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did prophecy.

Paul goeth to

Acts.

Jerustilem, ed the brethren, and abode with 16 There went with us also them one day.

certain of the disciples of Ce8 And the next day we that sarea, and brought with them were of Paul's company de- one Mnason of Cyprus, an old parted, and came unto Cesa- disciple, with whom we should rea; and we entered into the lodge. house of Philip the evangelist, 17 And when we were which was one of the seven,a come to Jerusalem, the brethand abode with him.

ren received us gladly. 9 And the same inan had 18 And the dey following, four daughters, virgins, which Paul went in with us unto

James; and all the elders 10 And as we tarried there were present. many days, there came down 19 And when he had safrom Judea a certain prophet luted them, he declared parnamed Agabus.

ticularly what things God had 11 And wlien he was come wrought among the Gentiles zinto us, he took Paul's girdle, by his ministry. and bound his own hands and 20 And when they heard it, feet, and said, Thus saith the they glorified the Lord, and Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews said unto him, Thou seest, at Jerusalem bind the man that brother, how many

thousands owneth this girdle, and shall of Jews there are which bedeliver him into the hands of lieve; and they are all zealthe Gentiles.

ous of the law : 12 And, when we heard

21 And they are informed these things, both we and they of thee, that thou teachest all of that place besought him not the Jews, which are among the to go up to Jerusalem.

Gentiles, to forsake Moses, 13 Then Paul answered, saying, That they ought not What mean ye to weep and to to circumcise their children, break mine heart ? for I am neither to walk after the cusready not to be bound only, but toms. also to die at Jerusalem, for 22 What is it therefore ? the name of the Lord Jesus. the multitude must needs come

14 And when he would not together; for they will hear be persuaded, we ceased, say, that thou art come. ing, The will of the Lord be

23 Do, therefore, this that done.

say

to thee ; We have 15 And after those days we four men which have a vow on took up our carriages, and them: 6 went up to Jerusalem.

we

&c. It was customary a One of the seven : probably one with the Jews in sickness or distress, of the seven deacons, for whose ap- to make vows, and to spend at least Pointment see Acts VI.

thirty days in extraordinary devo.

b A vow,

and is

Chap. xxi.

apprehended. 24 Them take, and purify ple, stirred up all the people, thyself with them, and be at and laid hands on him, charges with them, that they 28 Crying out, Men of Ismay shave their heads: and all rael, help; This is the man may know that those things, that teacheth all men every whereof they were informed where against the people, and concerning thee, are nothing; the law, and this place; and but that thou thyself walkest further, brought Greeks also orderly, and keepest the law. into the temple, and hath pol

25 As touching the Gentiles luted this holy place. which believe, we have writ- 29 (For they had seen before ten and concluded, that they with him in the city. Trophiobserve no such thing, save mus an Ephesian, whom they only that they keep themselves supposed that Paul had brought from things offered to idols, & into the temple.) from blood, and from strang

30 And all the city was led, and from fornication. moved, and the people ran to

26 Then Paul took the men, gether, and they took Paul,and and the next day, purifying drew him out of the temple ; & himself with them, entered in- forthwith the doors were shut. to the temple, to signify the 31 And, as they went about accomplishment of the days of to kill him, tidings came unto purification, until that an of- the chief captain

of the band,c fering should be offered for that all Jerusalem was in an every one of them.

uproar; 27 And when the seven 32 Who immediately took days were almost ended, the soldiers and centurions,d and Jews which were of Asia, ran down unto them; and when when they saw him in the tem- they saw the chief captain and

the soldiers they left beating tions. Those, who were under the of Paul. obligation of these vows, were called 33 Then the chief captain Nazarites. During their vow, they never cut their hair, nor drank any commanded him to be bound

came near, and took hin, and wine or strong drink. On the seventh day of their devotions they shaved with two chains; and des their heads, and offered various of manded who he

was,

and what ferings to the Lord. As it was re- he had done? ported, that Paul taught to forsake 34 And some cried one thing, the laws of Moses, the apostles advised him to attend to these cere

some another, among the mulmonies to pacify the Jews, and to c Chief captain of the band ; Lyshow his willingness to comply with sias the commander of the Roman their customs, although under the garrison. Christian dispensation, it was not ne- d Centurion, a Roman officer comcessary to observe them.

manding 100 men.

Paul declareth

Acts.

how he was titude; and, when he could that he spake in the Hebrew not know the certainty for the tongue to them, they kept the tumult, he commanded him to more silence; and he saith,) be carried into the castle.

3 I am verily a man which 35 - And when he came upam a Jew, born in Tarsus, a on the stairs, so it was that he city in Cilicia, yet brought up was borne of the soldiers for in this city at the feet of Ga. the violence of the people. malielga and taught according

36 For the multitude of the to the perfect manner of the people followed after, crying, law of the fathers, and was Away with him.

zealous toward God, as ye all 37 And as Paul was to be led are this day. into the castle, he said unto 4 And I persecuted this the chief captain, May I speak way b unto the death, binding unto thee who said, Canst and delivering into prisons thou speak Greek ?

both men and women. 38 Art not thou that Egyp- 5 As also the high priest tian, which before these days doth bear me witness, and all madest an uproar, and leddest the estate of the elders; from out into the wilderness four whom also I received letters thousand men that were mur- unto the brethren, and went to derers ?

Damascus, to bring them 39 But Paul said, I am a which were there bound unto man which am a Jew of Tar- Jerusalem, for to be punished. sus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen 6 And it came to pass, that, of no mean city; and I beseech as I made my journey, and thee suffer me to speak un- was come nigh unto Damascus, to the people.

about noon, suddeuly there 40 And, when he had given shone from heaven a great him licence, Paul stood on the light round about me. stairs, and beckoned with the 7 And I fell unto the ground, hand unto the people; and, and heard a voice saying unto when there was made a great me, Saul, Saul, why persesilence, he spake unto them in cutest thou me ? the Hebrew tongue, saying, 8 And I answered, Who art

CHAP. XXII. thou, Lord ? And he said unPaul declareth how he was to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, converted, 25 and escapeth whom thou persecutest. scourging by the privilege 9 And they that were with of a Roman.

me saw indeed the light, and MEN, brethren, & fathers,

a Gamaliel, a celebrated doctor or hear ye my defence which Í

teacher of the Jewish law. make now unto you.

6 This way, those who embraced 2 (And when they heard the Christian religion.

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converted ;
Chap. xxti.

he is bound. were afraid: but they heard thee quickly out of Jerusanot the voice of him that spake lem; for they will not receive to me.

thy testimony concerning me. 10 And I said, What shall 19 And I said, Lord, they I do, Lord? And the Lord know that I imprisoned and said unto me, Arise, and go beat in every synagogue them, into Damascus; and there it that believed on thee : shall be told thee of all things 20 And when the blood of which are appointed for thee thy martyr Stephen was shed, to do.

I also was standing by, and 11 And when I could not consenting unto his death, and see for the glory of that light, kept the raiment of them that being led by the hand of them slew him. that were with me, I came in

21 And he said unto me, to Damascus.

Depart; for I will send thee 12 And one Ananias, a de. far hence unto the Gentiles. vout man, according to the 22 ^ And they gave him aulaw, having a good report of dience d unto this word, and all the Jews which dwelt there, then lifted up their voices, and

13 Came unto me, and stood, said, Away with such a feland said unto me, Brother low from the earth; for it is Saul, receive thy sight. And not fit, that he should live. the same hour I looked up 23 And as they cried out,

and cast off their clothes, and 14 And he said, The God of threw dust into the air, our fathers hath chosen thee, 24 The chief captain comthat thou shouldest know his manded him to be brought inwill, and see that Just One,c to the castle, and bade that he and shouldest hear the voice should be examined by scourgof his mouth.

ing; that he might know 15 For thou shalt be his wherefore they cried so against witness unto all men of what him. thou hast seen and heard. 25 And, as they bound him

16 And, now why tartiest with thongs, Paul said unto the thou ? arise and be baptized, centurion that stood by, Is it and wash away thy sins, call. lawful for youto scourge a man ing on the name of the Lord. that is a Roman,e and uncon

17 And it came to pass, that demned? when I was come again to Je- d Gave bim audience, gave attention. rusalem,even while I prayed in e Roman, &c. Here Paul calls himthe temple, I was in a trance ;

self a Roman; in verse 3d a Jew. 18 And saw him saying un

To reconcile one claim with the othto me, Make haste, and get

er, it may be observed, that Paul

was by nation a Jew, and by a certain c That Just One, Jesus Christ.

privilege was still born a Roman cita. 25*

izen. See Chapter vi. 37.

upon him.

Paul claimeth his privilege. Acts. Dissension among accusers.

26 When the centurion heard God shall smite thee, thou that, he went & told the chief whited wall; for sittest thou captain, saying, Take heed to judge me after the law, and what thou doest; for this man commandest me to be smitten is a Roman.

contrary to the law ? 27 Then the chief captain 4 And they that stood by came, and said unto him, Tell said, Revilest thou God's high me, art thou a Romau. He

priest ? said, Yea.

5 Then said Paul, I wist 28 And the chief captain not,a brethren, that he was answered, With a great sum the high priest; for it is writ. obtained Í this freedom. And ten, Thou shalt not speak ePaul said, But I was free-born. vil of the ruler of thy people.

29 Then straightway they 6 But when Paul perdeparted from him, which ceived that the one part were should have examined him; Sadducees, and the other and the chief captain also was Pharisees,b he cried out in the afraid, after he knew that he council, Men and brethren, I was a Roman, and because he am a Pharisee, the son of a had bound him.

Pharisee; of the hope and re30 On the morrow, because surrection of the dead I am he would have known the cer- called in question. tainty wherefore he was ac- 7 And when he had so said, cused of the Jews, he loosed there arose a dissension behim from his bands, and com- tween the Pharisees and the manded the chief priests and Sadducees; and the multiall their council to appear, & tude was divided. brought Paul down, and set 8 For the Sadducees say him before them.

that there is no resurrection,

neither angel nor spirit; but CHAP. XXIII.

the Pharisees confess both. 1 Paul pleadeth his cause : hy 9 And there arose a great

dissension among his accu- cry; and the scribes that sers: 27 he is sent to Felix.

were of the Pharisees' part aAND Paul, earnestly be- rose and strove, saying, We holding the courril, said, Men find no evil in this man; but and brethren, I have lived in if a spirit or an angel hath all good conscience before God spoken to him, let us not fight until this day.

against God. 2 And the high priest Ana- 10 And when there arose nias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on

e I wist not, I was not aware. the mouth.

b Sadducces & Pharisees. See intre3 Then Paul said unto him, duction, pp. 6, 7.

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