GENEVA BIBLE 1599
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1 And (1) Paul beheld earnestly the Council, and said, Men and brethren, I have in all good conscience served God until this day.
(1) Paul against the false accusations of his enemies, setteth a good conscience, for proof whereof, he repeateth the whole course of his life.
2 (2) Then the high Priest Ananias commanded them that stood by, to smite him on the mouth.
(2) Hypocrites are constrained at length to betray themselves by their intemperancy.
3 (3) Then said Paul to him, God (a) (*) will smite thee, thou (b) whited wall, for thou sittest to judge me according to the Law, and commandest thou me to be smitten (c) contrary to the Law?
(3) It is lawful for us to complain of injuries, and to summon the wicked to the judgment seat of God, so that we do it without hatred, and with a quiet and peaceable mind.
(a) It appeareth plainly by the Greek phrase, that Paul did not curse the high Priest, but only pronounce the punishment of God against him.
(*) Paul doeth not curse the high Priest, but denounceth
sharply the punishment of God which should light upon him,
who under pretence of maintaining the Law doeth transgress
(b) This is a vehement and sharp speech, but yet not reproachful; For the godly may speak roundly, and yet be void of the bitter affection of a sharp and angry mind.
(c) For the Law commandeth the Judge to hear the person that is accused patiently, and to pronounce the sentence advisedly.
4 And they that stood by, said, Revilest thou Godís high Priest?
5 (4) Then said Paul, I (♣) knew not, brethren, that he was the high Priest; for it is written, (*) Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
(4) We must willingly and from the heart give honor to Magistrates, although they be tyrants.
(♣) He made this excuse as it were in mockery, as if he would say, I know nothing in this man worthy the office of the high Priest.
(*) Exodus 22:28 .
6 (5) But when Paul perceived that the one part were of the Sadducees, and the other of the Pharisees, he cried in the Council, Men and brethren, (*) I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; I am accused of the hope and (♣) resurrection of the dead.
(5) We may lawfully sometimes set the wicked together by the ears, that they may leave off to assault us, so that it be with no hindrance of the truth.
(*) Acts 24:22; Philippians 3:5 .
(♣) He denieth not but there were other points, but he expresseth that for the which the Sadducees that were the chief governors, hated him most for.
7 (6) And when he had said this, there was a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, so that the multitude was divided.
(6) The concord of the wicked is weak although they conspire together to oppress the truth.
8 (7) (*) For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither (d) Angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees confess (♣) both.
(7) It is an old heresy of the Sadducees, to deny the substance of Angels and souls, and therewithal the resurrection of the dead.
(*) Matthew 22:23 .
(d) Natureís that want bodies.
(♣) Understanding both kinds, the Angels and the spirits, which he concludeth under one, and the resurrection which is the other part.
9 (8) Then there was a great cry; and the (e) Scribes of the Phariseesí part rose up, and strove, saying, We find none evil in this man; but if a spirit or an Angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
(8) The Lord when it pleaseth him, findeth defenders of his
cause, even amongst his enemies.
(e) The Scribe's office was a public office, and the name of the Pharisees was the name of a sect.
10 (9) And when there was a great dissension, the chief Captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and take him from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
(9) God will not forsake his to the end.
11 Now the night following, the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good courage, Paul, for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12 (10) And when the day was come, certain of the Jews made an assembly, and bound themselves (f) with an (*) oath, saying, that they would neither eat nor drink, till they had killed Paul.
(10) Such as are carried away with a foolish zeal, think
that they may lie and murder, and do whatsoever mischief
(f) They cursing and banning themselves, promised.
(*) The word signifieth cursing, as when a man either sweareth, voweth or wisheth himself to die, or to be given to the devil, except he bring his purpose to pass.
13 And they were more than forty, which had made this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief Priests and Elders, and said, We have bound ourselves with a solemn oath, that we will eat nothing, until we have slain Paul.
15 Now therefore, ye and the (g) Council, signify unto the chief captain, that he bring him forth unto you tomorrow, as though you would know something more perfectly of him, and we, or ever he come near will be ready to kill him.
(g) Ye and the Senate requiring the same to be done, lest that the Tribune should think that it was demanded of him at some private manís suit.
16 But when Paulís sisterís (*) son heard of their laying await, he went, and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
(*) This declareth that God hath so many means to deliver his children out of danger as there are creatures in the world, so that the adversaries cannot conspire so craftily against them, but he hath infinite means to defeat their wicked practices.
17 (11) And Paul called one of the Centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief Captain, for he hath a certain thing to shew him.
(11) The wisdom of the Spirit must be joined with simplicity.
18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief Captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, which hath something to say unto thee.
19 Then the chief Captain took him by the hand, and went apart with him alone, and asked him, What hast thou to shew me?
20 And he said, The Jews have conspired to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring forth Paul tomorrow into the Council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly;
21 But let them not persuade thee, for there lie in wait for him of them, more than forty men, which have bound themselves with a oath, that they will neither eat nor drink, till they have killed him; and now are they ready, and wait for thy promise.
22 (12) The chief Captain then let the young man depart, and charged him to speak it to no man, that he had (*) shewed him these things.
(12) There is no counsel against the Lord and his servants.
(*) Greek, that thou hast shewed these things to me.
23 And he called unto him two certain Centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers, that they may go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and two hundred with darts, at the third hour of the night;
24 And let them make ready a horse, that Paul being set on, may be brought safe unto Felix the Governor.
25 And he wrote an (*) epistle in this manner:
(*) This letter was written partly in the favor of Paul, that his adversaries might not oppress him.
26 (13) Claudius Lysias unto the most noble Governor Felix sendeth greeting.
(13) Lysias is suddenly made by the Lord Paul's patron.
27 As this man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them, I came upon them with the garrison, and rescued him, (*) perceiving that he was a Roman.
(*) The Captain dissembleth to commend his own diligence; for he did not know that Paul was a Roman before he had rescued him, and given him to be straitly examined.
28 And when I would have known the cause, wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their Council.
29 There I perceived that he was accused of questions of their Law, but had no crime worthy of death, or of bonds.
30 And when it was shewed me, how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent him straightway to thee, and commanded his accusers to speak before thee the things that they had against him. Farewell.
31 Then the soldiers as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 And the next day, they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned unto the Castle.
33 Now when they came to Caesarea, they delivered the epistle to the Governor, and presented Paul also unto him.
34 So when the Governor had read it, he asked of what (*) province he was, and when he understood that he was of Cilicia,
(*) By this name the Romans called every country which they had subdued.
35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers also are come, and commanded him to be kept in Herodís judgment hall.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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