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hour of the night: 24 and provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on one of them, and convey him safe to Felix the governor."
"when thine accusers also are come." And the governor commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment-hall.
25 And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26 " Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix, sendeth greeting. 27 This man, having been seized by the Jews, was about to be destroyed by them, when I came up with the sol
CH. XXIV. 1 AND after five days, Ananias the high-priest went down to Casarea, with the elders, and with a certain orator, named Tertullus; and these brought an accusation, before the governor, against Paul. 2 And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saydiers, and rescued [him]. Hav-ing, "Since through thee we ing understood that he was a enjoy great quietness; and good Roman citizen, 28 and desiring deeds are done to this nation, to know the cause why they by thy prudence, always, and in accused him, I brought him all places; 3 we accept them, down into their council: 29 most excellent Felix, with all whom I perceived to be accus- thankfulness. 4 But that I may ed concerning questions of their not any longer detain thee, I law; but to have no accusation beseech thee to hear us, of thy worthy of death, nor of bonds. goodness, a few words. 5 For 30 And when it was discovered we have found this man to be to me that the Jews were about a pest, and a mover of sedition, to lie in wait for the man, I sent among all the Jews, throughout him straightway to thee, and the whole empire, and a ringcommanded his accusers also leader of the sect of the Nazato say, before thee, what they renes: 6 who hath also attempted had against him. [Farewel.]" to profane the temple: and whom we seized, [and wished to judge according to our law : 7 but the commander Lysias came upon us, and with great violence, took him away out of our hands, having commanded his accusers to come to thee:] and by examining him, thou thyself mayest gain knowledge of all those things whereof we accuse him." 9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so. 10 Then Paul, the gover nor having beckoned to him to speak, answered, "Since I understand that thou hast been
31 THEN the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris: 32 and on the morrow they returned to the castle, leaving the horsemen to go with him: 33 who, when they came to Cæsarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia, 35 "I will hear thee fully," said he,
rection of the dead I am condemned by you this day.'
for many years a judge to this nation, I the more cheerfully make my defence: 11 it being in thy power to know that there are but twelve days since I came up to worship at Jerusalem 12 and that the Jews neither found me in the temple disputing with any one; nor raising sedition among the people, either in the synagogues, or in the city: 13 nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
22 Then Felix, having obtained a more correct knowledge of the way, putting them off, said, "When Lysias the commander shall come down, I will determine your matter." 23 [And] he gave orders to a centurion to take him into custody, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister [or come] to him.
14" But this I confess to thee, that after the way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of our fathers; believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 and having hope towards God, which they themselves also admit, that there will be a resurrection [of the dead], both
24 AND after some days, Felix came, with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as he discoursed of justice, and temperance, and the coming judgment, Felix, being terrified, said, "Go for the present; and, when I have a convenient time,
ous. 16 And in this I exercise myself, to have always conscience void of offence before God and men.
of the righteous and unrighte-I will send for thee." 26 Hoping also, at the same time, that money would have been given him by Paul, [in order that he might loose him:] for which cause, he sent for him the oftener, and conversed with him. 27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wishing to gratify the Jews, left Paul bound.
17"Now, after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 At which time, certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple; but not with a multitude, nor with tumult: 19 who ought to have been here before thee, and to have accused me, if they had any thing against me. 20 Or let these themselves say what crime they found in me, while I stood before the council; 21 unless it be for this one declaration, which I proclaimed standing among
CH. XXV. 1 FESTUS, therefore, having come into the province, after three days, went up from Cæsarea to Jerusalem. 2 Then the high-priest, and the chief of the Jews, brought an accusation before him against Paul, and besought him, 3 desiring a favour against him, that he would send for him to Jeruthem, 'Concerning the resur-salem; purposing to lie in wait,
council, answered, "Hast thou appealed to Cæsar? to Cæsar thou shalt go."
that they might destroy him on the way. 4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself would shortly go there. 5 "Therefore," said he, "let those of you who are able to bring any charge, go down with me, and accuse the man, if there be any thing criminal in him." 6 And having tarried among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Cæsarea; and the next day sat on the judgment-seat, and com
13 AND after some days, king Agrippa and Bernicè came to Cæsarea to salute Festus. 14 And as they continued there many days, Festus related Paul's case to the king, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix: 15 concerning whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief-priests and the elders of the Jews laid an information, desiring judgmanded Paul to be brought. 7ment against him. 16 To whom And when he appeared, the I answered, that it is not the Jews who had come down from custom of the Romans to give Jerusalem stood round about, up any man to death, before he and brought many and heavy who is accused has his accuaccusations [against Paul], sers face to face, and has opwhich they could not prove; 8 portunity to make his defence while he made his defence, say- concerning the crime laid to ing, "Neither against the law his charge. 17 When thereof the Jews, nor against the fore they had come hither, temple, nor against Cæsar, have without making any delay, I sat I offended in any thing." 9 But on the judgment-seat the day Festus, wishing to gratify the after, and commanded the man Jews, in answer to Paul, said, to be brought: 18 against whom "Art thou willing to go up to when his accusers stood up, Jerusalem, and there to be they brought 'no accusation of judged of these things before such things as I supposed: 19 me?" 10 Then Paul said, "I but had against him some quesstand at Cæsar's judgment-seat, tions about their own religion, where I ought to be judged and about one Jesus who died, to the Jews I have done no but whom Paul affirmed to be wrong, as thou also very well alive. 20 And because I was knowest. 11 For if I have done doubtful about an inquiry into wrong, or have committed any such matters, I asked him thing worthy of death, I refuse whether he was willing to go not to die but if there be no- to Jerusalem, and there to be thing true of the things whereof judged about these things. 21 these accuse me, no one should But Paul having appealed, that give me up to gratify them. I it might be reserved to the deappeal to Cæsar." 12 Then Fes- termination of the Emperor, I tus, having conferred with the commanded him to be kept in
concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews: 3 because thou very well knowest all the customs and questions which are among the Jews. Wherefore I beseech [thee] to hear me patiently.
4"All the Jews know my manner of life from my youth, which was passed from the beginning among mine own nation at Jerusalem: 5 and these have knowledge of me from the first, (if they be willing to testify,) that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand and am condemned for the multitude of the Jews have ap-hope of the promise, which God plied to me, both at Jerusalem, made to our fathers: 7 and and here also, crying out that which our twelve tribes, by he ought not to live any longer. their continual services night 25 But I having found that he and day, hope to obtain: for had committed nothing worthy which hope, O king [Agrippa], of death, and he himself having I am accused by the Jews. 8 appealed to the Emperor, I What? is it esteemed among have determined to send [him]. you a thing incredible, that 26 Concerning whom I have God should raise the dead? nothing certain to write our Master. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially, before thee, king Agrippa, that, after examination, I may have something to write. 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to signify also the charges made against him." CH. XXVI. 1 UPON this Agrippa said to Paul, "Thou art permitted to speak for thyself" Then Paul stretching forth his hand, made his defence: 2 "I think myself happy, king Agrippa, that I shall make my defence this day before thee,
custody till I could send him to Cæsar." 22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I myself also desire to hear the man." "Tomorrow," said he, "thou shalt
23 ON the morrow therefore, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and they had entered into the place of hearing, together with the commanders and principal men of the city; at the command of Festus, Paul was brought. 24 Then Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all that are here present with us, ye see this man, concerning whom all the
9 "I indeed thought within myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth: 10 which I also did, in Jerusalem : and many of the saints I shut up in prisons, having received authority from the chief-priests; and, when they were put to death, I gave my vote against them: 11 and I punished them often in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and, being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them, even to foreign cities. 12 At which time [also,] as I was going to Damascus,
with authority and commission | the temple, and attempted to [from] the chief-priests, 13 kill me. at mid-day, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun; which shone round about me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And having all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew dialect, 6 Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goads.' 15 And I said, Who art thou, Sir?' And he said, 'I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest. 16 But rise, and stand on thy feet: for I have appeared to thee for this purpose, to appoint thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those in which I will appear to thee; 17 deliver ing thee from the people ;* and from the gentiles, to whom I now send thee, 18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of the adversary to God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those that are sanctified, through faith in me.”
19" Wherefore, king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision: 20 but declar-only, ed, first to those in Damascus, and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and then to the gentiles, that they should reform and turn to God, doing works worthy of reformation. 21 For these causes, the Jews seized me in
i. e. the Jews.
22 "Having therefore ob tained help from God, to this day, I continue witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which both the prophets and Moses spake of, as about to come: 23 that Christ should suffer; and that he, being the first who rose from the dead, should announce light to the people* and to the gentiles."
24 And as he was thus making his defence, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, thou art mad: much learning has driven thee to madness." 25 Then he said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus; but utter the words of truth and of a sound mind. 26 For the king knoweth concerning these. things, before whom I even speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him: for this was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest." 28 Then Agrippa [said] to Paul, "Thou almost persuadest me to be a Christian." 29 And Paul [said,] "I would to God, that not thou but all likewise who hear me this day, were almost, and even altogether, such as I am, except these bonds."
30 THEN the king, and the governor, and Bernicè also, and those who sat with them, rose up; 31 and having gone aside, they spake among themselves,