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commended to God intending to take in Paul: for fo miniftry which I have received of had he appointed, minding him- the Lord Jefus, to teftify the gofelf to go afoot. fpel of the grace of God.

14 And when he met with us at Affos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene

15 And we failed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.

16 For Paul had determined to fail by Ephefus, because he would not fpend the time in Afia; for he hafted, if it were poffible for him, to be at Jerufalem the day of Pentecoft.

17 And from Miletus he fent to Ephefus, and called the elders of the church.

18 And, when they were come to him, he faid unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Afia, after what manner I have been with you at all feafons,

19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befel me by the lying in wait of the Jews;

20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have fhewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from houfe to houfe,

21 Teftifying both to the Jews, and alfo to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jefus Chrift.

22 And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Jerufalem, not knowing the things that fhall befall me there:

23 Save that the Holy Ghoft witneffeth in every city, faying, That bonds and afflictions abide me.

24 But none of these things move me; neither count I my life dear unto myfelf, fo that I might finish my course with joy, and the

25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I Have gone preaching the kingdom of God, fhall fee my face no more.

26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27 For I have not fhunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28 T, Take heed, therefore, unte yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghoft hath made you overfeers, to feed the church of God, which he hath ut chafed with his own blood.

29 For I know this, that after my departing fhall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Alfo of your own felves fhall men arife, fpeaking perverfe things, to draw away difciples after them.

31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceafed not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32 And now, brethren, Icommend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance a mong all them which are fanctified.

33 I have coveted no man's filver, or gold, or apparel.

34 Yea, ye yourfelves know, that thefe hands have miniftered unto my neceffities, and to them that were with me.

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I have fhewed you all things, how that fo labouring ye ought to fupport the weak; and to remember the words of the Lord Jefus, how he faid, It is more blefled to give than to receive.

36 And, when he had thus fpoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

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37 And they all wept fore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kiffed him; 38 Sorrowing moft of all for the words which he fpake, that they fhould fee his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the fhip.

CHAP XXI.
Faul goeth to Jerufalem, &c.

XXI. toward Jerufalem 1o And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet named Agabus.

11 And when he was come un to us he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and faid, Thus faith the Holy Ghoft, So fhall the Jews at Jerufalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and

AND it came to pals, that, after thall deliver him into the hands of

were gotten from them,

and had launched, we came with a straight courfe unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:

2 And finding a fhip failing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and fet forth.

3 Now, when he had difcovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and failed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.

4 And finding difciples, we tarried there feven days; who faid to Paul through the Spirit, that he fhould not go up to Jerufalem.

5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed, and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city, and we kneeled down on the Thore and prayed.

6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took fhip; and they returned home again.

7 And when we had finished our courfe from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and faluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.

8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Cefarea; and we entered into the houfe of Philip the evangelift, which was one of the feven, and abode with him.

9 And the fame man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophefy.

the Gentiles.

12 And, when we heard thefe things, both we and they of that place befought him not to go up to Jerufalem.

13 Then Paul anfwered, What mean ye to weep, and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerufalem, for the name of the Lord Jefus.

14 And when he would not be perfuaded, we cealed, faying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after thofe days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerufalem.

16 There went with us alfo certain of the difciples of Cefarea, and brought with them one Mnafon of Cyprus, an old difciple, with whom we fhould lodge.

17 And when we were come to Jerufalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18 And the day following, Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were prefent.

19 And when he had faluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his miniftry.

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and faid unto him, Thou feeft, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teaches all the Jews

Paul apprebended at The ACTS. Jerufalem, but refundi Jews which are among the Gen- Ephefian, whom they fuppofed that tiles to forfake Mofes, faying, That Paul had brought into the temple.) they ought not to circumcife their 30 And all the city was moved children, neither to walk after the and the people ran together, and 'cuftoms. they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were fhut.

22 What is it therefore? the multitude muft needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23 Do, therefore, this that we fay to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

31 And, as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerufalem was in an uproar;

32 Who immediately took foldi24 Them take, and purify thy- ers and centurions, and ran down felf with them, and be at charges unto them: and when they faw the with them, that they may have chief captain and the foldiers they their heads: and all may know left beating of Paul. that those things, whereof they 33 Then the chief captain came were informed concerning thee, near, and took him, and commandare nothing; but that thou thylelf ed him to be bound with two also walkeft orderly, and keepeft chains; and demanded who he the law. was, and what he had done?

25 As touching the Gentiles 34 And fome cried one thing, which believe, we have written fome another, among the muland concluded, that they obferve titude: and, when he could not no fuch thing, fave only that they know the certainty for the tumult, keep themselves from things of- he commanded him to be carried fered to idols, and from blood, into the caftle. and from ftrangled, and from fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purifying himself with them, entered into the temple, to fignify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering fhould be offered for every One of them.

27 And when the feven days were almoft ended, the Jews which were of Afia, when they faw him in the temple, ftirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 Crying out, Men of Ifrael, help: This is the man that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further, brought Greeks alfo into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29 (For they had feen before with him in the city Trophimus an

35 And when he came upon the ftans, fo it was that he was borne of the foldiers for the violence of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

37 And as Paul was to beled into the cafle, he faid unto the chief captain, May I fpeak unto thee? who faid, Canft thou fpeak Greek?

38 Art not thou that Egyptian,. which before thefe days madeft an uproar, and leddeft out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

39 But Paul faid, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarfus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and I befeech thee fuffer me to speak unto the people.

40 And, when he had given him licence, Paul food on the stairs,

and

Paul declareth at CHAP. XXII. large bis converfion. and beckoned with the hand unto Arife, and go into Damafcus; and the people: and, when there was there it fhall be told thee of all made a great filence, he spake un- things which are appointed for to them in the Hebrew tongue, thee to do. faying.

CHAP. XXII.
Paul declareth his converfion, &c.
MEN
EN, brethren, and fathers,
I hear ye my defence which i

make now unto you.

2 (And when they heard that he Ipake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more filence: and he faith,)

3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarfus, 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 realous toward God, as ye all are this day

4 And I perfecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prifons both men and women. 5 As alfo the high prieft doth bear me witnefs, and all the eftate of the elders: from whom alfo I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damafcus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerufalem, for to be punished. 6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damafcus, about noon, fuddenly there thone from heaven a great light round about me.

7And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice faying unto me, Saul, Saul, why perfecuteft thou me?

8. And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he faid unto me, I am Jefus of Nazareth, whom thou perfecuteft.

9 And they that were with me faw indeed the light, and were afraid, but they heard not the voice of him that fpake to me,

10 And I faid, What fhall I do, Lord? And the Lord faid unto me,

11 And when I could not fee for

the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damafcus.

12 And one Ananias, a devout man, according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

13 Came unto me, and food, and faid unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy fight. And the fame hour I looked up upon him.

14 And he faid, The God of our fathers hath cholen thee, that thou fhouldeft know his will, and fee that juft One, and fhouideft hear the voice of his mouth.

15 For thou fhalt be his witnefs unto all men of what thou haft feen and heard.

16 And, now why tarrieft thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy fins, calling on the name of the Lord.

17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerufalem, even while I prayed in the temple, 1 was in a trance;

18 And faw him faying unto me, Make hafte,and getthee quickly out of Jerufalem: for they will not receive thy teftimony concerning me.

19 And I faid, Lord, they know that I imprifoned and beat in every fynagogue them that believed on thee:

20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was fhed, I alfo was ftanding by, and confenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that flew him.

21 And he faid unto me, Depart: for I will fend thee tar hence unto the Gentiles.

221 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up

Paulolaimeth bis privilege: The ACTS. diffenfions among his accufers

their voices, and faid, Away with fuch a fellow from the earth; for it is not fit that he fhould live.

23 And as they cried out, and ca off their clothes, and threw duft into the air,

24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the caftle, and bade that he should be examined by fcourging; that he might know wherefore they cried fo against him.

25 And, as they bound him with thongs, Paul faid unto the centurion that food by, Is it lawful for you to fcourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

2 And the high prieft Ananias commanded them that flood by him to imite him on the mouth.

3 Then Pau faid unto him, God fhall imite thee, thou whited wall: for fitteft thou to judge me after the law, and commandeft me to be fmitten contrary to the law?

4 And they that ftood by faid, Revileft thou God's high prieft?

s Then faid Paul, wift not, brethren, that he was the high prieft: for it is written, Thou fhalt not fpeak evil of the ruler of thy people.

6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and 26 When the centurion heard the other Pharifees, he cried out that, he went and told the chief in the council, Men and brethren, captain, faying, Take heed what I am a Pharifee, the fon of a Phathou doeft: for this man is a Ro- rifee: of the hope and refurrection of the dead I am called in queftion.

man.

27 Then the chief captain came, and faid unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He faid, Yea.

28 And the chief captain anfwered, With a great fum obtained I this freedom. And Paul faid, But I was free-born.

29 Then ftraightway they departed from him which fhould have examined him: and the chief captain alfo was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and becaufe he had bound him.

30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loofed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and fet him before them.

CHAP. XXIII.
Paul plendeth his cause,

AND Paul, carneftly beholding

7 And when he had fo faid, there arofe a diffenfion between the Pharifees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

8 For the Sadducees fay that there is no refurrection, neither angel nor fpirit; but the Pharifees confefs both.

9 And there arofe a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharifees part arofe and ftrove, faying, We find no evil in this man; but if a fpirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

10 And when there arofe a great diffenfion, the chief captain, fearing left Paul fhould have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the foldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the caftle.

II And the night following the

Lord food by him, and faid, Be

the council, faid, Men and of good cheer, Paul; for as thou brethren, I have lived in all good haft teftified of me in Jerufalem, confcience before God until this fo muft thou bear witnefs alfo at

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