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cerning questions of their law; but to have no accusa- 30 tion worthy of death, or of bonds. And when it was discovered to me that the Jews were about to lie in wait for the man, I sent him straightway to thee, and commanded his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewel."

31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took

32 Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris: and on the morrow they returned to the castle, having left the

33 horsemen to go with him: who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, present

34 ed Paul also before him. And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province Paul was. And

35 when he understood that he was of Cilicia, "I will hear thee fully," said he, "when thine accusers also are come." And the governor commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgement-hall. .

Ch. Xxiv. And after five days, Ananias the high-priest went down to Casarea with the elders, and with a certain orator, named Tertullus; and these brought an accusation 2 before the governor against Paul. And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Since by thee we enjoy great quietness, and good deeds are done to this nation, by thy prudence, always, and in all 3 places; we accept them, most excellent Felix, with all

4 thankfulness. But that I may not trouble thee too far, I beseech thee to hear us, of thy goodness, a few words*.

5 For we have found this man a pestilent one, and a mover of insurrection among all the Jews throughout the world,

6 and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: who hath attempted to profane the temple also: whom we seized,

7 [and wished to judge according to our law : but the commander Lysias came upon us, and with great violence

8 took him away out of our hands, having commanded his

• Or, But that I may not any longer detain thce, I besecc h thce of thy goodness to hear us in tew words.

accusers to come unto thee:] and by examining him, thou thyself mayest gain knowledge of all those things where9 of we accuse him." And the Jews also assented, saying

10 that these things were so. Then Paul answered, the governor having beckoned unto him to speak, "Since I understand that thou hast been for many years a judge to this

11 nation, I the more cheerfully make my defence: it being in thy power to know that there are but twelve days since

12 I came up to worship at Jerusalem: and that the Jews neither found me in the temple disputing with any man; nor stirring up the people*, either in the synagogues, or

13 in the city: nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.

14 "But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of our fathers; believing all things which are written in the law and in

15 the prophets: and having hope toward God, which they themselves also admit, that there will be a resurrection [of

16 the dead], both of the righteous and unrighteous. And in this I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God and toward men.

17 "Now, after many years, I came to bring alms to my

18 nation, and offerings t- At which time certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple; but not with

19 a multitude, nor with tumult: who ought to have been here before thee, and to have accused me, if they had

20 any thing against me. Or let these themselves say what crime they found in me, while I stood before the council;

21 unless it be for this one declaration which I proclaimed standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am judged by you this day.'"

22 Then Felix deferred them f, and said, "Having obtained more exact knowledge of that religion; when Ly

* Or, nor eausing a tumultuous assembling of a multitude,
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t And when FelU heard these things he deferred them, R. T

sias the commander shall come down, I will determine

23 your matter." And he commanded a centurion that Paul should be kept, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of Paul's acquaintance to minister [or come near] unto him.

24 And after some days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, that was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him

25 concerning belief in Christ. And as he discoursed of justice, and temperance, and the judgement to come, Felix was struck with fear, and answered, " Depart for the present; and, when I have a convenient time, I will

26 send for thee." He hoped also at the same time that money would have been given him by Paul, [that he might loose him :] for which cause he sent for him

27 oftener, and conversed with him. But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wishing to gratify the Jews, left Paul bound.

Ch. xxv. Now Festus, three days after he came into the pro

2 vince*, went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem. Then the high-priest, and the chief of the Jews, brought an accu

3 sation before him against Paul, and besought him, desiring a favour concerning Paul, that Festus would send for him to Jerusalem; purposing to lie in wait, that they

4 might destroy him on the way. But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself

5 would shortly depart thither. "Let such, therefore, among you," saith he, "as can be accusers, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any thing

6 amiss in him." And when he had passed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and the next day sat on the judgement-seat, and

7 commanded Paul to be brought. And when he appeared, the Jews who had comet down from Jerusalem stood round about, and brought many and heavy accusations

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8 [against Paul], which they could not prove; while he made his defence, saying, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have

9 I offended in any thing." But Festus, wishing to gratify the Jews, answered Paul, and said, "Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, and there to be judged of these

10 things before me?" Then Paul said, "I stand at Caesar's judgement-seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews I have done no wrong, as thou also very well knowest.

11 For if I have done wrong, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be nothing true of the things whereof these accuse me, no man should give me up to gratify them. I appeal to

12 Caesar." Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "Hast thou appealed to Caesar? to Caesar thou shalt go."

13 And after some days, king Agrippa and Bernice came

14 to Caesarea to salute Festus. And when they had continued there many days, Festus related Paul's case to the king, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner

15 by Felix: concerning whom*, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief-priests and the elders of the Jews laid an in

16 formation, desiring judgement against him. To whom I answered, that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man [to death], before he that is accused have his accusers face to face, and have opportunity to make his defence concerning the crime laid to his charge.

17 When therefore they were come hither, without making any delay, I sat on the judgement-seat the day after, and

18 commanded the man to be brought: against whom when his accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of

19 such things as I supposed: but had against him some questions about their own religion, and about one Jesus

20 who died, but whom Paul affirmed to be alive. And be

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cause I was doubtful about an inquiry into such matters, I asked Paul whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem,

21 and there to be judged about these things. But when Paul had appealed to be reserved to the determination of the August Emfieror, I commanded him to be kept till I

22 could send him to Caesar." Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I myself also desire to hear the man." "Tomorrow," saith he, "thou shalt hear him."

23 On the morrow therefore, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and they had entered into the place of hearing, together with the commanders and principal men of the city; at the command of Festus Paul

24 was brought. Then Festus saith, "King Agrippa, and all that are here present with us, ye see this man, concerning whom * all the multitude of the Jews have applied to me, both at Jerusalem, and here also, crying

25 out that he ought not to live any longer. But I having found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and he himself having appealed to the August Emfieror,

26 I have determined to send [him]. Of whom I have nothing certain to write to our Sovereign. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before thee, king Agrippa, that, after examination, I may t

27 have somewhat to write. For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to signify the charges also made against him."

Ch. Xxvi. Upon this Agrippa said to Paul, "Thou art permitted to speak for thyself." Then Paul stretched forth his hand, and made his defence:

2 "I think myself happy, king Agrippa, that I shall make my defence this day before thee, concerning all the

3 things of which I am accused by the Jews: because thou very well knowest all the customs and questions which are among the Jews. Wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

• about whom, N. t mighii K.

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