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help. This is the man that chief captain, May I speak unto teacheth all men every where thee? Who said, Canst thou against the people, and the law, speak Greek? and this place: and further, 38 Art not thou that Egypbrought Greeks also into the tian, which before these days temple; and hath polluted this madest an uproar, and leddest holy place.
out into the wilderness four thou29 (For they had seen before sand men that were murderers ! with him in the city, Trophimus, 39 But Paul said, I am a man an Ephesian, whom they sup- which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city posed that Paul had brought in- in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean to the temple.)
city: and I beseech thee suffer me 30 And all the city was mov- to speak unto the people. ed, and the people ran together: 40 And when he had given and they took Paul and drew him license, Paul stood on the him out of the temple. And stairs, and beckoned with the forth with the doors were shut. hand unto thepeople. And when
31 And as they went about there was made a great silence, to kill him, tidings came unto he spake unto them in the Hebrew the chief captain of the band, that tongue, saying, all Jerusalem was in an uproar;
CHAP. XXII. 32 Who immediately took 1 Paul declareth how he was converted ; soldiers and centurions, and ran 25 he escapeth scourging, being a Roman down unto them. And when citizen. they saw the chief captain and MEN, brethren, and fathers, Paul.
I make now unto you. 33 Then the chief captain 2 (And when they heard that came near and took him, and he spake in the Hebrew tongue commanded him to be bound to them, they kept the more siwith two chains: and demand- lence: and he saith,) ed who he was, and what he 3 I am verily a man which had done.
am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a 34 And some cried one thing, city in Cilicia, yet brought up in some another, among the multi- this city at the feet of Gamaliel, tude: and when he could not and taught according to the know the certainty of the tumult, perfect manner of the law of be commanded him to be car- the fathers, and was zealous ried into the castle.
toward God, as ye all are this 35 And when he came upon day. the stairs, so it was that he was 4 And I persecuted this way borne of the soldiers, for the vio- unto the death, binding and delence of the people.
livering into prisons both men 36 For the multitude of the and women. people followed after, crying, 5 As also the high priest doth Away with him.
bear me witness, and all the es37 And as Paul was to be led tate of the elders; from whom into the castle, he said unto the also I received letters into the
brethren, and went to Damas- 15 For thou shalt be his witcus, to bring them which were ness unto all men of what thou there bound unto Jerusalem, for hast seen and heard. to be punished.
16 And now why tarriest 6 And it came to pass, that, thou ? arise, and be baptized, as I made my journey, and was and wash away thy sins, callcome nigh unto Damascus about ing on the name of the Lord. noon, suddenly there shone from 17 And it came to pass, that, heaven a great light round about when I was come again to Jeme.
rusalem, even while I prayed in 7 And I fell unto the ground, the temple, I was in a trance; and heard a voice saying unto 18 And saw him saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest me, Make haste, and get thee thou me!
quickly out of Jerusalem ; for 8 And I answered, Who art they will not receive thy testithou, Lord? And he said un- mony concerning me. to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, 19 And I said, Lord, they whom thou persecutest.
know that I imprisoned, and 9 And they that were with beat in every synagogue them me saw indeed the light, and that believed on thee : were afraid ; but they heard not 20 And when the blood of the voice of him that spake to thy martyr Stephen was shed,
I also was standing by, and 10 And I said, What shall I consenting unto his death, and do, Lord! And the Lord said kept the raiment of them that unto me, Arise, and go into Da- slew him. mascus, and there it shall be 21 And he said unto me, Detold thee of all things which are part : for I will send thce far appointed for thee to do. hence unto the Gentiles.
11 And when I could not see 22 And they gave him audifor the glory of that light, being ence unto this word, and then led by the hand of them that lifted up their voices, and said, were with me, I came into Da-Away with such a fellow from
the earth : for it is not fit that 12 And one Ananias, a de- he should live. vout man according to the law, 23 And as they cried out, having a good report of all the and cast off their clothes, and Jews which dwelt there, threw dust into the air,
13 Came unto me, and stood, 24 The chief captain comand said unto me, Brother Saul, manded him to be brought inreceive thy sight. And the same to the castle, and bade that he hour I looked up upon him. should be examined by scourg
14 And he said, The God of ing ; that he might know whereour fathers hath chosen thee, that fore they cried so against him. thou shouldest know his will, 25 And as they bound him and see that Just One, and with thongs, Paul said unto the shouldest hear the voice of his centurion that stood by, Is it lawmouth,
ful for you to scourge il man that
isa Roman, and uncondemned ? said, Revilest thou God's high
26 When the centurion heard priest! that, he went and told the chief 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, captain, saying, Take heed what brethren, that he was the high thou doest; for this man is a priest: for it is written, Thou Roman.
shalt not speak evil of the ruler 27 Then the chief captain of thy people. came, and said unto him, Tell 6 But when Paul perceived me, art thou a Roman? He said, that the one part were SadduYea.
cees, and the other Pharisees, he 28 And the chief captain an- cried out in the council, Men swered, With a great sui ob- and brethren, I am a Pharisee, tained I this freedom. And the son of a Pharisee: of the Paul said, But I was free-born. hope and resurrection of the
29 Then straightway they dead I am called in question. departed from him which should 7 And when he had so said, have examined him: and the there arose a dissension between chief captain also was afraid, the Pharisees and the Sadducees: after he knew that he was a and the multitude was divided.. Roman, and because he had 8 For the Sadducees say that bound him.
there is no resurrection, neither 30 On the morrow, because angel, nor spirit: but the Pharihe would have known the cer- sees confess both. tainty wherefore he was accused 9 And there arose a great cry: of the Jews, he loosed him from and the scribes that were of the his bands, and commanded the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, chief priests and all their coun- saying, We find no evil in this cil to appear, and brought Paul man: but if a spirit or an angel down, and set him before them. hath spoken to him, let us not CHAP. XXIII.
fight against God.
10 And when there arose a 1 Paul pleadeth his cause; 7 dissension among
his accusers ; 10 he is again imprisoned ; 23 great dissension, the chief caphe is sent to Felix the governor. tain, searing lest Paul should
ND Paul, earnestly behold- have been pulled in pieces of
ing the council, said, Men 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 11 1 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 thou to judge 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 ?
gether, and bound themselves 4 And they that stood by, ander a curse, saying, that they
would neither eat nor drink till him of them more than forty they had killed Paul.
men, which have bound them13 And they were more than selves with an oath, that they forty which had made this con- will neither eat nor drink till spiracy.
they have killed him: and now 14 Ånd they came to the chief are they ready, looking for a priests and elders, and said, We promise from thee. have bound ourselves under a 22 So the chief captain then great curse that we will eat noth- let the young man depart, and ing until we have slain Paul. charged him, See thou tell no
15 Now therefore ye with the man that thou hast shewed these council signify to the chief cap-things to me. tain that he bring him down un- 23 And he called unto him to you to-morrow, as though ye two centurions, saying, Make would inquire something more ready two hundred soldiers to perfectly concerning him : and go to Cesarea, and horsemen we, or ever he come near, are threescore and ten, and spearmen ready to kill him.
two hundred, at the third hour 16 And when Paul's sister's of the night; son heard of their lying in wait, 24 And provide them beasts, he went and entered into the cas- that they may set Paul on, and tle, and told Paul.
bring him safe unto Felix the 17 Then Paul called one of governor. the centurions unto him, and 25 And he wrote a letter after said, Bring this young man un- this manner : to the chief captain; for he hath 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the a certain thing to tell him. most excellent governor Felix,
18 So he took him, and sendeth greeting. brought him to the chief captain, 27 This man was taken of the and said, Paul the prisoner call-Jews, and should have been kiled me unto him, and prayed me led of them : then came I with to bring this young man unto an army, and rescued him, havthee, who hath something to say ing understood that he was a unto thee.
Roman. 19 Then the chief captain 28 And when I would have took him by the hand, and went known the cause wherefore with him aside privately, and they accused him, I brought him asked him, What is that thou forth into their council: hast to tell me?
29 Whom I perceived to be 20 And he said, The Jews accused of questions of their have agreed to desire thee, that law, but to have nothing laid to thou wouldest bring down Paul his charge worthy of death, or to-morrow into the council, as of bonds. though they would inquire 30 And when it was told me somewhat of him more perfect-how that the Jews laid wait for ly.
the man, I sent straightway to 21 But do not thou yield unto thee, and gave commandment them : for there lie in wait for to his accusers also, to say be.
fore thee what they had against 5 For we have found this him. Farewell.
man a pestilent fellow, and a 31 Then the soldiers, as it mover of sedition among all
commanded them, took the Jews throughout the world, Paul, and brought him by night and a ringleader of the sect of to Antipatris.
the Nazarenes: 32 On the morrow they left 6 Who also hath gone about the horsemen to go with him, to profane the temple : whom and returned to the castle: we took, and would have judged
33 Who, when they came to according to our law : Cesarea, and delivered the epis- 7 But the chief captain Lysias tle to the governor, presented came upon us, and with great Paul also before him.
violence took him away out of 34 And when the governor our hands, had read the letter, he asked of 8 Commanding his accusers what province he was. And to come unto thee : by examinwhen he understood that he was ing of whom, thyself
mayest take of Cilicia;
knowledge of all these things 35 I will hear thee, said he, whereof we accuse bim. when thine accusers are also 9 And the Jews also assentcome. And he commanded ed, saying, that these things him to be kept in Herod's judg- were so. ment-hall.
10 Then Paul, after that the CHAP. XXIV. governor had beckoned unto 1 Tertullus accuseth Paul, 10 he answer-him to speak, answered, Foraseth for himself; 24 preacheth Christ to the much as I know that thou hast governor and his wife ; 27 is left in prison.
been of many years a judge anto ND after five days, Ananias this nation, I do the more cheer
the high priest descended fully answer for myself : with the elders, and with a cer
ii Because that thou maytain orator named Tertullus, est understand, that there are who informed the governor yet but twelve days since I went against Paul.
up to Jerusalem for to worship. 2 And when he was called 12 And they neither found forth, Tertullus began to accuse me in the temple disputing with him, saying, Seeing that by thee any man, neither raising up the we enjoy great quietness, and people, neither in the synathat very worthy deeds are done gogues, nor in the city : unto this nation by thy provi
13 Neither can they prove dence,
the things whereof they now 3 We accept it always, and accuse me. in all places, most noble Felix, 14 But this I confess unto with all thankfulness.
thee, that after the way which 4 Notwithstanding, that I be they call heresy, so worship I not further tedious unto thee, I the God of my fathers, believing pray thee, that thou wouldest all things which are written in hear us of thy clemency a few the law and in the prophets : words.
15 And have hope toward