Acts 24:17-26 (New International Version)

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17 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor1 and to present offerings. 18 I was ceremonially clean2 when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.3 19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia,4 who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.5 20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin-- 21 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: 'It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.' "6 22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way,7 adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case." 23 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard8 but to give him some freedom9 and permit his friends to take care of his needs.10 24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.11 25 As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control12 and the judgment13 to come, Felix was afraid14 and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you." 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. 27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus,15 but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews,16 he left Paul in prison.17
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