Even while he defended himself, Paul continued to proclaim the truth of the Gospel.

Scripture: Acts 24:5-21

ESV Text: Acts 24:5-21


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 24
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: 6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. 7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, 8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him. 9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

     10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: 11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. 12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: 13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. 17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. 19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. 20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, 21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 57:
O Bride of Christ, Rejoice

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O bride of Christ, rejoice; 
Exultant raise thy voice 
To hail the day of glory 
Foretold in sacred story. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

2. Let shouts of gladness rise 
Triumphant to the skies. 
Now comes the King most glorious 
To reign o’er all victorious: 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

3. He wears no kingly crown, 
Yet as a King is known; 
Though not arrayed in splendor, 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

4. The weak and timid find 
How meek He is and kind; 
To them He gives a treasure 
Of bliss beyond all measure. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

5. Thy heart now open wide, 
Bid Christ with thee abide. 
He graciously will hear thee 
And be forever near thee. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

6. Then go thy Lord to meet; 
Strew palm-leaves at His feet; 
Thy garments spread before Him 
And honor and adore Him. 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 

7. E’en babes with one accord 
With thee shall praise the Lord 
And every Gentile nation 
Respond with exultation: 
Hosanna, praise, and glory! 
Our King, we bow before Thee. 


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