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Acts 21

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

Acts 21:1 And whan it chaunced that we had launched forth, and were departed from them, we came with a strayght course vnto Choon and the daye folowynge vnto the Rhodes, and from thence vnto Patara. Acts 21:2 And whan we had gotten a shyppe that wolde sayle vnto Phenyces, we went aborde into it, and set forth. Acts 21:3 But whan Ciprus beganne to appeare vnto vs, we lefte it on the lefte hande, and sayled vnto Siria, and cam vnto Tyre. For there the shyppe vnladed the burthen. Acts 21:4 And when we had founde brethren, we taryed there .vij. dayes. And they tolde Paul thorowe the sprete that he shuld not go vp to Ierusalem. Acts 21:5 And when the dayes were ended we departed and went oure waye, and they all brought vs on oure waye, with wyues and chyldren, tyll we were come out of the cytie. And we kneled downe in the shore and prayde. Acts 21:6 And when we had taken oure leaue one of another, we toke shippe, & they returned home agayne: Acts 21:7 When we had full ended the course from Tyre, we went downe to Ptolomaida, & saluted the brethren, & abode with them one daye Acts 21:8 The nexte daye, we that were of Pauls company departed, and came vnto Cesarea. And we entred into the house of Philip þe Euangelist, which was one of the seuen, & abode wt hym.

Philip's daughters prophetesses.

Acts 21:9 The same man had fower daughters virgens, which dyd prophesy. Acts 21:10 And as we taryed there a good mayny of dayes, there cam a certaine prophet from Iurie, named Agabus. Acts 21:11 When he was come vnto vs, he toke Pauls gerdell, & bounde his fete & handes, & sayd: Thus sayth the holy ghost so shal the Iewes at Ierusalem bynde þe man that oweth this gerdell, and shall delyuer hym into the handes of the Gentyls. Acts 21:12 When we hearde this, both we and other which were of the same place, besought him that he wolde not go vp to Ierusalem. Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, & sayde: what do ye wepynge & veryng myne herte? I am ready, not to be bounde onely, but also to dye at Ierusalem for the name of the Lorde Iesu. Acts 21:14 When we coulde not turne hys mynde, we ceased, sayinge the wyll of the Lord be fulfylled. Acts 21:15 After those dayes we toke vp oure burthens, & went vp to Ierusalem. Acts 21:16 Ther went with vs also certayne of the discyples of Cesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus an olde discyple, with whom we shulde lodge.

Paul cometh to Jerusalem:

Acts 21:17 And when we were come to Ierusalem, the brethren receaued vs gladly. Acts 21:18 And on the morow, Paul 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 thynges, that God had wrought amonge þe gentyls by his ministracyon. Acts 21:20 And when they hearde it, they glorifyed the Lorde, and sayde vnto him: Thou seest brother, how many thousande Iewes ther are which beleue, and they are all ernest folowers ouer the lawe. Acts 21:21 And they are informed of the, that thou teachest all the Iewes which are amonge the gentyls, to forsake Moses: and sayst, that they ought not to circuncise theyr chyldren, nether to lyue after the customes. Acts 21:22 What is it therfore? The multytude must nedes come together: For they shall heare that thou arte come. Acts 21:23 Do therfore this, that we saye to the. We haue .iiij. men, which haue a vowe on them. Acts 21:24 Them take, & purifie thy selfe with them, and do cost on them, that they maye shaue their heades: and all shall knowe, that those thynges which they haue hearde concernyng the, are nothyng: but that thou thy selfe also walkest and kepest the lawe. Acts 21:25 But as touchynge the gentyls which beleue we haue written and concluded, that they obserue no soche thyng: saue onely that they kepe them selues from thynges offred to ydoles, and from bloude, and from strangled, and from fornicacyon. Acts 21:26 Then the nexte daye Paul toke the men, and puryfyed hym selfe with them and entred into the temple, declarynge that he obserued the dayes of the purificacyon, vntyll that an offeryng shuld be offered for euery one of them.

where he is apprehended, and in great danger,

Acts 21:27 And whan the seuen dayes were nowe almost ended, þt Ieues which were of Asia (when they sawe hym in the temple) moued all the people, and layde handes on him, Acts 21:28 crying: men of Israell, helpe. This is the man, þt teacheth all men euery where agaynst the people and þe lawe, and thys place. He hath also brought Grekes into þe temple, and hath polluted thys holy place. Acts 21:29 For they had sene with hym one in the cytie. Trophinus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into þe temple. Acts 21:30 And all the cytie was moued, and the people swarmed together. And they toke Paul and drue him out of the temple, and forth with, the dores were shut.

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

Acts 21:31 As they went about to kyll him, tidinges came vnto the hye captayne of the soudyers, that all Ierusalem was moued. Acts 21:32 Which immediatly toke soudiers and vndercaptaynes, and ranne downe vnto them. When they sawe þe vpper captayne and the soudiers: they lefte smytinge of Paul. Acts 21:33 Then the captayne cam neare and toke hym, and commaunded hym to be bounde with two chaynes, and demaunded what he was, and what he had done. Acts 21:34 And some cryed one thinge, some another amonge the people. And when he coulde not knowe the certayntie for the rage, he commaunded him to be caryed into the castle. Acts 21:35 And when he cam vnto a stayre, it fortuned that he was borne of the soudiers for the violence of the people. Acts 21:36 For the multitude of the people folowed after, cryinge: awaye with hym. Acts 21:37 And whan Paul beganne to be caryed into the castle, he sayde vnto þe hye Captayne: maye I speake vnto the? Which sayde: Canst thou speake Greke? Acts 21:38 Art not thou that Egypcyan, which before these dayes madest an vproure, and leddest out into the wildernes: .iiij. thousande men that were motherers? Acts 21:39 But Paul sayde: I am a man which am a Iewe of Tharsus a cytie in Cycill, a Cytesin of no vyle citie, I beseche þe soffre me to speake vnto the people. Acts 21:40 And when he had geuen him lycence, Paul stode on the steppes, and beckened with the hande vnto the people: and whan there was made a greate sylence he spake vnto them in the Hebrue tonge, sayinge.

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