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ed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her burden. 4 And having met with disciples we remained there seven days: and these said to Paul by the spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5 And when we had completed those days, we went out and departed, and they all conducted us on our way, with their wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. 6 And taking leave of one another, we went into the ship ; and they returned home. 7 And having finished our course, from Tyre we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and remained with them one day: 8 and on the morrow we departed, and came to Caesarea; and we entered into the house of Philip the Evangelist, who was one of the seven deacons, and remained with him. 9 And this man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied. 10 And as we continued there many days, a certain prophet, named Agabus, came down from Judea: 11 and coming to us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus saith the holy spirit: ‘So the Jews at Jerusalem will, bind the man who owneth this girdle, and will deliver him into the hands of the gentiles.’” 12 And having heard these things, both we, and those of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul an

swered, “What mean ye by weeping and breaking my heart? for I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die, at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And as he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” 15 And after those days we took our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some disciples also of Caesarea went with us; bringing with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we might lodge.” 17 AND on our coming to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18 And the day following, Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present, 19 And having greeted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the gentiles through his ministry: 20 for which, having heard, they glorified God, and said to him, “Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe; and they are all zealous of the law. 21 And they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest [all] the Jews who are among the gentiles, to forsake Moses; saying that they ought not to circumcise their children; nor walk accordto our customs. 22 What therefore should be done : The multitude must needs assemble : for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore what we say to thee: We have four men who have a vow on them : 24 take these and purify thyself with them, and be at expense for them, that they may shave their heads, and all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest in the observance of the law. 25 But concerning the gentiles who believe, we have already written and determined, [that they observe no such thing; but that they only keep themselves from what is offered to idols, and from blood, [and from things strangled, and from fornication.” 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purified himself, with them, and entered into the temple, announcing the full term of the days of purification ; even to the time when an offering was to be made for every one of them. 27 BUT as the seven days were to be completed, the Jews from Asia, having seen him in the temple, threw all the multitude into confusion, and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help. This is the man, who teacheth all men, every where, against the people, and the law, and this place : and, further, hath brought Greeks also into the temple ; and hath polluted this holy place.” 29 (For they had before seen with him, in the city Trephimus, an Ephesian, whom they supposed Paul had brought into the temple.) 30

And all the city was moved,

and the people ran together ; and they seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and immediately the doors were shut. 31 And as they sought to kill him, a report came to the commander of the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion : 32 who immediately took soldiers, and centurions, and ran down to them : now seeing the commander, and the soldiers, they ceased from beating Paul. 33 Then the commander coming near, seized him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had done. 34 And as some among the multitude cried one thing, and some another, and he could not ascertain the truth, because of the tumult, he ordered him to be brought into the castle. 35 And when he came upon the steps, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers, in consequence of the violence of the people; 36 for the multitude of the people followed, crying out, “Away with him.”

37 And as Paul was about to be taken into the castle, he said to the commander, “May I speak to thee o’ Who said, “Understandest thou Greek P 38 Art thou not that Egyptian, who before these days raised an insurrection, and led out into the desert four thousand men who were assassins 2° 39 But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus, a city of Cilicia ; a citizen of no mean city: and I beseech thee, permit me to speak to the people.” 40 And the commander permitting him, Paul stood on the steps, and beckoned with his hand to the people. And a great silence taking place, he addressed them in the Hebrew dialect, saying,

* See chap.

xy. 20. notes

C.H. XXII. 1 “MEN, brethren, and fathers, hear my defence which I make to you.” 2 (And when they heard him speak to them in the Hebrew dialect, they kept the greater silence: whereupon he said,) 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, being instructed at the feet of Gamaliel, according to the exactness of the law of our fathers, and being a zealous worshipper of God, as ye all are this day. 4 And I persecuted this way unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5. As the high-priest also can bear me witness, and the whole body of the elders : from whom I received letters also to the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring bound to Jerusalem those also that were there, that they might be punished. 6 But it came to pass that, as I journeyed, and came near to Damascus, about noon, a great light from heaven suddenly shone round about me. 7 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” 8 And I answered, “Who art thou, Sir 7” And he said to me, ‘ I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.” 9 And

those that were with me saw indeed the light, [and were afraid ; ) but heard not the words of him who spake to me. 10 Then I said, ‘What shall I do, Sir : " And the Lord said to me, “Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all that is appointed for thee to do.’ 11 And as I could not see, because of the glory of that light, I came into 1)amascus, led by the hand of those that were with me. 12 “And one Ananias, a religious man, according to the law, having a good report from all the Jews who dwelt there, 13 came to me, and stood, and said to me, “Brother Saul, look up.” And, at that very moment, I looked upon him. 14 Then he said, “The God of our fathers hath appointed thee to know his will, and to see that Righteous One, and to hear the words of his mouth; 15 for thou shalt be his witness to all men, of what thou hast seen and heard. 16 And now, why delayest thou ? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, taking upon thyself his name.” 17 And it came to pass when I returned to Jerusalem, and while I was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance: 18 and saw him saying to me, ‘Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem : for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.” 19 Then I said, ‘Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue, those who believed on thee. 20 And when the blood of thy witness [Stephen] was shed, I also stood by, and consented, and kept the mantles of those who killed him.” 21 Then he said to me, * Depart; for I will send thee hence far off to the gentiles.’”

22 AND they gave him a hearing till he advanced these words, and then they lifted up their voices, saying, “Away with such an one from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.” 23 And as they cried out, and cast off their mantles, and threw dust into the air; 24 the commander ordered that he should be taken into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know for what cause they cried so against him. 25 And as they prepared him for the scourge, Paul said to a centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge one who is a Roman citizen, and uncondemned 2* 26 And the centurion hearing this, went and told the commander, saying, “What art thou about to do 2 for this man is a Roman citizen.” 27 Then the commander came near, and said to him, “ Tell me, Art thou a Roman citizen And he said, “Yes.” 28 And the commander answered, “With a great sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was free-born.” 29 Then those who were about to examine him by scourging, immediately left him ; and the commander also was afraid when he knew that he was a

Roman citizen, and that he had bound him. 30 AND on the morrow, desiring to know the truth, wherefore he was accused by the Jews, he loosed him from his chains, and commanded the chief-priests, and all the council to assemble, and brought Paul down, and set him before them. CH. XXIII. 1 And when Paul had earnestly looked on the council, he said, “Men, brethren, I have always conducted myself with a good conscience before God, even to this day.” 2 And the high-priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him, to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, “God will smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and yet commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law 4 And those who stood by, said, “ Revilest thou God’s high-priest?” 5 Then Paul said, “I knew not, brethren, that he was the high-priest: for it is written, “Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.’” 6 And when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “ Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: concerning the hope, and the resurrection of the dead I am now condemned.” 7 And having said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. 9 And there was a great cry: and the scribes who were on the part of the Pharisees arose and strove, saying, “We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel have spoken to him, it is well.” 10 And there being a great disturbance, the commander feared lest Paul would be torn in pieces by them ; and commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 11 AND the night following, the Lord stood by him, and said, “Take courage, for as thou hast testified the things concerning me, at Jerusalem, so also must thou testify at Rome.”

12 And when it was day, the Jews combined together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 And there were more than forty who had made this conspiracy. 14 And they came near to the chiefpriests and the elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will taste nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 Now therefore ye, and the council, signify to the commander, that he bring him down to you, as if ye would inquire more exactly into the things concerning him; and We, before he come near you, will be ready to destroy him.”

16 And the son of Paul’s sister hearing of their lying in wait, went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17. Then Paul, having called one of the centurions to him, said, “Bring this young man to the commander: for he hath something to tell him.” 18 So the centurion took him, and brought him to the commander, and said, “Paul, the prisoner, called me to him, and desired me to bring this young man to thee, who hath something to say to thee.” 19 Then the commander took him by the hand, and went aside with him, privately, and asked him, “What is it, thou hast to tell me !” 20 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldst bring down Paul tomorrow into the council, as if they would more exactly inquire something concerning him. 21 But do not thou yield to them : for more than forty men of them lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse, that they will neither eat nor drink until they have destroyed him : and they are now ready, looking for a promise from thee.” 22 So the commander let the young man depart, and charged him, “Take care to inform no one that thou hast declared these things to me.” 23 Then, having called to him two centurions, he said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the third

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