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testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witnefs also at Rome, Acts xxiii, 11.
74 Q. What was the next Danger he was exposed to? A. More than forty Fews had bound themselves under a great Curse not to eat till they had killed Paul, and therefore they perfuaded the chief Priests and Elders to desire that he might once again be brought before them, ver. 12-15.
75 Q. By what Means did the Providence of God secure Paul from this Conspiracy? A, Claudius Lysias the chief Captain having private Notice of this Conspiracy from Paul's Nephew, sent him to Cefarra to Felix the Governor of Judea by Night with a Guard of almost five hundred Men, ver, 16-35.
76 Q. What was the next Step taken by the High-Priests and Elders to condemn Paul, and how did Paul defend himself? A. They went down to Cefarea, and laid their Accusation before Felix: But Paul defended himself by declaring, he believed the Law and the Prophets, nor was he guilty of prophaning the Temple, or raising a Tumult, nor of any thing of which they accufed him, Atts xxiv. 1-21.
77 Q. What did Felix determine concerning him? A.' Felix only kept him as a Prisoner ; for he saw no Reason to condemn him, and often discoursed with him, hoping that Paul or his Friends would give him a good Bribe for a Release, ver. 22–28.
78 Q. Had Paul's Discourses any good Effeet upon Felix? A. Once, as he spoke concerning Faith in Chrift, and reasoned of Righteousness, Temperance, and Judgment to come, Felix trembled, and bid Paul retire till he had a more convenient Season to hear him further, ver: 24, 25. But he kept him Prisoner ftill to pleafe the Jews, ver. 27.
79 Q. Did the High Priests and Elders entirely drop their Accusations against Paul? A. Two Years after this, Feftus was made Governor in the room of Felix, and the Jews went to Cefarea and laid in grievous Complaints against him, Asts xxiv. 27. and xxv, 2..
80 Q. How did Paul come off here before Festus ? A. He utterly denied the Charge of the Jews, and when Feftus would have had him gone up to Jerufalem to be judged of these Matters, as the Jews desired, in hopes to kill him by the way, Paul told Feftus, that he knew very well he had done the Jews no wrong, that no Man ought to deliver him up to the Hands of the Jews, and therefore he appealed to Cæfar, ver. 9-12.
81 Q: What occafion had Paul then to plead his Cause again before Agrippa, who was the King of Galilee ? A. Agrippa, with his Sister Bernice, came to make a Visit to Feftus ; upon which Feftus, among other Conversation, informed him that he was going to send Paul the Prisoner to Cæsar, upon his Appeal, and he would fain send to Cæsar a more particular Account of the Case; upon which
Agrippa desired to hear Paul himself, veri 13—27. : • 82 Q. What was the Substance of Paul's Speech to Agrippa ? A. Paul knew that Agrippa was acá quainted with the Laws and Customs of the Jews, and therefore he related before himn, in brief, the History of his younger Life as a Pharisee, his Hae tred of the Christians, his being called by Yesus Chrift from Heazen, when he was on the Road to Damascus, and his preaching the Resurrection of Christ and his Gospel ever lince; which he maintained to be all agreeable to Moses and the Prophets, AEls xvi. 1-23.
83 Q. What Influence had this Speech upon A. grippa ? A. Paul addressed King Agrippa in ro agreeable a manner, that Agrippa declared that he was almost persuaded to be a Christian; and that Paul had done nothing worthy of Death, or of Bonds; and that he might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Cæfar, ver. 26-32.
84 Q. How was Paul fent to Cæsar at Rome? A. He was sent thither by Sea, with several other Prisoners, and Soldiers to guard them: They had a Voyage of utmost Danger, through Storms and dark Weather, which Panl foresaw, and warned the Sailors of it. They were at last shipwrecked, but all escaped safe to Land, as Paul had assured them by a Vision of an Angel. The Name of the Ifland was called Melita, now Malta, Acts xxvii.
85 Q. Was there any remarkable Occurrence fell out there? A. The Rain and the Cold made them kindle a Fire, and there came a Viper from among the Sticks, and fastened on Paul's Hand; but he shook it off, and felt no Harm, Aits xxviii. 1-5.
86 Q. What did the barbarous People of the ifland think of this when they saw it? A. They thought at first this Man was a Murderer, and Vengeance pursued him at Land, though he had escaped the Sea: But when they faw hin shake off the Viper, and no harm come to him, they changed their Minds, and said he was a God, ver, 4, 5, 6,
89 Q. What Entertainment did they meet with upon the Inand? A. Publius, the chief Man there, Judged them three Days: Paul prayed, and healed his Father of a Bloody Flux, by laying on his Hands ; upon which many other diseased Persons came and were healed, ver. 7-9.
88 2. How long did they tarry there? A. They tarried three Months, because it was Winter; and
then failed again, and landed in Italy, and travel. led towards Rome, ver. II-13. • 89 Q. How was Paul disposed of when he came into the City ? A. He was suffered to dwell by himself with a Soldier that kept him, ver. 16. - go Q. Wbat was Paul's first Work when he came to Rome? A. In three Days time he sent for the chief of the Jews, that were in the City, and excused himself to them that he was constrained to appeal unto Cæfar; and afterwards on a D.y. appointed, he preached the Gospel of Christ to them out of che Law of Mofes and the Prophets, ver. 17-23.
91 Q: What Effest had this Sermon of Paul on the Jews at Rome? A. They were much divided ; some believed the Gospel, and others opposed it: upon which Paul answered, that the Salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it, ver, 24, 28. · 92 Q. How long did Paul continue there? A. He
dwelt two whole Years in his own hired House, and preached the things concerning Christ to all that would come to hear him, ver. 29–31.
*Note, Here ends the History of the Book of Scrip. ture, called the Acts of the Apoftles. What remains is collected from the Epistles of Paul.
93 Q. Since several of the Episiles of Paul are said to be written from Rome, which are those which he is supposed to write at this time? A. That to the Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and to Philemon; and he tells them he shals soon come to them: and about this Time his Bonds were manifest in all the Place, having continued there so long, Phil. i. 13, 26. Eph. vi. 30. Col. iv. 18. Philem. 9, 22. 25
- 94 Q. When he was released from Prifon at Rome, whither did he go? A. Into several Coun. tries both of Europe and Afia, preaching the Gospel, and confirming the Christian Converts. · 95 Q. Who attended and affifted him in his Mi“nistry and his Travels? A. Sometimes Tychicus, or
Timothy ; sometimes Titus, Demas, or Luke, Silas, or Trophimus, whom he left fick at Miletum, when he went again to Rome. See 2 Tim. iv. 10, 11, 12, .: 96 Q. What became of him when be came the Second Time to Rome! A. He was cast into close Prison, and when he made his first Defence all Men forsook him; and Alexander the Copper-Smith did him much hurt, 1 Tim. iv. 14, 15, 16.. : 97 Q. Did he finifth his Life and Labours bere?
A. He now tells Timothy, that the Time of his Deo parture is at hand, and he was just ready to be offered up, when he wrote the second Epifle to bim from Rome, 2 Tim. iv. 6. And when he had both laboured and suffered more than any of the Apostles, as he himself had told us, 1 Cor. xv. 10. 2 Cor, xi, 23, &c. he was beheaded, as a Martyr for Chrift, under the Reign of Nero, Emperor of Ronne, as the ancient Historians inform us.
Note, My Design in writing this Summary of the Scripture-History, by way of Question and Anfwer, was chiefly for the easier Inkruction of the younger part of Mankind, and not so much for the Improvement of the learned ; for which Reason I have not been follicitous to trace out, with a critical and chronological Accuracy, every step of the Travels of Paul; nor relate how often he went to Jerusalem, and to other cities, in repeated Voyages and Journeys; but only to point out his moft remarkable Travels, Labours and Sufferings. A more exa& Account is drawn up, with great Labour and Skill, by a learned Writer, in his Book intitled Mifcel.