|Acts 24 |
1 Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain attorney named Tertullus, who brought charges to the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying [to the governor], "Since we enjoy great quietness through you, and know that very worthy reforms are done for this nation by your foresight,
3 We acknowledge it always and in all places most noble Felix, with thankfulness.
4 Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you, I beg you to hear a few words from us out of your kindness.
5 For we have found this man to be a plague, and an agitator who stirs up disturbances among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes;
6 Who has also gone about to desecrate the temple; whom we took, and would have judged him according to our law,
7 But commander Lysias came along, and with great violence took him out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn of these things of which we accuse him."
9 And the Jews agreed, saying that these things were true.
10 Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered, "Since I know that you have been a judge to this nation for many years, I cheerfully answer for myself.
11 You may readily verify that it has only been twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 And neither did they find me in the temple disputing with any man, nor stirring up the people in the synagogues, or in the city.
13 Neither can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
14 But I confess this to you, that after the Way which they call heresy, I worship the God of my fathers, believing all the things that are written in the law and in the prophets;
15 And having hope toward God, which they themselves also believe, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16 And so I always strive to have a conscience clear of offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring gifts to the poor, and offerings to my nation.
18 In which certain Jews from Asia found me occupied in the temple, without any crowd or uproar; having been purified.
19 These should be here before you and bring charges, if they had something against me.
20 Or else let these men here say if they have found any wrongdoing in me when I stood before the council,
21 Unless it is for this one statement that I cried out, standing among them: 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am on trial by you this day.'"
22 Now when Felix heard these things he put them off, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case."
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul in custody but to let him have some liberty, and not to forbid his friends to provide for him or come to him.
24 Then after some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, and he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25 And as he reasoned about righteousness, temperance, and the judgment to come, Felix trembled and said, "Go your way for now; when I have a convenient time, I will call for you."
26 He also hoped that Paul would give him money to free him; therefore he sent for him often and conversed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, willing to do the Jews a favor, left Paul imprisoned.
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