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 1 And (1) as we launched forth, and were departed from them, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto the Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara.


(1) Not only men simply, but even our friends, and such as are endued with the Spirit of God, do sometimes go about to hinder the course of our vocation; but it is our part to go forward without all stopping or staggering after that we are sure of our calling from God.


 2 And we found a ship that went over unto Phoenicia, and went aboard, and set forth.


 3 And when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed toward Syria, and arrived at Tyre; for there the ship unladed the burden.


 4 And when we had found disciples, we tarried there seven days. And they told Paul (*) through the (a) (♣) Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.


(*) By the revelation of Godís Spirit.

(a) They foretold through the Spirit what danger hanged over Paulís head, and this they did as Prophets; but of a fleshly affection they frayed him from going to Jerusalem.

(♣) The holy Spirit revealed unto them the persecutions that Paul should have made against him, and the same Spirit also strengthened Paul to sustain them.


 5 But when the days were ended, we departed and went our way, and they all accompanied us with their wives and children, even out of the city. And we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.


 6 Then when we had embraced one another, we took ship, and they returned home.


 7 And when we had ended the course from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.


 8 And the next day, Paul and we that were with him, departed, and came unto Caesarea, and we entered into the house of (*) Philip the Evangelist, which was one of the (b) (♣) seven Deacons, and abode with him.


(*) Acts 6:5 .

(b) He speaketh of the seven Deacons which he mentioned before, Acts 6 .

(♣) This office of Deaconship was but for a time, according as the Congregation had need, or otherwise.


 9 Now he had four daughters, virgins, which did (c) prophesy.


(c) They had a peculiar gift of foretelling things to come.


 10 And as we tarried there many days, there came a certain Prophet from Judea, named Agabus.


 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paulís girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, (*) Thus saith the holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem (♣) bind the man that oweth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.


(*) God would have his servantís bands known, to the intent that no man should think that he cast himself into willful danger.

(♣) This was not to make Paul afraid, but to encourage him against the brunt.


 12 And when we had heard these things, both we and others of the same place besought him that he would not go up to Jerusalem.


 13 Then Paul answered, and said, What do ye weeping and breaking mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus.


 14  (2) So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.


(2) The will of God bridleth all affections in them which earnestly seek the glory of God.


 15 And after those days we trussed up our fardels, and went up to Jerusalem.


 16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.


 17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.


 18 And the next day Paul went in with us unto (*) James, and all the Elders were there assembled.


(*) Who was the chief, or superintendent of the Church of Jerusalem.


 19  (3) And when he had embraced them, he told by order all things, that God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministration.


(3) God is to be praised, who is the Author of all good sayings and deeds.


 20  (4) So when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousand Jews there are which believe, and they are all zealous of the Law;


(4) In things indifferent (of which sort were not the traditions of the Pharisees, but the ceremonies of the Law, until such time as Christian liberty was more fully revealed to the Jews) charity willeth us to conform or apply ourselves willingly so far as we may, to our brethren which do not stubbornly and maliciously resist the truth, but are not thoroughly instructed especially if the question be of a whole multitude.


 21 Now they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews, which are among the Gentiles, to forsake Moses, and sayest that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to live after the (*) customs.


(*) That is, according to the manners that our fathers observed, which were commanded by God.


 22 What is then to be done? The multitude must needs come together, for they shall hear that thou art come.


 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee. We have (*) four men, which have made a vow,


(*) Who as yet were not well instructed in Christ.


 24 Them take, and (d) (♣) purify thyself with them, and (e) contribute with them, that they may (*) shave their heads; and all shall know, that those things, whereof they have been informed concerning thee, are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest and keepest the Law.


(d) That is, consecrate thyself; for he speaketh not here of the unclean, but of such as were subject to the vow of the Nazarites.

(♣) The end of this ceremony was thanksgiving, and was instituted by God, and partly of ignorance and infirmity retained; therefore Paul supported therein the weakenes of others and made himself all to all men not hindering his conscience.
(e) That it may be known, that thou wast not only present at the vow, but also a chief man in it; and therefore it is said afterwards, that Paul declared the days of purification; for although the charges for the Nazaritesí offerings were appointed, yet they might add somewhat unto them, Numbers 6:21 .

(*) Acts 18:18; Numbers 6:18 .


 25 For as touching the Gentiles, which believe, we have written, and determined (*) that they observe no such thing, but that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from that which is strangled, and from fornication.


(*) Acts 15:20 .


 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day was purified with them, and entered into the Temple, (f) (*) declaring the accomplishment of the days of the purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.


(f) The Priests were to be advertised of the accomplishment of the days of the purification, because there were sacrifices to be offered the same day that their vow was ended.

(*) Numbers 6:13 .


 27  (5) And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia (when they saw him in the Temple) moved all the people, and (*) laid hands on him,


(5) A preposterous zeal is the cause of great confusion, and great mischiefs.

(*) In thinking to appease the faithful, and to support the infirm, he falleth into the hands of his enemies.


 28 Crying, Men of Israel, help! This is the man that teacheth all men everywhere against the people, and the Law, and this place; moreover, he hath brought Grecians into the Temple, and hath (*) polluted this holy place.


(*) By bringing in such as were not circumcised.


 29 For they had seen before Trophimus an Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the Temple.


 30 Then all the city was moved, and the people ran together, and they took Paul, and drew him out of the Temple, and forthwith the doors were shut.


 31  (6) But as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief Captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was on an uproar.


(6) God findeth some even amongst the wicked and profane themselves, to hinder the endeavors of the rest.


 32 Who immediately took soldiers and (*) Centurions, and ran (♣) down unto them; and when they saw the chief Captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.


(*) Which were undercaptains and had charge over a hundred soldiers.

(♣) A notable example of Godís providence for the defence of his.


 33 Then the chief Captain came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains, and demanded who he was, and what he had done.


 34 And one cried this, another that, among the people. So when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be led into the castle.


 35 And when he came unto the (*) grieces, it was so that he was borne of the soldiers, for the violence of the people.


(*) Steps, or a staircase.


 36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.


 37 And as Paul should have been led into the castle, he said unto the chief Captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?


 38 Art not thou the (*) (g) Egyptian, who before these days raised a sedition, and led out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?


(*) Acts 5:36 .

(g) Teaching this Egyptian which assembled thirty thousand men, read Josephus, book 2, chapter 12.


 39 Then Paul said, Doubtless, I am a man which am a Jew, and citizen of (*) Tarsus, a famous city of Cilicia, and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.


(*) Acts 22:3 .


 40 And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the grieces, and beckoned with the hand unto the people, and when there was made great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,





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