Acts 24:3-14 NIV

3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent1 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 riots2 among the Jews3 all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene4 sect5

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6 and even tried to desecrate the temple;6 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,7 asserting that these things were true.

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      10 When the governor8 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 days9 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,10 or stirring up a crowd11 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.12

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      14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers13 as a follower of the Way,14 which they call a sect.15 I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,16

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