1611 King James Bible

Acts 23

As Paul pleadeth his cause,

Acts 23:1 And Paul earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I haue liued in all good conscience before God vntill this day.

Ananias conmmandeth them to smite him.

Acts 23:2 And the high Priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him, to smite him on the mouth. Acts 23:3 Then saith Paul vnto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to iudge mee after the Law, and commandest mee to be smitten contrary to the Law? Acts 23:4 And they that stood by, said, Reuilest thou Gods high Priest? Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that hee was the high Prist: For it is written, Thou shalt not speake euill of the ruler of thy people. Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceiued that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, hee cryed out in the Councill, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the sonne of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead, I am called in question.

Dissension among his accusers.

Acts 23:7 And when hee had so said, there arose a dissension betweene the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was diuided. Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither Angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confesse both. Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the Scribes that were of the Pharisees part arose, and stroue, saying, Wee finde no euill in this man: but if a spirit or an Angel hath spoken to him, let vs not fight against God. Acts 23:10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chiefe captaine fearing lest Paul should haue bene pulled in pieces of them, commanded the souldiers to goe downe, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

God encourageth him.

Acts 23:11 And the night folowing, the Lord stood by him, and saide, Bee of good cheere, Paul: for as thou hast testified of mee in Hierusalem, so must thou beare witnesse also at Rome. Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certaine of the Iewes banded together, and bound themselues vnder a curse, saying, that they would neither eate nor drinke till they had killed Paul. Acts 23:13 And they were more then fourtie which had made this conspiracie.

The Jews' laying wait for Paul,

Acts 23:14 And they came to the chiefe Priests and Elders, and said, Wee haue bound our selues vnder a great curse, that wee will eate nothing vntill wee haue slaine Paul. Acts 23:15 Now therefore ye with the Councill, signifie to the chiefe captaine that he bring him downe vnto you to morrow, as though yee would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or euer he come neere, are ready to kill him. Acts 23:16 And when Pauls sisters sonne heard of their laying in wait, hee went and entred into the castle, & told Paul. Acts 23:17 Then Paul called one of the Centurions vnto him, and said, Bring this yong man vnto the chiefe captaine: for he hath a certaine thing to tell him. Acts 23:18 So he took him, and brought him to the chiefe captaine, and said, Paul the prisoner called me vnto him, and praied mee to bring this yong man vnto thee, who hath something to say vnto thee. Acts 23:19 Then the chiefe captaine tooke him by the hand, and went with him aside priuately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

is declared unto the chief captain.

Acts 23:20 And he said, The Iewes haue agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring downe Paul to morrow into the Council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly. Acts 23:21 But do not thou yeeld vnto them: for there lie in wait for him of them moe then fourtie men, which haue bound themselues with an othe, that they will neither eate nor drinke, till they haue killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. Acts 23:22 So the chiefe captaine then let the yong man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man, that thou hast shewed these things to me. Acts 23:23 And he called vnto him two Centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred souldiers to goe to Cesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearemen two hundred, at the third houre of the night. Acts 23:24 And prouide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe vnto Felix the gouernour. Acts 23:25 And hee wrote a letter after this manner: Acts 23:26 Claudius Lysias, vnto the most excellent Gouernour Felix, sendeth greeting.

He sendeth him to Felix the governor.

Acts 23:27 This man was taken of the Iewes and should haue beene killed of them: Then came I with an armie, and rescued him, hauing vnderstood that he was a Romane. Acts 23:28 And when I would haue knowen the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him foorth into their Council. Acts 23:29 Whom I perceiued to be accused of questions of their lawe, but to haue nothing laide to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. Acts 23:30 And when it was tolde me, how that the Iewes laid waite for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gaue commandement to his accusers also, to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell. Acts 23:31 Then the souldiers, as it was commaunded them, tooke Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. Acts 23:32 On the morow, they left the horsemen to goe with him, and returned to the castle. Acts 23:33 Who when they came to Cesarea, and deliuered the Epistle to the gouernour, presented Paul also before him. Acts 23:34 And when the gouernour had read [the letter], he asked of what prouince he was. And when he vnderstood that he was of Cilicia: Acts 23:35 I will heare thee, said hee, when thine accusers are also come. And hee commanded him to be kept in Herods iudgement hall.

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