ActsChapter 23

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1 And :Paul, looking steadfastly on the Sanhedrin, said, Men and brethren, I have lived before :God in all good conscience until this :day. 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said :Paul unto him, :God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: and sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou the high priest of God? 5 And Paul said, I knew not, brethren, that he was high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of thy :people. 6 But when :Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the Sanhedrin, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, son of Pharisees; I am being judged for the hope and resurrection of the dead. 7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the multitude was divided. 8 For Sadducees say there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but Pharisees confess :both. 9 And a great clamor arose: and some of the scribes of the part of the Pharisees stood up, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this :man: and what if a spirit hath spoken to him, or an angel? 10 And when great dissension arose, the colonel, fearing lest :Paul be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiery to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the castle. 11 And the following night the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer: for as thou hast testified :concerning me at Jerusalem, so must thou witness also at Rome. 12 And when it was day, the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed :Paul. 13 And they were more than forty that made this :conspiracy. 14 And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we kill :Paul. 15 Now therefore do YE with the Sanhedrin signify to the colonel that he bring him down unto you, as though ye would judge :of his case more exactly: and WE, before he comes near, are ready to slay him. 16 But the son of the sister of Paul heard of their lying in wait, and he came and entered into the castle and told :Paul. 17 And :Paul called unto him one of the centurions, and said, Bring this young :man unto the colonel; for he hath something to tell him. 18 So he took him, and brought him to the colonel, and saith, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and asked to bring this youth unto thee, who hath something to say to thee. 19 And the colonel took him by the hand, and going aside asked privately, What is it that thou hast to tell me? 20 And he said [that], The Jews have agreed to ask thee to bring down :Paul tomorrow unto the Sanhedrin, as though thou wouldest inquire somewhat more exactly concerning him. 21 Do not thou therefore yield unto them: for more than forty [men] of them lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse, neither to eat nor to drink till they have slain him: and now are they ready, looking for the promise from thee. 22 So the colonel let the young man go, charging him, Tell no one that thou hast informed me of these things. 23 And he called unto him certain two of the centurions, and said, Get ready two hundred soldiers to go as far as Cæsarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the third hour of the night: 24 and to provide beasts, that they might set :Paul thereon, and bring him safe unto Fēlix the governor. 25 And he wrote a letter †after this :form: 26 Claudius Lysias to the excellent governor Felix, greeting. 27 This :man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be slain of them, when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. 28 And desiring to know the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him down to their :Sanhedrin: 29 whom I found to be accused about questions of their :law, but to have no accusation worthy of death or of bonds. 30 And when it was shown to me that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to thee forthwith, charging the accusers also to speak against him before thee. 31 The soldiers therefore, as it was :commanded them, took :Paul and brought him by night to :Antipatris. 32 But on the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: 33 and THEY, when they came to :Cæsarea and delivered the letter to the governor, presented :Paul also before him. 34 And when he had read it, he also asked of what province he was; and when he understood that he was of Cilicia, 35 I will hear thee fully, said he, when thine :accusers also are come: and he commanded him to be kept in the palace of Herod.

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