Paul Before Felix at Caesarea1 And a after five days the high priest b Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before c the governor their case against Paul. 2 And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight d most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, 3 in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. 4 But, to detain ▼
▼ Or wearyyou no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. 5 For we have found this man a plague f one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of g the sect of the Nazarenes. 6 h He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. ▼
▼ Some manuscripts add and we would have judged him according to our law. 7But the chief captain Lysias came and with great violence took him out of our hands, 8commanding his accusers to come before you.8 By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.” 9 The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so. 10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 11 You can verify that j it is not more than twelve days since I k went up l to worship in Jerusalem, 12 and m they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. 13 n Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to o the Way, which they call p a sect q I worship r the God of our fathers, believing everything s laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 t having u a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be v a resurrection w of both the just and the unjust. 16 So I always x take pains to have a y clear conscience toward both God and man. 17 Now z after several years aa I came to bring alms to ab my nation and to present ac offerings. 18 While I was doing this, they found me ad purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But ae some Jews from Asia— 19 af they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. 20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, 21 other than this one thing ag that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”
Paul Kept in Custody22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of ah the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he ai should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that aj none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs. 24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about ak faith al in Christ Jesus. 25 And as he reasoned am about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. an When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” 26 At the same time he hoped ao that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius ap Festus. And aq desiring to do the Jews a favor ar Felix left Paul in prison.
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