"After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor1 and to present offerings.
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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
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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
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Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
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
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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."
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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
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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
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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."
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At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
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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