There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
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The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
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The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
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More than forty men were involved in this plot.
They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
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Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
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But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
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Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.”
So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
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The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”