Acts 24

Paul Before Felix at Caesarea

1And aafter five days the high priest bAnanias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before cthe governor their case against Paul. 2And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying:

“Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, dmost excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation,
3in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. 4But, to detain
Or weary
you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly.
5For we have found this man a plague, fone who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of gthe sect of the Nazarenes. 6 hHe 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.
8By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”

9The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

10And 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.
11You can verify that jit is not more than twelve days since I kwent up lto worship in Jerusalem, 12and mthey 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 nNeither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14But this I confess to you, that according to othe Way, which they call pa sect, qI worship rthe God of our fathers, believing everything slaid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 thaving ua hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be va resurrection wof both the just and the unjust. 16So I always xtake pains to have a yclear conscience toward both God and man. 17Now zafter several years aaI came to bring alms to abmy nation and to present acofferings. 18While I was doing this, they found me adpurified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But aesome Jews from Asia 19 afthey ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. 20Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, 21other than this one thing agthat 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 Custody

22But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of ahthe Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” 23Then he gave orders to the centurion that he aishould be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that ajnone of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

24After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about akfaith alin Christ Jesus. 25And as he reasoned amabout righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. anWhen I get an opportunity I will summon you.” 26At the same time he hoped aothat money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius apFestus. And aqdesiring to do the Jews a favor, arFelix left Paul in prison.

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