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the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle, And when he came upon the

stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

July 21, Morning; February 6, Evening. AND as Paul was to be led

into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? 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. And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew Hebrew tongue, saying,

CHAPTER XXII. Men, brethren, and fathers,

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. 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. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me ? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. And I said,What shall

hear ye my defence which II do, Lord? And the Lord

(And

make now unto you.
when they heard that he
spake in the Hebrew tongue
to them, they kept the more
silence and he saith,) 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
toward God, as ye all are this
day. And I persecuted this
way unto the death, binding
and delivering into prisons
both men and women. As
also the high priest doth bear

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. 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. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers hatli

July 22, Morn.

THE ACTS, XXIII.

Feb. 7, Even.

And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: and when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was

chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tar-standing by, and consenting

riest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. 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; and saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. 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.

was a Roman, and because he had bound him. On the mor row, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he 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.

CHAPTER XXIII.

July 22, Morning; February 7, Evening. AND ND as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air, the chief captain commanded him 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. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he

And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. until this day. And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 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? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? 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.

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. And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring

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. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Saddu-him into the castle. And the cees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part

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night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

July 23, Morning; February 8, Evening. ND 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. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. So he took

And when

him, and brought him to the
chief captain, and said, Paul
the prisoner called me unto
him, and prayed me to bring
this young man unto thee,
who hath something to say
unto thee. Then the chief
captain took him by the hand,
and went with him aside pri-
vately, and asked him, What
is that thou hast to tell me?
And he said, The Jews have
agreed to desire thee that thou
wouldest bring down Paul to
morrow into the council, as
though they would enquire
somewhat of him more per-
fectly. But do not thou yield
unto them for there lie in
wait for him of them more
than forty men, which have
bound themselves with
oath, that they will neither
eat nor drink till they have
killed him: and now are they
ready, looking for a promise
from thee. So the chief cap-
tain then let the young man
depart, and charged him, See
thou tell no man that thou
hast shewed these things to

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me. And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cæsarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; and provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. And he wrote a letter after this manner: Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman. And when I would have known the cause wherefore they ac cused him, I brought him forth into their council: 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.
And when it was told me how
that the Jews laid wait for the
man, I sent straightway to
thee, and gave commandment
to his accusers also to say
before thee what they had
against him. Farewell. Then
the soldiers, as it was com-
manded them, took Paul, and
brought him by night to An-
tipatris. On the morrow they
left the horsemen to go with
him, and returned to the
castle: who, when they came
to Cæsarea, and delivered the
epistle to the governor, pre-
sented Paul also before him.
And when the governor had
read the letter, he asked of
what province he was. And
when he understood that he
was of Cilicia; I will hear
thee, said he, when thine ac-
cusers are also come. And he
commanded him to be kept in
Herod's judgment hall.

CHAPTER XXIV.
July 24, Morning; February 9, Evening.
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AND after five days Ananias
the high priest descended
with the elders, and with a
certain orator named Tertul-
lus, who informed the gover-
nor against Paul. And when
And when
he was called forth, Tertullus
began to accuse him, saying,
Seeing that by thee we enjoy
great quietness, and that very
worthy deeds are done unto
this nation by thy providence,
we accept it always, and in all
places, most noble Felix, with
all thankfulness. Notwith
standing, that I be not fur-
ther tedious unto thee, I pray
thee that thou wouldest hear
us of thy clemency a few
words. For we have found
this man a pestilent fellow,
and a mover of sedition among

all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: who also hath gone about to profane the temple whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him. And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so. Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of

evil doing in me, while I stood
before the council, except it
be for this one voice, that I
cried standing among them,
Touching the resurrection of
the dead I am called in ques-
tion by you this day. And
when Felix heard these things,
having more perfect knowledge
of that way, he deferred them,
and said, When Lysias the chief
captain shall come down, I
will know the uttermost of
your matter. And he com-
manded a centurion to keep
Paul, and to let him have
liberty, and that he should
forbid none of his acquaint-
ance to minister or come unto
him.
him. And after certain days,
when Felix came with his wife

many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets and have hope toward God, which they them-Drusilla, which was a Jewess, selves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. Or else let these same here say, if they have found any

he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him. But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

CHAPTER XXV. July 26, Morning; February 10, Evening. Now NOW when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Cæsarea to Jerusalem. Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him, and desired favour against him, that he would

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send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him. But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Cæsarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither. Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this

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