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On entering the temple

he is apprehended. 20 And when they heard it, accomplishment of the days they glorified the Lord; and of purification, until that an said unto him, Thou seest, offering should be offered for brother, how many thousands every one of them. of Jews there are which believe; 27 And when the seven days and they are all zealous of the were almost ended, the Jews law:

which were of Asia, when they 21 And they are informed of saw him in the temple, stirred thee, that thou teachest all the up all the people, and laid hands Jews which are among the on him, Gentiles to forsake Moses, say- 28 Crying out, Men of Israel, ing, that they ought not to cir- help: this is the man that cumcise their children, neither teacheth all men every where to walk after the customs. against the people, and the law,

22. What is it therefore? the and this place: and further, multitude must needs come brought Greeks also into the together: for they will hear temple, and hath polluted this that thou art come.

holy place. 23 Do therefore this that we 29 (For they had seen before say to thee: We have four men with him, in the city, Trowhich have a vow on them; phimus an Ephesian, whom

24 Them take, and purify they supposed that Paul had thyself with them, and be at brought into the temple.) charges with them, that they 30 And all the city was may shave their heads: and all moved, and the people ran may know, that those things together: and they took Paul, whereof they were informed and drew him out of the temconcerning thee, are nothing, ple: and forthwith the doors but that thou thyself also were shut. walkest orderly, and keepest 31 And as they went about to the law.

kill him, tidings came unto the 25 As touching the Gentiles chief captain of the band, that which believe, we have written, all Jerusalem was in an uproar: and concluded that they observe 32 Who immediately took no such thing, save only that soldiers and centurions, and ran they keep themselves from down unto them: and when they things offered to idols, and saw the chief captain and the from blood, and from strangled, soldiers, they left beating of and from fornication.

Paul. 26 Then Paul took the men; 33 Then the chief captain and the next day purifying came near, and took him, and himself with them, entered into commanded him to be bound the temple, to signify the with two chains; and demanded


Paul begs permission to speak :

He declareth at large who he was, and what he had 2 (And when they heard that done.

he spake in the Hebrew tongue 34 And some cried one thing, to them, they kept the more somę another, among the mul- silence: and he saith,) titude: and when he could not 3 I am verily a man which am know the certainty for the a Jews born in Tarsus, a city in tumult, he commanded him to Cilicia, yet brought up in this be carried into the castle. city, at the feet of Gamaliel, and

35 And when he came upon taught according to the perfect the stairs, so it was, that he was manner of the law of the fathers, borne of the soldiers, for the and was zealous towards God, violence of the people. as ye all are this day. .

36 For the multitude of the 4 And I persecuted this way people followed after, crying, unto the death, binding and Away with him!

delivering into prisons both men 37 And as Paul was to be led and women. into the castle, he said unto the 5 As also the high priest doth chief captain, May I speak unto bear me witness, and all the thee? who said, Canst thou estate of the elders: from whom speak Greek?

also I received letters unto the 38 Art not thou that Egyp- brethren, and went to Damascus, tian, which before these days to bring them which were there, madest an uproar, and leddest bound unto Jerusalem, for to be out into the wilderness four punished. thousand men that were mur- 6 And it came to pass, that derers ?

as I made my journey, and was 39 But Paul said, I am a man come nigh unto Damascus about which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city noon, suddenly there shone from in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean heaven a great light round about city: and I beseech thee, suffer me. me to speak unto the people. 7 And I fell unto the ground,

40 And when he had given and heard a voice saying unto him licence, Paul stood on the me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest stairs, and beckoned with the thou me? hand unto the people: and when 8 And I answered, Who art there was made a great silence, thou, Lord? And he said unto he spake unto them in the me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, Hebrew tongue, saying,

whom thou persecutest. CHAP. XXII.

9 And they that were with Paul declareth his conversion. me saw indeed the light, and

EN, brethren, and fathers, were afraid; but they heard not

I make now unto you.



his conversion and call

to the apostleship. 10 And I said, What shall | in every synagogue them that I do, Lord? And the Lord said believed on thee: unto me, Arise, and go into 20 And when the blood of Damascus; and there it shall thy martyr Stephen was shed, be told thee of all things which I also was standing by, and are appointed for thee to do. consenting unto his death, and

11 And when I could not see kept the raiment of them that for the glory of that light, slew him. being led by the hand of them 21 And he said unto me, that were with me, I came into Depart: for I will send thee far Damascus.

hence, unto the Gentiles. 12 And one Ananias, a devout 22 And they gave him man according to the law, having audience unto this word, and a good report of all the Jews then lifted up their voices, and which dwelt there,

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

14 And he said, The God of dust into the air, our fathers hath chosen thee, 24 The chief captain comthat thou shouldest know his manded him to be brought into will, and see that Just One, and the castle, and bade that he shouldest hear the voice of his should be examined by scourgmouth.

ing; that he might know where15 For thou shalt be his fore they cried so against him. witness unto all men, of what 25 And as they bound him thou hast seen and heard. with thongs, Paul said unto

16 And now, why tarriest the centurion that stood by, thou? arise, and be baptized, Is it lawful for you to scourge and wash away thy sins, calling a man that is a Roman, and on the name of the Lord. uncondemned? 17 And it came to pass, that

26 When the centurion heard when I was come again to Jeru- that, he went and told the chief salem, even while I prayed in captain, saying, Take heed what the temple, I was in a trance; thou doest: for this man is a

18 And saw him saying unto Roman. me, Make haste, and get thee 27. Then the chief captain quickly out of Jerusalem: for came, and said unto him, Tell they will not receive thy testi- | me, art thou a Roman? He mony concerning me.

said, Yea. 19 And I said, Lord, they 28 And the chief captain know that I imprisoned and beat answered; With a great sum

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thent. obtained I this freedom. And that the one part were SadduPaul said, But I was free born. cees, and the other Pharisees,

29 Then straightway they he cried out in the council, Men departed from him which should and brethren, I am a Pharisee, have examined him; and the the son of a Pharisee: of the chief captain also was afraid, hope and resurrection of the after he knew that he was a dead I am called in question. Roman, and because he had 7 And when he had so said, bound him.

there arose a dissention between 30. On the morrow, be- the Pharisees and the Sadducees: cause he. would have known and the multitude was divided. the certainty wherefore he was 8 For the Sadducees say that accused of the Jews, he loosed there is no resurrection, neither him from his bands, and com- angel nor spirit: but the Pharimanded the chief priests and sees confess both. all their council to appear, and

9 And there arose a great cry: brought Paul down, and set and the scribes that were of the him before them.

Pharisees' part arose, and strove, CHAP. XXIII.

saying, We find no evil in this Paul before the Jewish council. man: but if a spirit or an angel ND Paul, earnestly behold hath spoken to him, let us not


and brethren, I have lived in 10 And when there arose all good conscience before God a great dissention, the chief until this day.

captain, fearing lest Paul should 2 And the high priest Ananias have been pulled in pieces of commanded them that stood by them, commanded the soldiers him to smite him on the mouth. to go down, and to take him

3. Then said Paul unto him, by force from among them, and God shall smite thee, thou to bring him into the castle. whited wall: for sittest thou to 11 And the night following, judge me after the law, and the Lord stood by him, and said, commandest me to be smitten Be of good cheer, Paul: for as contrary to the law?

thou hast testified of me in 4 And they that stood by Jerusalem, so must thou bear said, Revilest thou God's high witness also at Rome. priest?

12 And when it was day, 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, certain of the Jews banded tobrethren, that he was the high gether, and bound themselves priest: for it is written, Thou under a curse, saying, that they shalt not speak evil of the ruler would neither eat nor drink till of thy people.

they had killed Paul. 6 But when Paul perceived 13 And they were more than

A conspiracy against Paul CHAP. XXIIÍ. is disclosed to the chief captain forty which had made this con- 21 But do not thou yield unto spiracy.

them: for there lie in wait for 14 And they came to the him of them more than forty chief priests and elders, and men, which have bound themsaid, We have bound ourselves selves with an oath, that they under a great curse, that we will neither eat nor drink till will eat nothing until we have they have killed him: and now slain Paul.

are they ready, looking for a 15 Now therefore ye, with promise from thee. the council, signify to the chief 22 So the chief captain then captain that he bring him down let the young man depart, and unto you to-morrow, as though charged him, See thou tell no ye would inquire something man that thou hast shewed these more perfectly concerning him: things to me. and we, or ever he come near,

23 And he called unto him are ready to kill him.

two centurions, saying, Make 16 And when Paul's sister's ready two hundred soldiers to son heard of their lying in wait, go to Cesarea, and horsemen he went and entered into the threescore and ten, and spearcastle, and told Paul.

men two hundred, at the third 17 Then Paul called one of hour of the night; the centurions unto him, and 24 And provide them beasts, said, Bring this young man unto that they may set Paul on, and the chief captain; for he hath bring him safe unto Felix the a certain thing to tell him.

governor. 18 So he took him, and 25 And he wrote a letter after brought him to the chief cap- this manner: tain, and said, Paul the prisoner 26 Claudius Lysias unto the called me unto him, and prayed most excellent governor Felix me to bring this young man sendeth greeting. unto thee, who hath something 27. This man was taken of to say unto thee.

the Jews, and should have been 19 Then the chief captain killed of them: then came I took him by the hand, and went with an army, and rescued him, with him aside privately, and having understood that he was asked him, What is that thou a Roman. hast to tell me?

28 And when I would have 20 And he said, The Jews known the cause wherefore they have agreed to desire thee that accused him, I brought him forth thou wouldest bring down Paul into their council: to-morrow into the council, as 29 Whom I perceived to be though they would inquire some accused of questions of their what of him more perfectly. law, but to have nothing laid to

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