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a solemn and affectionate leave CHAP. XXI.
of the elders of Ephesus. bound in the spirit unto Jeru- three years I ceased not to warn salem, not knowing the things every one night and day with that shall befall me there:
23 Save that the Holy Ghost 32 And now, brethren, I comwitnesseth in every city, saying, mend you to God, and to the that bonds and afflictions abide word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you 24 But none of these things an inheritance among all them move me, neither count I my which are sanctified. life dear unto myself, so that 33 I have coveted no man's I might finish my course with silver, or gold, or apparel. joy, and the ministry which 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, I have received of the Lord that these hands have ministered Jesus, to testify the gospel of unto my necessities, and to them the grace of God. that were with me.
25 And now behold, I know 35 I have shewed you all that ye all, among whom I have things, how that so labouring gone preaching the kingdom of ye ought to support the weak, God, shall see my face no and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 26 Wherefore I take you to It is more blessed to give than to record this day, that I am pure receive. from the blood of all men,
36 And when he had thus 27 For I have not shunned to spoken, he kneeled down, and declare unto you all the counsel prayed with them all. of God.
37 And they all wept sore, Take heed therefore and fell on Paul's neck, and kissunto yourselves, and to all the ed him,
flock over the which the Holy 38 Sorrowing most of all for Ghost hath made you overseers, the words which he spake, that to feed the church of God, which they should see his face no he hath purchased with his own more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous. wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Paul imprisoned at Jerusalem. ND it came to pass, that after we were gotten from
30 Also of your own selves them, and had launched, we shall men arise, speaking per- came with a straight course unto verse things, to draw away dis- Coos, and the day following unto ciples after them. Rhodes, and from thence unto
31 Therefore watch, and re- Patara: member, that by the space of 2 And finding a ship sailing
Paul departs for Jerusalem : THE ACTS, His imprisonment foretold : over unto Phenicia, we went! 11 And when he was come aboard, and set forth. unto us, he took Paul's girdle, 3 Now when we had disco- and bound his own hands and vered Cyprus, we left it on the feet, and said, Thus saith the left hand, and sailed into Syria, Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews and landed at Tyre: for there at Jerusalem bind the man that the ship was to unlade her owneth this girdle, and shall burden. deliver him into the hands of 4 And finding disciples, we the Gentiles. tarried there seven days: who 12 And when we heard these said to Paul through the Spirit, things, both we, and they of that he should not go up to that place, besought him not to Jerusalem. go up to Jerusalem.
5 And when we had accom- 13 Then Paul answered, plished those days, we departed, What mean ye to weep, and to and went our way; and they all break my heart? for I am ready brought us on our way, with not to be bound only, but also wives and children, till we were to die at Jerusalem for the name out of the city and we kneeled of the Lord Jesus. down on the shore, and prayed. 14 And when he would not
6 And when we had taken be persuaded, we ceased, saying, our leave one of another, we The will of the Lord be done. took ship; and they returned. 15 And after those days we home again. took up our carriages, and went 7 And when we had finished up to to Jerusalem. our course from Tyre, we came 16 There went with us also to Ptolemais, and saluted the certain of the disciples of Cebrethren, and abode with them sarea, and brought with them one day. one Mnason of Cyprus, an old 8 And the next day we that disciple, with whom we should were of Paul's company de- lodge. parted, and came unto Cesarea; 17 And when we were come and we entered into the house to Jerusalem, the brethren reof Philip the evangelist, which ceived us gladly. was one of the seven; and abode 18 And the day following with him. Paul went in with us unto 9 And the same man had four James: and all the elders were daughters, virgins, which did present.
19 And when he had saluted 10 And as we tarried there them, he declared particularly many days, there came down what things God had wrought from Judea a certain prophet, among the Gentiles by his minnamed Agabus. istry.
On entering the temple
he is apprehended.
20 And when they heard it, plishment of the days of purifithey glorified the Lord, and cation, until that an offering said unto him, Thou seest, should be offered for every one brother, how many thousands of them.
of Jews there are which believe; 27 And when the seven days and they are all zealous of the were almost ended, the Jews, law: which were of Asia, when they 21 And they are informed of saw him in the temple, stirred thee, that thou teachest all the up all the people, and laid hands Jews which are among the Gen- on him,
tiles to forsake Moses, saying, 28 Crying out, Men of Israel, That they ought not to circum- help. This is the man that cise their children, neither to teacheth all men every where walk after the customs. against the people, and the law, 22 What is it therefore? the and this place: and further, multitude must needs come to- brought Greeks also into the gether for they will hear that temple; and hath polluted this thou art come. holy place.
23 Do therefore this that we 29 (For they had seen before say to thee: We have four men with him in the city, Trophimus, which have a vow on them; an Ephesian, whom they sup
24 Them take, and purify posed that Paul had brought thyself with them, and be at into the temple.) charges with them, that they 30 And all the city was may shave their heads: and all moved, and the people ran may know that those things together: and they took Paul whereof they were informed and drew him out of the temconcerning thee, are nothing; ple. And forthwith the doors but that thou thyself also walk-were shut.
est orderly, and keepest the 31 And as they went about to law. kill him, tidings came unto the 25 As touching the Gentiles chief captain of the band, that which believe, we have written all Jerusalem was in an uproar; and concluded that they observe 32 Who immediately took no such thing, save only that soldiers and centurions, and ran they keep themselves from things down unto them. And when offered to idols, and from blood, they saw the chief captain and and from strangled, and from the soldiers, they left beating of fornication. Paul.
26 Then Paul took the men, 33 Then the chief captain and the next day purifying him- came near and took him, and self with them, entered into the commanded him to be bound temple, to signify the accom-with two chains: and demanded
He declareth at large
Paul begs permission to speak: THE ACTS,
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue 34 And some cried one thing, to them, they kept the more sisome another, among the mul-lence: and he saith,) titude: and when he could not 3 I am verily a man which am know the certainty for the tu- a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in mult, he commanded him to be Cilicia, yet brought up in this carried into the castle. city at the feet of Gamaliel, and 35 And when he came upon taught according to the perfect the stairs, so it was that he was manner of the law of the fathers, borne of the soldiers, for the and was zealous toward God, violence of the people. as ye all are this day.
36 For the multitude of the 4 And I persecuted this way people followed after, crying, unto the death, binding and Away with him. delivering into prisons both men and women.
37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the 5 As also the high priest doth chief captain, May I speak unto bear me witness, and all the thee? Who said, Canst thou estate of the elders; from whom speak Greek? also I received letters unto the 38 Art not thou that Egyp- brethren, and went to Damascus, tian, which before these days to bring them which were there madest an uproar, and leddest bound unto Jerusalem, for to be out into the wilderness four punished.
thousand men that were mur- 6 And it came to pass, that, derers? as I made my journey, and was 39 But Paul said, I am a man come nigh unto Damascus about which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city noon, suddenly there shone from in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean heaven a great light round about city and I beseech thee suffer me.
me to speak unto the people. 7 And I fell unto the ground,
40 And when he had given and heard a voice saying unto him license, Paul stood on the me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest stairs, and beckoned with the thou me?
hand unto the people. And 8 And I answered, Who art when there was made a great si- thou, Lord? And he said unto lence, he spake unto them in the me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, Hebrew tongue, saying, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and
Paul declareth his conversion.
[EN, brethren, and fathers, were afraid; but they heard not hear ye my defence which the voice of him that spake to I make now unto you.
his conversion and call
to the apostleship.
10 And I said, What shall in every synagogue them that I do, Lord? And the Lord said 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, told thee of all things which are I also was standing by, and appointed for thee to do. consenting unto his death, and 11 And when I could not see kept the raiment of them that for the glory of that light, slew him. being led by the hand of them 21 And he said unto me, that were with me, I came into Depart: for I will send thee far Damascus. hence unto the Gentiles.
12 And one Ananias, a devout 22 And they gave him audiman according to the law, having ence unto this word, and then a good report of all the Jews lifted up their voices, and said, 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 same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee. 24 The chief captain comthat thou shouldest know his manded him to be brought into will, and see that Just One, and the castle, and bade that he shouldest hear the voice of his should be examined by scourmouth. ging; that he might know where15 For thou shalt be his wit-fore they cried so against him. ness unto all men of what thou 25 And as they bound him hast seen and heard. with thongs, Paul said unto 16 And now why tarriest the centurion that stood by, thou? arise, and be baptized, Is it lawful for you to scourge and wash away thy sins, calling a man that is a Roman, and unon the name of the Lord. condemned?
23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
17 And it came to pass, that, 26 When the centurion heard when I was come again to Jeru-that, he went and told the chief salem, even while I prayed in captain, saying, Take heed the temple, I was in a trance; what thou doest; for this man is
18 And saw him saying unto a Roman.
me, Make haste, and get thee 27 Then the chief captain quickly out of Jerusalem; for came, and said unto him, Tell they will not receive thy testi- me, art thou a Roman? He mony concerning me.
19 And I said, Lord, they 28 And the chief captain anknow that I imprisoned, and beat swered, With a great sum. ob