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help. This is the man that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further, . Greeks also into the temple; and hath polluted this holy place. 29 (For they had seen before with him in the city, Trophimus, an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took }. and drew him out of the temple. And forthwith the doors were shut. 31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar; 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them. And when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. 33 Then the chief captain came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains: and demanded who he was, and what he had done. 34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty of the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.
chief captain, May I speak unto thee! Who said, Canst thou speak Greek 1 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness fourthousand men that were murderers ? 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and ibeseechtheesufferme to speak unto the people. 0 And when É. É.i given him license, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto thepeople. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying, CHAP. XXII.
1 Paul declareth how he was converted; 25 he escapeth scourging, being a Roman citizen. EN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. 2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,) 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this
ay. 4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. - 5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders; from whom
also I received letters unto the cus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. 6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a greatlight round about
brethren, and went to Damas
ine. 7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me! 8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord! And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid ; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to
Ine. 10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord! And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus, and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. 11 And when I could not see for the glory of that i. being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into DamaSCUIS. 12 And one Ananias, a deyout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour. I looked up upon him. 14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth,
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. 16 And now why tarriest thou ! arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. 17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: 20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed I also was o by, an consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. 21 And he said unto me, Deart: for I will send thee far so unto the Gentiles. 22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. 23 And as they cried ou and cast off their clothes, an threw dust into the air, 24. The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging ; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. 25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stoodby, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that
is a Roman, and uncondemned?
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, o Take heed what thou doest; for this man is a Roman.
27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman He said,
ea. 28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free-born. 29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. 30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
1 Paul pleadeth his cause; 7 dissension amon his accusers; 10 he is again imprisoned; he is sent to Felix the governor.
AN D Paul, earnestly behold
ing the council, said, Men
said, Revilest thou God's high
tain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled, in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers
and brethren, I have lived in all to go down, and to take him by good conscience before God force from among them, and to until this day. bring him into the castle, . 2 And the high priest Ananias , 1] T And the night following commanded them that stood by the Lord stood by him, and said, him, to smite him on the mouth. Be of good cheer; Paul : for as 3. Then said Paul unto him, thou hast testified of me in JeGod shall smite thee, thou whit-rusalem, so must thou bear wited wall: for sittest thoutojudge|ness also at Rome. me after the law, and command- 12 And when it was day, est me to be smitten contrary to certain of the Jews banded tothe law 1 gether, and bound themselves 4 And they that stood by, under a curse, saying, that they thou wouldest bring down Paulo
would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. . i8 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. 14 Kid they came to the chief riests and elders, and said, We o bound ourselves under a great curse that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to-morrow, as though ye would inquire something more perfectly concerning him : and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. } And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain; for he hath a certain thing to tell him. 18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. 19. Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? 20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that
to-morrow, into the council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfect
him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that the will neither eat nor drink § they have killed him : and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. 22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me. 23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. 25 And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the most excellent governor Felix, semdeth greeting. 27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them : then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a OIIla Il. 28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council : 29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to charge worthy of death, or of bonds. 30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also, to say be
fore thee what they had against
CHAP. XXIV. 1 Tertullus accuseth Paul, 10 he answereth for himself; 24 preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife; 27 is left in pris
on. ND after five days, Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul. 2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I ray thee, that thou wouldest ear us of thy clemency a few words.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world and a ringleader of the sect o the Nazarenes: 6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law: 7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, 8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examiningof whom, thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him. 9 And the Jews also assented, saying, that these things Were SO. 10 Then Paul, after that the overnor had beckoned unto im to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation,I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: 11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days sinces went up to Jerusalem for to worship. 12 And they neither found me in the †. disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither, in the synagogues, nor in the city: 13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse Ine. 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 And have hope toward