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had discovered Cyprus, and had passed by it on the left hand, we sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there 4 the ship was to unload her burthen. 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 6 kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. And when we had taken leave of one another, we went into the ship'; and they returned to their home.
And when we had finished our course, from Tyre we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and remained 8 with them one day: and on the morrow we departed, and came to Cæsarea; and we entered into the house of Philip the Evangelist, that was one of the seven deacons, and re9 mained with him. And this man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied.
And as we continued there many days, a certain prophet, 11 named Agabus, came down from Judea: and when he came
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 that owneth this girdle, and 12 will deliver him into the hands of the gentiles."" And when
we heard these things, both we, and those of that place, 13 besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What mean ye by weeping and breaking mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but to die also, 14 at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus." And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased; saying, "The will of the Lord be done."
And after those days we took our baggage, and went up 16 to Jerusalem. Some disciples also of Cæsarea went with
1 we departed on our way, Wakefield. 2 we that were of Paul's company, R. T. 3 Or, of God. 2 Mss. 2 Verss. N. m.
us; bringing with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an early 17 disciple, with whom we might lodge. And, when we were 18 come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. And
the day following Paul went in with us to James; and all 19 the elders were present. And when he had greeted them,
he declared particularly what things God had wrought 20 among the gentiles by his ministry. And when they heard
it, they glorified the Lord', and said unto him, “Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who 21 believe; and they are all zealous of the law. And they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews that are among the gentiles to forsake Moses; saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor 22 to walk according to our customs. What therefore should
be done? The multitude must needs assemble: for they 23 will hear that thou art come. Do therefore what we say to 24 thee: We have four men that have a vow on them: take them and purify thyself with them, and be at expense for them, that they may shave their heads, and all will know 4 that those things of which they were informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest in the 25 observance of the law. 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 26 things strangled, and from fornication." Then Paul took the men, and the next day purified himself with them, and entered into the temple, declaring what would be the end of the days of purification; till an offering were made for every one of them.
And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews that were of Asia, when they saw Paul in the temple, stir28 red up all the multitude, and laid their hands on him, cry
1 God, Mss. monds, p. 136.
2 Gr. myriads. 3 Or, the customs of our fathers. See Symay know, R. T.
ing 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 gentiles also into 29 the temple; and hath polluted this holy place." (For they had before seen with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the 30 temple. And all the city was moved, and the people ran together; and they seized Paul, and dragged him out of 31 the temple: and immediately the doors were shut. And as
they sought to kill him, a report came to the commander of 32 the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion: who imme
diately took soldiers, and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, 33 they ceased from beating Paul. Then the commander came near, and seized him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and inquired who he was, and what he had 34 done. And some cried one thing, and some another, among
the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he ordered Paul to be taken into the castle. 35 And when Paul came upon the steps, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers, for the violence of the peo36 ple. For the multitude of the people followed, crying out, "Destroy him."
And as Paul was about to be taken into the castle, he saith to the commander, "May I say [something] to 38 thee1?" Who said, "Canst thou speak Greek? Art thou not then that Egyptian, who formerly madest a disturbance, and leddest out into the desert four thousand men 39 that were assassins?" But Paul said, "I am a Jew of Tarsus, a city of Cilicia; a citizen of no mean city: and I 40 beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people." And
when the commander had suffered him, Paul stood on the steps, and beckoned with his hand to the people. And when
May I speak to thee? N.
* Art thou not that, &c. N. See ch. vii. 1.
a great silence was made, he spake to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
CH. XXII. "Brethren, and fathers, hear my defence which I 2 make now unto you." (And when they heard that he spake to
them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the greater silence: 3 and he saith,) "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 zealous toward God', as ye all are this 4 day. And I persecuted this religion2 unto death, binding 5 and delivering into prisons both men and women. As the high-priest also can bear me witness, and the whole body of the elders: from whom I received letters also unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring bound unto 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 7 shone round about me. And I fell to the ground, and heard 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Who art thou, Sir?' And he said unto me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.' 9 And those that were with me saw indeed the light, [and were greatly afraid3;] but heard not the words of him who 10 spake to me. Then I said, 'What shall I do, Sir?' And
a voice saying unto me, 8 me?' And I answered,
the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus ; and there it shall be told thee of all which is appointed for 11 thee to do.' And when I could not see, because of the glory
of that light; I came into Damascus, led by the hand of 12 those that were with me. And one Ananias, a religious man
according to the law, having a good report from all the 13 Jews who dwelt there, came to me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, recover thy sight.' And, at that very 14 time, I looked up on him. Then he said, 'The God of our
'Or, exceedingly zealous, Rom, x.2. Sn. Gr. this way. 3 were afraid, N.
fathers hath appointed thee to know his will, and to see that 15 Righteous One, and to hear the words of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness to all men, of what thou hast seen 16 and heard. And now, why delayest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, taking upon thyself his 17 name1.' And it came to pass when I returned to Jerusa
lem, and while I was praying in the temple, that I was in a 18 trance and saw Jesus saying unto me, 'Make haste, and
go quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy 19 testimony concerning me.' Then I said, Lord, they know
that I imprisoned, and beat in every synagogue, those who 20 believed on thee. And when the blood of thy witness [Ste
phen] was shed, I also stood by, and consented, and kept 21 the mantles of those who killed him.' Then Jesus said unto me, Depart, for I will send thee hence far off to the gentiles.'
And they gave him an hearing to these words, and then lifted up their voices, saying, "Destroy such a man from 23 the earth: for it is not fit that he should live." And as they cried out, and cast off their mantles, and threw dust 21 into the air3; 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 25 they cried so against him. And as they prepared him for the scourge, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge one that is a Roman citizen, and 26 uncondemned?" And when the centurion heard this, he
went and told the commander, saying, "What art thou 27 about to do? for this man is a Roman citizen." Then the
commander came near, and said to Paul, "Tell me, Art 28 thou a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes." And the commander answered, "With a great sum I obtained this
the name of the Lord, R. T.; having called on his name, N. See Wakefield. 2 consented to his death, R. T. and N. 3 threw up dust towards heaven, Mss. 4 Gr. Or, stretched him forward for the thongs, N. m. 5 Take heed what thou doest, R. T.