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Agrippa desireth to hear Paul, CHAP. XXVI. who pleadeth before him. none accusation of such things thing to write unto my lord. as I supposed: Wherefore I have brought him
19 But had certain questions forth before you, and specially against him of their own super-before thee, O king Agrippa, stition, and of one Jesus, which that after examination had, I was dead, whom Paul affirmed might have somewhat to write. to be alive. 27 For it seemeth to me un20 And because I doubted reasonable to send a prisoner, of such manner of questions, and not withal to signify the asked him whether he would crimes laid against him. go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.
Paul pleadeth before Agrippa. 21 But when Paul had ap-T THE NHEN Agrippa said unto pealed to be reserved unto the Paul, Thou art permitted hearing of Augustus, I com- to speak for thyself. Then Paul manded him to be kept till I stretched forth the hand, and might send him to Cesar. answered for himself:
22 Then Agrippa said unto 2 I think myself happy, king Festus, I would also hear the Agrippa, because I shall answer man myself. To-morrow, said for myself this day before thee, he, thou shalt hear him. touching all the things whereof 23 And on the morrow, when I am accused of the Jews: Agrippa was come, and Bernice, 3 Especially, because I know with great pomp, and was en- thee to be expert in all customs tered into the place of hearing, and questions which are among with the chief captains and the Jews: wherefore I beseech principal men of the city, at thee to hear me patiently. Festus' commandment Paul was 4 My manner of life from my brought forth. youth, which was at the first 24 And Festus said, King among mine own nation at JeruAgrippa, and all men which are salem, know all the Jews, here present with us, ye see this 5 Which knew me from the man about whom all the multi-beginning, (if they would testitude of the Jews have dealt with fy,) that after the most straitest me, both at Jerusalem, and also sect of our religion, I lived a here, crying that he ought not Pharisee.
to live any longer.
6 And now I stand, and am 25 But when I found that he judged for the hope of the prohad committed nothing worthy mise made of God unto our of death, and that he himself fathers:
hath appealed to Augustus, I 7 Unto which promise our have determined to send him. twelve tribes, instantly serving 26 of whom I have no certain God day and night, hope to
Paul, before Agrippa,
relateth his conversion.
come. For which hope's sake, thy feet: for I have appeared king Agrippa, I am accused of unto thee for this purpose, to the Jews. make thee a minister and a wit8 Why should it be thought ness both of these things which a thing incredible with you, that thou hast seen, and of those God should raise the dead? things in the which I will appear
9 I verily thought with myself, unto thee;
that I ought to do many things 17 Delivering thee from the contrary to the name of Jesus people, and from the Gentiles, of Nazareth. unto whom now I send thee, 10 Which thing I also did in 18 To open their eyes, and Jerusalem and many of the to turn them from darkness to saints did I shut up in prison, light, and from the power of having received authority from Satan unto God, that they may the chief priests; and when receive forgiveness of sins, and they were put to death, I gave inheritance among them which my voice against them. are sanctified by faith that is in
11 And I punished them oft me.
in every synagogue, and com- 19 Whereupon, O king Agrippelled them to blaspheme; and pa, I was not disobedient unto being exceedingly mad against the heavenly vision: them, I persecuted them even 20 But shewed first unto them unto strange cities. of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, 12 Whereupon, as I went to and throughout all the coasts Damascus, with authority and of Judea, and then to the Gencommission from the chief tiles, that they should repent priests, and turn to God, and do works 13 At mid-day, O king, I saw meet for repentance. in the way a light from heaven, 21 For these causes the Jews above the brightness of the sun, caught me in the temple, and shining round about me, and went about to kill me. them which journeyed with me.
22. Having therefore obtained 14 And when we were all help of God, I continue unto fallen to the earth, I heard a this day, witnessing both to voice speaking unto me, and small and great, saying none saying in the Hebrew tongue, other things than those which Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou the prophets and Moses did say me? It is hard for thee to kick should come:
against the pricks.
23 That Christ should suffer, 15 And I said, Who art thou, and that he should be the first Lord? And he said, I am Jesus that should rise from the dead, whom thou persecutest. and should shew light unto the 16 But rise, and stand upon people, and to the Gentiles.
Agrippa almost a Christian. CHAP. XXVII. Paul saileth towards Rome.
2 And entering into a ship
26 For the king knoweth of with us. these things, before whom also 3 And the next day we touchI speak freely. For I am per-ed at Sidon. And Julius coursuaded that none of these things teously entreated Paul, and gave are hidden from him; for this him liberty to go unto his friends thing was not done in a corner. to refresh himself.
27 King Agrippa, believest 4 And when we had launched thou the prophets? I know that from thence, we sailed under thou believest. Cyprus, because the winds were
28 Then Agrippa said unto contrary.
5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pam29 And Paul said, I would to phylia, we came to Myra, a city God, that not only thou, but also of Lycia.
all that hear me this day, were 6 And there the centurion both almost, and altogether such found a ship of Alexandria sailas I am, except these bonds. ing into Italy; and he put us
30 And when he had thus therein. spoken, the king rose up, and 7 And when we had sailed the governor, and Bernice, and slowly many days, and scarce they that sat with them: were come over against Cnidus, 31 And when they were the wind not suffering us, we gone aside, they talked between sailed under Crete, over against themselves, saying, This man Salmone: doeth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds.
8 And hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called, 32 Then said Agrippa unto The Fair Havens; nigh whereFestus, This man might have unto was the city of Lasea. been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cesar.
9 Now, when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
10 And said unto them, Sirs,
Paul's dangerous voyage
in sailing towards Rome. I perceive that this voyage will out with our own hands the be with hurt and much damage, tackling of the ship.
not only of the lading and ship, 20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared,
but also of our lives.
11 Nevertheless, the centu- and no small tempest lay on us, rion believed the master and the all hope that we should be owner of the ship more than saved was then taken away. those things which were spoken 21 But after long abstinence, by Paul. Paul stood forth in the midst of 12 And because the haven them, and said, Sirs, ye should was not commodious to winter have hearkened unto me, and in, the more part advised to not have loosed from Crete, and depart thence also, if by any to have gained this harm and means they might attain to loss.
Phenice, and there to winter; 22 And now I exhort you to which is a haven of Crete, and be of good cheer: for there lieth toward the south-west and shall be no loss of any man's life north-west. among you, but of the ship.
13 And when the south wind 23 For there stood by me blew softly, supposing that they this night the angel of God, had obtained their purpose, whose I am, and whom I serve, loosing thence, they sailed close 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; by Crete. thou must be brought before 14 But not long after there Cesar: and lo, God hath given arose against it a tempestuous thee all them that sail with thee. wind, called Euroclydon. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of 15 And when the ship was good cheer: for I believe God, caught, and could not bear up that it shall be even as it was into the wind, we let her drive. told me.
16 And running under a 26 Howbeit, we must be cast certain island which is called upon a certain island. Clauda, we had much work to 27 But when the fourteenth come by the boat: night was come, as we were
17 Which when they had driven up and down in Adria, taken up, they used helps, un- about midnight the shipmen dergirding the ship; and fearing deemed that they drew near to lest they should fall into the some country; quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when 18 And we being exceedingly they had gone a little further, tossed with a tempest, the next they sounded again, and found day they lightened the ship; it fifteen fathoms.
19 And the third day we cast
29 Then fearing lest they
He foretelleth a shipwreck,
CHAP. XXVIII. which is verified by the event. should have fallen upon rocks, knew not the land but they they cast four anchors out of the discovered a certain creek with stern, and wished for the day. a shore, into the which they 30 And as the shipmen were were minded, if it were possible, about to flee out of the ship, to thrust in the ship. when they had let down the 40 And when they had taken boat into the sea, under colour up the anchors, they committed as though they would have cast themselves unto the sea, and anchors out of the foreship, loosed the rudder-bands, and
not be saved.
31 Paul said to the centurion, hoised up the mainsail to the and to the soldiers, Except wind, and made toward shore. these abide in the ship, ye can- 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ship aground; and the forethe ropes of the boat, and let part stuck fast, and remained her fall off. unmoveable, but the hinder part 33 And while the day was was broken with the violence coming on, Paul besought them of the waves.
all to take meat, saying, This 42 And the soldiers' counsel day is the fourteenth day that was to kill the prisoners, lest ye have tarried, and continued any of them should swim out, fasting, having taken nothing. and escape.
34 Wherefore I pray you to 43 But the centurion, willing take some meat; for this is for to save Paul, kept them from your health for there shall not their purpose, and commanded a hair fall from the head of any that they which could swim, of you. should cast themselves first into 35 And when he had thus the sea, and get to land: spoken, he took bread, and gave 44 And the rest, some on thanks to God in presence of boards, and some on broken them all; and when he had pieces of the ship. And so it broken it, he began to eat. came to pass, that they escaped 36 Then were they all of all safe to land. good cheer, and they also took
Paul shipwrecked at Melita.
37 And we were in all in the AND when they were es
ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
that the island was called Me
38 And when they had eaten lita. enough, they lightened the ship, 2 And the barbarous people and cast out the wheat into the shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and re39 And when it was day, they ceived us every one, because of