Acts 24

1After five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders, with an attorney named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor. 2And when Paul was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to Felix: "Since through you we have enjoyed much peace, and since by your provision, reforms are introduced on behalf of this nation, 3we acknowledge this in every way and everywhere, most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. 4But, that I may not weary you further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. 5For we have found this man a pestilent fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. 6He even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. 8By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges of which we accuse him." 9The Jews also joined in the attack, asserting that these things were so.

10When the governor had motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "Realizing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 11Since you can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12They did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues, or in the city. 13Neither can they prove to you the charges they are now making against me. 14But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do worship the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 15having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there will certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16And so I do my best always to have a clear conscience before God and men. 17Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. 18As I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or uproar. But there were some Jews from Asia— 19who ought to be here before you and to make accusation, if they should have anything against me. 20Or else let these men themselves tell what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the Council, 21except this one thing which I shouted out while standing among them, ‘With respect to the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.’"

22But Felix, having a more exact knowledge about the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case." 23Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be kept in custody but have some freedom, and not to prevent any of his friends from ministering to his needs. 24But some days later Felix came with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you." 26At the same time, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27But when two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

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