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" when thine accusers also are vide them beasts, that they may come. ." And the governor com set 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 fire 25 And he wrote a letter days, Ananias the high-priest after this manner : 26 “ Clau-went down to Cæsarea, with the dius Lysias, to the most excel- elders, and with a certain ora. lent 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 sole tullus began to accuse him, say. diers, and rescued [him]. Having, “ 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 dation, 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 móver 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 Naza. to say, before thee, what they renes: 6 who hath also attempted had against him. [Farewel.]” 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:] 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 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


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 concerning 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 dethis 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,

that they might destroy him on council, answered, “ Hast thou the way. 4 But Festus answer appealed to Cæsar ? to Cæsar ed, that Paul should be kept at thou shalt go.” Cæsarea, and that he himself 13 AND after some days, would shortly go there. 5 king Agrippa and Bernicè came “ Therefore, said he, “ let to Cæsarea to salute Festus. 14 those of you who are able to And as they continued there bring any charge, go down with many days, Festus related me, and accuse the man, if there Paul's case to the king, saying, be any thing criminal in him.' “ There is a certain man left 6 And having tarried among a prisoner by Felix: 15 con them not more than eight or cerning whom, when I was ten days, he went down to Cæ- at Jerusalem, the chief-priests sarea ; and the next day sat on and the elders of the Jews laid the judgment-seat, and com- an information, desiring judgmanded Paul to be brought. 7 ment against him. 16 To whom And when he appeared, the I answered, that it is not the Jews who had come down from custom of the Romans to give Jerusalem stood round about, up any man to death, before he and brought many and heavy who is accused has his accuaccusations [against Paul], sers face to face, and has opwhich they could not prove ; 8 portunity to make his defence while he made his defence, say-concerning the crime laid to ing, “ Neither against the law his charge. 17 When thereof the Jews, nor against the fore they had come hither, temple, nor against Cæsar, have without making any delay, I sat I offended in any thing." 9 But on the judgment-seat the day Festus, wishing to gratify the after, and commanded the man Jews, in answer to Paul, said, to be brought: 18 against whom " Art thou willing to go up to when his accusers stood up, Jerusalem, and there to be they brought 'no accusation of ! judged of these things before such things as I supposed : 191 me ?" 10 Then Paul said, “I but had against him some quesstand at Cæsar's judgment-seat, tions about their own religion, where I ought to be judged : and about one Jesus who died, to the Jews I have done no but whom Paul affirmed to be wrong, as thou also very well alive. 20 And because I was knowest. 11 For if I have done doubtful about an inquiry into wrong, or have committed any such matters, I asked him thing worthy of death, I refuse whether he was willing to go not to die : but if there be no. to Jerusalem, and there to be thing true of the things whereof judged about these things. 21 these accuse me, no one should But Paul having appealed, that give me up to gratify them. I it might be reserved to the deappeal to Cæsar."12 Then Fes- termination of the Emperor, I tus, having conferred with the I commanded him to be kept in

custody till I could send him concerning all the things of to Cæsar.” 22 Then Agrippa which I am accused by the said to Festus, “I myself also Jews : 3 because thou very well desire to hear the man.'

" " To- knowest all the customs and morrow,” said he," thou shalt questions which are among the hear him.'

Jews. Wherefore I beseech 23 On the morrow therefore, (thee] to hear me patiently. when Agrippa was come, and 4 All the Jews know my Bernicè, with great pomp, and manner of life from my youth, they had entered into the place of which was passed from the behearing, together with the com-ginning arnong mine own namanders and principal men of tion at Jerusalem : 5 and these the city ; at the command of have knowledge of me from Festus, Paul was brought. 24 the first, (if they be willing to Then Festus said, “ King testify,) that according to the Agrippa, and all that are here strictest sect of our religion, I present with us, ye see this lived a Pharisee. 6 And now I man, concerning whom all the stand and am condemned for the multitude of the Jews have ap- hope of the promise, which God plied to me, both at Jerusalem, made to our fathers : 7 and and here also, crying out that which our twelve tribes, by he ought not to live any longer. their continual services night 25 But I having found that he and day, hope to obtain : for had committed nothing worthy which hope, o king [Agrippa], of death, and he himself having I am accused by the Jews. 8 appealed to the Emperor, i What? is it esteemed among have determined to send [him]. you a thing incredible, that 26 Concerning whom I have God should raise the dead ? nothing certain to write 9 " I indeed thought within our Master. Wherefore I have myself, that I ought to do many brought him forth before you, things contrary to the name of and especially, before thee, Jesus of Nazareth : 10 which king Agrippa, that, after exa. I also did, in Jerusalem : and mination, I may have some many of the saints I shut up thing to write. 27 For it seemeth in prisons, having received auto me unreasonable to send a thority from the chief.priests ; prisoner, and not to signify also and, when they were put to the charges made against him.' death, I gave my vote against

CH. XXVI. 1 Upon this them : 11 and I punished them Agrippa said to Paul, “Thou often in every synagogue, and art permitted to speak for thy- compelled them to blaspheme; sell.” Then Paul stretching and, being exceedingly mad forth his hand, made his defence: against them, I persecuted

2 “I think myself happy, them, even to foreign cities. king Agrippa, that I shall make 12 At "which time (also,) as my defence this day before thee, I going to Damascus,




with authority and commission the temple, and attempted to [from] the chief-priests, 13 kill me. at mid-day, O king, I saw on 22 “ Having therefore ob. the way a light from heaveri, tained help from God, to this above the brightness of the sun; day, I continue witnessing both which shone round about me to small and great, saying no and those who journeyed with other things than those which

14 And having all fallen both the prophets and Moses to the earth, I heard a voice spake of, as about to come: speaking to me, and saying in 23 that Christ should suffer ; the Hebrew dialect," Saul, and that he, being the first who Saul, why persecutest thou me? rose from the dead, should anIt is hard for thee to kick nounce light to the people against the goads.'15 And I and to the gentiles." said, : Who art thou, Sir?' And 24 And as he was thus makhe said, 'I am Jesus, whom ing his defence, Festus said thou persecutest. 16 But rise, with a loud voice, “ Paul, thou and stand on thy feet : I art mad: much learning has have appeared to thee for this driven thee to madness.” 25 purpose, to appoint thee a mi. Then he said, “ I am not mad, nister and a witness both of most excellent Festus; but utthese things which thou hast ter the words of truth and of a seen, and of those in which I sound mind. 26 For the king will appear to thee; 17 deliver knoweth concerning these ing thee from the people ;* and things, before whom I even from the gentiles, to whom I speak freely. For I am persuadnow send thee, 18 to open their ed that none of these things are eyes, that they may turn from hidden from him : for this was darkness to light, and from the not done in a corner. 27 King power of the adversary to God; Agrippa, believest thou the that they may receive forgive prophets ? I know that thou ness of sins, and inheritance believest.” 28 Then Agrippa among those that are sanctified, [said] to Paul, “ Thou almost through faith in me.'

persuadest me to be a Cbris19 “Wherefore, king Agrip- tian.” 29 And Paul (said,] "I pa, I was not disobedient to the would to God, that not thou heavenly vision : 20 but declar-only, but all likewise who hear ed, first to those in Damascus, me this day, were almost, and and in Jerusalem, and through-even altogether, such as I am, out all the country of Judea, except these bonds." and then to the gentiles, that 30 Then the king, and the they should reform and turn to governor, and Bernicè also, and God, doing works worthy of those who sat with them, rose reformation. 21 For these up; 31 and having gone aside, causes, the Jews seized me in I they spake among themselves,

• 1. e. the Jews.

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