Acts 24

Tertullus Prosecutes Paul

1 Five days later, the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a lawyer [named] Tertullus, who presented to the governor {their case} against Paul. 2 [When] [Paul] had been called in, Tertullus opened the prosecution: “Because of you, we have enjoyed a lasting peace, and your foresight has brought improvements to this nation. 3 In every way and everywhere, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge [this] with all gratitude. 4 But in order not to burden you any further, I beg your indulgence to hear us briefly. 5 We have found this man [to be] a nuisance, stirring up dissension among the Jews all over the world. [He is] a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, 6 [and he] even tried to desecrate the temple; [so] we seized [him] . 8
BYZ and TR include and we would have judged him according to our law. 7 But Lysias the commander came with great force and took him out of our hands, 8 ordering his accusers to come before you.
By examining him yourself, you will be able to learn [the truth] about all our charges [against] him.”
9 The Jews concurred, asserting that these [charges] were true.

Paul's Defense to Felix

10 [When] the governor motioned for [Paul] to speak, [he] began his response: “Knowing that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I gladly make my defense. 11 You can verify {for yourself} that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 Yet [my accusers] did not find me debating with anyone in the temple or riling up a crowd in the synagogues [or] in the city. 13 Nor can they prove to you [any of] their charges against me. 14 I do confess to you, however, that I worship the God of our fathers according to the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 [and] I have [the same] hope in God that they themselves cherish, [that] there will be a resurrection of both [the] righteous and [the] wicked. 16 In this [hope] , I strive always to maintain a clear conscience before God and man. 17 After several years, then, I returned [ to Jerusalem ] to bring alms to my people and to present offerings. 18 At the time they found me in the temple, I was ceremonially clean [and] was not {inciting} [a] crowd [or] an uproar. But [there are] some Jews from [the province of] Asia 19 who ought to appear before you and bring charges, if they have anything against me. 20 Otherwise, let [these men] state for themselves any crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin, 21 unless [it was] this one thing I called out as I stood in their [presence] : ‘ [It is] concerning [the] resurrection of [the] dead [that] I am on trial before you today.’”

The Verdict Postponed

22 Then Felix, who was well informed about the Way, adjourned the hearing [and] said, “When Lysias the commander comes, I will decide your case.” 23 He ordered the centurion to keep [Paul] under guard, [but] to allow him some freedom and permit his [friends] to minister to his [needs] . 24 After several days, Felix returned with [his] wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him [speak] about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 [As] [Paul] expounded on righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened [and] said, “You may go for now. [When] I find the time, I will call for you.” 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe. So he sent for [Paul] frequently [and] talked with him. 27 [After] two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.
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