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Acts 23

As Paul pleadeth his cause,

Acts 23:1 Paul behelde the councell, and sayde: Ye men and brethren, I haue lyued with all good conscience before God vnto this daye:

Ananias conmmandeth them to smite him.

Acts 23:2 But the hye prest Ananias commaunded them that stode aboute him, to smyte hi on the mouth. Acts 23:3 Then sayde Paul vnto him: God shal smyte the thou paynted wall. Syttest thou and iudgest me after the lawe, and commaundest me to be smytten cotrary to ye lawe? Acts 23:4 And they that stode aboute hi, sayde: Reuylest thou Gods hye prest? Acts 23:5 And Paul sayde: Brethre, I wyst not that he was the hye prest. For it is wrytte: The ruler of thy people shalt thou not curse. Acts 23:6 But whan Paul knewe that the one parte was Saduces, and the other parte Pharises, he cried out in ye councell: Ye men and brethren, I am a Pharise, and the sonne of a Pharise, Of hope and resurreccion of the deed am I iudged.

Dissension among his accusers.

Acts 23:7 And whan he had so sayde, there arose a dissencion betwene ye Pharises and the Saduces, and the multitude was deuyded: Acts 23:8 for the Saduces saye that there is no resurreccion, nether angell, ner sprete: but the Pharises graute both. Acts 23:9 And there was made a greate crye. And ye Scrybes of the Pharyses secte, stode vp, and stroue, and sayde: We fynde no euell in this ma. But yf a sprete or an angell haue spoke vnto him, let vs not stryue agaynst God. Acts 23:10 But whan the discension was greate, ye vpper captayne feared, that Paul shulde haue bene pluckte a sonder of them, and commaunded the soudyers to go downe, and to take him from them, and to brynge him in to the castell.

God encourageth him.

Acts 23:11 But in the nighte folowinge, the LORDE stode by him, and sayde: Be of good cheare Paul, for as thou hast testified of me at Ierusalem so must thou testifye at Rome also. Acts 23:12 Now whan it was daye, certayne of the Iewes gathered them selues together, and made a vowe nether to eate ner drynke, tyll they had kylled Paul. Acts 23:13 They were mo then fortye, which had made this conspyracion.

The Jews' laying wait for Paul,

Acts 23:14 These came to the hye prestes and Elders, and sayde: We haue bounde oure selues wt a vowe, that we wil eate nothinge, tyll we haue slayne Paul. Acts 23:15 Now therfore geue ye knowlege to the vpper captayne and to the councell, that he maye brynge him forth vnto you tomorow, as though ye wolde heare him yet better: As for vs, we are ready to kyll him, or euer he come nye you. Acts 23:16 But whan Pauls sisters sonne herde of their layenge awayte, he came, and entred into the castell, and tolde Paul. Acts 23:17 So Paul called vnto him one of ye vnder captaynes, and sayde: Brynge this yonge man to the vpper captayne, for he hath somewhat to saye to him. Acts 23:18 He toke him, and broughte him to the vpper captayne, and sayde: Paul the presoner called me vnto him, and prayed me to brynge to the this yonge man, which hath somwhat to saye vnto the. Acts 23:19 Then the hye captayne toke him by the hande, and wente asyde with him out of the waye, and axed him: What is it, that thou hast to saye vnto me?

is declared unto the chief captain.

Acts 23:20 He sayde: The Iewes are agreed together, to desyre the, to let Paul be broughte forth tomorow before the councell, as though they wolde yet heare him better. Acts 23:21 But folowe not thou their myndes, for there laye wayte for him mo then fortye men off them, which haue bounde them selues with a vowe, nether to eate ner drynke, tyll they haue slayne Paul: and euen now are they redye, and loke for thy promes. Acts 23:22 Then the vpper captayne let the yonge man departe, and charged him to tell noman, that he had shewed him this. Acts 23:23 And he called vnto him two vndercaptaynes, and sayde: Make redye two hundreth soudyers, that they maye go to Cesarea, and thre score and ten horsmen, and two hundreth speare men at the thirde houre of the nighte, Acts 23:24 and delyuer the beastes, that they maye set Paul theron, and brynge him safe vnto Felix the debyte, Acts 23:25 and he wrote a letter on this maner: Acts 23:26 Claudius Lysias, vnto the most mightie Debyte Felix, gretynge.

He sendeth him to Felix the governor.

Acts 23:27 The Iewes had taken this man, and wolde haue slayne him, then came I with soudyers, and rescued him, and perceaued that he is a Romayne. Acts 23:28 And whan I wolde haue knowne the cause, wherfore they accused hi, I broughte him in to their councell: Acts 23:29 then perceaued I, that he was accused aboute questions of their lawe. But there was no accusacion worthy of death or of bondes. Acts 23:30 And whan it was shewed me, that certayne Iewes layed wayte for him, I sent him straight waye vnto the, and commaunded the accusers also, that loke what they had agaynst him, they shulde tell the same before the. Fare well. Acts 23:31 The soudyers (as it was commaunded them) toke Paul, and broughte him to Antipatras. Acts 23:32 But on the nexte daye, they lefte ye horse men to go with him, and turned agayne to the castell. Acts 23:33 When these came to Cesarea, they delyuered the letter vnto the Debyte, & presented Paul before him also. Acts 23:34 Whan the Debyte had red the letter, he axed off what countre he was. And wha he vnderstode that he was of Celicia, Acts 23:35 he sayde: I wil heare the, whan thine accusers are come also. And he commaunded him to be kepte in Herodes iudgment house.

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