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beseech thee, permit me to those that were with me saw speak to the people.” 40 And indeed the light, [and were the commander permitting him, afraid ;] but heard not the Paul stood on the steps, and words of him who spake to me. beckoned with his hand to the 10 Then I said, What shall people. And a great silence I do, Sir?' And the Lord taking place, he addressed them said to me, Arise, and go inin the Hebrew dialect, saying, I to Damascus; and there it
CH. XXII. 1 “MEN, brethren, shall be told thee of all that is and fathers, hear my defence appointed for thee to do.' 11 which I make to you.” 2 (And And as I could not see, because when they heard him speak to of the glory of that light, I came them in the Hebrew dialect, into Damascus, led by the hand they kept the greater silence: of those that were with me. whereupon he said,) 3“ I am a 12 “ And one Ananias, a reJew, born in Tarsus, a city of ligious man, according to the Cilicia, but brought up in this law, having a good report city, being instructed at the from all the Jews who dwelt feet of Gamaliel, according to there, 13 came to me, and stood, the exactness of the law of our and said to me, · Brother Saul, fathers, and being a zealous look up. And, at that very worshipper of God, as ye all moment, I looked upon him. are this day. 4 And I perse- 14 Then he said, “The God cuted this way unto death, of our fathers hath appointed binding and delivering into thee to know his will, and to prisons both men and women. see that Righteous One, and to 5 As the high-priest also can hear the words of his mouth; bear me witness, and the whole 15 for thou shalt be his witness body of the elders : from whom to all men, of what thou hast I received letters also to the seen and heard. 16 And now, brethren, and went to Damas- why delayest thou ? arise, and cus, to bring bound to Jerusa- be baptized, and wash away lem those also that were there, thy sins, taking upon thyself that they might be punished. 6 his name.' 17 And it came to But it came to pass that, as I pass when I returned to Jerujourneyed, and came near to salem, and while I was praying Damascus, about noon, a great in the temple, that I was in a light from heaven suddenly trance: 18 and saw him saying to shone round about me. 7 And me, Make haste, and go I fell to the ground, and heard quickly out of Jerusalem : for a voice saying to me, "Saul, they will not receive thy testiSaul, why persecutest thou mony concerning me.' 19 Then me?' 8 And I answered, “Who I said, Lord, they know that art thou, Sir ?' And he said to I imprisoned, and beat in me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, every synagogue, those who whom thou persecutest.' 9 And I believed on thee. 20 And when
the blood of thy witness (Ste- | Roman citizen, and that he had phen] was shed, I also stood bound him, by, and consented, and kept 30 And on the morrow, dethe mantles of those who killed siring to know the truth, where. him.' 21 Then he said to me, fore he was accused by the * Depart; for I will send thee Jews, he loosed him from his hence far off to the gentiles.”” chains, and commanded the
22 AND they gave him a chief.priests, and all the counhearing till he advanced these cil to assemble, and brought words, and then they lifted up) Paul down, and set him before their voices, saying, “ Away them. with such an one from the Ch. XXIII. 1 And when earth: for it is not fit that he Paul had earnestly looked on should live.” 23 And as they the council, he said, “ Men, cried out, and cast off their brethren, I have always conmantles, and threw dust into ducted myself with a good conthe air ; 24 the commander or- science before God, even to dered that he should be taken this day." 2 And the high-priest into the castle, and bade that Ananias commanded those he should be examined by who stood by him, to smite him scourging ; that he might know on the mouth. 3 Then Paul for what cause they cried so said to him, " God will smite against him. 25 And as they thee, thou whited wall: for prepared him for the scourge, sittest thou to judge me acPaul said to a centurion who cording to the law, and yet stood by, “Is it lawful for you commandest me to be smitten to scourge one who is a Roman contrary to the law ? 4 And citizen, and uncondemned ?" those who stood by, said, “ Re. 26 And the centurion hearing vilest thou God's high-priest?” this, went and told the com 5 Then Paul said, “I knew mander, saying, “ What art not, brethren, that he was the thou about to do ? for this man high-priest: for it is written, is a Roman citizen." 27 Then Thou shalt not speak evil of the commander came near, and the ruler of thy people.' " 6 said to him, “ Tell me, Art And when Paul perceived that thou a Roman citizen ?" And the one part were Sadducees, he said, “ Yes." 28 And the and the other Pharisees, he commander answered, “ With cried out in the council,“ Men, a great sum I obtained this citi- brethren, I am a Pharisee, the zenship.” And Paul said, “ But son of a Pharisee: concerning I was free-born." 29 Then the hope, and the resurrection of those who were about to the dead I am now condemned." examine him by scourging, im- 7 And having said this, a dis. mediately left him: and the sension arose between the Phacommander also was afraid risees and the Sadducees: and when he knew that he was a l the multitude was divided. 8
For the Sadducees say that I 16 And the son of Paul's sis. there is no resurrection, nor ter hearing of their lying in angel nor spirit; but the Phari-wait, went and entered into the sees confess both. 9 And there castle, and told Paul. 17 Then was a great cry: and the scribes Paul, having called one of the who were on the part of the centurions to him, said, “Bring Pharisees arose and strove, this young man to the comsaying, " We find no evil in / mander: for he hath something this man : but if a spirit or an | to tell him.” 18 So the centuangel have spoken to him, it rion took him, and brought him is well.” 10 And there be to the commander, and said, ing a great disturbance, the “ Paul, the prisoner, called me commander feared lest Paul to him, and desired me to bring would be torn in pieces by this young man to thee, who them; and commanded the sole hath something to say to thee." diers to go down, and to take 19 Then the commander took him by force from among them, him by the hand, and went and to bring him into the castle. aside with him, privately, and
11 And the night following, asked him, “ What is it, thou the Lord stood by him, and hast to tell me ?” 20 And he said, “ Take courage, for as said, “ The Jews have agreed thou hast testified the things to desire thee, that thou concerning me, at Jerusalem, wouldst bring down Paul toso also must thou testify at morrow into the council, as if Rome.”
they would more exactly in12 And when it was day, the quire something concerning Jews combined together, and him. 21 But do not thou yield bound themselves under a to them : for more than forty curse, saying, that they would men of them lie in wait for neither eat nor drink until they him, who have bound them. had killed Paul. 13 And there selves under a curse, that they were more than forty who had will neither eat nor drink until made this conspiracy. 14 And they have destroyed him: and they came near to the chief- they are now ready, looking priests and the elders, and said, for a promise from thee." 22 . We have bound ourselves So the commander let the under a great curse, that we young man depart, and charged will taste nothing until we have him, “ Take care to inform no killed Paul. 15 Now therefore one that thou hast declared ye, and the council, signify to these things to me.” the commander, that he bring 23 Then, having called to him down to you, as if ye him two centurions, he said, would inquire more exactly into "Make ready two hundred solthe things concerning him: and diers to go to Cæsarea, and sewe, before he come near you, venty horsemen, and two hunwill be ready to destroy him.” dred spearmen, at the third
hour of the night: 24 and pro- " when thine accusers also are vide them beasts, that they may come.” And the governor comset Paul on one of them, and manded him to be kept in convey him safe to Felix the Herod's judgment-hall. governor."
Ch. XXIV. 1 And after five 25 And he wrote a letter days, Ananias the high-priest after this manner : 26 “ Clau- went down to Cesarea, with the dius Lysias, to the most excel- elders, and with a certain oralent governor Felix, sendeth tor, named Tertullus; and these greeting. 27 This man, having brought an accusation, before been seized by the Jews, was the governor, against Paul. 2 about to be destroyed by them, And when he was called, Terwhen I came up with the sol. tullus began to accuse him, say. diers, and rescued shim]. Hav-ling, “ Since through thee we ing understood that he was a enjoy great quietness; and good Roman citizen, 28 and desiring deeds are done to this nation, to know the cause why they by thy prudence, always, and in accused him, I brought him all places; 3 we accept them, down into their council : 29 most excellent Felix, with all whom I perceived to be accus- thankfulness. 4 But that I may ed concerning questions of their not any longer detain thee, I law; but to have no accusation beseech thee to hear us, of thy worthy of death, nor of bonds. goodness, a few words. 5 For 30 And when it was discovered we have found this man to be to me that the Jews were about a pest, and a mover of sedition, to lie in wait for the man, I sent among all the Jews, throughout him straightway to thee, and the whole empire, and a ringcommanded his accusers also leader of the sect of the Nazato say, before thee, what they renes: 6 who hath also attempted had against him. [Farewel.7" to profane the temple : and
31 THEN the soldiers, as it whom we seized, [and wished to was commanded them, took judge according to our law : 7 but Paul, and brought him by night the commander Lysias came upon to Antipatris : 32 and on the us, and with great violence, took morrow they returned to the him away out of our hands, 8 castle, leaving the horsemen having commanded his accusers to to go with him : 33 who, come to thee:7 and by examining when they came to Cæsarea, him, thou thyself mayest gain and delivered the letter to the knowledge of all those things governor, presented Paul also whereof we accuse him." 9 before him. 34 And when the | And the Jews also assented, governor had read the letter, he saying that these things were asked of what province he was. so. 10 Then Paul, the goverAnd when he understood that nor having beckoned to him to he was of Cilicia, 35 “ I will speak, answered, “ Since I unhear thee fully," said he, derstand that thou hast been for many years a judge to this I recțion of the dead I am connation, I the more cheerfully demned by you this day.” make my defence: 11 it being 22 Then Felix, having obtainin thy power to know that ed a more correct knowledge there are but twelve days since of the way, putting them off, I came up to worship at Jeru- said, “ When Lysias the comsalem : 12 and that the Jews mander shall come down, I will neither found me in the temple determine your matter." 23 disputing with any one; nor | [And] he gave orders to a cenraising sedition among the turion to take him into custody, people, either in the syna- and to let him have liberty, and gogues, or in the city : 13 nor that he should forbid none of can they prove the things of his acquaintance to minister -[or which they now accuse me. come] to him.
14 « But this I confess to 24 And after some days, Fethee, that after the way which lix came, with his wife Drusilla, they call a' sect, so I worship who was a Jewess, and sent for the God of our fathers; believ- | Paul, and heard him concern. ing all things which are written ing the faith in Christ. 25 And in the law and in the prophets : as he discoursed of justice, and 15 and having hope towards temperance, and the coming God, which they themselves judgment, Felix, being terrified, also admit, that there will be a said, “ Go for the present'; and, resurrection of the dead, both when I have a convenient time, of the righteous and unrighte- I will send for thee.” 26 Hopous. 16 And in this I exercise ing also, at the same time, that myself, to have always a con- money would have been given science void of offence before him by Paul, [in order that he God and men.
might loose him :) for which 17 “ Now, after many years, cause, he sent for him the oftenI came to bring alms to my er, and conversed with him. 27 nation, and offerings. 18 At But after two years Porcius which time, certain Jews from Festus succeeded Felix; and Asia found me purified in the Felix, wishing to gratify the temple ; but not with a multi- Jews, left Paul bound. tude, nor with tumult : 19 who Ch. XXV. 1 Festus, thereought to have been here before fore, having come into the prothee, and to have accused me, vince, after three days, went up if they had any thing against from Cæsarea to Jerusalem. me. 20 Or let these themselves 2 Then the high-priest, and the say what crime they found in chief of the Jews, brought an me, while I stood before the accusation before him against council; 21 unless it be for Paul, and besought him, 3 de. this one declaration, which I siring a favour against him, that proclaimed standing among he would send for him to Jeruthen, Concerning the resur-salem ; purposing to lie in wait,