ActsChapter 24

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1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with certain elders, and an orator, one Tertullus; and they informed the governor against :Paul. 2 And when he was called, :Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Since by thee we have much peace, and by thy :providence evils are corrected for this :nation, 3 we accept it both everyway and everywhere, excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 But, that I weary thee no further, I entreat thee to hear us briefly in thy :clemency. 5 For we have found this man a pestilence, and a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the inhabited earth, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazoreans: 6 who moreover attempted to profane the temple: on whom also we laid hold: 8 from whom thou wilt be able, by examining him thyself, to take knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him. 9 And the Jews also joined in, affirming that these things were so. 10 And when the governor had beckoned to him to speak, :Paul answered, As I know that thou hast been of many years a judge to this :nation, I cheerfully make my defense: 11 seeing thou canst take knowledge that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem: 12 and neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any one or stirring up a crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city. 13 Neither can they prove to thee the things whereof they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess to thee, that after the Way which they call a sect, so serve I the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets; 15 having hope toward :God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection both of just and unjust. 16 Herein I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offense toward :God and :men always. 17 Now after some years I came to bring alms to my :nation, and offerings: 18 amidst which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor yet with tumult: but there were certain Jews from :Asia—19 who ought to have been here before thee, and to make accusation, if they had aught against me. 20 Or let these themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the Sanhedrin, 21 except for this one voice, that I cried standing among them [that], About the resurrection I am being judged before you today. 22 But Felix, having more exact knowledge :concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, When Lysias the colonel shall come down, I will determine your :matter. 23 And he gave order to the centurion that he be in custody, and have indulgence; and not to forbid any of his own to minister to him. 24 But after certain days, :Felix came with Drusilla, his own :wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for :Paul, and heard him concerning the faith unto Christ Jesus. 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment :to come, :Felix was terrified, and answered, Go for :now; and when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. 26 He hoped withal that money would be given him of :Paul: wherefore also he sent for him oftener, and communed with him. 27 But when two years were fulfilled, :Felix was succeeded by Porcius Fēstus; and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, :Felix left :Paul in bonds.

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