Acts 24

1And after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders, and a certain orator, Tertullus, who appeared to the governor against Paul. 2And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Experiencing much peace because of thee, and worthy deeds happening to this nation because of thy foresight, 3we welcome, both always and everywhere, eminent Felix, with all thankfulness. 4But, that I may not detain thee on more, I entreat thee in thy clemency to hear us briefly. 5For we have found this man a plague, who even instigates sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, 6who also attempted to profane the temple, whom also we took, 7[This verse is not in the majority of the Greek manuscripts.] 8from whom thou will be able, having examined him, to learn about all these things of which we accuse him. 9And the Jews also agreed, claiming to have these things this way. 10And when the governor gestured to him to speak, Paul answered, Knowing for many years thou being a judge to this nation, I gladly make a defense of these things about myself, 11thou being able to learn that there are for me not more than twelve days from which I went up to worship in Jerusalem. 12And they found me neither in the temple disputing against any man, nor making a gang of a group, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city. 13Neither can they prove against me of which things they now accuse me. 14But this I confess to thee, that according to the Way that they call a sect, so serve I the paternal God, believing all things written according to the law and the prophets, 15having hope toward God, which they themselves also await, to come to be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16And in this I fashion myself, having a conscience always non-stumbling before God and men. 17Now after more years I came, going to make donations to my nation, and offerings, 18during which certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, not with a crowd or with a tumult, 19who ought to be here before thee, and to accuse, if they would have anything against me. 20Or let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found in me, having stood before the council, 21or about this one voice that I cried out standing among them: About a resurrection of the dead I am judged by you this day. 22Now Felix, having heard these things, having known more precisely the things about the Way, he deferred them, having said, When Lysias the chief captain comes down, I will determine the things toward you. 23He also arranged for the centurion to guard Paul, and to have reduced confinement, and to forbid none of his own men to serve or to come to him. 24And after some days, Felix having arrived with Drusilla, his wife being Jewish, he summoned Paul, and heard him about the faith in Christ. 25And as he discoursed about righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment going to be, Felix, having become afraid, answered, Go now, and having a convenient time, I will summon thee. 26He also hoped simultaneously that money would be given him by Paul so that he might free him. And so, summoning him more frequently, he conversed with him. 27But two years having been fulfilled, Felix received a successor, Porcius Festus. And wanting to lay down favors to the Jews, Felix left behind Paul bound.
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