Acts 23

1And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, aI have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” 2And the high priest bAnanias commanded those who stood by him cto strike him on the mouth. 3Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you dwhitewashed ewall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet fcontrary to the law you gorder me to be struck?” 4Those who stood by said, “Would you revile hGod’s high priest?” 5And Paul said, i“I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, j‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”

6Now when Paul perceived that one part were kSadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, lI am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is mwith respect to the nhope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” 7And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8For the Sadducees osay that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9Then a great clamor arose, and some of pthe scribes of the Phariseesparty stood up and contended sharply, q“We find nothing wrong in this man. What rif a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into sthe barracks.

11 tThe following night uthe Lord stood by him and said, v“Take courage, for was you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must xtestify also in Rome.”

A Plot to Kill Paul

12When it was day, ythe Jews made a plot and zbound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. 14They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 15Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”

16Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered aathe barracks and told Paul. 17Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.” 18So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul abthe prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” 19The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20And he said, ac“The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. 21But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who adhave bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.” 22So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.”

Paul Sent to Felix the Governor

23Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night.
That is, 9 p.m.
24Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to afFelix agthe governor.” 25And he wrote a letter to this effect:

26Claudius Lysias, to ahhis Excellency the governor Felix, aigreetings. 27 ajThis man was seized by the Jews and akwas about to be killed by them alwhen I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, amhaving learned that he was a Roman citizen. 28And andesiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council. 29I found that he was being accused aoabout questions of their law, but apcharged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30 aqAnd when it was disclosed to me arthat there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, asordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”

31So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32And on the next day they returned to atthe barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him. 33When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34On reading the letter, he asked what auprovince he was from. And when he learned avthat he was from Cilicia, 35he said, “I will give you a hearing awwhen your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s axpraetorium.

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