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Agrippa almost a Christian.

Paul sails towards Rome. himself, Festus said with a loud and certain other prisoners unto voice, Paul, thou art beside thy-one named Julius, a centurion of self; much learning doth make Augustus' band. thee mad.

2 And entering into a ship 25 But he said, I am not of Adramyttium, we launched, mad, most noble Festus, but meaning to sail by the coasts of speak forth the words of truth Asia ; one Aristarchus, a Maceand soberness.

donian of Thessalonica, being 26 For the king knoweth of with us. these things, before whom also 3 And the next day we I speak freely : for I am per- touched at Sidon. And Julius suaded that none of these things courteously entreated Paul, and are hidden from him ; for this gave him liberty to go unto his thing was not done in a corner. | friends to refresh himself.

27 King Agrippa, believest 4 And when we had launched thou the prophets? I know that from thence, we sailed under thou believest.

Cyprus, because the winds were 28 Then Agrippa said unto contrary, Paul, Almost thou persuadest 5 And when we had sailed me to be a Christian.

over the sea of Cilicia and Pam29 And Paul said, I would to phylia, we came to Myra, a city God that not only thou, but also of Lycia. all that hear me this day, were

6 And there the centurion both almost, and altogether such found a ship of Alexandria sailas I am, except these bonds. ing into Italy; and he put us

30 And when he had thus therein. spoken, the king rose up, and 7 And when we had sailed the governor, and Bernice, and slowly many days, and scarce they that sat with them. were come over against Cnidus,

31 And when they were gone the wind not suffering us, we aside, they talked between them- sailed under Crete, over against selves, saying, This man doeth Salmone; nothing worthy of death or of 8 And hardly passing it, came bonds.

unto a place which is called The 32 Then said Agrippa unto fair havens ; nigh whereunto Festus, This man might have was the city of Lasea. been set at liberty, if he had not 9 Now when much time was appealed unto Cesar.

spent, and when sailing was now CHAP. XXVII.

dangerous, because the fast was Paul's dangerous voyage.

now already past, Paul admoND when it was deter- nished them,

mined that we should sail 10 And said unto them, Sirs, into Italy, they delivered Paul I perceive that this voyage will

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Paul's dangerous voyage

in sailing towards Roma. be with hurt and much damage, cast out with our own hands not only of the lading and ship, the tackling of the ship. but also of our lives.

20 And when neither sun nor 11 Nevertheless, the centu- stars in many days appearrion believed the master and the ed, and no small tempest lay owner of the ship, more than on us, all hope that we should those things which were spoken be saved was then taken away. by Paul.

21 But after long abstinence, 12 And because the haven Paul stood forth in the midst of was not commodious to winter them, and said, Sirs, ye should in, the more part advised to have hearkened unto me, and depart thence also, if by any not have loosed from Crete, and means they might attain to to have gained this harm and Phenice, and there to winter; loss. which is an haven of Crete, and 22 And now I exhort you to lieth toward the south-west and be of good cheer: for there north-west.

shall be no loss of any man's 13 And when the south wind life among you, but of the ship. blew softly, supposing that they 23 For there stood by me had obtained their purpose, this night the angel of God, loosing thence, they sailed close whose I am, and whom I serve, by Crete,

24 Saying, Fear not, Paul: 14 But not long after, there thou must be brought before arose against it a tempestuous Cesar: and, lo, God hath given wind, called Euroclydon. thee all them that sail with thee.

15 And when the ship was 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of caught, and could not bear up good cheer; for I believe God, into the wind, we let her drive. that it shall be even as it was

16 And running under a told me. certain island which is called 26 Howbeit, we must be cast Clauda, we had much work to upon a certain island. come by the boat;

27 But when the fourteenth 17 Which when they had night was come, as we were taken up, they used helps, driven up and down in Adria, undergirding the ship; and about midnight the shipmen fearing lest they should fall deemed that they drew near to into the quicksands, strake sail, some country: and so were driven.

28 And sounded, and found 18 And being exceedingly it twenty fathoms : and when tossed with a tempest, the they had gone a little further, next day they lightened the they sounded again, and found ship;

it fifteen fathoms.
i9 And the third day we 29 Then fearing lest we


He foretelleth a shipwreck,

which is verified by the event. should have fallen upon rocks, they knew not the land: but they cast four anchors out of the they discovered a certain creek stern, and wished for the day. with a shore, into the which

30 And as the shipmen were they were minded, if it were about to flee out of the ship, possible, to thrust in the ship. when they had let down the 40 And when they had taken boat into the sea, under colour up the anchors, they committed as though they would have cast themselves unto the sea, and anchors out of the foreship, loosed the rudder-bands, and

31 Paul said to the centurion hoised up the main-sail to the and to the soldiers, Except these wind, and made toward shore. abide in the ship, ye cannot be 41 And falling into a place saved.

where two seas met, they ran 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ship aground; and the fore the ropes of the boat, and let part stuck fast, and remained her fall off.

unmoveable, but the hinder part 33 And while the day was was broken with the violence of coming on, Paul besought them the waves. all to take meat, saying, This 42 And the soldiers' counsel day is the fourteenth day that was to kill the prisoners, lest ye have tarried, and continued any of them should swim out, fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I pray you to

43 But the centurion, willing take some meat; for this is for to save Paul, kept them from your health : for there shall not their purpose; and commanded an hair fall from the head of that they which could swim any of you.

should cast themselves first into 35 And when he had thus the sea, and get to land : spoken, he took bread, and gave

44 And the rest, some on thanks to God in presence of boards, and some on broken them all: and when he had pieces of the ship. And so it broken it, he began to eat. came to pass, that they escaped

36 Then were they all of all safe to land. good cheer, and they also took

CHAP. XXVIII. some meat.

Paul shipwrecked at Melita. 37 And we were in all in the


ND when they were esship, two hundred threescore caped, then they knew and sixteen souls.

that the island was called Me38 And when they had eaten lita. enough, they lightened the ship, 2 And the barbarous people and cast out the wheat into the shewed us no little kindness:

for they kindled a fire, and re39 And when it was day, I ceived us every one, because of

and escape.


Paul leaves Melita,


and arrives at Rome, the present rain, and because of with such things as were nethe cold.

cessary 3 And when Paul had ga- 11 And after three months thered a bundle of sticks, and we departed in a ship of Alexlaid them on the fire, there came andria, which had wintered in a viper out of the heat, and the isle, whose sign was Castor fastened on his hand.

and Pollux. 4 And when the barbarians 12 And landing at Syracuse, saw the venomous beast hang we tarried there three days. on his hand, they said among, 13 And from thence we themselves, No doubt this man fetched a compass, and came to is a murderer, whom, though Rhegium : and after one day he hath escaped the sea, yet the south wind blew, and we vengeance suffereth not to live.

came the next day to Puteoli: 5 And he shook off the beast 14 Where we found brethren, into the fire, and felt no harm. and were desired to tarry with

6 Howbeit they looked when them seven days: and so we he should have swollen, or went toward Rome. fallen down dead suddenly: but 15 And from thence, when after they had looked a great the brethren heard of us, they while, and saw no harm come came to meet us as far as Appii to him, they changed their Forum, and the Three Taverns : minds, and said that he was whom when Paul saw, he thanka god.

ed God, and took courage. 7 In the same quarters were 16 And when we came to possessions of the chief man of Rome, the centurion delivered the island, whose name was the prisoners to the captain of . Publius ; who received us, and the guard : but Paul was suflodged us three days cour- fered to dwell by himself, with teously.

a soldier that kept him. 8 And it came to pass, that 17 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of after three days Paul called the a fever, and of a bloody flux: chief of the Jews together : and to whom Paul entered in, and when they were come together, prayed, and laid his hands on he said unto them, Men and 3 him, and healed him.

brethren, though I have com9 So when this was done, mitted nothing against the peoothers also, which had diseases ple, or customs of our fathers, in the island, came, and were yet was I delivered prisoner from healed :

Jerusalem into the hands of the 10 Who also honoured us Romans : with many honours; and when 18 Who, when they had exwe departed, they laded us | amined me, would have let me


tvhere he preaches

for two whole years. go, because there was no cause not among themselves, they deof death in me.

parted, after that Paul had 19 But when the Jews spake spoken one word ; Well spake against it, I was constrained to the Holy Ghost by Esaias the appeal unto Cesar ; not that I prophet unto our fathers, had ought to accuse my nation 26 Saying, Go unto this of.

people, and say, Hearing ye 20 For this cause therefore shall hear, and shall not underhave I called for you, to see stand; and seeing ye shall see, you, and to speak with you: and not perceive: because that for the hope of Is- 27 For the heart of this peorael I am bound with this chain. ple is waxed gross, and their ears

21 And they said unto him, are dull of hearing, and their We neither received letters out eyes have they closed; lest they of Judea concerning thee, nei- should see with their eyes, and ther any of the brethren that hear with their ears, and undercame, shewed, or spake any stand with their heart, and harm of thee.

should be converted, and I 22 But we desire to hear of should heal them. thee what thou thinkest: for as 28 Be it known therefore concerning this sect, we know unto you, that the salvation of that every where it is spoken God is sent unto the Gentiles, against.

and that they will hear it. 23 And when they had ap- 29 And when he had said pointed him a day, there came these words, the Jews departed, many to him into his lodging; and had great reasoning among to whom he expounded and themselves. testified the kingdom of God, 30

30 And Paul dwelt two persuading them concerning whole years in his own hired Jesus, both out of the law of house, and received all that Moses, and out of the prophets, came in unto him, from morning till evening, 31 Preaching the kingdom

24 And some believed the of God, and teaching those things which were spoken, and things which concern the Lord some believed not.

Jesus Christ, with all confidence, 25 And when they agreed | no man forbidding him.

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