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Paul 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, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
Paul before the Jewish council. ND Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men 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 him 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.
12 And when it was day, cer5 Then said Paul, I wist not, tain of the Jews banded togethbrethren, that he was the higher, 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. 21 But do not thou yield unto 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.
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 say unto thee.
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
Paul is sent to Felix :
He is accused by Tertullus, his charge worthy of death, or done unto this nation by thy
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 wou!dest 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.
9 And the Jews also assented, saying, That these things
Paul accused by Tertullus.
and answereth in his defence. CHAP. XXV. His discourse before Felix.
12 And they neither found 22 And when Felix heard me in the temple disputing with these things, having more perany man, neither raising up the fect knowledge of that way, he people, neither in the syna-deferred them, and said, When gogues, nor in the city: Lysias the chief captain shall 13 Neither can they prove come down, I will know the utthe things whereof they now termost of your matter. 23 And he commanded a cen14 But this I confess unto turion to keep Paul, and to let thee, that after the way which him have liberty, and that he they call heresy, so worship I should forbid none of his acthe God of my fathers, believing quaintance to minister, or come all things which are written in unto him. the law and in the prophets : 24 And after certain days,
15 And have hope toward when Felix came with his wife God, which they themselves Drusilla, which was a Jewess, also allow, that there shall be a he sent for Paul, and heard resurrection of the dead, both him concerning the faith in of the just and unjust. Christ.
16 And herein do I exercise 25 And as he reasoned of myself, to have always a con- righteousness, temperance, and science void of offence toward judgment to come, Felix tremGod, and toward men. bled, and answered, Go thy way 17 Now, after many years, I for this time; when I have a came to bring alms to my nation, convenient season, I will call and offerings. for thee.
18 Whereupon certain Jews 26 He hoped also that money from Asia found me purified in should have been given him of the temple, neither with multi-Paul, that he might loose him: tude, nor with tumult : wherefore he sent for him the
19 Who ought to have been oftener, and communed with here before thee, and object, if him. they had aught against me.
27 But after two years Por20 Or else let these same here cius Festus came into Felix' say, if they have found any evil-room: and Felix, willing to shew doing in me, while I stood be- the Jews a pleasure, left Paul fore the council, bound.
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried, standing
Paul appealeth to Cesar.
among them, Touching the re- NOW when Festus was come surrection of the dead I am into the province, after called in question by you this three days he ascended from day. Cesarea to Jerusalem.
Paul accused before Festus : THE ACTS,
He appealeth to Cesar. 2 Then the high priest and Jews have I done no wrong, as the chief of the Jews informed thou very well knowest. him against Paul, and besought him,
11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing 3 And desired favour against worthy of death, I refuse not to him, that he would send for him die: but if there be none of to Jerusalem, laying wait in the these things whereof these acway to kill him. cuse me, no man may deliver 4 But Festus answered, that me unto them. I appeal unto Paul should be kept at Cesarea, Cesar.
and that he himself would de- 12 Then Festus, when he had part shortly thither. conferred with the council, an
5 Let them therefore, said swered, Hast thou appealed he, which among you are able, unto Cesar? unto Cesar shalt go down with me, and accuse thou go.
this man, if there be any wick- 13 And after certain days, edness in him. king Agrippa and Bernice came 6 And when he had tarried unto Cesarea, to salute Festus. among them more than ten days, 14 And when they had been he went down unto Cesarea; there many days, Festus deand the next day sitting on the clared Paul's cause unto the judgment-seat, commanded Paul king, saying, There is a certain to be brought. man left in bonds by Felix:
7 And when he was come, the 15 About whom, when I was at Jews which came down from Jerusalem, the chief priests and Jerusalem stood round about, the elders of the Jews informed and laid many and grievous me, desiring to have judgment complaints against Paul, which against him.
they could not prove;
16 To whom I answered, It is 8 While he answered for not the manner of the Romans to himself, Neither against the law deliver any man to die, before of the Jews, neither against the that he which is accused have temple, nor yet against Cesar the accusers face to face, and have I offended any thing at all. have license to answer for him
9 But Festus, willing to do self concerning the crime laid the Jews a pleasure, answered against him. Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up 17 Therefore, when they were to Jerusalem, and there become hither, without any delay judged of these things before on the morrow I sat on the me? judgment-seat, and commanded
10 Then said Paul, I stand the man to be brought forth; at Cesar's judgment-seat, where 18 Against whom, when the I ought to be judged: to the accusers stood up, they brought