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Acts 21

Paul will not by any means be dissuaded from going to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:1 And when it came to passe that we had lauched forth, and were departed from them, we came with a straight course vnto Choos, and the day folowyng vnto the Rhodes, and from thence vnto Patara. Acts 21:2 And when we had gotten a shippe that woulde sayle vnto Phenice, we went aboorde, and set foorth. Acts 21:3 Nowe when Cyprus began to appeare vnto vs, we left it on the left hande, and sayled into Syria, and came vnto Tyre: For there the shippe vnladed the burthen. Acts 21:4 And when we had founde disciples, we taryed there seuen dayes: who said to Paule through the spirite, that he shoulde not go vp to Hierusalem. Acts 21:5 And when the dayes were ended, we departed, and went our way, and they all brought vs on our way, with wyues and chyldren, tyll we were come out of the citie. And we kneeled downe in the shore, and prayed. Acts 21:6 And whe we had taken our leaue one of another, we toke shippe, and they returned home agayne. Acts 21:7 When we had full ended the course from Tyre, we went downe to Ptolomaida, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. Acts 21:8 And the next daye, they that were of Paules companie departed, and came vnto Cesarea: And we entred into the house of Philip the Euangelist (which was one of the seuen) and abode with hym.

Philip's daughters prophetesses.

Acts 21:9 And the same man had foure daughters, virgins, which dyd prophesie. Acts 21:10 And as we taryed there a good many of dayes, there came a certaine prophete from Iurie, named Agabus. Acts 21:11 And when he was come vnto vs, he toke Paules girdle, & bounde his owne handes and feete, & sayde: Thus sayth the holy ghost, so shall the Iewes at Hierusalem bynde the man that oweth this girdle, and shall delyuer hym into the handes of the gentiles. Acts 21:12 And when we hearde these thynges, both we and other whiche were of the same place, besought him that he would not go vp to Hierusalem. Acts 21:13 Then Paule aunswered: What do ye weepyng and vexyng myne heart? For I am redy, not to be bounde only, but also to dye at Hierusalem for the name of the Lorde Iesu. Acts 21:14 And when we coulde not turne his mynde, we ceassed, saying: the wyll of the Lorde be fulfylled. Acts 21:15 And after those dayes, we toke vp our burthens, and went vp to Hierusalem. Acts 21:16 There went with vs also [certayne] of the disciples of Cesarea, & brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an olde disciple, with whom we shoulde lodge.

Paul cometh to Jerusalem:

Acts 21:17 And when we were come to Hierusalem, the brethren receaued vs gladly. Acts 21:18 And on the morowe, Paule went in with vs vnto Iames, and all the elders came together. Acts 21:19 And when he had saluted them, he tolde by order all thinges that God had wrought among the gentiles by his ministerie. Acts 21:20 And when they hearde it, they glorified the Lorde, & sayde vnto hym: Thou seest brother, howe many thousande Iewes there are which beleue, & they are all earnest folowers of the lawe. Acts 21:21 And they are infourmed of thee, that thou teachest all the Iewes whiche are among the Gentiles to forsake Moyses, and sayest that they ought not to circucise their chyldren, neither to walke after the customes. Acts 21:22 What is it therefore? The multitude must needes come together: For they shall heare that thou art come. Acts 21:23 Do therfore this that we saye to thee. We haue foure men, which haue a vow on them: Acts 21:24 Them take, & purifie thy selfe with them, and do coste on them, that they may shaue their heades: And all shall knowe, that those thynges whiche they haue hearde concernyng thee, are nothyng, but that thou thy selfe also walkest and kepest the lawe. Acts 21:25 As touchyng the Gentiles which beleue, we haue written and concluded, that they obserue no suche thyng, saue only that they kepe them selues from thynges offered to idoles, & from blood, and from strangled, & from fornication. Acts 21:26 Then Paul toke the men, and the next day purifiyng hym selfe with them, entred into the temple, declaryng the accomplishement of the dayes of the purification, vntyll that an offeryng should be offered for euery one of them.

where he is apprehended, and in great danger,

Acts 21:27 And when the seuen dayes were almost ended, the Iewes which were of Asia, when they sawe hym in the temple, moued al the people, & layde handes on hym, Acts 21:28 Crying: Men of Israel helpe. This is the man that teacheth all men euery where against the people, and the lawe, and this place: He hath also brought Grekes into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. Acts 21:29 For they had seene before with hym in the citie Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple. Acts 21:30 And all the citie was moued, and the people swarmed together: And they toke Paul & drewe hym out of the temple, & foorthwith the doores were shut.

but by the chief captain is rescued, and permitted to speak to the people.

Acts 21:31 And as they went about to kyll hym, tydynges came vnto the hye captaine of the souldiers, that all Hierusalem was in an vprore. Acts 21:32 Which immediatly toke souldiers, and vnder captaines, and ran downe vnto them: And when they sawe the vpper captaine and the souldiers, they left smytyng of Paul. Acts 21:33 Then the chiefe captaine came neare, & toke hym, and comaunded hym to be bounde with two chaynes, & demaunded who he was, & what he had done. Acts 21:34 And some cryed one thyng, some another, among the people. And when he coulde not knowe the certaintie for the rage, he commaunded him to be caryed into the castle. Acts 21:35 And when he came vpon the stayres, it was so that he was borne of the souldyers for the violence of the people. Acts 21:36 For the multitude of the people folowed after, crying, away with hym. Acts 21:37 And when Paul began to be caryed into the castle, he saide vnto the hye captaine: May I speake vnto thee? Who sayde: Canst thou speake Greke? Acts 21:38 Art not thou that Egyptian which before these dayes madest an vprore, and leddest out into the wyldernesse foure thousande men that were murtherers? Acts 21:39 But Paul saide: I am a man which am a Iewe, of Tarsus, a citie in Cilicia, a citezin of no vyle citie, and I beseche the suffer me to speake vnto the people. Acts 21:40 And when he had geuen hym licence, Paul stoode on the stayres, & beckened with ye hande vnto the people: And whe there was made a great scilece, he spake vnto them in the Hebrue tongue, saying:

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