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third hour of the night, to go to Cesarea: 24 and provide horses on which they may set Paul, and carry him safe to Felix, the governor: 25 and he wrote a letter after this form: 26 “Claudius Lysias, to the “ most excellent governor “ Felix, wisheth health : 27 “This man having been “seized by the Jews, and on “ the point of being killed by “ them, I came upon them “with a military force, and “rescued him; having learned “ that he was a Roman citizen: 28 “ and desiring to know “the crime of which they ac“cused him, I brought him “ down to their council: 29 “whom I found to be ac“cused of questions of their “law; but to have nothing “laid to his charge, worthy “ of death or of bonds: 30 “and it having been sig“nified to me, that a plot was “formed against the man, I “immediately sent him to thee, “commanding also his accu“sers to say, before thee, what “ they have against him.” 31 Then the soldiers took Paul, as was commanded them, and brought him by night to Antipatris; 32 and on the morrow, they returned to the castle, leaving the horsemen to go on with him :
33 who, when they were come to Cesarea, and had delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him:
34 and when he had read the letter, he inquired of what province he was 2 35 and when he understood that he was of Cilicia, he said, I will hear thee, when thine accusers also are come :
36 and he commanded that he should be kept in the hall of Herod.
AND after five days, Ananias the high priest went down with some of the elders, and a certain orator named Tertullus, who appeared before the governor against Paul : 2 and when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, 3 That through thee we enjoy much quietness, and that many worthy deeds are done to this nation through thy providence, we always, and every where, acknowledge, with all thankfulness, most noble Felix 4 but, that I may not be too tedious to thee, I beseech thee, of thy clemency, to hear us only these few words; 5 That we have found this man a pest, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world; and a ringleader of the heresy of the Nazarenes; 6 who attempted to profane the temple, and whom we, therefore, seized: by examining whom, thou canst obtain knowledge of the things of which we accuse him : 7 and the Jews also assented, saying that these things Were SO. 8 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered : 9 Knowing that thou hast been, for many years, a judge to this nation, I cheerfully answer for myself; 10 because thou canst obtain knowledge, that there are not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem : 11 and they neither found me disputing in the temple with any one, nor raising up the people, either in the synagogues, or in the city: 12 neither can they prove to thee the things of which they now accuse ille : 13 but this I confess to thee, that after the way which they call heresy, I worship the God of my fathers; believing all the things which are written in the law and in the prophets; 14 and having hope toward God of that for which they themselves also look, that there
will be a resurrection both of c. xxiii.5, and xxvi. 6. the just and unjust : 15 and in this I exercise myself, to have always an unaccusing conscience toward God, and toward men. 16 And during many years, I went bringing alms and offerings to my nation; 17 in doing which, certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, but not with a multitude, or with tumult: 18 who ought to have been here before thee, and make their charge, if they had any thing against me: 19 or else, let these say, what crime they found in me, when I stood before the council; 20 unless it be for that one voice that I cried to them, as I stood there, “Of the resurrec“tion of the dead, I am called c. xxiii. s. “in question by you this day.” 21 And when Felix heard these things, having thorough knowledge of that way, he put them off, saying, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the whole of your matter: 22 and he gave orders to the centurion that Paul should be kept in custody, but without restraint; and that he should forbid none of his friends to minister to him. 23 And after some days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul;
24 and they heard him discourse, concerning the faith in Christ Jesus; and concerning his justification, and dominion, and future judgment; 25 but Felix, becoming terrified, answered, Go away for the present; I will take an opportunity to call for thee again: 26 he hoped, also, that money would have been given him by Paul, that he might release him ; wherefore, he sent for him the oftener, and conversed with him. 27 But, at the end of two years Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and Felix, wishing to confer a favour on the Jews, left Paul bound.
CHAPTER XXV. Now, three days after Festus
came into the province, he went up from Cesarea to Jerusalem: 2 and the high priest and the chiefs of the Jews appeared before him against Paul; 3 and they besought him, desiring favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem; forming a plot to kill him on the way: 4 but Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Cesarea, and that he himself would depart thither shortly: 5 let those, therefore, among you, who are able, said he,
come down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any fault in him. 6 And when he had passed not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Cesarea; and the next day, sitting on the judgmentseat, he commanded Paul to be brought. 7 And when he was present, the Jews that had come down from Jerusalem stood round him, and brought many and grievous charges, which they could not prove; Paul thus urging his defence: 8 Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Cesar, have I transgressed in any thing. 9 But Festus, wishing to confer a favour on the Jews, answered Paul, and said, Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, and to be judged there before me, concerning these things? 10 but Paul said, I stand at Cesar's judgment-seat, where I ought to be judged : I have done no wrong to the Jews, as thou very well knowest; 11 yet, if I have done wrong, and have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but, if there is nothing in the matters of which these accuse me, no one hath power to deliver me to them: I appeal to Cesar:
12 then Festus, having conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed to Cesar? to Cesar thou shalt go. 13 And when some days had passed, king Agrippa and Bernice came to Cesarea, to salute Festus: 14 and after they had been there many days, Festus laid the case of Paul before the king, saying, There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix ; 15 about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews appeared before me, demanding judgment against him : 16 to whom I answered, It is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man, before he who is accused have his accusers face to face, and have an opportunity to defend himself against the accusation: 17 therefore, when they were come hither, I made no delay; but the next day I sat on the judgment-seat, and ordered the man to be brought forth: 18 against whom, when his accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of such things as I supposed; 19 but had some charges against him concerning their own superstition ; and about one Jesus, who is dead, whom Paul affirmed to be living: 20 and because I hesitated to
inquire into these matters, I asked him if he was willing to go to Jerusalem, and there to be judged concerning these things: 21 but, Paul having appealed to be reserved for the cognizance of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I could send him up to Cesar: 22 then Agrippa said to Festus, I would also hear the man myself; and he said, To-morrow thou shalt hear him. 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa and Bernice were come, with great pomp, and were entered into the place of audience, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' command Paul was brought forth: 24 and Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, ye see this man, concerning whom the whole body of the Jews, both in Jerusalem and here, have applied to me, crying out that he ought not to live any longer: 25 but, finding that he hath committed nothing worthy of death, and he himself having appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him : 26 of whom I have nothing certain to write to my lord; 27 wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after the examination hath been had, I might have something to write: 28 for, it seemeth to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to signify the charges alleged against him.
AND Agrippa said to Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself: then Paul, stretching forth his hand, thus made his defence: 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, that I shall answer for myself this day before thee, concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews; 3 especially, as thou art acquainted with all the customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. 4 The manner of my life, from my youth, as it hath been from the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know ; 5 who have known me from the beginning, (if they would bear testimony,) that, according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee; 6 and I now stand to be judged, for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers; 7 to which promise our twelve
tribes, continually serving God day and night, hope to come : for which hope, O king, I am accused by the Jews. 8 Why is it deemed incredible with you, that God raiseth the dead 2 9 I truly thought in myself,
that I ought to do many things “...”
against the name of Jesus of Nazareth ; 10 wherefore, also, I did those things in Jerusalem: and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them; 11 and I punished them often, in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly furious against them, I persecuted them even into foreign cities. 12 In doing which things, as I was going to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me: 14 and we all fell to the ground; and I heard a voice saying to me, in the Hebrew tongue, “Saul, Saul, why per“secutest thou me? it is hard “for thee, to kick against the “pricks:" 15 and I said, Who art thou,