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Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they

should repent and turn to God, and do works meet 21 for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught 22 me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having

therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnesling both to finall and great, saying none

other things than those which the prophets and Mo23 ses did say should come : That Christ should suffer,

and that he should be the first that should rise from

the dead, and should thew light unto the people, and 24 to the Gentiles. And as he thus spake for himself,

Feftus said with a loud voice, Paul thou art beside 25 thyself: much learning doth make thee mad. But

he said, I am not mad, most noble Feftus; but speak 26 forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king

knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things

are hidden from him ; for this thing was not done in 27 a corner. King Agrippa, believest thou the pro28 phets ? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa

said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a 29 christian. And Paul said, Would to God, that not

only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were

both almost, and altogether, such as I am, except 30 these bonds (d). And when he had thus spoken,

the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, 31 and they that sat with them. And when they were

gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying,

This man doeth nothing worthy of death, or of 32 bonds. Then said Agrippa unto Feftus, This man

might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cefar.

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ND when it was determined that we should fail

into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners, unto one named Julius, a centurion of Au2 gustus' band. And entering into a ship of Adramyt

tium, we launched, meaning to fail by the coasts of

Afia, one Aristarchus a Macedonian, of Thessaloni3 ca, being with us. And the next day we touched at

Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and

gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh him4 felf. And when we had launched from thence, we

failed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary; 5

And when we had failed over the sea of Cilicia and 6 Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. And

there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria fail7 ing into Italy; and he put us therein. And when

we had failed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering

us, we failed under Crete, over against Salmone : 8 And hardly passing it, caine' unto a place which is

called, The fair havens, nigh whereunto was the city 9 of Lafea. Now when much time was spent, and

when failing was now dangerous, because the faft

was now already past (a), Paul admonished them, 1o And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive (b) that this voy

will be with hurt and much damage, not only II of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Never

theless, the centurion believed the master and the

owner of the ship, more than those things which 12 were spoken' by Paul. And because the haven was


27.) about

(a) The fast was on the day of atonement (Lev. xxiii. the latter end of September, which is usually a stormy season.

(6) St. Paul here declares the apprehensions he then had; but God was afterwards pleased to lhew him that their lives should be fayed. Verse 24.


not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an

haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south-west, 13 and north-west. And when the south-wind blew

softly, supposing that they had obtained their pur14 pose, loosing thence they failed close by Crete. But

not long after there arose against it a tempestuous 15 wind, called Euroclydon. Ald when the flip was

caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let 16 her drive. And running under a certain island which

is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the 17 boat: Which when they had taken up, they used

helps, undergirding the thip; and fearing left they

should fall into the quick-lands, struck fail, and so 18 were driven. And we being exceedingly tossed with

a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; 19

And the third day we cast out with our own hands 20 the tackling of the ship. And when neither fun nor

stars in many days appeared (c), and no small tempest

lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then 21 taken away.

But after long abstinence, Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed

from Crete, and to have gained this harm and lofs. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for

there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, 23 but of the ship. For there ftood by me this night

the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought be

fore Cesar: and lo, God hath given thee all them 25 that fail with thee. Wherefore, firs, be of good

(c) The mariner's compass not being then found out, they had no means to direct their course by, but the obfervations they could take from the sun by day, and the fars by night; but neither one not the other appearing, they could not judge where they were,


cheer : for I believe God, that it shall be even as it 26 was told me. Howbeit, we must be cast upon a 27

certain island. But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria (d)

about midnight, the shipmen deemed that they 28 drew near to some country: And founded, and

found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone

a little further, they founded again, and found it fif29 teen fathoms (e). Then fearing left they should have

fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors, out of 30 the stern, and wished for the day. And as the ship

men were about to fee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as

though they would have cast anchors out of the fore31 fhip, Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers,

Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved (f). 32

Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the hoat, and 33

let her fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This

day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried (s), 34 and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Where

fore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for -your

health (b) : for there ihall not an hair fall from the 35 head of any of you. And when he had thus spoken,

he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and when he had broken it, he began

(d) That part of the Mediterranean sea, which runs into the gulph of Venice, was then called the Adriatick.

(e) "The sea being shallower than when they founded before, they concluded that land was near.

1) The feamen must not be suffered to quit the ship, for without their help

you will be lost. (8),All this day, which is now the fourteenth day since we left Fair-haven, in Crete (Verse 8.) you have been fasting:

(h) Having exhausted your spirits and. Arength by the fatigue you have undergone, meat is absolutely necessary to support you. For, much labour fill remains. However, do not despair ; you will all escape at laft unhurt.

36 to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they 37 alfo took some meat. And we were in all in the 38 ship, two hundred threescore and fixteen fouls. And

when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, 39 and cast out the wheat into the sea. And when it

was day they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they

were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the 40 fhip. And when they had taken up the anchors,

they committed themselves unto the fea, and loofed

the rudder-bands, and hoisted up the main fail to the 41 wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a

place where two seas met, they ran the ship a ground; and the fore part stuck fast, and remained

unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with 42 the violence of the 'vaves. And the foldiers counsel

was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should 43 swim out, and escape. But the centurion, willing

to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and com

manded that they which could swim, should cait 44 themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And

the reft, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship: And so it came to pass that they escaped all safe to land.

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NÐ when they were escaped, then they knew

that the island was called Melita. And the barbarous people thewed us iro little kindness : for they

kindled a fire, and received us every one, because 3 of the present rain, and because of the cold. And

when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and

laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the, 4 heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the bar


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