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Paul begs permission to speak : THE ACTS, He declareth at large who he was, and what he had 2 (And when they heard that done.

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 Å And I persecuted this way people followed after, crying, unto the death, binding and Away with him.

delivering into prisons both men 37 And as Paul was to be led and women. 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. CHAP. XXII.

9 And they that were with Paul declareth his conversion. me saw indeed the light, and MEN

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.

me. ;

his conversion and call

CHAP. XXII.

to the apostleshap. 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 23 And as they cried out, and hour I looked up upon

him. cast off their clothes, and threw 14 And he said, The God of dust into the air, 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 ? 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.

said, Yea. 19 And I said, Lord, they 28 And the chief captain ankuow that I imprisoned, and beat swered, With a great sum. obPaul brought before the council : THE ACTS, a dissension among them. tained I this freedom. And Paul that the one part were Saddusaid, But I was free-born. cees, and the other Pharisees,

29 Then straightway they he cried out in the council, Men departed from him which should and brethren, I am a Pharisee, have examined him: and the the son of a Pharisee: of the chief captain also was afraid, hope and resurrection of the after he knew that he was a dead I am called in question. Roman, and because he had 7 And when he had so said, bound him.

there arose a dissension between 30 On the morrow, because the Pharisees and the Sadducees: he would have known the cer- and the multitude was divided. tainty wherefore he was accu- 8 For the Sadducees say that sed of the Jews, he loosed him there is no resurrection, neither from his bands, and commanded angel, nor spirit: but the Pharithe chief priests and all their sees confess both. council to appear, and brought

9 And there arose a great cry: Paul down, and set him before and the Scribes that were of the them.

Pharisees' part arose, and strove, CHAP. XXIII.

saying, We find no evil in this Paul before the Jewish council. man: but if a spirit or an angel A , let us not

ing the council, said, Men fight against God. and brethren, I have lived in 10 And when there arose a all good conscience before God great dissension, the chief capuntil this day.

tain, fearing lest Paul should 2 And the high priest Ananias have been pulled in pieces of commanded them that stood by them, commanded the soldiers him, to smite hịm on 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 whited bring him into the castle. wall: for sittest thou to judge

11 And the night following me after the law, and command-the Lord stood by him, and said, est me to be smitten contrary to Be of good cheer, Paul: for as the law ?

thou hast testified of me in Jeru4 And they that stood by, salem, so must thou bear witsaid, Revilest thou God's high ness also at Rome. priest?

12 And when it was day, cer5 Then said Paul, I wist not, tain of the Jews banded togethbrethren, that he was the high er, and bound themselves under priest: for it is written, Thou a curse, saying, that they would shalt not speak evil of the ruler neither eat nor drink till they of thy people.

had killed Paul. 6 But when Paul perceived 13 And they were more than

A conspiracy against Paul CHAP. XXIII. is disclosed to the chief captain. forty which had made this con- 21 But do not thou yield unto spiracy

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

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

two centurions, saying, Make 16 And when Paul's sister's ready two hundred soldiers to son heard of their lying in wait, go to Cesarea, and horsemen he went and entered into the threescore and ten, and spearcastle, and told Paul.

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

governor. 18 So he took him, and 25 And he wrote a letter after brought him to the chief captain, this manner: and said, Paul the prisoner call- 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the ed me unto him, and prayed me most excellent governor Felix, to bring this young man unto sendeth greeting. thee, who hath something to 27 This man was taken of

the Jews, and should have been 19 Then the chief captain killed of them: then came I took him by the hand and went with an army, and rescued him, with him aside privately, and having understood that he was asked him, What is that thou a Roman. hast to tell me?

28 And when I would have 20 And he said, The Jews known the cause wherefore they have agreed to desire thee, that accused him, I brought him forth thou wouldest bring down Paul into their council : to-morrow into the council, as 29 Whom I perceived to be though they would inquire some-accused of questions of their what of him more perfectly. law, but to have nothing laid to

say unto thee.

Paul is sent to Felir :

THE ACTS, He is accused by Tertullus, his charge worthy of death, or done unto this nation by thy of bonds.

providence, 30 And when it was told me 3 We accept it always, and how that the Jews laid wait for in all places, most noble Felix, the man, I sent straightway to with all thankfulness. thee, and gave commandment 4 Notwithstanding, that I be to his accusers also, to say be- not further tedious unto thee, fore thee what they had against I pray thee, that thou wouldest him. Farewell.

hear us of thy clemency a few 31 Then the soldiers, as it words. was commanded them, took 5 For we have found this man Paul, and brought him by night a pestilent fellow, and a mover to Antipatris.

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

Nazarenes: 33 Who, when they came to 6 Who also hath gone about Cesarea, and delivered the epis- to profane the temple : whom tle to the governor, presented we took, and would have judged Paul also before him.

according to our law: 34 And when the governor

7 But the chief captain Lysias had read the letter, he asked of came upon us, and with great what province he was. And violence took him away out of when he understood that he was our hands, of Cilicia;

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

9 And the Jews also assentCHAP. XXIV.

ed, saying, That these things Paul accused by Tertullus.

10 Then Paul, after that the after five daysAnanias the high priest descended governor had beckoned unto with the elders, and with a cer- him to speak, answered, Forastain orator named Tertullus, who much as I know that thou hast informed the governor against been of many years a judge unto Paul.

this nation, I do the more cheer2 And when he was called fully answer for myself: forth, Tertullus began to accuse ů Because that thou mayest him, saying, Seeing that by understand, that there are yet thee we enjoy great quietness, but twelve days since I went up and that very worthy deeds are to Jerusalem for to worship.

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