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Paul is laid wait for:

CHAP. XXIII. he is jent to Felix. and now are they ready, looking for a promife from thee.

12 And, when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themfelves under a curfe, faying, That they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 And they were more than forty which had made this confpiracy. 14 And they came to the chief pricfts and elders, and faid, We have bound ourselves under a great curfe, that we will eat nothing until we have flain Paul.

13 Now, therefore, ye with the council fignify to the chief captain, that he bring him down unto you to-inorrow, as though ye would enquire fomething more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

16 And when Paul's fifter's fon heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the caftle, and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and faid, Bring this young man unto the chief o captain: for he hath a certain thing

to tell him.

18 So he took him, and brought bim to the chief captain, and faid, Paul the prifoner called me unto bim, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath fomething to fay unto thee.

19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with bim afide privately, and afked him, What is that thou haft to tell me?

o And he faid, The Jews have agreed to defire thee, that thou wouldeft bring down Paul to-morrow into the council, as though they would enquire fomewhat of him more perfectly.

21 But do not thou yield unto them: for they lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor driuk till they have killed him:

22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou haft thewed thefe things to me.

23 ¶ And he called unto him two centurions, faying, Make ready two hundred foldiers to go to Celarea, and hoi femen threefcore and ten, and fpearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

4 And provide them beafts, that they may fet Paul on, and bring bim fafe unto Felix the governor.

25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:

26 Claudias Lyfias, unto the most excellent governor Felix, fendeth greeting.

27 This man was taken of the Jews, and fhculd have been killed of them: then came e I with an army and refcued him, having underftood that he was a Roman.

28 And when I would have known the caufe wherefore they accufed him, I brought him forth into their council;

29 Whom I perceived to be accufed of queftions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.

30 And when it was told me, how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I fent ftraightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accufere alfo to fay before thee what they had against him. Farewell,

31 Then the foldiers, as it was commanded them, tock Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

32 On the morrow they left the horfemes to go with him, and returned to the cafile;

33 Who, when they came to Cefarea, and deliverd the epiftle to the governor, prefented Paul alfo before him.


Paul anfavereth for bis life and doctrine 34 And when the governor had to fpeak, anfwered, Forafmuch as read the liter, he asked of what I know that thou haft been of many provnice he was. And when he un- years a judge unto this nation, I de derflood that he was of Cilicia; the more cheerfully answer for myself..

35 I will hear thee, faid he, when thine accufers are alfo come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment-hall.

Paul accufed by Tertullus, &c.

II Because that thou mayeft underftand, that there are yet but twelve days fince I went up to Je rufalem for to worship

12 And they neither found me

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the high priest defcended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.

2 And when, he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, faying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietnefs, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,

3 We accept it always, and in all places, moft noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldeft hear us of thy clemency a few words.

5 For we have found this man a peftilent fellow, and a mover of fedition among all the Jews through out the world, and a ring-leader of the fect of the Nazarenes:

6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple; whom we took, and would have judged according to our law:

man, neither railing up the people, neither in the fynagogues, nor in the city;

13 Neither can they prove the things whereofthey now accufe me.

14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call herefy, fo worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves alfo allow, that there fhall be a refurrection of the dead, both of the juft and unjuft.

16 And herein do I exercife myfelf to have always a confcience void of offence toward God and toward men.

17 Now, after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

18 Whereupon certain Jews from Afia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult:

7 But the chief captain Lyfias came upon us, and with great vio- 19 Who ought to have been here lence took him away out of our before thee, and object, if they had hands, ought against me.

20 Or elfe let these fame bere fay, if they have found any evildoing in me while I food before

8 Commanding his accufers to come unto thee: by examining of whom, thyfelf mayeft take knowledge of all these things whereof the council, we accufe him.

9 And the Jews alfo affented, faying, that these things were fo. 10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him

21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried ftanding among them, Touching the refurrection of the dead I am called in queftion by you this day.

Confpiracy against Paul: CHA P. XXV. be appealeth to Gefar 22 T And when Felix heard these 5 Let them, therefore, faid he, which among you are able go down with me, and accufe this man, if there be any wickedness in him.

things, having more perfect know ledge of that way, he deferred them, and faid, When Lyfias the chief captain fhall come down, I will know the uttermoft of your matter.

23. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he fhould forbid none of his acquaintance to minifter or come unto him.

24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drufilla, which was a Jewefs, he fent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Chrift.

6 And, when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Cefarea; and the next day, fitting in the judgment-feat, commanded Paul to be brought.

7 And, when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerufalem ftood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

8 While he answered for him25 And as he reasoned of righ- felf, Neither against the law of the teoufnefs, temperance, and judg- Jews, neither against the temple, ment to come, Felix trembled, and nor yet against Cefar, have I of anfwered, Go thy way for this fended any thing at all. time; when I have a convenient feafon I will call for thee.

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9 But Feftus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, anfwered Paui, and faid, Wilt thou go up to Jerufalem, and there be judged of these things before me?

10 Then faid Paul, I ftand at Cefar's judgment-feat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knoweft.

II For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refufe not to die: but if there be none of thefe things whereof these accufe me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Cefar.

12 Then Feftus, when he nad conferred with the council, answered, Haft thou appealed unto Cefar? unto Cefar fhalt thou go.

13 ¶ Aid, after certain days, king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Cefarea to falute Fefture

14 And, when they had been there many days, Feftus declared Paul's caufe unto the king, faying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix: 15 Abou


Paul being accufed, The A CTS. anfavereth for himself:

15 About whom, when I was at Jerufalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, defiring to have judgment again him.

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

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

18 Against whom, when the accufers ftood up, they brought none accufation of fuch things as I fuppofed:

19 But had certain queftions against him of their own fuperstition, and of one Jefus which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

20 And, because I doubted of fuch manner of queftions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerufalem, and there be judged of these


21 But when Paul had appealed to be referved unto the hearing of Auguftus, I commanded him to e kept till I might send him to Cefar.

22 Then Agrippa faid unto Feftus, I would alfo hear the man myfelf. To-morrow, said he, thou fhalt 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 Feftus' commandment Paul was brought forth.

24 And Feftusfaid, King Agrippa, and all men which are here prefent with us, ye fee this man, about

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whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerufalem, and alfo 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 hath appealed to Auguftus, I have determined to fend him.

26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and fpecially before thee, Oking Agrippa, that, after exami nation had, I might have fomewhat to write.

27 For it feemeth to me unreafonable to fend a prifoner, and not withal to fignify the crimes laid against him.

Of Paul's life and converfion.

HEN Agrippa faid unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyfelf. Then Paul ftretched forth the hand, and anfwered for himself.

2 I think myfelf happy, king Agrippa, becaufe I fhall anfwer for myself this day before thee, touch ing all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews;

3 Efpecially, because I know thee to be expert in all customs and que ftions which are among the Jews: wherefore I befeech thee to hear me patiently.

4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the firft among mine own nation at Jerufalem, know all the Jews;

5 Which knew me from the be ginning, if they would teftify, that, after the moft ftraiteft fect of our religion, I lived a Pharifee.

6 And now I ftand and am judg ed for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

7 Unto which promife our twelve tribes, inftantly ferving God day and


relateth his converfion? CHAP. night, hope to come: for which hope's fake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

8 Why thould it be thought a thing incredible with you that God fhould raise the dead?

9 I verily thought with myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jefus cf Nazareth.

IO Which thing I alfo did in Jerufalem: and many of the faints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priefts; and, when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

11 And I punished them oft in every fynagogue, and compelled them to blafpheme: and, being exceedingly mad against them, I perfecuted them even unto ftrange cities.

12 Whereupon, as I went to Damafcus with authority and commiffion from the chief priests,

13 At mid-day, O king, I faw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the fun, thining round about me, and them which journeyed with me.

14 And, when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice fpeaking unto me, and faying, in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why perfecuteft thou me? It is hard for thee to kick againft the pricks.

15 And I faid, Who art thou, Lord? And he faid, I am Jefus, whom thou perfecuteft.

16 But rife, and ftand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minifter and a witnefs, both of thefe things which thou had feen, and of thofe things in the which I will appear unto thee;

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I fend thee,

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XXVI. he is charged with madnes

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgive nefs of fins, and inheritance among them which are fanctified by faith that is in me.

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not difobedient unto the heavenly vifion :

20 But fhewed first unto them of Damafcus, and at Jerufalem, and throughout all the coafts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they fhould repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

21 For thefe caufes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me,

22 Having, therefore, obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnefling both to fmall and great, faying none other thingsthan thofe which the prophets and Moíes did fay fhould come.;

23 That Chrift should fuffer, and that he fhouldbe the firftthat thould rife from the dead, and should fhew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles

24 And, as he thus fpake for himself, Feftus faid with a loud voice, Paul, thou art befide thyfelf; much learning doth make thee mad.

25 But he faid, I am not mad moft noble Feftus; but fpeakforth the words of truth and foberness. 261 For the king knoweth of thefe things, before whom also I speak freely for I am perfuaded that none of thefe things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou


28 Then Agrippa faid unto Paul, Almoft thou perfuadeft me to be a Chriftian. 20 And

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