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raiment of them that slew him. I after he knew that he was a
21 And he said unto me, De- Roman, and because he had part: for I will send thee far bound him. hence unto the Gentiles.
30 On the morrow, because 22 And they gave him audience he would have known the cerunto this word, and then lifted tainty wherefore he was accusup their voices, and said, Away ed of the Jews, he loosed him with such a fellow from the from his bands, and commandearth; for it is not fit that he ed the chief priests and all their should live.
council to appear, and brought 23 And as they cried out, and Paul down, and set him before cast off their clothes, and threw them. dust into the air, 24 The chief captain com
CHAP. XXIII. manded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourg- AND Paul, earnestly beholding; that he might know where- ing the council, said, Men and fore they cried so against him. brethren, I have lived in all
25 And, as they bound him good conscience before God, with thongs, Paul said unto the until this day.
2 lawful for you to scourge a man commanded them that stood that is a Roman, and uncon- by him, to smite him on the demned?
mouth. 26 When the centurion heard 3 Then said Paul unto him, that, he went and told the chief God shall smite thee, thou captain, saying, Take heed what whited wall: for sittest thou to thou doest: for this man is a judge me after the law, and Roman.
commandest me to be smitten, 27 Then the chief captain contrary to the law ? came, and said unto him, Tell 4 And they that stood by, said, me, art thou a Roman? He said, Revilest thou God's high priest? Yea.
5 Then said Paul, I wist not, 28 And the chief captain an- brethren, that he was the high swered, With a great sum ob- priest: for it is written, Thou tained I this freedom.
freedom. And shalt not speak evil of the ruler Paul said, But I was free born. of thy people. 29 Then straightway they de
6 But when Paul perceived parted from him which should that the one part were Sadducees, have examined him: and the and the other Pharisees, he cried chief captain also was afraid, I out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the 14 And they came to the chief son of a Pharisee: of the hope priests and elders, and said, and resurrection of the dead 1 We have bound ourselves un. am called in question.
der a great curse, that we will 7 And when he had so said, eat nothing, until we have slain there arose a dissension between Paul. the Pharisees and the Sadducees: 15 Now, therefore, ye with and the multitude was divided. the council signify to the chief
8 For the Sadducees say, that captain, that he bring him down there is no resurrection, neither unto you to-morrow, as though angel nor spirit; but the Phari. ye would enquire something sces confess both.
more perfectly concerning him; 9 And there arose a great cry: and we, or ever he come near, and the scribes that were of the are ready to kill him. Pharisees' part arose, and strove, 16 And when Paul's sister's saying, We find no evil in this son heard of their lying in wait, man: but if a spirit or an angel he went and entered into the hath spoken to him, let us not castle, and told Paul. fight against God.
17 Then Paul called one of the 10 And when there arose a centurions unto him, and said, great dissension, the chief cap. Bring this young man unto the tain, fearing lest Paul should chief captain : for he hath a cerhave been pulled in pieces of tain thing to tell him.
18 So he took him, and brought to go down, and to take him by bim to the chief captain, and force from among them, and to said, Paul the prisoner called bring him into the castle. me unto him, and prayed me to
11 And the night following, bring this young man unto thee, the Lord stood by him, and who hath something to say unto said, Be of good cheer, Paul; thee. for as thou hast testified of me 19 Then the chief captain took in Jerusalem, so must thou bear him by the hand, and went with witness also at Rome.
bim aside privately, and asked 12 And, when it was day, cer- him, What is that thou hast to tain of the Jews banded toge- tell me? ther, and bound themselves un. 20 And he said, The Jews der a curse, saying, That they have agreed to desire thee, that would neither eat nor drink till thou wouldest bring down Paul they had killed Paul.
to-morrow into the council, as 13 And they were more than though they would enquire forty which had made this con- somewhat of bim more perspiracy.
them, commanded the soldiers ?
21 But do not thou yield unto law, but to have nothing laid to them: for there lie in wait for his charge worthy of death, or him of them more than forty of bonds. men, which have bound them- 30 And when it was told me selves with an oath, that they how that the Jews laid wait for will neither eat nor drink till the man, I sent straightway to they have killed him: and now thee, and gave commandment are they ready, looking for a to his accusers also, to say bepromise from thee.
fore thee what they had against 22 So the chief captain then him. Farewell. let the young man depart, and 31 Then the soldiers, as it was charged him, See thou tell no commanded them, took Paul, man that thou hast shewed these and brought him by night to things to me.
Antipatris. 23 And he called unto him two 32 On the morrow, they left centurions, saying, Make ready the horsemen to go with him,
I two hundred soldiers to go to and returned to the castle : Cesarea, and horsemen three- 33 Who, when they came to score and ten, and spearmen two Cesarea, and delivered the epishundred, at the third hour oftle to the governor, presented the night;
Paul also before him. 24 And provide them beasts, 34 And when the governor had that they may set Paul on, and read the letter, he asked of what bring bim safe unto Felix the province he was. And when he governor.
understood that he was of Cili. 25 And he wrote a letter after cia; this manner :
35 I will hear thee, said he, 26 Claudius Lysias, unto the when thine accusers are also most excellent governor Felix, come. And he commanded sendeth greeting.
him to be kept in Herod's 27 This man was taken of the judgment-hall. Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I
CHAP. XXIV. with an army, and rescued him,
PAUL ACCUSED BEFORE having understood that he was a Roman.
28 And when I would have AND after five days, Ananias known the cause wherefore they the high priest descended with accused him, I brought him the elders, and with a certain forth into their council;
orator named Tertullus, who 29 Whom I perceived to be informed the governor against accused of questions of their | Paul.
2 And, when he was called to this nation, I do the more forth, Tertullus began to accuse cheerfully answer for myself : : him, saying, Seeing that by thee 11 Because that thou mayest we enjoy great quietness, and understand, that there are yet that very worthy deeds are done but twelve days since I went unto this nation by thy provi- up to Jerusalem for to wordence,
ship. 3 We accept it always, and in 12 And they neither found me all places, most noble Felix, in the temple disputing with with all thankfulness.
any man, neither raising up the 4 Notwithstanding, that I be people, neither in the synanot further tedious unto thee, I gogues, nor in the city: pray thee, that thou wouldest 13 Neither can they prove the hear us, of thy clemency, a few things whereof they now accuse words:
5 For we have found this man 14 But this I confess unto thee, a pestilent fellow, and a mover that after the way which they of sedition among all the Jews call heresy, so worship I the throughout the world, and a God of my fathers, believing all ring-leader of the sect of the things which are written in the Nazarenes:
law and the prophets : 6 Who also hath gone about 15 And have hope toward God, to profane the temple; whom which they themselves also alwe took, and would have judged | low, that there shall be a resuraccording to our law:
rection of the dead, both of the 7 But the chief captain Lysias just and unjust. came upon us, and with great 16 And herein do I exercise violence took him away out of myself, to have always a conour hands.
science void of offence toward 8 Commanding his accusers God, and toward men. to come unto thee ; by examin- 17 Now, after many years, I ing of whom, thyself mayest take came to bring alms to my naknowledge of all these things tion, and offerings. whereof we accuse him.
18 Whereupon certain Jews 9 And the Jews also assented, from Asia found me purified in saying, That these things were the temple, neither with multi
tude, nor with tumult : 10 Then Paul, after that the 19 Who ought to have been governor had beckoned unto here before thee, and object, if him to speak, answered, Foras- they had aught against me. much as I know that thou hast 20 Or else let these same bere been of many years a judge un- say, if they have found any evil.
PAUL APPE ALETH TO CESAR.
doing in me while I stood be- || the Jews a pleasure, left Paul
NOW when Festus was come day.
into the province, after three 22 And when Felix heard days, he ascended from Cesarea these things, having more perto Jerusalem. fect knowledge of that way, he 2 Then the high priest and the deferred them, and said, When chief of the Jews, informed him Lysias the chief captain shall against Paul, and besought him: come down, I will know the ut- 3 And desired favour against termost of your matter.
him, that he would send for 23 And he commanded a cen- him to Jerusalem, laying wait turion to keep Paul, and to let in the way to kill him. him have liberty, and that he 4 But Festus answered, that should forbid none of his ac- Paul should be kept at Cesarea, quaintance to minister or come and that he himself would deunto him.
part shortly thither. 24 And after certain days, 5 Let them, therefore, said he, when Felix came with his wife which among you are able, go Drusilla, which was a Jewess, down with me, and accuse this he sent for Paul, and heard him man, if there be any wickedconcerning the faith in Christ. ness in him.
25 And as he reasoned of 6 And when he had tarried righteousness, temperance, and among them more than ten days, judgment to come, Felix trem- he went down unto Cesarea; bled, and answered, Go thy way and the next day, sitting on for this time; when I have a the judgment-seat, commanded convenient season, I will call Paul to be brought. for thee.
7 And when he was come, the 26 He hoped also that money Jews which came down from should have been given him of Jerusalem, stood round about, Paul, that he might loose him : and laid many and grievous wherefore he sent for him the complaints against Paul, which oftener, and communed with they could not prove: him.
8 While he answered for him. 27 But after two years, Porcius self, Neither against the law of Festus came into Felix' room : the Jews, neither against the and Felix, willing to shew temple, nor yet against Cesar,