1AndPaul, earnestly beholding the council,said , Men and brethren,I have lived in allgoodconscience before Goduntilthisday.2And the high priestAnaniascommanded them that stood byhim to smitehim on the mouth.3ThensaidPauluntohim,Godshallsmitethee, thou whitedwall:forsittestthou to judgemeafter the law,andcommandestme to be smitten contrary to the law ?
4And they that stood bysaid , Revilest thouGod's high priest?5ThensaidPaul, I wistnot,brethren,that he was the high priest:for it is written , Thou shaltnotspeakevil of the ruler of thypeople.6But when Paulperceivedthat the onepartwereSadducees,and the otherPharisees, he cried outin the council,Men and brethren,Iam a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee:of the hopeandresurrection of the deadI am called in question .
7And when hehadsosaid , there arose a dissension between the Phariseesand the Sadducees:and the multitude was divided .
8FortheSadduceessay that there isnoresurrection,neitherangel,norspirit:but the Phariseesconfessboth.9And there arose a greatcry:and the scribes that were of the Pharisees'partarose , and strove , saying , We findnoevilinthisman:butif a spiritor an angel hath spoken to him, let usnotfight against God.
10And when there arose a greatdissension, the chief captain,fearinglestPaul should have been pulled in piecesofthem,commanded the soldiers to go down , and to takehim by forcefromamongthem,and to bring him into the castle.11And the nightfollowing the Lord stood byhim, and said , Be of good cheer , Paul:foras thou hast testifiedofmeinJerusalem,somustthou bear witnessalsoatRome.12And when it wasday,certain of the Jews banded together , and boundthemselves under a curse ,asaying that they wouldneithereatnordrinktillthey had killedPaul.13And they were more thanfortywhich had madethisconspiracy.14
And they came to the chief priestsandelders, and said , We have boundourselves under a great curse, that we will eatnothinguntilwe have slainPaul.15Nowthereforeyewith the councilsignify to the chief captainthat he bringhimdownuntoyou to morrow,as though ye wouldenquire something more perfectlyconcerninghim:andwe, or everhe come near , areready to killhim.16And when Paul'ssister'ssonheard of their lying in wait, he wentandenteredinto the castle, and toldPaul.17ThenPaulcalledone of the centurions unto him, and said , Bringthis young manunto the chief captain:for he hath a certain thing to tellhim.18Sohetookhim, and brought him to the chief captain,andsaid , Paul the prisonercalledme unto him, and prayed me to bringthis young man untothee, who hathsomething to say unto thee.19Then the chief captaintookhim by the hand,and went with him asideprivately , and asked him, Whatisthat thou hast to tellme?20And he said , The Jews have agreed to desiretheethat thou wouldest bring downPaul to morrowinto the council,as though they wouldenquiresomewhatofhim more perfectly.21Butdonotthouyield unto them:for there lie in wait forhimofthem more thanfortymen,which have boundthemselves with an oath , that they willneithereatnordrinktillthey have killedhim:andnow are theyready, looking for a promisefromthee.22Sothe chief captain then let the young mandepart , and charged him, See thou tell no manthat thou hast shewed these thingstome.23And he called untohimtwocenturions,saying , Make ready two hundredsoldierstogotoCaesarea,andhorsemen threescore and ten,andspearmen two hundred,at the thirdhour of the night;24Andprovide them beasts,that they may setPaulon , and bring him safeuntoFelix the governor.25
And he wrote a letterafterthismanner:26ClaudiusLysias unto the most excellentgovernorFelix sendeth greeting .
27Thisman was takenof the Jews,andshould have been killedofthem: then came Iwith an army, and rescuedhim, having understoodthat he was a Roman.28Andwhen I would have known the causewhereforetheyaccusedhim, I broughthimforthintotheircouncil:29Whom I perceived to be accusedofquestions of theirlaw,but to havenothing laid to his chargeworthy of deathor of bonds.30And when it was toldme how that the Jews laid waitfor the man, I sentstraightwaytothee, and gave commandment to his accusersalso to saybeforethee what they had againsthim.Farewell .
31Thenthesoldiers,as it was commandedthem,tookPaul, and brought him bynighttoAntipatris.32On the morrow they left the horsemen to gowithhim, and returnedto the castle:33Who, when they cametoCaesarea,anddelivered the epistle to the governor,presentedPaulalso before him.34And when the governor had read the letter, he askedofwhatprovince he was . And when he understoodthat he was ofCilicia;35
I will hearthee, said he , whenthineaccusersarealsocome . And he commandedhim to be keptinHerod's judgment hall.