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ihen lifted up their voices, saying, “ Destroy such a man

from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.23 And as they cried out, and cast off their mantles, and 24 threw dust into the air; the commander ordered that

he should be taken into the castle, and bade that he should

be examined by scourging ; that he might know for 25 what cause they cried so against him. And as they pre

pared him for the scourge*, Paul said to the centurion

who stood by, “ Is it lawful for you to scourge one that 26 is a Roman citizen, and uncondemned ?” And when the

centurion heard this, he went and told the commander,

saying, “ What art thou about to dot? for this man is a 27 Roman citizen." Then the commander came near, and

said to Paul; “ Tell me, Art thou a Roman citizen ?28 And he said, “ Yes.” And the commander answered, 29 “ With a great sum I obtained this citizenship.” And

Paul said, “ But I was 'free-born." Then those who were about to examine him by scourging, immediately left him: and the commander also was afraid when he knew that Paul was a Roman citizen, and that he had

bound him. 30

And on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty why Paul was accused by the Jews, he loosed him from his chain, and commanded the chief-priests and all the

councilf to assemble, and brought Paul down, and set CH. him before them. And when Paul had earnestly looked

on the council, he said, “ Brethren, I have always con

ducted myself with a good conscience before God, even 2 to this day.” And the high-priest Ananias commanded

those who stood by him, to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said unto him, “ God will smite thee, thou

whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me according to

the law, and yet commandest me to be smitten contrary 4 to the law ?" And those who stood by, said, “ Revilest 5 thou God's high-priest?” Then Paul said, “ I knew not, brethren, that he was the high-priest : for it is written,

Gr. Or, stretched him forward for the thongs, N. m. + take heed what thou doest, R. T.

| their council, R, T.

• Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people."" 6 And when Paul perceived that the one part were Sad

ducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “ Brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees * :

concerning the hope and the resurrection of the dead I 7 am now judged.” And when he had said this, a dissen

sion arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees : and 8 the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that

there is no resurrection, nor angel or spirit; but the 9 Pharisees confess both. And there was a great cry: and

the scribes that were on the part of the Pharisees arose

and strove, saying, “ We find no evil in this man : but if a 10 spirit or an angel have spoken to him, it is well t.And

when there was a great disturbance, the commander feared lest Paul would be torn in pieces by them; and commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by

force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and

said, “ Take courage, [Paul :) for as thou hast testified the things concerning me at Jerusalem, so must thou

testify at Rome also.” 12 And when it was day, the Jews † combined together,

and bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they

would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 And there were more than forty that had made this con14 spiracy. And they came near to the chief-priests and

the elders, and said, “ We have bound ourselves under a

great curse, that we will taste nothing until we have kill15 ed Paul. Now therefore ye and the council signify to

the commander, that he bring Paul down unto you (on the morrow], as if ye would inquire more exactly into the things concerning him : and we, before he come near you, will be ready to destroy him.” * Some read," of a Pharisee," Newcome. of Let us not fight against God, R. T. These words are wanting in the best copies See a like aposiopesis Matt. IV. 6; Luke xiii. 9. See Newcome and Griesbach.

some of the Jews, R. T.

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And when the son of Paul's sister heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told 17 Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions to him,

and said, “Bring this young man to the commander : 18 for he hath somewhat to tell him.” So the centurion took

him, and brought him to the commander, and saith, “ Paul the prisoner called me to him, and desired me to

bring this young man to thee, who hath somewhat to 19 say unto thee.” Then the commander took him by the

hand, and went aside with him privately, and asked him, 20 “ What is it, which thou hast to tell me?” And he said,

“ The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring down Paul to-morrow into the council, as if they

would more exactly inquire somewhat concerning him. 21 But do not thou yield to them : for more than forty men

of them lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse, that they will neither eat nor drink until

they have destroyed him : and they are now ready, look22 ing for a promise from thee.” So the commander let the

young man depart, and charged him, Take care to in

form no man that thou has declared these things to me.” 23 Then he called unto him two centurions, and said,

“Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cæsarea, and

seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the 24 third hour of the night : and provide them beasts, that

they may set Paul on one of them, and convey him safe 25 to Felix the governor.” And he wrote a letter after this 26 manner:“Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor 27 Felix sendeth greeting. I came up with the* soldiers,

and rescued this man, who had been seized by the Jews,

and was about to be destroyed by them. Having under28 stood that he was a Roman citizen, and desiring to know

the cause why they accused him, I brought him down 29 into their council : whom I perceived to be accused concerning questions of their law; but to have no accusa30 tion worthy of death, or of bonds. And when it was

a band of soldiers, N. See bishop Pearce.

discovered to me that the Jews were about to lie in wait for the man, I sent him straightway to thee, and commanded his accusers also to say before thee what they had

against him. Farewel." 31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took 32 Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris : and on

the morrow they returned to the castle, having left the 33 horsemen to go with him: who, when they came to

Cæsarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, present. 34 ed Paul also before him. And when the governor had

read the letter, he asked of what province Paul was. And 35 when he understood that he was of Cilicia, “ I will hear

thee fully," said he, “ when thine accusers also are come.' And the governor commanded him to be kept in Herod's

judgement-hall. Ch. xxiv. And after five days, Ananias the high-priest went

down to Casarea with the elders, and with a certain

orator, named Tertullus; and these brought an accusation 2 before the governor against Paul. And when he was

called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, “ Since by thee we enjoy great quietness, and good deeds are

done to this nation, by thy prudence, always, and in all 3 places ; we accept them, most excellent Felix, with all 4 thankfulness. But that I may not trouble thee too far, I

beseech thee to hear us, of thy goodness, a few words*. 5 For we have found this man a pestilent one, and a mover

of insurrection among all the Jews throughout the world, 6 and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes : who hath

attempted to profane the temple also : whom we seized, 7 [and wished to judge according to our law : but the com

mander Lysias came upon us, and with great violence 8 took him away out of our hands, having commanded his

* Or, But that I may not any longer detain thee, I bescecha thee of thy goodness to hear us in few words.

accusers to come unto thee :) and by examining him, thou

thyself mayest gain knowledge of all those things where9 of we accuse him.” And the Jews also assented, saying 10 that these things were so. Then Paul answered, the gover

nor having beckoned unto him to speak, “ Since I under

stand that thou hast been for many years a judge to this 11 nation, I the more cheerfully make my defence : it being

in thy power to know that there are but twelve days since 12 I came up to worship at Jerusalem: and that the Jews

neither found me in the temple disputing with any man;

nor stirring up the people*, either in the synagogues, or 13 in the city : nor can they prove the things of which they

now accuse me. 14 “ But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which

they call a sect, so I worship the God of our fathers;

believing all things which are written in the law and in 15 the prophets : and having hope toward God, which they

themselves also admit, that there will be a resurrection (of 16 the dead], both of the righteous and unrighteous. And

in this I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void

of offence toward God and toward men. 17 “ Now, after many years, I came to bring alms to my 18 nation, and offerings t. At which time certain Jews

from Asia found me purified in the temple; but not with 19 a multitude, nor with tumult : who ought to have been

here before thee, and to have accused me, if they had 20 any thing against me. Or let these themselves say what

crime they found in me, while I stood before the council ; 21 unless it be for this one declaration which I proclaimed

standing among them, Concerning the resurrection of

the dead I am judged by you this day.' 22 Then Felix deferred them , and said, “ Having ob

tained more exact knowledge of that religion; when Ly.

Or, nor causing a tumultuous assembling of a multitude. + and to make mine offerings, N.

And when Felix heard these things he deferred them, R. T.

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