| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
TWO YEARS IN PRISON
Acts xxii: 30, to xxiv: 27.
FTER Paul had been rescued from the Jewish mob, he was taken
into the castle on the north of the Temple for
safekeeping. The chief captain wished to know for what
reasons the Jews were so bitter in their hate against
Paul; and to learn this he commanded the chief priests
and rulers to meet together, and brought Paul down from
the castle, and set him before them. Paul looked
earnestly upon the council, and said to them,
"Brethren, I have lived with a right feeling toward God
all my life until this day."
The high-priest, whose name was Ananias, was sitting in
the council, clad in the white garments worn by all
priests. He was so enraged at those words that he said
to those who were standing near Paul, "Strike him on
And Paul roused to sudden anger at such unjust words,
said in answer, "God shall strike you, O whited wall!
Do you sit to judge me by the law, and yet command me
to be struck against the law?"
Those that were standing by said to Paul, "Do you
speak such words against the high-priest of God?"
"I did not know," answered Paul, "that he was
high-priest. It is written in the law not to speak
evil of a ruler of your people."
Paul saw that there were two parties in the council,
and by a few wise words he made some of the rulers
friendly to him, so that they stood up and said, "We
find no evil in this man. Perhaps a spirit has spoken
to him, or an angel."
This made the rulers of the other side all the more
furious, and such a quarrel arose between them that the
chief captain feared that Paul would be torn in pieces,
and he again sent down soldiers to take him by force
from the council and to bring him into the castle.
On the night after this, while Paul was in his room in
the castle the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good
cheer, Paul; for as you
 have spoken for me at
Jerusalem, so shall you speak for me at Rome."
Early on the next morning more than forty of the Jews
laid a plan to kill Paul, and bound themselves together
by an oath, swearing that they would neither eat nor
drink until they had slain him. These men came to the
chief priests, and said, "We have bound ourselves
under a great oath that we will taste nothing until we
have killed Paul. Now, do you ask the chief captain to
bring Paul down again to meet the council, so that they
may hear him, and try his case once more. And while he
shall be on his way to the council we will rush in and
Now Paul had a sister living in Jerusalem, and her son
heard of this plot, and came to the castle, and told it
to Paul. Then Paul called one of the officers, and
said to him, "Take this young man to the chief
captain, for he has something to tell him."
So the officer brought the young man to the chief
captain, and said to him, "Paul, the prisoner, called
me to him, and asked me to bring this young man to you,
for he has something to say to you."
Then the chief captain took the young man aside, and
asked him, "What is it that you have to say to me?"
And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring
Paul before the council again; but do not let him go,
for there are more than forty men watching for him, who
have sworn an oath together that they will neither eat
nor drink until they have killed Paul."
The chief captain listened carefully, and then sent the
young man away, after saying to him, "Do not tell any
one that you have spoken of these things to me."
And after the young man had gone the chief captain
called to him two centurions, captains over a hundred
men, and he said to them, "Make ready two hundred
soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and seventy men on
horseback, and two hundred men with spears, at nine
o'clock at night."
And he told them also to have ready horses for Paul, so
that he might send him safe to Felix, the governor of
the land, at Caesarea. And he wrote a letter in this
"Claudius Lysias sends greeting to the most noble
governor Felix. This man was seized by the Jews, and
would have been killed by them, but I came upon him
with the soldiers, and took him from their hands,
having learned that he was a citizen of Rome.
 And to find out the reasons why they were so strongly
against him, I brought him down to their council. But
I found that the charges against him were about
questions of their law, but nothing deserving death or
bonds. When I heard that there was a plot to kill the
man, I sent him at once to you, and told his enemies to
go before you with their charges."
So in the night almost five hundred men were sent with
a guard for Paul. He was brought out of the castle,
and taken that night as far as to Antripatris, about
forty miles. On the next day the soldiers left him,
thinking him to be no longer in danger, and returned to
Jerusalem, while the horsemen rode on with him to
Caesarea, where the governor Felix lived. The officer
in charge gave the letter to the governor. He read the
letter, and then asked Paul from what land he had come.
Paul told him that he belonged to the land of Cilicia
in Asia Minor. And Felix said, "I will hear your case
when those who bring charges against you have come."
And he sent Paul to be kept in a castle which had once
belonged to Herod. After five days the high-priest
Ananias and some others came to Caesarea, bringing with
them a lawyer named Tertullus. And when Paul was
brought before them in presence of Felix, the governor,
Tertullus made a speech charging him with riot and
lawbreaking, and many evil deeds. They said also that
he was "a ring-leader in the party of the Nazarenes,"
which was the name they gave to the Church of Christ.
And the Jews all joined in the charge, saying that all
these things were true. After they had spoken, the
governor motioned with his hand toward Paul, showing
 might speak, and Paul began, "I know
that you have been for many years a judge over this
people, and for that reason I speak to you willingly.
For you may know that it is only twelve days since I
went up to worship at Jerusalem. Nor was I quarreling
with any one in the Temple, nor stirring up a crowd in
the Temple, or the synagogues, or in the city. Nor can
they prove to you the things that they have said
A HEATHEN TEMPLE
"But I do own to this, that after the way which they
call 'the party of the Nazarenes,' so do I serve the
God of our fathers, believing all things in the law and
in the prophets, and having a hope in God that the dead
shall be raised up. And I have always tried to keep my
heart free from wrong toward God and toward men.
"Now, after many years, I came to bring gifts to my
people, and offerings for the altar. And with these
they found me in the Temple, but not with a crowd, nor
with a riot. But there were certain Jews from Asia
Minor who ought to have been here, if they have
anything against me."
Felix knew somewhat about the Church of Christ, and he
said, "When Lysias, the chief captain, shall come
down, I will settle this case."
And he ordered Paul to be kept under guard, but that
his friends might freely come to see him. After a few
days Felix and his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess,
sent for Paul, and heard from him with regard to the
gospel of Christ. And as Paul preached to him, of
right living, and of ruling one's self, and of the
judgment of God that should come upon sinners, Felix
was alarmed, and said, "Go away for this time; when a
fit time comes, and I am ready to listen, I will send
Felix was not a just judge, for he hoped that Paul
might give him money, so that he might set Paul free;
and with this in his mind, he sent for Paul, and talked
with him many times. Two whole years passed away, and
Paul was still in prison at Caesarea. At the end of
that time Felix was called back to Rome, and a man named
Porcius Festus was sent as governor in his place.
Felix wished to please the Jews, and he left Paul a
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