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CHAP. XXV. 2 The Jews accuse Paul before Festus : 8 he answereth for himself,

Il and appealeth unto Cæsar : 14 afterwards Festus openeth his matter to king Agrippa, 23 and he is brought forth : 25 Festus cleareth him to have done nothing worthy of deuth.

NOW when Festus was come into the province,' after three days he ascended from Cæsarea to Jerusalem.

2 * Then the High Priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,

3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, "laying wait in the way to kill him.

4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.

5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be

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wickedness 3 in him. 6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Cæsarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.

7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, I was entered upon the goveroment. Ham.

2 of ability. Rh. Sany fault. Ma. Cr. Bi. no more than eight os ten days, as some copies read. A. V.

CHAP. XXV. a Ver. 15. ACTs, xxiv. 1.

• Acts, xxiii. 12, 15: And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat: nor drink till they had killed Paul. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though he would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

c Ver. 18. Acts, xviii. 14: And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you.

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and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, e neither against the temple, nor yet against Cæsar," have I offended any thing at all.

9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a 'pleasure, answered Paul, and said, 5 Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?

10 Then said Paul, I stand at Cæsar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest

, . 11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die :: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Cæsar.

s the emperor. Co. 6 done any thing amiss. Pu. the Jews. Gen. 8injury. Pu. 9 desire not to escape death. Ham.

* Ps. xxxv. 11: False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. MAT. v. 11, 12 : Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven : for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. MARK, xv. 3: And the Caiet Priests accused him of many things : but he answered nothing. LUKE, xxiii

. 2, 10: And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying that he himself is Christ å King. And the Chief Priests and Scribes stood and vehemently accused him. Acts, xxiv. 5, 13.

e See on Acts, xxiv. 12. * See on Acts, xxiv, 27. 8 Ver. 20. Ver. 25. Acts, xviii. 14: The words under ver. 5. do

. xxiii. 29 : Whom I perceived-to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. do. xxvi. 31.

i Acts, xxvi. 32. do. xxviii. 19: But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Cæsar ; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

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12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Cæsar ? unto Cæsar shalt thou go.

13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Cæsarea to salute 10 Festus.

14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared” Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man “left in bonds by Felix:

15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the Chief Priests and the elders of the Jews informed 12 me, desiring to have judgment against him.

16 m To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die,13 before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime 14 laid against him.

17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.

18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed :15

19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus,

10 welcome. Co. " proposed. Gen. 12 appeared before. We. death, Gen. 14 to the accusation. Co. 15 suspected, Ham. 16 religion. .

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Acts, xxiv. 27.
I Ver. 2, 3.
m Ver. 4, 5.
* Ver. 6.

• Acts, xviii. 15: But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for 1 will be no judge of such matters. do. xxiii. 29 : Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.

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which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions," I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.

21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing 18 of Augustus, 19 I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Cæsar.

22 Then P Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment 'Paul was brought forth.

24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom Sall the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, 21 both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.

25 But when I found that he had committed nothing "worthy of death, and that he himself

17 I was doubtful how to enquire hereof. A. V. 19 our august emperor. Dod.

18 judgment. A. V

21 entreated

20 common hall. Co. Gent.

me. Co. Cr.

P Acts, ix. 15: He is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.

9 Ezek. vii. 24: Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

r See on ver. 22. . Ver. 2, 3, 7.

+ Acts, xxii. 22: Away with such a fellow from the earth : for it is not fit that he should live. do. xxiv. 5.

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u See on Acts, xxiii. 9.

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hath 'appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.

26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord.22 Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.

27 * For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes 23 laid against him.

CHAP. XXVI. 2 Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declareth his life from his childhood, 12 and how miraculously he was conv

nverted, and called to his apostleship: 24 Festus chargeth him to be mad, whereunto he answereth modestly : 28 Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian : 31 the whole company pronounce him innocent.

THEN Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself :

2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews :

3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews : wherefore a I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

4 My manner of life from my youth, which

22 his imperial majesty. Dod. 23 charges. Pu. 1 defend, Rh. "Ver. 11, 12. w Acts, xxvi. 3.

* Pro. xviii. 13: He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. John, vii. 51: Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth ?

CHAP. XXVI. a Acts, xxiv. 4: Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.

6 2 Tim. iii. 10 : But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience.

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