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Paul answereth for his Chap. xxiv. life and doctrine.

3 We accept it always, and me in the temple disputing in all places, most noble Felix, with any man, neither raising with all thankfulness.

up the people, neither in the 4 Notwithstanding, that I synagogues, nor in the city; be not further tedious unto

13. Neither can they prove thee I pray thee that thou the things whereof they now wouldest hear us of thy clem- accuse me. ency a few words.

14 But this I confess unto 5 For we have found this thee, that after the way, which man a pestilent fellow, and a they call heresy, so worship mover of sedition among all I the God of my fathers, bethe Jews throughout the world, lieving all things, which are and a ring-leader of the sect written in the law and in the of the Nazarenes :

prophets : 6 Who also hath

gone

about 15. And have hope toward to profane the temple ; whom God, which they themselves we took, and would have judg. also allow, that there shall be ed according to our law : a resurrection of the dead,

y But the chief captain Ly- both of the just and unjust. sias came upon us, and with 16 And herein do I exercise great violence took him away myself to have always a conout of our hands,

science void of offence toward 8 Commanding his accus

God and toward men. ers to come unto thee; by ex

17 Now, after many years, amining of whom, thyself may- I came to bring alms to my est take knowledge of all these nation, and offerings. things whereof we accuse him. 18 Whereupon certain Jews

9 And the Jews also assent- from Asia found me purified ed, saying, that these things in the temple, neither with

multitude, nor with tumult: 10 9 Then Paul, after that 19 Who ought to have been the

governor had beckoned here before thee, and object, unto him to speak, answered, if they had ought against me. Forasmuch as I know that

20 Or else let these same thou hast been of many years here say, if they have found a judge unto this nation, I do any evil doing in me while I the more cheerfully answer for stood before the council, myself.

21 Except it be for this one 11 Because that thou may voice, that I cried standing aest understand, that there are mong them, Touching c the yet but twelve days, since I resurrection of the dead I am went up to Jerusalem for to called in question by you this

day.
12 And they neither found c Touching, concerning,

were so.

worship.

Conspiracy against Paul : Acts. he appealeth to Cesar.

22 | And when Felix heard NOW, when Festus was these things, having more per- come into the province, after feet knowledge of that way,d three days he ascended from he deferred them, and said, Cesarea to Jerusalem. When Lysias the chief cap. 2 Then the high priest, and tain shall cone down, I will the chief of the Jews, informed know the uttermost of your him against Paul,and besought matter.

him. 23 And he commanded a 3 And desired favouragainst centurion to keep Paul, and to him, that he would send for let him have liberty, and that him to Jerusalem, laying wait he should forbid none of his ac- in the way to kill him. quaintance to minister or come 4 But Festus answered, that unto him.

Paul should be kept at Cesa244 And after certain days, rea, and that he himself should when Felix came with his wife depart shortly thither. Drusilla, which was a Jewess, 5 Let them, therefore, said he sent for Paul, & heard him he, which among you are able concerning the faith in Christ. go down with me, and ac

25 And as he reasoned of cuse this man, if there be any righteousness, temperance,and wickedness in him. judgment to come, Felix trem 6 And, when he had tarried bled, and answered, Go thy among them more than ten way for this time; when I have days, he went down unto Ce. a convenient season I will call sarea ; and the next day, sitfor thee.

ting in the judgment-seat, 26 He hoped also that mo- commanded Paul to be brought. ney should have been given And, when he was come, hiin of Paul, that he might the Jews which came down loose him ; wherefore he sent from Jerusalem stood round afor hiin the oftener, and com- bout, and laid many and griev. muned with him.

ous complaints against Paul, 29 But, after two years, which they could not prove. Porcius Festus came into Fe. 8 While he answered for lix' room ;e and Felix, willing himself, Neither against the to shew the Jews a pleasure, law of the Jews, neither &left Paul bound.

gainst the temple, nor yet a. CHAP. XXV.

gainst Cesar, have I offended 1 Paul is accused before Festus any thing at all. and Agrippa.

9 But Festus, willing to do

the Jews a pleasure, answered d That way, the religion, which Paul, and said, Wilt thou Paul taught.

e Into Felix' room, into the autho- up to Jerusalem, and there te rity or office of Felis in governing judged of these things before the province.

me ?

Festus declareth Paul's Chap. xxv. cause to the king

10 Then said Paul, I stand at manded the man to be brought Cesar's judgment-seat, where forth. I ought to be judged; to the 18 Against whom, when the Jews have I done no wrong, as accusers stood up, they brought thou very

well knowest. none accusation of such things 11 For if I be an offender, or as I supposed : have committed any thing wor

19 But had certain questhy of death, I refuse not to tions against him of their own die; but if there be none of superstition, and of one Jesus these things whereof these ac which was dead, whom Paul cuse me, no man may deliver affirmed to be alive. me unto them. I appeal unto 20 And because I doubted Cesar.

of such manner of questions, I 12 Then Festus, when he asked him whether he would had conferred with the coun go to Jerusalem, and there be cil, answered, Hast thou ap- judged of these matters. pealed unto Cesar ? unto Ce 21 But when Paul had apsar shalt thou go.

pealed to be reserved unto the 131 And, after certain days, hearing of Augustus, I comking. Agrippa and Bernice manded him to be kept, till I came unto Cesarea to salute might send him to Cesar. Festus.

22 Then Agrippa said unto 14 And, when they had been Festus, I would also hear the there many days, Festus de- man myself. To-morrow, said clared Paul's cause unto the he, thou shalt hear him, king, saying, There is a cer 23 1 And, on the morrow, tain man left in bonds by Felix: when Agrippa was come.&Ber

15 About whom, when I nice, with great pomp, and was was at Jerusalem, the chief entered into the place of hearpriests and the elders of the ing, with the chief captains Jews informed me, desiring to and principal men of the city, kave judgment against him. at Festus'commandment Paul

16 To whom I answered, It was brought forth. is not the manner of the Rom 24 And Festus said, King ans to deliver any man to die, Agrippa, and all men which before that he which is ac are here present with us, ye cused have the accusers face see this man, about whom to face, and have licence to all the multitude of the Jews answer for himself concerning have dealt with the crime laid against him. at Jerusalem, and also here,

17 Therefore, when they crying, that he ought not to were come hither, without any live any longer. delay on the morrow, I sat on

25 But when I found that he the judgment-seat, and com- had committed nothing worths

me, both

Paul answereth for himself Aets.

before Agrippa. of death, and that he himself beginning, if they would testihath appealed to Augustus, I fy, that, after the most straithave determined to send him. est b sect of our religion, I

26 Of whom I have no cer. lived a Pharisee. taiu thing to write unto my lord. 6 And now I stand and am Wherefore I have brought him judged for the hope of the forth before you, and specially promise made of God unto our before thee, O king. Agrippa, fathers : that after examination had,a I 7 Unto which promise our might have somewhat to write. twelve tribes, instantly serving

27 For it seemeth to me un God day and night, hope to reasonable to send a prisoner, come; for which hope's sake, and not withal to signify the king Agrippa, I am aceused

CHAP. XXVI.

8 Why should it be thought 1 Paul before Agrippa, declar- a thing incredible with you,

eth his life, 12 and his con- that God should raise the version : 24 Festus chargeth dead ? him with madness.

9 I verily thought with myTHEN Agrippa said unto self, that I ought to do many Paul, Thou art permitted to things contrary to the name of speak for thyself. Then Paul Jesus of Nazareth. stretched forth the hand, and 10 Which thing I also did answered for himself.

in Jerusalem; and

many

of the 2 I think myself happy, king saints did I shut up in prison, Agrippa, because I shall an. having received authority from swer for myself this day before the chief priests; and, when thee, touching a all the things they were put to death, I gave whereof I am accused of the my voice against them. Jews ;

11 And I punished them oft Especially, because I know in every synagogue, and comthee to be expert in all eus- pelled them to blaspheme; and, toms and questions which are being exceedingly mad against among the Jews ; wherefore I them, I persecuted them even beseech thee to hear me pa- unto strange cities. tiently.

12 Whereupon, as I went 4 My manner of life from to Damascus with authority my youth, which was at the and commission from the chief first among

mine nation at priests, Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 13 At mid-day, 0 king, I 5 Which knew me from the

saw in the way a light from a After examination bad; after have heaven, above the brightness ing examined him. a Touching, concerning.

6 Straitest, strictest.

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He relates his conversion, Chap. xxvi. f is charged with madness. of the sun, shining round about and do works meet for repentme, and them which journeyed ance. with me.

21 For these causes the Jews 14 And, when we were all caught me in the temple, and fallen to the earth, I heard a went about to kill me. voice speaking unto me, and 22 Having, therefore, obsaying, in the Hebrew tongue, tained help of God, I continue Saul, Saul, why persecutest unto this day, witnessing both thou me? It is hard for thee to to small and great, saying kick against the pricks.c none other things, than those

15 And I said, Who art which the prophets and Moses thou, Lord ?' And he said, I am did say should come; Jesus, whom thou persecutest. 23. That Christ should suf

16 But rise, and stand upon fer, and that he should be the thy feet; for I have appeared first that should rise from the unto thee for this purpose, to dead, and should shew light make thee a minister and a unto the people, and to the witness, both of these things Gentiles. which thou hast seen, and of 247 And, as he thus spake those things in the which I for himself, Festus said with will appear unto thee ;

a loud voice, Paul, thou art 17 Delivering thee from the beside thyself; much learning people, and from the Gentiles, doth make thee mad. unto whom now I send thee, 25 But he said, I am not 18 To

open

their and mad most noble Festus; but to turn them from darkness to speak forth the words of truth light, and from the power of and soberness. Satan unto God, that they may 26 9 For the king knewetla receive forgiveness of sins, of these things, before whom and inheritance among them, also I speak freely; for I am which are sanctified by faith persuaded that none of these

things are hidden from him ; 19 Whereupon, o king A- for this thing d was not done grippa, I was not disobedient in a corner.e unto the heavenly vision: 27 King Agrippa, believest

20 But shewed first unto thou the prophets ? I know them of Damascus, and at Je- that thou believest. rusalem, and throughout all 28 Then Agrippa said unthe coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they d This thing, that is, the miracles should repent and turn to God, and death of Jesus; the preaching of c It is hard for thee to kick against

his religion, my opposition to it, &c. sharp points or goads. See Acts e Done in a corner, transacted in

eyes,

that is in me.

the

is.

secret.

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