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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.f 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 thein, 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,$ save only * It was very difficult for the Jews to divest themselves of their attachment to the ceremouies 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

days 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, 28 crying out, Men of Israel, help. This is the

man who teacherh 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 with 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 chief 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 ready to comply with the rites of the Mosaie law at the request of his cointrymen, the Jews : Yet be 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 som 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 58 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 Cilicia, a citizen of no meán 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 indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus, a

city of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the feet 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 re. ceived 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,

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 him who spake to me. 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 understood not the words. For it appears by chap. ix. 7, that they heard the voice or sound.

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 che

law, who had a good character among all the 13 Jews who dwelt 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 be. 20 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

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