Bishops' Bible

Acts 23

As Paul pleadeth his cause,

Acts 23:1 And Paul earnestlie beholdyng the counsell, saide: Men & brethren, I haue lyued in al good conscience before God vntyll this day.

Ananias conmmandeth them to smite him.

Acts 23:2 And ye hye priest Ananias, commaunded the that stoode by, to smyte hym on the mouth. Acts 23:3 Then sayde Paul vnto him: God shall smite thee thou paynted wall: For, sittest thou & iudgest me after the lawe, & comaundest me to be smitten contrary to the lawe? Acts 23:4 And they that stoode by, sayde: Reuilest thou Gods hye priest? Acts 23:5 Then sayde Paul: I wyst not brethren, that he was the hye priest. For it is written: Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceaued that the one part were saducees, and the other pharisees, he cryed out in the counsell: Men and brethren, I am a pharisee, the sonne of a pharisee: Of the hope & resurrection of the dead, I am iudged.

Dissension among his accusers.

Acts 23:7 And when he had so sayde, there arose a debate betwene the pharisees and the saducees, & the multitude was deuided. Acts 23:8 For the saducees say, that there is no resurrection, neither Angel, nor spirite: But the pharisees confesse both. Acts 23:9 And there arose a great crye: and whe the scribes which were of the pharisees part arose, they stroue, saying, We fynde none euyll in this man: But yf a spirite or an Angel hath spoken to hym, let vs not striue agaynst God. Acts 23:10 And when there arose a great debate, the chiefe captayne, fearyng lest Paul shoulde haue ben pluckt asunder of the, comaunded the souldiers to go downe, and to take him from among them, and to bryng hym into the castle.

God encourageth him.

Acts 23:11 And the nyght folowyng, the Lorde stoode by hym, and sayde: Be of good cheare Paul, for as thou hast testified of me in Hierusalem, so must thou beare witnesse also at Rome. Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certayne of the Iewes gathered them selues together, and made a vowe, saying that they woulde neither eate nor drynke, tyl they had kylled Paul. Acts 23:13 And they were mo then fourtie men, which had made this conspiracie.

The Jews' laying wait for Paul,

Acts 23:14 And they came to the chiefe priestes and elders, and sayde: We haue bounde our selues with a vowe, that we wyll eate nothyng vntyll we haue slayne Paul. Acts 23:15 Nowe therfore geue ye knowledge to the vpper captayne, and to the counsell, that he bryng hym foorth vnto you to morrowe, as though ye woulde knowe somethyng more perfectly of hym: And we, or euer he come neare, are redy to kyll hym. Acts 23:16 And when Paules sisters sonne heard of their laying awaite, he went & entred into the castle, and tolde Paul. Acts 23:17 And Paul called one of the vnder captaynes vnto hym, and sayde: Bryng this young man vnto the hye captayne, for he hath a certayne thyng to shewe hym. Acts 23:18 And he toke hym, and brought hym to the hye captayne, and sayde: Paul the prisoner called me vnto him, and prayed me to bryng this young man vnto thee, which hath a certayne matter to shewe thee. Acts 23:19 Then the hye captayne toke hym by the hande, and went with hym out of the way, and asked hym: What is it that thou hast to tell me?

is declared unto the chief captain.

Acts 23:20 And he sayde: The Iewes are determined to desire thee, that thou wouldest bryng foorth Paul to morowe into the counsell, as though they would enquire somewhat of hym more perfectly. Acts 23:21 But folowe not thou their myndes: For there lye in wayte for him, of them, mo the fourtie men, which haue bounde themselues with a vowe, that they will neither eate nor drynke, tyll they haue kylled hym. And nowe are they redy, and loke that thou shouldest promise. Acts 23:22 The vpper captayne then let ye young man depart, and charged hym, see thou tell it out to no man, that thou hast shewed these thynges to me. Acts 23:23 And he called vnto hym two vnder captaynes, saying: Make redy two hundred souldyers, to go to Cesarea, and horsmen threescore and ten, and spearemen two hundred, at the thirde houre of the nyght: Acts 23:24 And delyuer them beastes, that they may set Paul on, and bryng hym safe vnto Felix the hye deputie. Acts 23:25 And he wrote a letter, after this maner. Acts 23:26 Claudius Lysias, vnto the most mightie ruler Felix, sendeth greetinges.

He sendeth him to Felix the governor.

Acts 23:27 This man was taken of the Iewes, and shoulde haue ben kylled of them: Then came I with souldeirs, & rescued hym, and perceaued that he was a Romane. Acts 23:28 And whe I would haue knowen the cause, wherfore they accused hym, I brought hym foorth into their counsell. Acts 23:29 Whom I perceaued to be accused of questions of their lawe, but was not gyltie of any thyng worthy of death, or of bondes. Acts 23:30 And when it was shewed me howe that the Iewes layde wayte for the man, I sent [hym] strayghtway to thee, and gaue commaundement to his accusers, that the thynges which they haue agaynst hym, they shoulde tell before thee. Fare well. Acts 23:31 Then the souldyers, as it was commaunded them, toke Paul, and brought hym by nyght to Antipatris. Acts 23:32 On the morowe, they left the horsmen to go with hym, and returned vnto the castle. Acts 23:33 Which when they came to Cesarea, and delyuered the epistle to the deputie, presented Paul also before hym. Acts 23:34 And when the deputie had read [the letter] he asked of what coutrey he was. And when he vnderstoode that he was of Celicia, Acts 23:35 I wyll heare thee, sayde he, when thyne accusars are come also. And he comaunded hym to be kept in Herodes iudgement hall.

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