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

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, * Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

29 And Paul said, I 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 these bonds.

30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them :

31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing 'worthy of death or of bonds.

32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cæsar.

CHAP. XXVII. 1 Paul shipping toward Rome, 10 foretelleth of the danger of the

voyage, l1 but is not believed: 14 they are tossed to and fro with tempest, 41 and suffer shipwreck, 22, 34, 44 yet all come safe to land. · AND when it was determined that we should sail into * Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.

2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium,

i James, i. 23, 24: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass : For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. * I Cor. vii. 7 : I would that all men were even as I myself.

Acts, 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. See on Acts, xxiii. 9. m Acts, xxv. 11.

CHAP: XXVII. a Acts, xxv. 12, 25: Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Cæsar? Unto Cæsar shalt thou go. But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.

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, zo 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 !? I was doubtful how to enquire hereof. A. V.

18 judgment. A. V our august emperor. Dod. common hall. Co. Gen. me. Co. Cr.

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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

. ? 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. . s 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.

u See on Acts, xxiii. 9.

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 child

hood, 12. and how miraculously he was converted, 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. i 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.

b 2 Tim. iii. 10: But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews ;

5 Whịch knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest2 sect of our religion? I lived a Pharisee.

6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the d promise made of God unto our fathers :

7 Unto which promise our twelves tribes, instantly serving God 'day and night, 6 hope to

2 exactest, Pu. 3 law. Ma. questioned. Ham. Whit. 5 about. Whit. Searnestly worshipping. Pu. Gr. night and day. A.V.

C Acts, xxii. 3 : 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. do. xxiv. 15, 22: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 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 See on Acts, xxiii. 6.

d Acts, xiii. 32: And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers. Rom. xv. 8: Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. Gal. iv. 4: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. Tit. ii. 13 : Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of that great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. See on LUKE, xxiv, 27. and on John, i. 45.

e James, i. 1 : James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting,

FLUKE, îi. 37: And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 1 Thes. iii. 10: Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in 1 Tim. v. 5: Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplication and prayers night and day.

ŠPhi. iii. 11 : If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

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come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

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

9 I verily i thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10 kWhich thing I also did in Jerusalem : and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received 'authority from the Chief Priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice 10 against them.

11 And I m punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme ; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange Il cities.

12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the Chief Priests,

8 concerning which hope. Whit. 9 judged. Rh. Dod. Whit. Pu. 10 I gave a vote. Pu.

foreign. We h 1 Cor. xv. 12, 20: Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firséfruits of them that slept.

'JOHN, xvi. 2 : The time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 1 Tim. i. 13: Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. See on Acts, viii. 3.

Acts, ix. 14, 21: And here he hath authority from the Chief Priests to bind all that call on thy name. But all that heard him were amazed, and said ; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the Chief Priests? do. xxii. 5: As also the High Priest doth bear 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. m See on Acts, viii. 3. See on Acts, ix. 3.

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