the tackling of the ship.
20. And as neither sun nor stars appeared in many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of being saved was gone.
21. But, after long abstinence, Paul stood in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened to me, and not loosed from Crete, to get this harm and loss. 22. And now, I exhort you to be courageous, for no life shall be lost, but only the ship. - 23. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24. Say. ing, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Ce. sar; and lo, God hath given thee (to be safe) all that sail with thee.
25. Therefore, Sirs, be courageous, for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. 26. However, we must fall on a certain island. VOL. III.
27. But the fourteenth night being come, as we were driven about in the Adriatic sea, about mid. night the sailors supposed that they drew near some country; 28, And sounding, found it twenty fathoms; and a little further, sounding again, they found it fifteen fathoms; 29. Then fearing to fall on rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for day. 30. And as the sailors endeave oured to flee out of the ship, having let down the boat into the sea, as if they would cast anchors out of the foreship, 31. Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship ye can. not be saved. 32. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let it fall off.
33. And about day-break Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This is the fourteenth day that ye have continued fasting, taking nothing. 34. Therefore I pray you take some meat; as this is for your health: for not an hair shall fall from any of your heads. 35. And having thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God before them all; and, having broken it, he began to eat. 36. Then they were all cheerful, and also took meat. 37. And we all in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons.
38. And having eaten enough they lightened the ship by casting the wheat into the sea.
39. And when it was day they knew not the land: but observed a certain creek with a shore, into the which they determined, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 40. And, having taken up the anchors, they left the ship to the sea, and loosed the rudder-bands and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. 41. And, falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship a-ground: and the fore-part stuck unmoveable, but the hinder-part was broken with the violence of the waves. 42. And the soldiers advised to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim