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ACTS xxi. 29. (For they had seen before with him Trophimus, the Ephesian, whom they falsely supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
30. And all the city was moved, and the people ran together and they took Paul, 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 for the tumult, he commanded Paul to be carried into the castle.
35. And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. 36. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
37. And as Paul was about to be led into the castle, he said (in Greek) to the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
-To the chief captain it would have been of no use to speak in the Syriac or Hebrew tongue of that day : Greek of course he knew.
38. Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand 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 I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
Acts xxi. 40. And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them (the common people) in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
A. xxii. 1. Men, 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 towards God, as ye all are this day.
4. And I persecuted this way (the Christian) unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5. As also the high priest (of that day) doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, 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 great light round about me.
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 voiceso as to understand it — of him that spake to me.
ACTS xxii. 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 light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12. And one Ananias (then a disciple, A. ix. 10.) having as a proselyte been strict in observing the law, and therefore being well reported of by all the Jews that dwelt there,
this character would win the attention of Paul's present hearers
13. Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight again. And the same hour I recovered my sight, and looked him in the face.
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;
-on the subject of divine visions, vide Appendix C. on A. xviii. 9, 10.
18. And saw him (the blessed Jesus) 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.
ACTS xxii. 20. And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21. And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence 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 out, and threw up their garments, and flung dust into the air,
24. The chief captain commanded Paul 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 when they had bound him with the thongs, (vide NOTE) Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, 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, saying, Take heed what thou doest for this man is a Roman.
27. Then the chief captain came, and said unto Paul, Tell me, art thou a Roman ? He said, Yea.
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 by the scourge: 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 it cer
tainly known for what cause Paul 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.
ACTS xxiii. 1. And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2. And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him, to smite him on the mouth.
3. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
4. And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
5. Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
6. But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
8. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
9. And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the 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.
10. And when there arose a great dissension, the