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Acts 23

As Paul pleadeth his cause,

Acts 23:1 Paul behelde the councel, and sayde: men, and brethren I haue lyued in all good conscyence before God vntyll this daye.

Ananias conmmandeth them to smite him.

Acts 23:2 And the hye preste Ananias commaunded them that stode by, to smyte hym on the mouth. Acts 23:3 Then sayde Paul vnto hym: God shall smyte the thou paynted wall. Syttest þu and iudgest me after the lawe: and commaundest me to be smytten contrary to the lawe? Acts 23:4 And they that stode by, sayde reuylest thou Goddes hye preste? Acts 23:5 Then sayd Paul: I wist not brethren, that he was the hye preste. For it is wrytten: thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. Acts 23:6 When Paul perceaued that the one parte were Saduces, and the other Pharises, he cryed out in the councell: Men and brethren, I am a Pharisey, the sonne of a Pharisey. Of the hope and resurreccyon from death, I am iudged.

Dissension among his accusers.

Acts 23:7 And whan he had so sayde, there arose a debate betwene the Phariseyes and the Saduces and the multitude was deuyded. Acts 23:8 For the Saduces saye, that there is no resurreccyon, nether angel, nor sprete: But the Phariseyes graunt both. Acts 23:9 And there arose a greate crye: and whan the Scrybes which were of the Phariseyes parte arose, they stroue saying: we fynde none euyll in thys man. Though a sprete or an angell hath apeared to hym, let vs not stryue agaynst God. Acts 23:10 And when there arose greate debate, the captayne (fearyng, lest Paul shulde haue bene pluckte a sondre of them) commaunded the soudyers to go downe, and to take hym from amonge them, and to brynge hym into the castell.

God encourageth him.

Acts 23:11 The nyght folowynge, God stode by hym, and sayde: be of good cheare Paul: for as thou hast testifyed of me in Ierusalem so must thou beare wytnesse also at Rome. Acts 23:12 And whan it was daye, certayne of the Iewes gathered them selues togeather, and made a vowe, sayinge: that they wolde nether eate nor dryncke, tyll they had kylled Paul. Acts 23:13 They were moo then fourtye men, which had made thys conspiracyon.

The Jews' laying wait for Paul,

Acts 23:14 And they came to the chefe prestes and elders, and sayde: we haue bounde oure selues with a vowe, that we wyll eate nothynge, vntyll we haue slayne Paul. Acts 23:15 Nowe therfore geue ye knowledge to the vpper captayne and to the councell, that he brynge hym forth vnto vs to morowe, as though we wold knowe some thyng more perfectly of him. But we (or euer he come neare) are redy to kyll hym. Acts 23:16 Whan Pauls systers sonne hearde of theyr layinge awayte, he went, and entred into the castell, and tolde Paul. Acts 23:17 And Paul called one of the vnder captaynes vnto him and sayde: brynge thys younge man vnto the hye captayne: for he hath a certayne thynge to shewe hym. Acts 23:18 And he toke hym and brought hym to the hye captayne, and sayd: Paul the presoner called me vnto hym, and prayed me to brynge thys younge man vnto the, whych hath a certayne matter to shewe the. Acts 23:19 The hye captayne toke hym by the hand, and went with him out of the waye, and asked him: what is yt that thou hast to tell me?

is declared unto the chief captain.

Acts 23:20 And he sayde: the Iewes are determyned to desyre the, that thou woldest brynge forth Paul to morow into the counsell, as though they wolde enquyre somwhat of hym more perfectly. Acts 23:21 But folowe not thou theyr myndes: for there lye in wayte for hym of them, moo then fourtye men, which haue bounde them selues with a vowe, that they will nether eate nor dryncke, tyll they haue kylled hym. And now are they redy, and loke that thou shuldest promes. Acts 23:22 The vpper captayne then let the younge man departe, and charged hym, sayinge: se thou, tell it oute to no man, that thou hast shewed these thynges to me: Acts 23:23 And he called vnto hym two vnder captaynes sayinge: make ready two hundred soudiers to go to Cesarea, and horssmen threscore, and ten: and speare men two hundred, at the thyrde houre of the nyghte. Acts 23:24 And delyuer them beastes, that they maye sett Paul on, and brynge hym safe vnto Felix the hye debyte Acts 23:25 and he wrote a letter after thys maner. Acts 23:26 Claudius Lysias vnto the most myghty rular Felix, sendeth, gretynges.

He sendeth him to Felix the governor.

Acts 23:27 Thys man was taken of the Iewes, and shuld haue bene kylled of them. Then came I with soudyers, and reskued hym, and perceaued that he was a Romayn. Acts 23:28 And when I wold haue knowen the cause, wherfore they accused hym, I broughte hym forth into theyr councell. Acts 23:29 There perceaued I that he was accused of questions of their lawe. But was not gyltye of eny thynge worthy of death or of bondes. Acts 23:30 And when it was shewed me, how that Iewes layde wayte ther for him, I sent hym strayght waye to the, and gaue commaundement to hys accusars, that the thynges, which they haue agaynst hym, they shulde tell before the: fare well. Acts 23:31 Then the soudyers (as it was commaunded them) toke Paul, and brought hym by night to Antipatras. Acts 23:32 On the morow they left the horssmen to go with hym, and returned vnto the castle. Acts 23:33 Whych when they came to Cesarea, (and delyuered the epistle to the debyte) presented Paul also before him. Acts 23:34 When the debite had redde the lettre, he asked of what countre he was. And when he vnderstode that he was of Cilicia Acts 23:35 I wyll heare the (sayde he) when thyne accusars are come also: and he commaunded hym to be kepte in Herodes iudgement hall.

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