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against the temple, nor yet against Cæsar,-have I offended anything at all. But Festus,-(willing to do the Jews a pleasure,) answered Paul,—and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? Then said Paul.-I stand at Cæsar's judgment-seat, -where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, -as thou very well knowest. For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing-worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things (whereof these accuse me,) no man may-deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Cæsar. Then Festus, (when he had conferred with the council,)-answered, Hast thou appealed unto Cæsar ? unto Cæsar-shalt thou go.
And after certain days—King Agrippa and Bernice-came unto Cesareato salute Festus. And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man-left in bonds by Felix: about whom,-(when I was at Jerusalem,) the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me,—desiring to have judgment against him. To whom I answered,It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he—(which is accused)—have the accusers-face-to face,—and have license to answer for himself-concerning the crime laid against him. Therefore,—when they were come hither,—(without any delay)—on the morrow I sat on the judgment-seat,—and commanded the man to be brought forth. Against whom-when the accusers stood up,—they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed: but had certain questions against him-of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed—to be alive. And because I doubted of such manner of questions -I asked himwhether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters. But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Cæsar. Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To-morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
And on the morrow,—when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus's commandment Paul was brought forth. And Festus said,-King Agrippa, and all men—which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom—all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying—that he ought not to live any longer. But when I found—that he had committed nothing-worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus,-I have determined to send him. Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore, I have brought him forth before you, and specially-before thee, –0 King Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write. For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal—to signify the crimes—laid against him.
PAUL BEFORE AGRIPPA. ACT8 XXVI. Then Agrippa—said unto Paul,—Thou art permitted—to speak for thyself. Then-Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: I think myself happy, King Agrippa,- because I shall answer for myself this day before thee-touching all the things—whereof I am accused of the Jews: especiallybecause I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews :, wherefore, I beseech thee-to hear me patiently. My manner of life—from my youth, -(which was—at the first-among mine own nation at Jerusalem,) know all the Jews; which knew me from the beginning,—if they would testify,—that after the most straitest sect of our religion-I livedPharisee. And now-I stand—and am judged for the hope~of the promisemade of God unto our fathers: unto which promise—our twelve tribes, instantly serving God—day—and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake,-King Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be thought-a thing incredible with you, that God—should raise the dead? I verily thought-with myself,—that I ought to do many things-contrary to the name of Jesus—-of Nazareth. Which thing I also did—in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft—in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon- -as I went to Damascus with authority, and commission from the chief priests, at midday,-0 king,-I saw-in the way—a light from heaven, (above the brightness of the sun,) shining round about me—and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice-speaking unto me, and saying—in the Hebrew tongue,-Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee-to kick against the pricks. And I said,—Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus—whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister—and a witness—both of these things—which thou hast seen,--and of those things—in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes,--and to turn them from darkness—to light,-and from the power of Satan—unto God,—that they may receive forgiveness of sins,—and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith—that is in me. Whereupon,–0 King Agrippa, I was not disobedient—unto the heavenly vision: but showed first—unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes—the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having therefore-obtained help of God, I continue—unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses—did say should come: that Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people and to the Gentiles.
And as he thus spake for himself,— Festus said—with a loud voice,-Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning-doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things,-before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded—that none of these things--are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa,-believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa—said unto Paul,- Almost—thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Puul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost,—and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them: and .when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves,-saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death-or of bonds. Then said Agrippa—unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cæsar.
DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB. BYRON.
THE CONSTANCY OF THE JEWS IN CAPTIVITY. Psalm CXXXVII. By the rivers of Bab-y-lon, there—we sat down, -yea, -we wept, when we remembered Zion.
We hanged our harps—upon the willows—in the midst thereof.
For there—they (that carried us away captive) required of us a song; and they that wasted us-required of us mirth, saying, Sing us-one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we-sing the Lord's song—in a strange land ?
If I do not remember thee,- let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem-above my chief joy.
Remember,20 Lord,—the children of Edom—in the day of Jerusalem ;who said, Raze it, Raze it, even to the foundation thereof.
O daughter of Bab-y-lon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be that rewardeth thee' as thou hast served-us.
Happy shall he be, that taketh—and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
CONFIDENCE IN GOD'S CARE. PSALM XXIII.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down-in green pastures : he leadeth me-beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me-in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk-through the valley-of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me; thy rod—and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me—in the presence of mine enemics: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup-runneth over.
Surely-goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord-for ever.
GOD'S DOMINION IN THE WORLD. Psalu XXIV.
The earth—is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? or who shall stand-in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,—nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness—from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates ! and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord—mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King-of glory shall come in.
CHRISTMAS CAROL. E. H. SEARS.
It came-upon a midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
To touch their harps of gold :-
From heaven's all-gracious King ;"'-
To hear the angels-sing.
With peaceful wings unfurled ;
O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly—plains
They bend on hov'ring wing,
The blessed angels sing.
The world hath suffered long;
The love-song which they bring ;-
And hear the angels sing.
Whose forms are bending low,
With painful steps and slow,
Come swiftly on the wing ;-
And hear the angels sing.
By prophet bards foretold,
Comes round the age of gold;
over all the earth
Which now the angels sing.
AN EXHORTATION TO PRAISE GOD. PBALI XCVIII. Oh, sing unto the Lord—a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
The Lord hath made known his salvation : his righteousness hath he openly showed-in the sight of the heathen.
He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth-have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise-unto the Lord, all the earth : make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
With trumpets—and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord,--the King.
Let the sea-roar, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth : with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.