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they all brought us on our journey, with wives and children, till we were out of the

city : and we kneeled down on the shore, and 6 prayed.

And when we had saluted one another, we took ship ; and they returned 7 home. And when we had finished the voyage

from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted

the brethren, and abode with them one day. 8 And the next day we (who were of Paul's

company). departed, and came to Cæsarea ; and we entered into the house of Philip the

Evangelist (who was one of the seven deacons) 9 and abocle with him. And the same man had 10 four virgin daughters, who prophesied. And

as we continued there many days, there came

down from Judea a certain prophet named 11 Agabus; and when he was come unto us, he

took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man

who owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him 12 into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we

heard these things, both we, and the disciples

of that place, besought him not to go up to 13 Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean

ye to weep, and to break my heart ? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to

die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord 14 Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded,

we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be 15 done. And after those days we commenced 16 our journey, and went up to Jerusalem. And

there went with us also some of the disciples from Cæsarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom 17 we should lodge. And when we were come

to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18 And the day following Paul went in with us

unto James ; and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared

particularly what things God had wrought 20 among the Gentiles by his ministry. And

when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how

many thousands of Jews there are who believe ; 21 and they are all zealous for the law.* And

they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses ; saying, that they ought not

to circumcise their children, neither to walk 22 after the customs.t What then is to be done?

The multitude must needs come together : 23 for they will hear that thou art come. Now

do this which we say to thee: we have four 24 men who have a vow on them : Them take,

and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads ; and all will know, that those things whereof they were informed concerning thee are noth

ing, but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, 25 and keepest the law. But as to the Gentiles

who believe, we have written and concluded, that they observe no such thing, I save only

* It was very difficult for the Jews to divest themselves of their attachment to the ceremonies of the law of Moses, in which they had been educated. † The other customs and ceremonies of the Mosaic ritual.

As circumcision, or any other Jewish ceremony.

that they keep themselves from things offered

to idols, and from blood, and from things 26 strangled, and from fornication. Then Paul

took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them, entered into the temple to signify the accomplishment of the days of

purification, until an offering should be made, 27 for every one of them.* And when the seven

day's were almost ended, the Jews. who were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple,

stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, 23 crying out, Men of Israel, help. This is the

man who teacheih all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place; and

hath also brought Greeks into the temple : and 29 hath polluted this holy place. (For they had

before seen avith him in the city, Trophimus

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

was in a tumult, and the people ran together ; and they took Paul, and drew him out of the

temple : and immediately the doors were shut. 31 And as they were seeking to kill him, it was

reported to the clief captain of the band, that 32 all Jerusalem was in an uproar; who im

mediately took soldiers, and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the

chief captain, and the soldiers, they ceased 33 from beating Paul. Then the chief captain


* It was in this way that Paul became all things to all

He was rearly to comply with the rites of the Mosaic law at the request of his countrymen, the Jews : Yet, he would not require the Gentile converts to observe them,

came near, and took him, and commanded him

to be bound with two chains, and inquired 34 who he was, and what he had done. And

some of the multitude cried one thing, and some another; and when he could not know

the certainty for the tumult, he commanded 35 him to be carried into the castle. And when

he came upon the stairs, so it was that he was

borne of the soldiers, for the violence of the 36 people. For the multitude of the people

followed after, crying, Away with him. 37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle,

he said unto the chief captain, May I speak

unto thee ? Who said, Canst thou speak 38 Greek ? Art thou not that Egyptian, who

before these days madest an uproar, and led

dest out into the wilderness four thousand 39 men who were murderers ? But Paul said,

I am a Jew of the city of Tarsus, of Ci. licia, a citizen of no' mean city : and I be

seech thee, suffer me to speak unto the peo40 ple. And when he had given him leave; Paul

stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,


1 MEN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my 2 defence which I make now unto you. (And

when they heard him speaking to them in the Hebrew language, they were the more silent : 3 and he saith) I am indecda Jew, born in Tarsus, a

city of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the fect of Gamaliel,* and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and

was zealous towards God, as ye all are this day. 4. And I persecuted this sect unto death, binding

and delivering into prisons both men and wo5 men ; as the high priest and all the elders

will witness for me : from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to

Damascus, to bring them who were there 6 bound unto Jerusalem, to be punished : and it

came to pass, that as I made my journey, and was come near to Damascus, about noon,

suddenly there shone from heaven a great light 7 round about me. And I fell to the ground,

and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul; 8 why persecutest thou me? And I answered,

Who art thou, Lord ? And he said unto me, I

am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecut9 est. And they who were with me saw indeed

the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the 10 voice of bim who spake to me.t And I said,

What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise and go to Damascus, and there you shall be informed concerning all things which are required of thee to do.

* This is a very candid statement of the apostle; and must have convinced the Jews of his sincerity.

+ They unierstool not the words. For it appear by chap. ix. 7, that they heard the voice or sound.

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