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11 And when I could not see for the glory of that
light, being led by the hand of them who 12 were with me, I came into Damascus : And
one Ananias, a devout man according to the
law, who had a good character among all the 13 Jeivs who dweit there, came unto me, and
stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive
thy sight. And the same hour I looked up 14 upon him. And he said, The God of our
fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldst
know his will, and see that Just One, and 15 shouldst hear the voice of his mouth. For
thou shalt be his witness unto all men, of 16 what thou hast seen and heard. And now,
what wouldst thou? Arise, and be baptized,
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name 17 of the Lord. And it came to pass, that when
I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I 18 prayed in the temple, I was in a trance ; and
saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and go
quickly out of Jerusalem : for they will not 19 receive thy testimony concerning me.
And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned
and beat in every synagogue them who be20 lieved on thee. And when the blood of the
martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing
by, and consenting unto his death, and kept 21 the raiment of them who slew him. And he
said unto me, Depart : for I will send thee
far hence unto the Gentiles. 22 And they listened to him until this declara
tion, and then lifted up their voices, and said,
Away with such a fellow from the earth : for it 23 is not fit that he should live. And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust 24 into the air, * the chief captain commanded him
to be brought into the castle, and ordered that he should be examined by scourging; that he
might know for what cause they cried so 25 against him. And as they bound him with
thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood
by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a Roman 26 citizen uncondemned? When the centurion
heard that, he went and told the chief captain,
saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this 27 man is a Roman. Then the chief captaint
came and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a 28 Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief cap
tain answered, With a great sum I obtained · this freedom. And Paul said, I was born free. 29 Then they who would have examined him
immediately left him : and the chief captain
also was afraid, after he knew that he was a 30 Roman, because he had bound him. On the
next day, because he would know the certainty why he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all the Sanhedrimi to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
* The Jews could not endure the idea that Gentiles were to share in the blessings of the Messiah's kingdom. They were not only bigotted, but greatly mistaken in their interpretation of the prophecies respecting Christ.
+ Or tribune : The Romans then gave laws to the Jews, and their officers and armies were stationed in various parts of Judea.
# The chief priest and other ecclesiastical characters coustituted a court, called the Sanhedrim.
1 AND Paul looking attentively on the
Sanhedrim, said, Men and brethren, have
lived in all good conscience before God, until 2 this day.* And the high priest Ananias com
manded them who stood by him, to smite 3 him on the mouth. Thien Paul said unto him,
God shall smite thee, thou whited wall :t
and yet contrary to law dost command me to 4 be smitten? And they that stood by said, 5. Revilest thou God's high priest? Then said
Paul, I knew not, brethren, that he was the
high priest : for it is written, Thou shalt not 6 speak evil of the ruler of thy people. Now when
Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee : for the hope and
resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7 And when he had so said, there was a dissen
tion between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: 8 and the multitude was divided.
* Paul appears to have been sincere and concientious, even while he opposed Christianity. He says, he thought he was doing God service. He probably believed Jesus to be an Impostor. His error and fault lay in not examining more impartially as to the character and miracles of Christ.
t. Is it not probable Panl had reference here to the remark of Christ, who likened the Pharisees to writeit sepulchres ?
Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,
neither angel, nor spirit : but the Pharisees 9 confess both. * And there was a great clamour:
and the scribes who were of the sect of the Pharisees arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man : but if a spirit or an angel
hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God. 10 And when the contention became very great,
the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should be torn in pieces by them, commanded the sol. diers to go down, and to take him by force
from among them, and to bring him into the 11 castle. And the night following the Lord
stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul, for as thou hast testified of me at Jeru
salem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome, 12 And when it was day, some of the Jews
combined together, and bound themselves un.
der a curse, saying, that they would neither eat 13 nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they
were more than forty who had made this 14 conspiracy. And they came to the chief
priests and elders, and said, We have bound
ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat 15 nothing until we have slain Paul. Now there
fore ye with the council signify to the chief captain, that he bring him down unto you to-morrow, as though ye would inquire something more perfectly concerning him ;
and before he comes near, we will prepare to 16 kill him. And when Paul's sister's son heard
* See Mat. xxii. 23, where the same account is given of the Sadducees.
of their conspiracy, he went and entered into 17 the castle, and told Paul. Then Paul called
one of the centurions unto him, and said,
Bring this young man unto the chief captain; 18 for he hath something to tell him. So he
took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and asked me to bring this young man
unto thee, who hath something to say unto 19 thee. Then the chief captain took him by the
hand, and went aside privately, and asked him, 20 What is it thou hast to tell me? And he said,
The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldst bring down Paul to-morrow into
the council, as though they would inquire 21 something of him more particularly. But do
not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him more than forty of them, who have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink, till they have killed him :
and now they are ready, expecting a promise 22 from thee.* Then the chief captain "let the
young man depart, and charged him, saying, Tell no man that thou hast shewed these things
to me. 23 And he called unto him two centurions,
saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cæsarea, and horsemen threescore and
ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third 24 hour of the night ; and provide them beasts that they may set Paul on, and bring him
* That is, a promise to bring down Paul.