Acts 23


Paul Stands before the Sanhedrin

1[3gazing upon 1And 2Paul] the sanhedrin, said, Men, brethren, I in all [2conscience 1good] have conducted myself in public to God as far as this day. 2 But the chief priest Ananias gave orders to the ones standing beside him to strike his mouth. 3Then Paul [2to 3him 1said], [3to beat 4you 2is about 1God], O wall being whitewashed. And you, do you sit down judging me according to the law, and acting unlawfully you bid me to be struck? 4And the ones standing beside said, The chief priest of God you revile? 5[3said 1And 2Paul], I did not know brethren that he is chief priest; for it has been written, A ruler of your people you shall not speak ill of. 6[3having known 1And 2Paul] that the one part is of Sadducees, and the other of Pharisees, cried out in the sanhedrin, Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of a Pharisee; concerning hope and a resurrection of the dead I am judged. 7And this he having said, there became a faction between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and [3was split 1the 2multitude]. 8[2the Sadducees 3indeed 1For] say there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees acknowledge both. 9And there became [2cry 1a great]. And having risen up, the scribes of the part of the Pharisees disputed violently, saying, Nothing bad do we find in this man; but if also a spirit spoke to him, or an angel, we should not fight against God. 10[3a great 1And 2there being] faction, [3being cautious 1the 2commander], lest Paul be pulled apart by them, bid the military to go down and seize him from out of the midst of them, and to lead him unto the camp. 11And the following night, standing by him, the Lord said, Take courage, Paul! for as you testified the things concerning me in Jerusalem, so you must also [2in 3Rome 1testify].

A Plot to Kill Paul

12And becoming day, [4having made 1some 2of the 3Jews] a confederacy, devoted themselves, saying to neither eat nor drink until they should kill Paul. 13[6were 1And 7more than 8forty 2the ones 4this 5conspiracy 3making]; 14who having come forward to the chief priests and to the elders, said, As an offering, we devoted ourselves to not [2one thing 1taste] until of which time we should kill Paul. 15Now then you reveal yourselves to the commander with the sanhedrin, so that tomorrow he should lead him to you, as being about to determine more exactly the things concerning him; and we, before his approaching, are prepared to do away with him. 16[7having heard 1And 2the 3son 4of the 5sister 6of Paul] the ambush, having come and entered into the camp, reported it to Paul. 17[3having called 1And 2Paul] one of the centurions, said, [2this young man 1Take] to the commander, for he has something to report to him! 18 Then indeed having taken him, he brought him to the commander, and says, The prisoner Paul having called me, asked me [2this 3young man 1to lead] to you, having something to say to you. 19[4having taken hold of 1And 5his hand 2the 3commander], and having withdrawn in private inquired, What is it which you have to report to me? 20And he said that, The Jews agreed to ask you that tomorrow [3unto 4the 5sanhedrin 1you should lead 2Paul], as being about something to more exactly inquire about concerning him. 21You then should not be persuaded by them; for they lie in wait for him, [4of 5them 3men 1more than 2forty], who devoted themselves to neither eat nor drink until of which time they should do away with him; and now they are ready, waiting [2from 3you 1a promise]. 22Then the commander dismissed the young man, exhorting, saying, [2to no one 1Divulge] that these things were revealed to me.

Paul Led to Caesarea

23And having called on two certain centurions, he said, Prepare [2soldiers 1two hundred], that they should go unto Caesarea, and [2horsemen 1seventy], and [2spearmen 1two hundred], from the third hour of the night; 24[3beasts 1and 2present], that Paul setting upon one, they should deliver him to Felix the governor; 25having [2written 1a letter] containing this impression. 26Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix, Hail! 27 This man having been seized by the Jews, and being about to be done away with by them, attending with the military, I rescued him, having learned that he is a Roman. 28And wanting to know the reason for which they accused him, I led him down unto their sanhedrin; 29whom I found to be accused concerning matters of their law, [3no 1but 5worthy 6of death 7or 8bonds 4indictment 2having]. 30And having been indicated to me of a plot against the man, being about to be by the Jews, immediately I sent forth to you, exhorting also the accusers to say the things against him unto you. Be in health! 31The soldiers then, according to the thing being set in order for them, having taken Paul, led him through the night unto Antipatris. 32And the next day they allowed the horsemen to go with him, and they returned unto the camp. 33The ones who having entered into Caesarea, and having delivered the letter to the governor, presented also Paul to him. 34[4having read it 1And 2the 3governor], and having asked of what jurisdiction he is, and having ascertained that he is from Cilicia; 35I will hold a hearing for you, said he, whenever also your accusers should come. And he bid him [2in 3the 4praetorium 5of Herod 1to be kept].
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