Acts 24:1-27 NIV

The Trial Before Felix

1 Five days later the high priest Ananias1 went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges2 against Paul before the governor.3

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2 When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: "We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation.
3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent4 Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.

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4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
5 "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots5 among the Jews6 all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene7 sect8

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6 and even tried to desecrate the temple;9 so we seized him.

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8 Bya examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."

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    • a 24:8 - -8 Some manuscripts "him and wanted to judge him according to our law. 7 But the commander, Lysias, came and with the use of much force snatched him from our hands 8 and ordered his accusers to come before you. By"
      9 The Jews joined in the accusation,10 asserting that these things were true.

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      10 When the governor11 motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.

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      11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days12 ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.

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      12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple,13 or stirring up a crowd14 in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.

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      13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.15

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      14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers16 as a follower of the Way,17 which they call a sect.18 I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,19

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          15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection20 of both the righteous and the wicked.21

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          16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear22 before God and man.

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          17 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor23 and to present offerings.
          18 I was ceremonially clean24 when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.25

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          19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia,26 who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.27

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          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.' "28

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          22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way,29 adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case."

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          23 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard30 but to give him some freedom31 and permit his friends to take care of his needs.32

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          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.33

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          25 As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control34 and the judgment35 to come, Felix was afraid36 and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."

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          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,37 but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews,38 he left Paul in prison.39

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