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Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the mor- 17 row I sat on the judgment-seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth; against whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought none 18 accusation of such things as I supposed : but had certain questions against 19 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 20 questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters. But when Paul had appealed to be reserved 21 unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Cesar. Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear 22 the man myself. To-morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

orth. And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Ber- 23 Paul, bronght fort makes his defence' nice, with great pomp, and was entered into the palace betore Agrippa.

of hearing, with the chief captains and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth. And Festus 24 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 25 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. 26 Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that after examination had, I might have somewhat to write. For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not 27 withal to signify the crimes laid against him.

THEN Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. 26 Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: 'I think 2 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 : especially, because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions 3 which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me pa- . tiently. My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among 4 mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, 'which knew me from 5 the beginning, (if they would testify,) that after the most straitest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand, and am judged for 6 the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers : unto which an 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 8 raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many 9 things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also 10 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 11 synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Where- 12 upon, as I went to Damascus, with authority and commission from the chief. priests, ' at mid-day, O king, I saw in the way a light from 13 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 14 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 15 whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet : for I have 16 appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a wit

ness 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 17 from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 'to open their eyes, and 18 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, O king 19 Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but showed first 20 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 21 caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having therefore 22 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 23 be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

Festus interrupts And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a 24 him. Agrippa inoved. loud voice, Paul! thou art beside thyself! much learning They acquit Paul, yet determine to' doth make thee mad! But he said, I am not mad, most 25 send him to Cesar. noble Festus ; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I 26 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, be- 27 lievest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then A grippa 28 said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul 29 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 30 Bernice, and they that sat with them : and when they were gone aside, 31 they talked between themselves, saying,. This man doeth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds. Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might 32 have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cesar. Paul, as a prisoner, AND when it was determined, that we should sail 27 sets out for Roine.

Raine..into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisonLuke and Aristarchus

accompany him. ers unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. They arrive at Myra in Lycia, and thence And entering into a ship of Adramytium, we launched, 2

sail to the Fair meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia, one Aristarchus, a Havens in Crete, where Paul advises Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. And the 3

them to winter. next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because 4 the winds were contrary. And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia 5 and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. And there the 6 centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were 7 come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone : and hardly passing it, came unto a place 8 which is called, The Fair Havens ; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. Now, when much time was spent, and when sailing was now 9 dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, ' and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with 10 hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless, the centurion believed the master and the owner of 11 the ship more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

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And because the haven was not commodious to winter 12 They sail for Phenice, but are encoun- in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any tered by a tein pest.

est means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; Paul gives them encouragement. The which is a haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south

ship, at full sail, strikes ona sand- west and north-west. And when the south wind 13 bank and is wrecked. blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their pur

All escape to land, which thuy find 10 pose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. But 14

be Malta. not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not 15 bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain 16 island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the 17 ship; and fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.' And we being exceedingly tossed with a tem- 18 pest, the next day they lightened the ship; and the third day we cast out 19 with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor 20 stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. But after long ab- 21 stinence, Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for 22 there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For 23 there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 'saying, Fear not, Paul ; thou must be brought before Cesar : and 24 lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, 25 be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. 'Howbeit, we must be cast upon a certain island. But when the 26 fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country, I and sounded, and found it twenty fathoms : and when they had gone a 28 little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then 29 fearing lest they should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. And as the shipmen were about 30 to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 'Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers, Except these abide in 31 the ship, ye cannot be saved. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the 32 boat, and let her fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul 33 besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried, and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Where- 34 fore I pray you to take some meat; for this is for your health : for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you. And when he had thus 35 spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all ; and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good 36 cheer, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two 37 hundred threescore and sixteen souls. And when they had eaten enough, 38 they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea. And 39 when it was day, they knew not the land : but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. And when they had taken up the anchors, they com- 40 mitted themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder-bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a 41 place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the 42 prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. But the centu- 43 rion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that they which could swim, should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land, and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of 44 the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called 28 Melita.

. And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: 2 The people treat them kindly. Paul for they kindled a fire and received us every one, because

performs many miracles. They leave of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when 3 the island, and ar- Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the

rive at Puteoli; whence they travel fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on

· to Rome. his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous 4 beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no 5 harm. Howbeit, they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen 6 down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the 7 island, whose name was Publius ; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay 8 sick of a fever, and of a bloody-flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was 9 done, others also which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: who also honored us with many honors; and when we departed, they 10 laded us with such things as were necessary.

And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which 11 had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing 12 at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. And from thence we fetched a 13 compass, and came to Rhegium : and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: where we found brethren, and 14 were desired to tarry with them seven days : and so we went toward Rome. And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to 15 meet us as far as “Appii-forum,' and · The Three Taverns ;' whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

the And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered 16 Paul convokes the Jews, and addresses the prisoners to the captain of the guard : but Paul was

them. suffered to dwell by himself, with a soldier that kept him. And it came to pass, that after three days, Paul called the 'chief of the 17 Jews together. And when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans; who when they had examined 18 me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto 19 Cesar ; not that I had aught to accuse my nation of. For this cause 20 therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you : because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. And they said 21 unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came showed or spake any harm of thee. But we desire to hear of thee, what thou thinkest: for as concerning this 22 sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. And when they 23 had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging: to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were 24 spoken, and some believed not. And when they agreed not among 25 themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, saying, 26 “ Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand ; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive : for the heart of this 27 people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed ; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God 28 is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. And when he had 29 said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired 30 Rome two years, house, and received all that came in unto him, 'preaching 31

unmolested. the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding

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