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Conspiracy against Paul. THE ACTS, 24.

He is sent to Felix. take him by force from among them, and to wherefore they accused him, I brought him bring him into the castle.

forth into their council: 11 And the night following the Lord stood 29 Whom I perceived to be accused of by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul : for questions of their law, but to have nothing as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so laid to his charge worthy of death or of must thou bear witness also at Rome.

bonds. 12 And when it was day, certain of the 30 And when it was told me how that the Jews banded together, and bound themselves Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightunder a curse, saying that they would neither way to thee, and gave commandment to his eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. accusers also to say before thee what they

13 And they were more than forty which had against him. Farewell. had made this conspiracy.

31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded 14 And they came to the chief priests and them, took Paul, and brought him by night elders, and said, We have bound ourselves to Antipatris. under a great curse, that we will eat no- 32 On the morrow they left the horsemen thing until we have slain Paul.

to go with him, and returned to the castle : 15 Now therefore ye with the council sig. 33 Who, when they came to Cæsarea, and nify to the chief captain that he bring him delivered the epistle to the governor, predown unto you to morrow, as though ye sented Paul also before him. would enquire something more perfectly con- 34 And when the governor had read the let. cerning him: and we, or ever he come near, ter, he asked of what province he was. And are ready to kill him.

when he understood that he was of Cilicia; 16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of 35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine actheir lying in wait, he went and entered into cusers are also come. And he commanded the castle, and told Paul.

him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions

CHAPTER 24. unto him, and said, Bring this young man

1 Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator, unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain

10 answereth for his life and doctrine. 24 thing to tell him.

He preacheth Christ to the governor and his 18 So he took him, and brought him to the

wife. 26 The governor hopeth for a bribe, but chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner in vain. 27 At last, going out of his office, called me unto him, and prayed me to bring he leaveth Paul in prison. this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

priest descended with the elders, and 19 Then the chief captain took him by the with a certain orator named Tertullus, who hand, and went with him aside privately, informed the governor against Paul. and asked him, What is that thou hast to 2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus tell me?

began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by 20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very desire thee that thou wouldest bring down worthy deeds are done unto this nation by Paul to morrow into the council, as though thy providence, they would enquire somewhat of him more 3. We accept it always, and in all places, perfectly.

most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 21 But do not thou yield unto them: for 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further there lie in wait for him of them more than tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou forty men, which have bound themselves with wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink words. till they have killed him: and now are they 5 For we have found this man a pestilent ready, looking for a promise from thee. fellow, and a mover of sedition among all

22 So the chief captain then let the young the Jews throughout the world, and a ringman depart, and charged him, See thou tell leader of the sect of the Nazarenes: no man that thou hast shewed these things 6 Who also hath gone about to profane to me.

the temple: whom we took, and would have 23 And he called unto him two centurions, judged according to our law. saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to 7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon go to Cæsarea, and horsemen threescore and us, and with great violence took him away ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third out of our hands, hour of the night;

8. Commanding his accusers to come unto 24 And provide them beasts, that they may thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix take knowledge of all these things, whereof the governor.

we accuse him. 25 And he wrote a letter after this manner : 9 And the Jews also assented, saying that 26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent these things were so. governor Felix sendeth greeting.

10 Then Paul, after that the governor had 27 This man was taken of the Jews, and beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forshould have been killed of them: then came asmuch as I know that thou hast been of I with an army, and rescued him, having many years a judge unto this nation, I do understood that he was a Roman.

the more cheerfully answer for myself: 28 And when I would have known the cause 11 Because that thou mayest understand, Paul defends his doctrine. THE ACTS, 24.

He appealeth to Cosar. that there are yet but twelve days since I 2 Then the high priest and the chief of went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

the Jews informed him against Paul, and 12 And they neither found me in the tem- besought him, ple disputing with any man, neither raising 3 And desired favour against him, that he up the people, neither in the synagogues, would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait nor in the city:

in the way to kill him. 13 Neither can they prove the things 4 But Festus answered, that Paul should whereof they now accuse me.

be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after would depart shortly thither. the way which they call heresy, so worship I 5 Let them therefore, said he, which among the God of my fathers, believing all things you are able, go down with me, and accuse which are written in the law and in the this man, if there be any wickedness in him. prophets :

6 And when he had tarried among them 15 And have hope toward God, which they more than ten days, he went down unto themselves also allow, that there shall be a Cæsarea; and the next day sitting on the resurrection of the dead, both of the just judgment seat commanded Paul to be and unjust.

brought. 16 And Herein do I exercise myself, to have 7 And when he was come, the Jews which always a conscience void of offence toward came down from Jerusalem stood round aGod, and toward men.

bout, and laid many and grievous complaints 17 Now after many years I came to bring against Paul, which they could not prove. alms to my nation, and offerings.

8 While he answered for himself, Neither 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia against the law of the Jews, neither against found me purified in the temple, neither the temple, nor yet against Cæsar, have I with multitude, nor with tumult.

offended any thing at all, 19 Who ought to have been here before thee, 9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a and object, if they had ought against me. pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou

20 or else let these same here say, if they go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of have found any evil doing in me, while I these things before me? stood before the council,

10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cæsar's 21 Except it be for this one voice, that I judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: cried standing among them, Touching the to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou resurrection of the dead I am called in very well knowest. question by you this day.

11 For if I be an offender, or have com22 And when Felix heard these things, mitted any thing worthy of death, I refuse having more perfect knowledge of that way, not to die: but if there be none of these he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the things whereof these accuse me, no man chief captain shall come down, I will know may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto the uttermost of your matter.

Cæsar. 23 And he commanded a centurion to keep 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that the council, answered, Hast thou appealed he should forbid none of his acquaintance unto Cæsar ? unto Cæsar shalt thou go. to minister or come unto him.

13 And after certain days king Agrippa and 24 And after certain days, when Felix came Bernice came unto Cæsarea to salute Festus. with his wife Drusilla, which was à Jewess, 14 And when they had been there many he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the the faith in Christ.

king, saying, There is a certain man left in 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, bonds by Felix: temperance, and judgment to come, Felix 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this the chief priests and the elders of the Jews time; when I have a convenient season, I informed me, desiring to have judgment will call for thee.

against him. 26 He hoped also that money should have 16 To whom I answered, It is not the been given him of Paul, that he might loose manner of the Romans to deliver any man him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, to die, before that he which is accused have and communed with him.

the accusers face to face, and have licence 27 But after two years Porcius Festus came to answer for himself concerning the crime into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew laid against him. the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

17 Therefore, when they were come hither, CHAPTER 25.

without any delay on the morrow I sat on 2 The Jews accuse Paul before Festus. 8 He

the judgment seat, and commanded the answereth for himself, 11 and appealeth un

man to be brought forth. to Cæsar. 14 Afterwards Festus openeth his 18 Against whom when the accusers stood matter to king Agrippa, 23 and he is brought up, they brought none accusation of such forth. 25 Festus cleareth him to have done things as I supposed : nothing worthy of death.

19 But had certain questions against him en Festus was come into the pro- of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, vince,

after three days he ascended from which was dead, whom. Paul afirmed to be Cæsarea to Jerusalem.

alive.

NOW

Paul's defence
THE ACTS, 26.

before Agrippa. 20 And because I doubted of such man- 8 Why should it be thought a thing inner of questions, I asked him whether he credible with you, that God should raise would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged the dead? of these matters.

9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought 21 But when Paul had appealed to be to do many things contrary to the name of reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I Jesus of Nazareth, commanded him to be kept till I might 10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem : send him to Cæsar.

and many of the saints did I shut up in 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would prison, having received authority from the also hear the man myself. To morrow, said chief priests; and when they were put to he, thou shalt hear him.

death, I gave my voice against them. 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was 11 And I punished them oft in every synacome, and Bernice, with great pomp, and gogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; was entered into the place of hearing, with and being exceedingly mad against them, I the chief captains, and principalmen of persecuted them even unto strange cities. the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was 12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with brought forth.

authority and commission from the chief 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all priests, men which are here present with us, ye see 13 At midday, o king, I saw in the way a this man, about whom all the multitude of light from heaven, above the brightness of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jeru- the sun, shining round about me and them salem, and also here, crying that he ought which journeyed with me. not to live any longer.

14 And when we were all fallen to the 25 But when I found that he had commit- earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, ted nothing worthy of death, and that he and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard determined to send him.

for thee to kick against the pricks. 26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord ? And unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. him forth before you, and specially before 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for thee, O king. Agrippa, that, after examina- I have appeared unto thee for this

purpose, tion had, I might have somewhat to write. to make thee a minister and a witness both

27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to of these things which thou hast seen, and send a prisoner, and not withal to signify of those things in the which I will appear the crimes laid against him.

unto thee; CHAPTER 26.

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from

the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 2 Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declareth

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them his life from his childhood, 12 and how mira

from darkness to light, and from the power culously he was converted, and called to his apostleship. 24 Festus chargeth him to be

of Satan unto God, that they may receive formad, whereunto he answereth modestly. 28

giveness of sins, and inheritance among them Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Chris- which are sanctified by faith that is in me. tian. 31 The whole company pronourice him 19 Whereupon, 0 king Agrippa, I was not innocent.

disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20 But shewed first unto them of Damaspermitted to speak for thyself. Then cus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered the coasts of Judæa, and then to the Genfor himself :

tiles, that they should repent and turn to 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, be- God, and do works meet for repentance. cause I shall answer for myself this day 21 For these causes the Jews caught me in before thee touching all the things whereof the temple, and went about to kill me. I am accused of the Jews :

22 Having therefore obtained help of God, 3 Especially because I know thee to be I continue unto this day, witnessing both to expert in all customs and questions which small and great, saying none other things are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech than those which the prophets and Moses thee to hear me patiently.

did say should come: 4 My manner of life from my youth, which 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he was at the first among mine own nation at should be the first that should rise from tho Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

dead, and should shew light unto the peo5 Which knew me from the beginning, if ple, and to the Gentiles. they would testify, that after the most strait- 24 And as he thus spake for himself, Fesest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. tus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art

6 And now I stand and am judged for the beside thyself ; much learning doth make hope of the promise made of God unto our thee mad. fathers :

25 But he said, I am not mad, most noblo 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, Festus; but speak forth the words of truth instantly serving God day and night, hope and soberness. to come. For which hope's sake, king A. 26 For the king knoweth of these things, grippa, I am accused of the Jews.

before whom also I speak freely : for I am Paul's dangerous

THE ACTS, 26.

voyage toward Rome. persuaded that none of these things are ter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth hidden from him; for this thing was not toward the south west and north west. done in a corner.

13 And when the south wind blew softly, 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the pro- supposing that they had obtained their purphets ? I know that thou believest.

pose, loosing thence, they sailed close by 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost Crete. thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

14 But not long after there arose against 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. only thou, but also all that hear me this day, 15 And when the ship was caught, and could were both almost, and altogether such as I not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. am, except these bonds.

16 And running under a certain island 30 And when he had thus spoken, the king which is called Clauda, we had much work rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and to come by the boat: they that sat with them:

17 Which when they had taken up, they 31 And when they were gone aside, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, feartalked between themselves, saying, This man ing lest they should fall into the quicksands, doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. strake sail, and so were driven.

32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This 18 And we being exceedingly tossed with man might have been set at liberty, if he a tempest, the next day they lightened the had not appealed unto Cæsar.

ship;

more CHAPTER 27.

19 And the third day we cast out with our 1 Paul shipping toward Rome, 10 foretelleth of

own hands the tackling of the ship. the danger of the voyage, 11 but is not be

20 And when neither sun nor stars in lieved 14 They are tossed to and fro with many days appeared, and no small tempest tempest, 41 and suffer shipwreck, 22, 34, 41 lay on us, all hope that we should be saved yet all come safe to land.

was then taken away.

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21 But after long abstinence Paul stood should sail into Italy, they delivered forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, Paul and certain other prisoners unto one ye should have hearkened unto me, and not named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. have loosed from Crete, and to have gained

2 And entering into a ship of Adramyt- this harm and loss. tium, we launched, meaning to sail by the 22 And now I exhort you to be of good coasts of Asia ; one Aristarchus, a Macedo. cheer: for there shall be no loss of any nian of Thessalonica, being with us.

man's life among you, but of the ship. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. 23 For there stood by me this night the And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, gave him liberty to go unto his friends to 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be refresh himself.

brought before Cæsar: and, lo, God hath 4 And when we had launched from thence, given thee all them that sail with thee. we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for were contrary.

I believe God, that it shall be even as it 5 And when we had sailed over the sea of was told me. Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a 26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a cercity of Lycia.

tain island. 6 And there the centurion found a ship of 27 But when the fourteenth night .was Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put come, as we were driven up and down in us therein.

Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed 7 And when we had sailed slowly many that they drew near to some country; days, and scarce were come over against 28 And sounded, and found it twenty Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed fathoms: and when they had gone a little under Crete, over against Salmone;

further, they sounded again, and found it 8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a Afteen fathoms. place which is called The fair havens; nigh 29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen whereunto was the city of Lasea.

upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of 9 Now when much time was spent, and the stern, and wished for the day. In when sailing was now dangerous, because 30 And as the shipmen were about to flee the fast was now already past, Paul admo- out of the ship, when they had let down the nished them,

boat into the sea, under colour as though they 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive would have cast anchors out of the foreship, that this voyage will be with hurt and much 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the damage, not only of the lading and ship, but soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye also of our lives.

cannot be saved. 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of master and the owner of the ship, more than the boat, and let her fall off. those things which were spoken by Paul. 33 And while the day was coming on, Paul

12 And because the haven was not com- besought them all to take meat, saying, modious to winter in, the more part advised This day is the fourteenth day that ye have to depart thence also, if by any means they tarried and continued fasting, having taken might attain to Phenice, and there to win- nothing.

Paul is shipwrecked.

THE ACTS, 28.

His arrival at Romne. 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some after they had looked a great while, and saw meat: for this is for your health: for there no harm come to him, they changed their shall not an hair fall from the head of any minds, and said that he was a god. of you.

7 In the same quarters were possessions 35 And when he had thus spoken, he took of the chief man of the island, whose name bread, and gave thanks to God in presence was Publius; who received us, and lodged of them all: and when he had broken it, us three days courteously. he began to eat.

8 And it came to pass, that the father of 36 Then were they all of good choer, and Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody they also took some meat.

flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, 37 And we were in all in the ship two and laid his hands on him, and healed him. hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

9 So when this was done, others also, which 38 And when they had eaten enough, they had diseases in the island, came, and were lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat healed : into the sea.

10 Who also honoured us with many ho39 And when it was day, they knew not nours; and when we departed, they laded us the land: but they discovered a certain with such things as were necessary. creek with a shore, into the which they 11 And after three months we departed in were minded, if it were possible, to thrust a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in in the ship.

the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 40 And when they had taken up the an- 12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried chors, they committed themselves unto the there three days. sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised 13 And from thence we fetched a comup the mainsail to the wind, and made to- pass, and came to Rhegium: and after one ward shore.

day the south wind blew, and we came the 41 And falling into a place where two seas next day to Puteoli: met, they ran the ship aground; and the 14 Where we found brethren, and were forepart stuck fast, and remained unmove- desired to tarry with them seven days: and able, but the hinder part was broken with so we went toward Rome. the violence of the waves.

15 And from thence, when the brethren 42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill heard of us, they came to meet us as far as the prisoners, lest any of them should swim Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom out, and escape.

when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, courage. kept them from their purpose; and com- 16 And when we came to Rome, the cenmanded that they which could swim should turion delivered the prisoners to the captain cast themselves first into the sea, and get to of the guard : but Paul was suffered to dwell land:

by himself with a soldier that kept him. 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some 17 And it came to pass, that after three on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came days Paul called the chief of the Jews togeto pass, that they escaped all safe to land. ther: and when they were come together,

he said unto them, Men and brethren, CHAPTER 28.

though I have committed nothing against 1 Paul after his shipwreck is kindly entertained

the people, or customs of our fathers, yet of the barbarians. 5 The viper on his hand hurteth him not. 8 He healeth many discases

was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem in the island. 11 They depart towards Rome.

into the hands of the Romans. 17 He declareth to the Jews the cause of his

18 Who, when they had examined me, coming. 24 After his preaching some were

would have let me go, because there was no persuaded, and some believed not. 30 Yet he cause of death in me. preacheth there two years.

19 But when the Jews spake against it, I ND when they were escaped, then they was constrained to appeal unto Cæsar; not

that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no 20 For this cause therefore have I called little kindness : for they kindled a fire, and for you, to see you, and to speak with you: received us every one, because of the pre- because that for the hope of Israel I am sent rain, and because of the cold.

bound with this chain. 3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle 21 And they said unto him, We neither of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there received letters out of Judæa concerning came a viper out of the heat, and fastened thee, neither any of the brethren that came on his hand.

shewed or spake any harm of thee. 4 And when the barbarians saw the ve- 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou nomous beast hang on his hand, they said thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we among themselves, No doubt this man is a know that every where it is spoken against. murderer, whom, though he hath escaped 23 And when they had appointed him a day, the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. there came many to him into his lodging;

5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, to whom he expounded and testified the and felt no harm.

kingdom of God, persuading them concerning 6 Howbeit they looked when he should have Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but of the prophets, from morning till evening.

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