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ed at Tyre; for there the ship ,swered, “What mean ye by was to unload her burden. 4 weeping and breaking my heart? And having met with disciples for 1 am ready not only to be we remained there seven days: bound, but also to die, at Jeruand these said to Paul by the salem, for the name of the Lord spirit, that he should not go up Jesus.” 14 And as he would to Jerusalem. 5 And when we not be persuaded, we ceased; had completed those days, we saying, “The will of the Lord went out and departed, and be done.” they all conducted us on our 15 And after those days we

their wives and took our baggage and went up children, till we were out of the to Jerusalem. 16 Some discicity: and we kneeled down on ples also of Cæsarea went with the shore, and prayed. 6 And us; bringing with them one taking leave of one another, we Mnason of Cyprus, an early went into the ship ; and they disciple, with whom we might returned home.

lodge.” 7 And having finished our 17 And on our coming to course, from Tyre we came to Jerusalem, the brethren receiv. Ptolemais, and saluted the ed us gladly. 18 And the day brethren, and remained with following, Paul went in with us them one day: 8 and on the to James; and all the elders morrow we departed, and came were present. 19 And having to Cæsarea; and we entered greeted them, he declared parinto the house of Philip the ticularly what things God had Evangelist, who was one of the wrought among the gentiles seven deacons, and remained through his ministry: 20 for with him. 9 And this man had which, having heard, they glorifour daughters, virgins, who fied God, and said to him, “Thou prophesied.

seest, brother, how many thou10 And as we continued sands of Jews there are who bethere many days, a certain pro- lieve; and they are all zealous of phet, named Agabus, came the law. 21 And they have been down from Judea: 11 and com- informed concerning thee, that ing to us, he took Paul's girdle, thou teachest (all) the Jews and bound his own hands and who are among the gentiles, to feet, and said, “ Thus saith the forsake Moses; saying that holy spirit : ' So the Jews at Je- they ought not to circumcise rusalem will bind the man who their children; nor walk accord. owneth this girdle, and will to our customs. 22 What theree deliver him into the hands of fore should be done ? The mul. the gentiles.?" 12 And hav-titude must needs ' assemble : ing heard these things, both we, for 'they will hear that thou art and those of that place, be- come. 25 Do therefore what sought him not to go up to we say to thee: We have four Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul an men who have a vow on them:


24 take these and purify thyself and the people ran together ; with them, and be at expense and they seized Paul, and drag. for them, that they may shave ged him out of the temple: and their heads, and all may know immediately the doors were that those things of which they shut. 31 And as they sought to were informed concerning thee kill him, a report came to the are nothing, but that thou thy- commander of the band, that self also walkest in the observ. all Jerusalem was in confusion: ance of the law. 25 But con- 32 who immediately took solcerning the gentiles who be- diers, and centurions, and ran lieve, we have already written down to them : now seeing the and determined, [that they ob- commander, and the soldiers,

no such thing; but] that they ceased from beating Paul. they only keep themselves from 33 Then the commander comwhat is offered to idols, and ing near, seized him, and orfrom blood, (and from things dered him to be bound with strangled,] and from fornica- two chains; and inquired who tion."* 26 Then Paul took the he was, and what he had done. men, and the next day purified 34 And as some among the himself, with them, and entered multitude cried one thing, and into the temple, announcing some another, and he could the full term of the days of not ascertain the truth, because purification ; even to the time of the tumult, he ordered him when an offering was to be made to be brought into the castle. for every one of them.

35 And when he came upon 27 But as the seven days the steps, it happened that he were to be completed, the was carried by the soldiers, in Jews from Asia, having seen consequence of the violence of him in the temple, threw all the the people ; 36 for the multimultitude into confusion, and tude of the people followed, laid hands on him, 28 crying crying out, “Away with him." out, " Men of Israel, help. This 37 And as Paul was about is the man, who teacheth all to be taken into the castle, he men, every where, against the said to the commander, “ May people, and the law, and this I speak to thee?” Who said, place : and, further, hath “ Understandest thou Greek ? brought Greeks also into the 38 'Art thou not that Egyptian, temple ; and hath polluted this who before these days raised holy place.” 29 (For they had an insurrection, and led out in. before seen with him, in the to the desert four thousand men city Trophimus, an Ephesian, who were assassins ?" 39 But whom they supposed Paul had | Paul said, “ I am a Jew of brought into the temple.) 30 Tarsus, a city of Cilicia ; a ciAnd all the city was moved, tizen of no mean city : and I

* See chap. xv. 20. note.

beseech thee, permit me to those that were with me saw speak to the people.” 40 And indeed the light, [and were the commander permitting him, afraid ;] but heard not the Paul stood on the steps, and words of him who spake to me. beckoned with his hand to the 10 Then I said, What shall people. And a great silence I do, Sir?' And the Lord taking place, he addressed them said to me, Arise, and go inin the Hebrew dialect, saying, to Damascus; and there it

CH. XXII. 1 “Men, brethren, shall be told thee of all that is and fathers, hear my defence appointed for thee to do.' 11 which I make to you.” 2 (And And as I could not see, because when they heard him speak to of the glory of that light, I came them in the Hebrew dialect, into Damascus, led by the hand they kept the greater silence : of those that were with me. whereupon he said,) 3“ I am a 12 “ And one Ananias, a reJew, born in Tarsus, a city of ligious man, according to the Cilicia, but brought up in this law, having a good report city, being instructed at the from all the Jews who dwelt feet of Gamaliel, according to there, 13 came to me, and stood, the exactness of the law of our and said to me, · Brother Saul, fathers, and being a zealous look up.' And, at that very worshipper of God, as ye all moment, I looked upon him. are this day. 4 And I perse-14 Then he said, “The God cuted this way unto death, of our fathers hath appointed binding and delivering into thee to know his will, and to prisons both men and women. see that Righteous One, and to 5 As the high-priest also can hear the words of his mouth; bear me witness, and the whole 15 for thou shalt be his witness body of the elders : from whom to all men, of what thou hast I received letters also to the seen and heard. 16 And now, brethren, and went to Damas. why delayest thou ? arise, and cus, to bring bound to Jerusa- be baptized, and wash away lem those also that were there, thy sins, taking upon thyself that they might be punished. 6 his name.' 17 And it came to But it came to pass that, as I pass when I returned to Jerujourneyed, and came near to salem, and while I was praying Damascus, about noon, a great in the temple, that I was in a light from heaven suddenly trance: 18 and saw him saying to shone round about me. 7 And me, • Make haste, and go I fell to the ground, and heard quickly out of Jerusalem : for a voice saying to me, Saul, they will not receive thy testiSaul, why persecutest thou mony concerning me.' 19 Then me?' 8 And I answered, Who I said, · Lord, they know that art thou, Sir ?' And he said to I imprisoned, and beat in me, “I am Jesus of Nazareth, every synagogue, those who whom thou persecutest.' 9 And I believed on thee. 20 And when

the blood of thy witness (Ste- | Roman citizen, and that he had phen] was shed, I also stood bound him, by, and consented, and kept 30 And on the morrow, dethe mantles of those who killed siring to know the truth, wherehim.? 21 Then he said to me, fore he was accused by the • Depart; for I will send thee Jews, he loosed him from his hence far off to the gentiles.' " chains, and commanded the

22 And they gave him a chief-priests, and all the coun: hearing till he advanced these cil to assemble, and brought words, and then they lifted up Paul down, and set him before their voices, saying, “Away them. with such an one from the Ch. XXIII. 1 And when earth: for it is not fit that he Paul had earnestly looked on should live.” 23 And as they the council, he said, “ Men, cried out, and cast off their brethren, I have always conmantles, and threw dust into ducted myself with a good conthe air; 24 the commander or science before God, even to dered that he should be taken this day.” 2 And the high-priest into the castle, and bade that Ananias commanded those he should be examined by who stood by him, to smite him scourging; that he might know on the mouth. 3 Then Paul for what cause they cried so said to him, “ God will smite against him. 25 And as they thee, thou whited wall: for prepared him for the scourge, sittest thou to judge me acPaul said to a centurion who cording to the law, and yet stood by,

“ Is it lawful for you commandest me to be smitten to scourge one who is a Roman contrary to the law? 4 And citizen, and uncondemned ?" those who stood by, said, “Re26 And the centurion hearing vilest thou God's high-priest?" this, went and told the com- 5 Then Paul said, “I knew mander, saying, “ What art not, brethren, that he was the thou about to do ? for this man high-priest: for it is written, is a Roman citizen.27 Then Thou shalt not speak evil of the commander came near, and the ruler of thy people.'”. 6 said to him, “ Tell me, Art And when Paul perceived that thou a Roman citizen ?" And the one part were Sadducees, he said, “ Yes.” 28 And the and the other Pharisees, he commander answered, “With cried out in the council,“ Men, a great sum I obtained this citi- brethren, I am a Pharisee, the zenship.” And Paul said, “ But son of a Pharisee: concerning I was free-born.” 29 Then the hope, and the resurrection of those who

about to the dead I am now condemned." examine him by scourging, im 7 And having said this, a dis. mediately left him: and the sension arose between the Phacommander also afraid risees and the Sadducees: and when he knew that he was a the multitude was divided. &



For the Sadducees say that 16 And the son of Paul's sisthere is no resurrection, nor ter hearing of their lying in angel nor spirit; but the Phari- wait, went and entered into the sees confess both. 9 And there castle, and told Paul. 17 Then was a great cry: and the scribes Paul, having called one of the who were on the part of the centurions to him, said, “Bring Pharisees arose and strove, this young man to the comsaying, “ We find no evil in mander: for he hath something this man : but if a spirit or an to tell him." 18 So the centuangel have spoken to him, it rion took him, and brought him is well.10 And there be to the commander, and said, ing a great disturbance, the “ Paul, the prisoner, called me commander feared lest Paul to him, and desired me to bring would be torn in pieces by this young man to thee, who them ; and commanded the sol- hath something to say to thee.” diers to go down, and to take 19 Then the commander took him by force from among them, him by the hand, and went and to bring him into the castle. aside with him, privately, and

11 And the night following, asked him, “ What is it, thou the Lord stood by him, and hast to tell me ?” 20 And he said, “ Take courage, for as said, “The Jews have agreed thou hast testified the things to desire thee, that thou concerning me, at Jerusalem, wouldst bring down Paul toso also must thou testify at morrow into the council, as if Rome."

they would more exactly in12 And when it was day, the quire something concerning Jews combined together, and him. 21 But do not thou yield bound themselves under a to them : for more than forty' curse, saying, that they would men of them lie in wait for neither eat nor drink until they him, who have bound theme had killed Paul. 13 And there selves under a curse, that they were more than forty who had will neither eat nor drink until made this conspiracy. 14 And they have destroyed him: and they came near to the chief- they are now ready, looking priests and the elders, and said, for a promise from thee.” 22 * We have bound ourselves So the commander let the under a great curse, that we young man depart, and charged will taste nothing until we have him, Take care to inform no killed Paul. 15 Now therefore one that thou hast declared ye, and the council, signify to these things to me.” the commander, that he bring 23 Then, having called to him down to you,

as if ye him two centurions, he said, would inquire more exactly into " Make ready two hundred solthe things concerning him: and diers to go to Cæsarea, and se. we, before he come near you, venty horsemen, and two hunwill be ready to destroy him.” dred spearmen, at the third

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