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Acts - Chapter 24
  • 1. Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul.
  • 2. And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: "Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight,
  • 3. we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
  • 4. Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words from us.
  • 5. For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
  • 6. He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, {cf2super [101]} and wanted to judge him according to our law.
  • 7. But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,
  • 8. commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him."
  • 9. And the Jews also assented, {cf2super [102]} maintaining that these things were so.
  • 10. Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
  • 11. because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
  • 12. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
  • 13. Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
  • 14. But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
  • 15. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, {cf2super [103]} both of the just and the unjust.
  • 16. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
  • 17. Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
  • 18. in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.
  • 19. They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.
  • 20. Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing {cf2super [104]} in me while I stood before the council,
  • 21. unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.' "
  • 22. But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."
  • 23. So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.
  • 24. And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
  • 25. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."
  • 26. Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. {cf2super [105]} Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.
  • 27. But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.

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