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to give you an inheritance among all those that are sancti. 33 fied. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or appa34 rel. Ye yourselves know that these hands have ministered 35 to my necessities, and to those that were with me. I have

shewn you in all things, that by so labouring ye ought to assist the infirm, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he said, " It is more happy to give than to

receive.'36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and 37 prayed with them all. And they all wept much, and fell 38 on Paul's neck, and kissed him ; sorrowing most for the

words which he had spoken, that they were to see his face

no more. And they conducted him on his way to the ship. Chi xxI. And it came to pass that, after we had separated

ourselves from them, and had sailed, we came with a

straight course to Coos, and the day following to Rhodes, 2 and thence to Patara. And having found a ship sailing 3 over to Phenicia, we went on board, and loosed. Now

when we had discovered Cyprus, and had passed by it

on the left hand, we sailed into Syria, and landed at 4 Tyre ; for there the ship was to unload her burthen. And

having met with disciples, we remained there seven days:

and these said to Paul by the spirit, that he should not 5 go up to Jerusalem. And when we had completed those

days, we went out and departed", and they all conducted us on our way, with their wives and children, till we were

out of the city : and we kneeled down on the shore, and 6 prayed. And when we had taken leave of one another,

we went into the ship ; and they returned to their home. 7 And when we had finished our course, from Tyre we

came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and re8 mained with them one day : and on the morrow we † de

parted, and came to Cæsarea ; and we entered into the house of Philip the Evangelist, that was one of the seven

* we departed on our way, Wakefield.
+ we that were of Paul's company, R. T.

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9 deacons, and remained with him. And this man had four

daughters, virgins, who prophesied. 10 And as we continued there many days, a certain pro11 phet, named Agabus, came down from Judea : and when

he came to us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, “ Thus saith the holy spirit :

So the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man that owneth this girdle, and will deliver him into the hands of the gen12 tiles.' And when we heard these things, both we, and

those of that place, besought him not to go up to Jeru13 salem. Then Paul answered, “ What mean ye by weep

ing and breaking mine heart? for I am ready not to be

bound only, but to die also, at Jerusalem, for the name 14 of the Lord Jesus.” And when he would not be per

suaded, we ceased; saying, “ The will of the Lord* be

done." 15 And after those days we took our baggage, and went 16 up to Jerusalem. Some disciples also of Cæsarea went

with us; bringing with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an 17 early disciple, with whom we might lodge. And, when

we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us 18 gladly. And the day following Paul went in with us to 19 James ; and all the elders were present. And when he

had greeted them, he declared particularly what things

God had wrought among the gentiles by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified Godt, and said

unto Paulf, “ Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of

Jews there are who believe ; and they are all zealous of 21 the law. And they have been informed concerning thee,

that thou teachest all the Jews that are among the gentiles, to forsake Moses ; saying that they ought not to cir

cumcise their children, nor to walk according to our 22 customsll. What therefore should be done? The mul

• Or, of God. 2 MSS. 2 Verss. N, m.

† the Lord, N, See Griesbach. him, N. See Wakefield. 1 Or, the customs of our fathers. See Symonds, p. 136.

titude must needs assemble : for they will hear that thou 23 art come. Do therefore what we say to thee : We have 24 four men that have a vow on them : take them and purify

thyself with them, and be at expense for them, that they may shave their heads, and all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning thee are nothing,

but that thou thyself also walkest in the observance of the 25 law. But concerning the gentiles who believe, we have

already written and determined, [that they observe no such thing ; but] that they only keep themselves from

what is offered to idols, and from blood, and from things 26 strangled, and from fornication.” Then Paul took the

men, and the next day purified himself with them, and entered into the temple, declaring what would be the end of the days of purification ; till an offering were made for

every one of them. 27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews

that were of Asia, when they saw Paul in the temple, stirred

up all the multitude, and laid their hands on him, 28 crying out, “ Men of Israel, help. This is the man

who teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place : and, further, hath brought gen

tiles also into the temple ; and hath polluted this holy 29 place.” (For they had before seen with him in the city

Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul 30 had brought into the temple.) And all the city was

moved, and the people ran together; and they seized

Paul, and dragged him out of the temple : and imme31 diately the doors were shut. And as they sought to kill

him, a report came to the commander of the band, that 32 all Jerusalem was in confusion : who immediately took

soldiers, and centurions, and ran down unto them : and

when they saw the commander, and the soldiers, they 33 ceased from beating Paul. Then the commander came

near, and seized him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains ; and inquired who he was, and what he had 34 done. And some cried one thing, and some another,

among the multitude : and when he could not know the

certainty for the tumult, he ordered Paul to be taken into 35 the castle.

And when Paul came upon the steps, it hap· pened that he was carried by the soldiers, for the violence 36 of the people ; for the multitude of the people followed,

crying out, “ Destroy him.” 37 And as Paul was about to be taken into the castle, he

saith to the commander, “ May I speak to thee?” Who 38 said, “ Canst thou speak Greek ? Art thou not that

Egyptian, who formerly madest a disturbance, and led

dest out into the desert four thousand men that were 39 assassins ?” But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus, a

city of Cilicia ; a citizen of no mean city : and I beseech 40 thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.” And when

the commander had suffered him, Paul stood on the steps, and beckoned with his hand to the people. And when a great silence was made, he spake to them in the Hebrew

tongue, saying, CH. XXII. “ Brethren, and fathers, hear my defence which I 2 make now unto you.” (And when they heard that he

spake to them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the greater 3 silence : and he saith,) “ I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a

city of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, being instructed at the feet of Gamaliel according to the exactness

of the law of our fathers, and being zealous toward God, 4 as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this religion

unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men 5 and women. As the high-priest also can bear me wit

ness, and the whole body of the elders : from whom I received letters also unto the brethren, and went to Da

mascus, to bring bound unto Jerusalem those also that 6 were there, that they might be punished. But it came

to pass that, as I journeyed, and came near to Damascus,

about noon, a great light from heaven suddenly shone 7 round about me. And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou 8 me ?' And I answered, "Who art thou, Sir ?' And 9 he said unto me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou

persecutest. And those that were with me saw indeed

the light, (and were afraid ;] but heard not the words 10 of him who spake to me. Then I said, "What shall I

do, Sir ?' And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go

into Damascus ; and there it shall be told thee of all 11 which is appointed for thee to do.' And when I could

not see, because of the glory of that light ; I came into

Damascus, led by the hand of those that were with me. 12 And one Ananias, a religious man according to the law,

having a good report from all the Jews who dwelt there, 13 came to me, and od, and said unto me, 'Brother Saul,

recover thy sight.' And, at that very time, I looked up 14 on him. Then he said, "The God of our fathers hath

appointed thee to know his will, and to see that Righteous 15 One, and to hear the words of his mouth ; for thou shalt

be his witness to all men, of what thou hast seen and 16 heard. And now, why delayest thou ? arise, and be

baptized, and wash away thy sins, taking upon thyself his 17 name*, And it came to pass when I returned to Jeru

salem, and while I was praying in the temple, that I 18 was in a trance : and saw Jesus saying unto me, Make

haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem : for they will 19 not receive thy testimony concerning me.' Then I said,

Lord; they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every 20 synagogue, those who believed on thee. And when the

blood of thy witness (Stephen) was shed, I also stood by,

and consentedt, and kept the mantles of those who killed 21 him. Then Jesus said unto me, Depart ; for I will

send thee hence far off to the gentiles.'” 22

And they gave him an hearing to these words, and

* Or, the name of the Lord. Some MSS. and Verss. N. m. baving called on his name. N. See Wakefield.

+ consented to his death, R. T. and , Sce Griesbach, 2d edit.

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