Acts 24

Paul before Felix

After a five days the high priest b Ananias came down with some elders
Lit and
with an
Lit orator
attorney named Tertullus, and they
Or presented their evidence or case
brought charges to f the governor against Paul.
After Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor,

Since we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation,
we acknowledge this in every way and everywhere g most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. But, that I may not weary you any further, I beg you
Lit to hear...briefly
to grant us, by your kindness, a brief hearing.
For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout
Lit the inhabited earth
the world, and a ringleader of the j sect of the Nazarenes.
And he even tried to k desecrate the temple; and
Lit also
then we arrested him. [
The early mss do not contain the remainder of v 6, v 7, nor the first part of v 8
We wanted to judge him according to our own Law.
But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands, ordering his accusers to come before you.] By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him.” n The Jews also joined in the attack, asserting that these things were so.

10 When o the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded:

Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense,
11 since you can take note of the fact that no more than p twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12  q Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyone or r causing
Lit an attack of a mob
a riot.
13  t Nor can they prove to you the charges of which they now accuse me. 14 But this I admit to you, that according to u the Way which they call a v sect I do serve
Lit the ancestral God
,
x the God of our fathers, y believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
15 having a hope in God, which z these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 In view of this, aa I also
Lit practice myself
do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
17 Now ac after several years I ad came to bring
Or gifts to charity
alms to my nation and to present offerings;
18 in which they found me occupied in the temple, having been af purified, without any ag crowd or uproar. But there were some ah Jews from
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
Asia
19 who ought to have been present before you and to aj make accusation, if they should have anything against me. 20 Or else let these men themselves tell what misdeed they found when I stood before ak the
Or Sanhedrin
Council,
21 other than for this one statement which am I shouted out while standing among them, ‘For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.’”

22 But Felix
Lit knowing more accurately
having a more exact knowledge about ao the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the
I.e. chiliarch, in command of one thousand troops
commander comes down, I will decide your case.”
23 Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be aq kept in custody and yet ar have some freedom, and not to prevent any of as his friends from ministering to him.

24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his
Lit own wife
wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about au faith in Christ Jesus.
25 But as he was discussing av righteousness aw self-control and ax the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.” 26 At the same time too, he was hoping that ay money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. 27 But after two years had passed, Felix
Lit received a successor, Porcius Festus
was succeeded by Porcius ba Festus, and bb wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul bc imprisoned.
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